Have you got any idea what is going on in your brain while reading this text? Probably not. And most people will think: “Why would I want to know that when my brain does what it should do? Everything ‘up there’ is mysterious and out of my control.”
But that certainly is not the case. It isn’t out of your control and it isn’t just doing what it should do. Your lifestyle greatly influences how your brain functions. When you do the wrong things and feed it the wrong foods your brain will suffer. You will make it illl and in the end will suffer the consequences. Your brain may succumb to one of those terrible diseases of which Alzheimer disease is the best-known.
The importance of keeping our heart and our lungs healthy, staying in shape physically, controlling blood sugar levels, and keeping a healthy weight are in the center of attention. But brain awareness lacks far behind. Nevertheless, the brain deserves far more interest since it is precisely our brain that governs the rest of our body.
To be able to help your brain stay healthy, it is of the utmost importance that you do know a little bit about what is going on in your brain. It will help you adapt your lifestyle to make it more suitable for your brain’s health. It has been proven certain lifestyle changes will help you keep your brain healthy into old age.
The brain is a flexible organ designed to improve with use. For every aspect of its functioning the adage is “if you don’t use it you’ll lose it”. Due to the slow course of ageing in humans, the nervous system can compensate and maintain an adequate function even in centenarians.
We all have the tools and the ability to prevent or postpone processes of cognitive decline. Of course a healthy lifestyle cannot guarantee you will stay sharp until your final days since some influencing factors are out of our control, but it will certainly improve your chances considerably of keeping your wit.
So, take matters into your own hands and try at least some small changes to make your lifestyle more brain-consciously. It is so easy and will give you such great rewards. Your brilliant brain deserves it!
© Scott Maxwell – Fotolia.com
Mechanical brain © Natis – Fotolia.com
ALL ABOUT THE BRAIN
Our brain produces the most fantastic thoughts. Everything we know about worlds as far away as other solar systems or as small as an atom has once been discovered by an inquisitive brain.
Let’s get to know the architecture of our brain a little bit better. Although we talk about our grey mass, the brain actually isn’t grey, but a soft pink.
On the outside, our brain looks a lot like a walnut: two halves with twisted surfaces and a connective band in between. Both brain halves contain essentially the same components.
It is clear, the brain is very vulnerable. But it is also the best protected organ of our body. Mother Nature has taken a lot of precautionary measures.
It is hard to imagine life without our navigational equipment. Just a short time ago, we had to have a map, a city guide, and stop to ask for directions to get to our destination.
Our brain isn’t populated only by neurones. In fact, they are a minority. Other brain cells, called glial cells, are far more numerous.
Our memory is by no means infallible. It is in fact extremely biased. You could even argue that nothing that has been stored in one’s memory is an actual description of events.
A stroke can be such a nice thing. Caressing your partner, petting your dog or cat, making a beautiful painting. Unfortunately, we use the same word for one of the worst things that can happen.
Memory is in the center of attention these days. Everybody would be afraid of losing one’s memory. But it turns out forgetting isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Our brain is amazingly adept in standing up to the ravages of time. Many – especially young – people think growing old brings along only distress and misery.
Isn’t it fantastic that we are able to think about how we are able to think. Our brains are so ingeniously formed that we even have the ability to get to such an abstraction level.