Nurturing Nature-Does Your Brain Need a Workout?
Scientist believe there are over one-hundred billion neurons inside our head. Some scientists believe that neurons are not limited to the brain but are found in the heart as well. Where they are located is not so important as what they do. Bottom line, they transmit information within the brain. Information of all kinds and they can be enlarged and changed, that process is called neuroplasticity.
So what your say? Well, for those who are interested in doing better at whatever they do, here is a way to do just that. Grow your brain in the places you would like. Just as an example; London scientist have discovered that those London cab drivers that have such a wonderful memory of locations and directions have an unusually large Hippocampus, the portion of the brain that stores long-term memories. Why would the size be different?
The brain, like your muscles, responds to exercise. Just like your biceps, which get larger when you curl 40 lb. weights everyday, your
Hippocampus, the organ responsible for long-term memory, will enlarge when it is asked to remember more and more locations everyday. The London cab drivers were not born with this ability to remember they developed it by daily workout.
Hundreds of thousands of neurons atrophy and die everyday for lack of use. They also die from alcohol consumption, blows to the head or just plain getting old. We now know that learning new things creates new neurons and revitalizes old and dying ones. So you are in control.
You own your brain and it is available for use, by you, 24/7, at no charge.
Whether you are casually interested in "brain health'" or a "brain health" nut, here are 5 things you can do to promote a healthy, growing brain.
- Stay away from alcohol
- Read more
- Do daily thinking exercises, like the Crossword puzzle or Sod0ku
- Eat brain foods like broccoli and all those other veggies you never liked
- Learn new skills that require concentration.