“Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”- Using Oxygen to 10X Your Mind

Aaryan Harshith
5 min readJan 18, 2020

Whether it’s the organ’s complexity, numerous functions, or simply it’s sheer computational power, our brain, by far, would be the most intricate processor to date. Despite the fact this natural wonder possesses unimaginable power; however, the majority of people realize that they could be harnessing up to twice as much of it. In other words, you truly have the potential to be up to twice as focused, sharp, and ready to absorb information — using oxygen alone.

Despite how ludicrous that would sound, it’s exactly the message that’s expressed many times over in the hit book: ‘Change Your Brain, Change Your Life’ written by renowned psychologist Daniel Amen.

Of course, since brain transplants aren’t feasible at this point, that’s not what he means — all Dr. Amen relays through his book is that, rather than replacing your brain entirely, it can directly be changed and formed through your lifestyle to almost any way you want it to function.

The only question is: “Are you actively enhancing your brain to its optimal performance, or are you unknowingly destroying it?”

Dr. Amen is a clinical psychologist most commonly known for his media appearances and having independently analyzed over 100,000+ brain scans. As he stated in his book, the so-called ‘secret’ to achieving ideal brain function was largely dependent on the improvement of its blood flow:

By analyzing SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography) scans that accurately map blood flow to various regions of the brain, he noticed that our brains were severely vulnerable to losing their function through what we would see as relatively ‘normal’, but negative lifestyles. On the other hand, he also noticed that our brains were similarly receptive to positive lifestyle changes that encourage blood flow, and in turn, our ideal day-to-day mental performance.

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Aaryan Harshith

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