143: Functional Neurology and Six Things That Improve Brain Function & Work Performance


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Welcome to episode 143 of Executive Minds! This week, David Farmer sits down with Dr. Jerome Lubbe, CEO & Founder at Thrive Neuro Health, LLC, for a thoroughly engaging conversation on what is functional neurology, how he got into the mental health field, and the six basic things every executive needs to improve brain function and be at their best every day.

As CEO & Founder at Thrive Neuro Health, LLC, Dr. Lubbe partners with entrepreneurs, makers, leaders, and communities to achieve their individual goals through optimized brain and body function without drugs or surgery. Dr. Lubbe has a passion for equipping, empowering, and encouraging colleagues, entrepreneurs, and students to serve their patients, local communities, and their staff through continued training in the practical applications of functional neurology. We hope this conversation challenges you to reconsider the brain as an instrument and motivates you to prioritize your mental health in your everyday life.

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Three Takeaways:

  1. Improve your effectiveness by focusing on six basic things that improve brain function. We are unable to add hours to a busy day, but we can become more efficient with the time that we do have. The most productive cycle is to have proper eating, sleeping, breathing, resting, moving, and eating again rotation. If you can pick it or kill it, you can eat it. As far as hydration, divide your weight by two and drink that amount of water in ounces. With sleep, it is about when you go to bed more than when you wake up. Get six hours of sleep in 90-minute segments. Take 60 seconds, close your eyes and inhale 5 deep breaths at least once a day. Resting is not sleeping, but rather an active choice during active hours. Finally, activate your body by moving. The regular activity of daily movement (1500-1700 steps/day) in a mobile, movement-based environment will pay the most dividends.
  2. Great a routine and work environment that optimizes your brain s functionality. Consider buying an under desk treadmill or discuss the potential of turning some of your recurring weekly meetings at work into walking meetings so you re naturally able to incorporate movement into your day. Schedule work on your tasks in 90-minute blocks of time so you can more easily utilize the Pomodoro technique, which recommends you large tasks be broken up into focused, 25-minute work sessions on one subtask. Work in spaces that maximize your exposure to sunlight so the positive effects of vitamin D can help you counteract the natural stress associated with work.
  3. Use technology to make the six basics a priority. While most of us aren t surprised to hear Dr. Lubbe say eating, sleeping, breathing, resting and moving are connected to the health of our brain, we forget that help is available in our pocket. Turn your smartphone into a personal assistant by setting reminders to stand up, breathe, rest or walk throughout the day. Also, use mobile apps like Calm and Headspace to assist you with sleeping more soundly and relaxing more effectively. You can also use other mobile apps like Lumosity and EQ Active Brain Tracking as personal trainers for the brain. As Dr. Lubbe shared during the podcast, the brain needs to experience and process new things in order to become and remain strong.


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