Should we call you Sugar Lips?

By Joey Wilson

Sugar is awesome! I love the sweet stuff, yet we all know that too much sugar can harm your body. But what about your brain? Well, it is part of the body. I hate to break your heart, but too much sugar consumption can hurt your brain as well. The average American and our Canadian neighbors eat about 66 pounds of sugar a year[i]. A diet high in sugar can hinder learning and memory by slowing down the brain. A study in UCLA has shown that sugar damages the synaptic connection within the brain (the communication or connection between two neurons or brain cells).[ii] It also has been found that sugar and carbon rich foods not only play havoc with our weight – it messes with our mood! It can lead to brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, learning disorders[iii] and is a possible cause of depression[iv]. We all know a sugar-laden diet can lead to diabetes, and there are indications that there is possibility of a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disorder now being classified as a type 3 diabetes[v].


So far, not so good. In a study conducted at Princeton University, in a preliminary review, neuroscientist Bart Hoebel stated “Sugar triggers production of the brain’s natural opioids. “We think that is a key to the addiction process …the brain is getting addicted to its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin.” Sugar can become an addiction and like a drug the withdrawal signs are similar to drug withdrawal[vi]. Enough with the bad news. The good news is you can do something about it. Your mind is very powerful. But do not do this alone. Work with your physician, counselor or nutritionist.

At An Optimal Brain, we work together with providers as a team member. Brainwave Optimization is an excellent method to “unstuck” your brain and bring it back to its natural state of relaxation and help you “break the habit”.

[i] University of San Francisco, sugar science the unsweetened truth, “How Much is Too Much”. Source retrieved from:

[ii][ii] By Carolyn Gregoire, ‘This is What Sugar Does to Your Brain” Huffpost, April 06, 2017. Source retrieved from:

[iii] Dr. Joseph Mercola, “What Sugar Does to Your Brain?” May 6, 2017. Source retrieved from:

[iv] ibid

[v] Dr. Mark Hyman, MD“ Alzheimer’s = Type 3 Diabetes. Source retrieved from:

[vi] News from Princeton University, Office of Communications, June 20, 2002, “Sugar on the brain: Study shows sugar dependence in rats.” Source retrieved from:



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Put Your Brain On Vacation

We live in a high stressed world. The problem is, we never take the mental time away to give our brain a break.

Written by Joey Wilson

We live in a high stressed world. We are constantly bombarded by advertising, life challenges and high stress careers. The problem is, we never take the mental time away to give our brain a break. Yes, many of us may take a vacation, but sometimes we become even more stressed than what we were before we left. Why? Because stuff piled up that wasn’t dealt with! Don’t wait to take a couple of weeks off. Give your brain a mental vacation. Take time out during the day to, as the saying goes, “Stop to Smell the Roses.”

When we continually stress ourselves, our brain finds it difficult to return to a relaxed state. In a high stress career, we are continually operating in a state of excite, flight/fight. If we continue to live at this high level of stress our brains soon consider it to be the new normal. Therefore, it will readjust its baseline and redefine it as the new relaxed state. It now becomes very difficult to put your brain in relaxed vacation mode. If you do not give your brain a break, you can become “STUCK” like a cow trying to get over a fence, not able to get over, but can’t get back to the pasture.

“STUCK” like a cow trying to get over a fence….

Meditation and yoga are great tools to achieve a state of relaxation. But if you are stuck, the results can be temporary. To achieve the full benefits of meditation and yoga, your brain must be working in harmony. Harmony occurs when the left and right sides of your brain are working in an interdependent relationship. If they become dependent, the outcome can be exhibited as anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, digestive problem, the list goes on. Brainwave optimization was created to help the brain become “unstuck.”

Allow your brain to achieve relaxation and regain harmony. Give your brain several mental breaks during the day. Take the time to Smell the Roses. Do learn yoga and meditation. However, I have found the greatest way to give your brain a chance to have a daily mental vacation and to smell the roses, is to experience brainwave optimization.

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