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This Summer add a Biohack for your Brain and Memory

June 9, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

I can safely assume we all had quite a challenging time in the past three months and it looks like we are not quite out of the woods yet. 

I don’t know about you but my brain feels tired of sorting through all the information and at the same time working/learning/doing business.

We need some support for our brain – now more than ever. 

FUN FACTS

Did you know that your brain uses more energy than any other organ in your body? It weighs about 2% of your total body weight and it uses more than 20% of your body’s total energy. 

It’s important to know that your brain uses all the nutrients it can get – from food and supplements. It is the main control center of your body and needs to be active 24/7. Also, you most certainly want your brain to perform at its highest potential.

In addition to its cognitive function, your brain controls your metabolism, hormones, and orchestration of all your body functions. 

I have studied lots about the brain for a long time (a fascinating subject!) and the good news is there are quite a lot of ways to keep it healthy and even enhance its function.

I love staying sharp and focused all the time. Having brain fog is one of the most unpleasant feelings one can have. So I will concentrate today on cognition and focus. 

Let’s see how we can support brain function from a cognitive standpoint.   

NUTRITION

I love B (aka “Brain”) vitamins. Especially B12, Folate, and B6. And being a “vitamin snob” I tried many on the market and choose bioavailable forms vs synthetic. 

Let me tell you a few fascinating facts about B vitamins. First of all, it comes as a combo, and your nervous system absolutely needs it. Your serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitter production depends on them. Some prescription medication doesn’t work properly if you are deficient in them. And your brain just has to have them all. 

Poor nutrition, synthetic vitamin sources, and genetic insufficiency can lower your functional levels of B vitamins – one or many of them.

High homocysteine (toxic byproduct) levels adversely affect your brain function and can lead to brain deterioration. B vitamins help lower homocysteine levels, therefore, lowering your toxic load. 

The B vitamins are also known to easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Your brain regulates how much it needs and will uptake all available, even at the expense of your other organs.

The same goes for Vitamin C and Vitamin E due to their antioxidant activity. It sort of cleanses your brain from free radicals. The food sources of C are usually not enough, especially at times of infectious diseases, high demand for mental activity, and other challenges you might be facing. I prefer liposomal form for many reasons I listed in this blog post. 

BIOHACK ALERT. How to rapidly enhance brain performance. 

Two of my favorite supplements are:

Alpha-GPC 

L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine is a natural choline compound found in the brain. It rapidly delivers choline to the brain across the blood-brain barrier and is a biosynthetic precursor of acetylcholine. You can find good research on it that recommends taking 1000mg/day for superior cognition.

Neuro-Mag® Magnesium L-Threonate 

It supports healthy memory and cognition by optimizing magnesium levels in the brain. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions and 600 enzymatic reactions in the body — from cardiovascular and bone health support to energy metabolism, mood, and most especially cognitive function. Unfortunately, it’s hard to maintain optimal levels of magnesium in the brain. And that’s a problem since magnesium deficiency increases with normal aging. But because of its superior absorption into the bloodstream and nervous system, Neuro-Mag® provides the ideal form of magnesium for enhanced memory and cognitive function. (by Life Extensions)

Benefits at a Glance

  • Supports healthy memory and cognitive function
  • Optimizes magnesium in the brain
  • Maintains the quantity and quality of synaptic connections between brain cells
  • Supports important brain cell signaling pathways essential to cognitive health

Magnesium L-threonate is a unique form of magnesium that is delivered into the brain where it maintains the quantity of synaptic connections between brain cells and supports important brain cell signaling pathways essential to cognitive health. One of the key benefits of increased brain magnesium levels is improved memory.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

are extremely important for the brain function, because it is processing every experience we have and creates new neuropathways with the new experiences. The brain is neuroplastic, you have control on your thought process, reactions, and thoughts. 

That awareness might not be automatic at first and it requires awareness. However, when you put some work in and gained that level of control over your mind, it will be so amazing to experience that elevated sense of happiness. 

Learning and movement are two key components for brain health. I recommend:

Exercise and Dancing

WASH YOUR BRAIN

While you sleep, the glymphatic system starts detoxifying the brain of neurotoxic waste proteins, sort of doing an internal wash. It prevents the accumulation of amyloid (responsible for dementia).  

JUST A TOUCH ON THE DIET

I always recommend to my patients’ diet based on their functional nutritional test results, and if we don’t have it yet, it always will contain a substitution of processed foods with whole foods, elimination of sweeteners, the addition of a variety of flavors, and healthy fats.

Lately, I started eating a plant-based diet and experiencing a high level of quality mental and physical energy. There must be a correlation!

Based on your goals, especially athletic goals, your diet will vary but one thing is certain, it will always be rich in brain-boosting potential.

You can read more in my this blog post

I have many other Biohacks for your mental peak performance and more, so stay tuned as I will keep updating you with the best practical and scientifically-based information.

Stay tuned and discover “The True Story About Your Health”.

 Disclaimer: This is a general information only. Consult with Dr. Maya Sarkisyan before altering or discontinuing any current medications, treatment or care, or starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or if you have or suspect you might have a health condition that requires medical attention. 

How I am Feeling about re-entering Society

May 23, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

It all came to me today – in a form of anxiety. But wait, I don’t have anxiety, I help people with the anxiety. My anxiety is a thing of the far gone and well processed past. I have to know better. Nevertheless…

I started feeling anxious after completing my online application to be considered for the “Restart Business Grants Program”. There were so many questions to answer and documents to submit that I had a sinking feeling I have done something wrong, and as often happens, everything in my life I have ever considered I have done wrong, came to my mind. Thankfully there is not much!

I also imagined emerging from my semi-isolation and going out and about to dinners, parties, other businesses, to visit my friends, to hang out on the beach. And I felt even more anxious. I know it’s not about fear, because I am not really afraid of much anymore, it’s about transition. The transition from one unknown to another unknown, with a lot of confusion around it.

I know for a fact, it’s not only me who is feeling this way, perhaps it’s you too or other people you know.
The words “Restart Business” feel optimistic. I try to imagine going back to my clinic as it was in February, with people waiting in the reception room, eager to come in and resolve their issues. Coming in concerned and going out full of hope, free of pain, and with a good plan to action. Solidified with a good hug.

Yesterday I went to my clinic. It smelled like dust and emptiness. I went there to breathe life and energy to it, to do some Qigong movements, burn incense and sage. The cleaning crew is coming tomorrow and then I’ll be sanitizing all the surfaces and bringing freshly washed sheets. I will be posting the rules on my front door about social distancing, temperature, etc. All the usual. We are in the state of re-emerging, it all has to be done. I got a big UV light sanitizer where I’ll be putting everything that fits to keep it clean. It will be a safe place.

It will not be like it was for the 15 years I have had my practice. It will be different, and I yet don’t know how. Nobody knows.

But I know what will be exactly the same. I know I will do everything possible to make my patients feel loved and welcomed, so they forget about their anxiety when they sit in my comfy chair or lay on my treatment table and take a deep breath. They will be heard, relaxed, and hopeful. Some of them will resolve their issues very quickly and for some it will take some time. And life will feel a little more normal to both of us.

What about re-entering social life? Last night, in conversation, I stated that I like this private lifestyle, with no need to go out. And, I guess, even though my rational mind was convincing me of its truth, in a few hours my authentic self rebelled in the form of anxiety. I don’t think I like to stay away from people, and from hugging my friends. I love my friends.

I love to travel, experience life by touching things, eating with my hands in Nepalese cafes, hug strangers, exchange hiking gear with fellow travelers, take cold showers in high mountains, and run my fingers over luxury silks at street markets in India.

My anxiety is that I will not be able to do it as easily ever again.

And even though I know it’s the survival part of my brain hijacking my rational mind and predicting the rest of my life to me, probably to protect me somehow, I still feel anxious.

And to be honest, I don’t know what to do with it. I think it’s maybe normal to feel like that, given the circumstances. I also know what helps me in the moments like this:

1. Talking to my friends, talking it all out, and help them with their issues
2. Walking in nature / exercising with some online group aerobics
3. EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique aka “tapping”
4. Thinking positive in “general terms”. Unrelated to the situation.
5. Creating my new website. Unrelated and present challenges substitute perceived problems
6. Researching new recipes – reminds me to take care of myself
7. Occasional dark chocolate!

Life is to be experienced, in any circumstances. We just haven’t been in this particular situation, but here we are. We have new concerns in our mind, new rules, new fears, new creative thinking. It’s more about creative thinking.

I strongly believe we will help each other as times goes on. I believe in humanity, in honesty, and kindness. I wouldn’t be able to exist if it would be different. I believe people around me want to do what’s best, and it helps me to lessen my anxiety. And when I look outside to nature and realize it will be there tomorrow, it helps too.
The transition is the most difficult thing for me, I don’t know about you, but I’m a creature of habit. I like my home, my clinic, my car, my gym, my drive through Delray Beach, and my walks on the beach, and everything in between. I like the routine of it. Now I will be changing this routine so it works for me all over again.

And somehow, through my anxiety, I’m feeling we are going to be ok. Different but ok.

We need to remember our friendships and kindness, what got us out of trouble in the past, and to keep in mind that good times always come after challenging times. We need to remember to smile and forgive, to hug who we can hug, and zoom who we can’t.

Maybe it’s not an anxiety at all, maybe it’s anticipation of the unknown. And the good news is that neither you nor I are alone, we are surrounded by people restoring and restarting life – by our immediate local community. We must learn to rely on each other even more, and it’s ok, it’s tribal, and it’s good to be tribal in times of uncertainty.

I know that I will be working extra hard to restart my clinic and you will be doing what is right for you. And we will consider each other and help each other.

The thought of it gives me joy that is far more powerful than the anxiety.

I am here for you. Check it out!

If you prefer to be home – I have a telemedicine room, it is perfect for NLP, NET, coaching, nutrition, diagnostics, and labs prescriptions.

If you are ready to venture out – my clinic is in a great shape, it’s clean and ready for you. Clinic visits are good for acupuncture, cold laser, cupping, and the rest of services and programs I provide.

The 5 Critical Components for Optimal Health

May 4, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

I’m so happy you are here!

April 30, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

Most of the country is still in quarantine but scientific research is happening as I’m typing this. Every day I’m reading and learning more about medical discoveries, and not only related to the virus but other health aspects.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Dr. Maya Sarkisyan and I’m passionate about creating vibrant health for you. In my years of study, I have become an expert in integrative medicine. I am the Founder of Doctor Maya Clinic where I specialize in helping people who are physically and mentally exhausted to experience total wellbeing and happiness. My clinic is in Boca Raton, Florida and I also work with clients remotely worldwide.

Just like a sports coach trains an athlete to perform at peak performance, we will work together to find the right protocol to train your mind for mental excellence and heal your body for optimal wellbeing.

When working with clients my goal is to uncover the root cause of problems and to change the cause of disharmony so that you will reach the goals you want. While we are working to together, I will support you and your desire to achieve peak performance by identifying your true potential.

How did I get here?

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I came to the United States from Armenia in my early twenties. My education and work experience was primarily as a software programmer in New York City. While learning English, I worked odd jobs such as banquet waitress and carpet cleaning salesperson! In a few months I learned enough English to start my IT career on Wall Street where I advanced for 14 fascinating years.

Around that time I realized that even though I excelled in my career, it wasn’t feeding my soul and I felt like I wasn’t serving my purpose. After a series of mysterious events, my path led me to South Florida where I started my fulfilling career as an integrative medicine doctor combining holistic and biochemical medicine for the physical and emotional issues.

When I’m not working, researching new medical discoveries, or teaching workshops (locally and overseas), I enjoy spending time at the beach, exercising, trekking tall mountains, writing, listening to music with friends, and watching the latest episodes of my favorite shows.

As an integrative medicine doctor, I am excited every day to help people discover their true potential, identify and resolve obstacles, and transform negative behaviors to empowered actions.

I love to help people look at a problem they are facing from a different perspective, and then create a plan for them to solve that problem so they can achieve optimal wellness, physically and emotionally.

I strive to create solutions and processes that make you feel like you can get a handle on your health and your personal life. Whether it’s a physical health issue or an emotional situation, my biggest joy is helping you overcome it by first understanding and investigating exactly what you are dealing with. Then together, with a plan in hand, we can tackle the problem so you can start living a much healthier and happier life.

You can see more information about what is possible HERE!

I’d love to chat with you about how I can help you. Schedule a free 20 minute discovery call and let’s see how I can help!

You still have the Power to choose your Destiny

April 23, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

 

A recap of the obvious. We are in the middle of a viral pandemic, being quarantined, the economy is suffering, social and other media confuses everybody, some people lost or might lose their jobs, others work around the clock, some risk their lives, some lost their investments, and so on. 

There is obvious news, bad news, and good news. 

The obvious news – you will be inevitably changed by this event, the bad news – it might not be an easy transition, and the good news – you have the power to choose how you will be changed.

I will stick to the good news because at any point in your life the ability to control the way you change is priceless, therefore worth mastering. It will help you to get out of any kind of a ditch you find yourself in, and it will help you to help others. Easier said than done you said? Not necessarily. 

“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

This pandemic quarantine even though being a global phenomenon is still an individual journey, and each of us will come out on the other side of it as a changed person. How changed – it is up to you. 

We are going through this event as a humanity, as every day we are reminded of how very physically similar we are and how vulnerable and interdependent we are as well. It also uncovers how differently we all are experiencing it from an emotional standpoint.

Why is that? 

  • Take a few minutes and identify at least 3 emotions you are going through while coping with this situation day after day. (write it down)

Just stop for a moment, turn away from reading the pandemic news. Take a deep breath.

Perhaps you are one of these people who is now feeling anxious or sad. 

Perhaps you are feeling stuck and helpless, confined in the reality of your household, and inability to generate income. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with responsibilities.

When in your life have you felt like this? It could have been a situation completely different from this one, but the feeling was very similar. You lived a life full of experiences and turning points, and things happened to you. 

  • What does it remind you of? Remember the times in your life you felt like this. (write it down)

Maybe it reminds you of a time you were stuck, restricted, not in control. Or some other time when you feel like you are feeling now. 

Emotions tend to resurface when one event triggers the set of certain feelings you had in the past. These feelings were associated with another event that might have been similar to this one. The impact of it was so strong that it shaped the way you make sense of what is going on. 

Past events, or rather the way we processed past events, affects the way we deal with current situations. Your mind is like a computer that creates associations between the past and present and makes all sorts of conclusions that make or don’t make sense at the present moment. 

  • What being quarantined represents in your life? (write it down)

You could be experiencing fears, worries, anxiety, frustration, and a thousand other emotions, and I assure you, it is not only normal, but it is also so very useful. How?

Emotions you are experiencing now, however strong and unpleasant they are, point to your core values. Values that are so important that you shape your life around them. These values are different for everybody. They are similar to the state of mind when you are feeling the flow, feeling satisfied. 

Some of the core values I encountered were: peace, security, freedom, flexibility, fun, honesty, love, and many others. Yours will be different, and important to identify because they don’t change. They drive your life subconsciously, and the quickest way to take control of your mind is to know what is affecting it from within.  

In normal circumstances you don’t think about it, it’s the extreme turning points in your life that call for self-evaluation. And it is only going to make you stronger. 

  • What are your 5 top core values? (write them down in the order of importance)
  • How being quarantined affects these values?
  • What can you do right now to address each of these values, one by one?
  • What actions (existing or new), you can do right now, will be healthy and effective to satisfy each of these values? How can you start now, in these circumstances?

Everything in life is what we make out of it. In my international travels, I met people who live in poor conditions we cannot even imagine, and some of them find happiness in everyday life and yet some others don’t. 

It’s not what we have or do that makes us happy, but the meaning we give to it, and our life in general.

Let’s look at this quarantine event not as to a life sentence, but as to a turning point. An external force creating an uncomfortable condition for you to grow as a person. To be stronger, to be better, to be brighter.

It is an opportunity to assess your current situation, evaluate your life, recognize your values, remember your achievements, and celebrate what is there to celebrate. 

The end of something is always the beginning of something else. If you cling to what was before you will miss what is coming next. And you can create what is coming next if you act deliberately. You can be the creator of your life if you decide to be.

I believe in you. I believe you can get stronger, more authentic, more in tune with your core values. I believe you can create your life. It might not be easy, but you can use your imagination at first and create it in your mind. You can write it, draw it, sing it, whatever it is that makes it real in your imagination. 

Avoid getting stuck in undesired reality, rather start creating something beautiful to shift to a different one. A different life.

The life where you are happy. 

Maybe Taoist Story

April 13, 2020
by Dr. Maya Sarkisyan

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As I was sitting in contemplation this morning with thoughts running through my mind like wild horses, I asked myself: “Is this reality as bad as I perceive it to be?”. And I remembered this old Taoist tale. 

There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. 

One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied. 

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.

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Why am I telling you this ancient story now, in the middle of such a disturbing time of our lives? Because I truly believe it is the best time for you to hear it. It is our response to unexpected events that shapes our life and makes us remember our core values and priorities.

What is happening right now is affecting the physical and mental health of the entire planet, with every country and culture is involved in it one way or another. All you have to do is to be a human to be vulnerable to this virus. Doesn’t this notion bring us to realization of how equally human we all are?

Events beyond your control help you to pay attention to what is important. So much of our lives we live in automatic mode – just like robots. We create the space for things and people in our lives and we tend to stop paying attention to them. They are kind of “there”. The longer we live the less newness we experience – by choice. We get set in our ways, and one of the side effects is deterioration of the mind (and physical brain) – the diminishing ability to experience curiosity, imagination, innovation, and dreams of impossible realities.

When last time you daydreamed or created something outrageous without self-judgement?

Remember – you are a powerful creator of your reality. The external circumstances are happening for you so you can reinvent yourself, no matter where in life you are. It’s not just empty words. I, myself, had experienced at least two devastating global events forcing me to take a long hard look into the reality I created. One event was the collapse of Soviet Union, and the other was the collapse of the towers in NYC. Both of them were incredibly painful and scary, and both of them forced me to reinvent myself to a better version of me.

Every day is an opportunity to change for the better. Change is inevitable. Scientifically speaking, your body and brain is changing every second, meaning every second you are a different person. Some changes might be harder to control than others, however with all I know through ultra-modern science and ancient models of self-awareness, managing these constant changes is quite possible. I call it BioMindHacking, as it is literally interfering with “automatic” processes of your mind and body.

I’m inviting you to look at this pandemic as a “reset button” not only for your lifestyle, but for your mind, your abilities, and your imagination. You are a powerful being, your brain is neuroplastic, and you have an incredible willpower just waiting to wake up and choose a direction to a better life.

What are you waiting for? Your ‘maybe’ moment, like the old farmer’s, could be an opportunity, not a setback.