If you are a “creative” you have, at one point or another, pulled creative inspiration from an outside source. Something completely removed and completely different from the project you are working on. A tremendous amount of inspiration can be derived from this form of stimulation, but in my opinion it’s only a small drip of the creative well. I believe we hold more creative supply than we often give ourselves credit for, but rarely, are we capable of tapping into it.
“Wait, did he just say ‘capable?'”
Yes, I did. I believe we are capable of charging our own creative resources and accessing those resources. We may just require a change in the way we fuel those resources. Now, let me go ahead and preface this with a plea for forgiveness. I’m not referring to coffee, caffeine or other stimulants as “fuel for the creative.” I’m talking about the food we eat, the lifestyle we live, the vitamins we take; essentially, the way we tend to our own individual creative supply. This is coming from a former coffee addict, who used to think that I needed coffee to have a normal conversation. That’s until I discovered an alternate source of “fuel.”
We are all familiar with the Left Brain vs. Right Brain argument. Logical, analytical and objective vs. intuitive, thoughtful and subjective. And since the genesis of this theory, it’s been believed that the right side of the brain was the center of creativity. Until now. Scientists are now saying it takes both sides of the human brain to stimulate creativity. They are looking at both sides as one operating system, because what affects one side of the brain will likely affect the other.
To have both sides of the brain performing optimally would be the ideal situation for a creative. Unfortunately, a stimulant, like caffeine, doesn’t quite make that possible.
Here’ s where I’m going with this: If your brain is not firing properly, your ability to be creative may be inhibited. Unfortunately, the connection to the brain and creativity that most of us do not make is, if your body’s health is poor, then your ability to be creative may be inhibited as well.
The connection between the two is called the Brain-gut axis.
The gut, or stomach, contains just as many nerve cells as the brain does, which is why scientists refer to it as the body’s second brain.
Have you ever gotten nauseous or “butterflies” prior to speaking in front of a group of people? That’s the brain and the gut communicating together. Stress is triggering a reaction in the gut. They act as team, the brain and the gut.
New York Times best selling author, Jordan Rubin once said, “You are what you eat.”
The right types of food have the ability to affect how our brain works, how it performs, or how it sparks your creative supply.
The brain needs oxygen and nutrients to help it work optimally. Oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the brain via blood circulation. If blood flow to the brain is sluggish, then adequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients may not reach the brain. The result experienced may be sluggish creativity.
Oxygen and nutrients are essential by-products of the foods we eat and the drinks we drink. Eat junk, feel like junk. Drink sugary, caffeinated beverages, feel good for about 30 minutes, until you start to crash and have to do the cycle over and over and over again.
Using unnatural forms of stimulation is like borrowing energy from your future, which is in turn creating an energy deficiency in your body.
To maintain cognition function, digestive health, and the ability to be creative, take care of your brain and gut together by managing stress, enjoying pleasures and eating healthy.