The single greatest system ever designed in the history of the world is your brain. Your mind is responsible for your every thought, emotion and behaviour. Unfortunately, we humans don’t know a lot about our brains and it’s time to change this. Your brain weighs 2 to 4 lbs. Your mind is comprised of 60% fat and is the fattiest system within your body.
Did you know?
Your mind absorbs 25 percent of the blood from each heartbeat. Your brain has two sides or hemispheres (left hemisphere and right hemisphere). The left hemisphere will help you with detail, language and analysis. The ideal hemisphere will help you with faces, spatial orientation and sounds. Your mind has a cortex and subcortex. Your cortex is aware and makes it possible to understand, remember, communicate, read, write, orient to distance and process sensory information. Your subcortex processes subconscious engine or procedural behaviours like dressing, driving and typing in your PC.
Your cortex and subcortex socialize as a gorgeous symphony. Your hippocampus is the arrangement in mind (sits at the center of each temporal lobe only under every temple in your skull) which lets you learn. The human brain (such as the animal mind ) can create new brain cells. This new brain cell growth (neurogenesis) occurs in the hippocampus. The human mind is now believed to have”neural plasticity” or become a system that’s very dynamic, constantly reorganizing and malleable. It’s formed by environmental input.
Our brains need exposure to environments which are enriched, complex and innovative. Environments which are passive and rote don’t help the health of your mind. Exposure to improved environments across your life span will cause new brain cell growth and increased mobile connections (“synaptic density”). Synaptic density or brain book may help to delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Brain health starts in the uterus and has to be promoted across your life span. Engage in the novel and complicated not the rote and passive. Don’t isolate or segregate as you get older.
People who isolate have a higher risk for dementia. Join groups and social organizations in your area. Maintain and build your friendship and family network. Walk between 7,000 and 12,000 steps every day. Walking several times a week reduces the risk of dementia. Buy a pedometer to remind yourself to walk and keep track of your daily actions. Dance, since it is a behavior that lowers the risk of dementia. Gardening and knitting reduce the risk of dementia. Aerobic exercise can help the heart and feed the brain with the essential blood and oxygen. Use both sides of your body more frequently: become ambidextrous. Learn another language. Read and write (use your nondominant hand) on a daily basis: the more complicated the better. Learn sign language, as it raises IQ and increased IQ lowers the risk of dementia.
What to do?
Play board games, as board game-playing lowers the risk of dementia. Travel lowers the risk of dementia as it involves a new and complex environment. Play a musical instrument. Listen to classic songs, as it can help to increase learning. Pray on a daily basis since it enhances your immune system. Attend regularly an official place of worship — it pertains to better quality of life and longevity. Learn how to meditate to be able to slow down. Animals exposed to environments which are too stimulating demonstrate slowed brain growth.
Learn relaxation procedures with deep breathing and muscle relaxation. Slow down and don’t be afraid to say”no”. Eat 80 percent of what you plan to eat at every meal. Reasonable caloric restriction can increase your wellbeing. Eat with utensils and you’ll eat less and eat healthy foods. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. This includes fatty fish like salmon, sardines and herring. Several ounces of salmon per week decrease the risk of dementia.
Walnuts and unsalted nuts are also great for you. Increase your intake of antioxidants. Including Vitamins C and E. Colored fruits (apples, pears, cantaloupe and berries) and vegetables are good for you. The FDA recommends five servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Decrease your consumption of processed foods and red meats. Lean meat like chicken breast without skin is relatively okay. Green leafy vegetables are good for you. Eat one sit down meal with others per day.