How new brain cells are grown
Neurogenesis happens in two parts of the brain: the hippocampus and the olfactory bulb. The former is responsible for emotional health and memory function while the latter is associated with smell.
In order to stay mentally sharp and emotionally balanced, we need to develop habits that promote neurogenesis: having a healthy diet, getting consistently good sleep, and regular exercise. Your diet needs to consist of omega-3 fatty acids, phytonutrients, B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.
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Brain cells get destroyed when we experience high levels of chronic inflammation. This mainly happens due to chronic stress, unhealthy eating habits (eating too much processed sugar, meat, and refined carbs), and not getting enough rest.
When we have an inflamed brain, it leads to brain fog, anxiety, depression, and low energy; and in the long run, it may cause cognitive decline and other diseases.
The neurotrophin BDNF is a type of protein that helps with the brain cells' growth and survival.
In order to boost its production, a diet with consistent omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoids are great boosters. Moreover, anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, rosemary, and ginger are important as well.
To avoid cognitive decline
• Get your heart rate up:Aim to do aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week;
• Change your eating patterns:Evidence shows that calorie restriction, intermittent fasting, and time-restricted eating are beneficial for the brain;
• Prioritize sleep:Aim for 7-9 hours, and nap if it suits you. Our need for sleep decreases as we age.
Brain development happens at different rates for different parts of the brain but here are the major trends in the construction that takes place:
When the brain learns new things, it connects neuron cells and creates new pathways. Learning new facts may not be very useful, but if one learns a new language, skill or a musical instrument, the neuron magic starts to happen and the rewiring begins.
If we have a growth mindset, where our skills and abilities can be consciously developed, the magic of the brain’s neuroplasticity starts to happen.
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