I really enjoyed this book from Sanjay Gupta – I have followed his Documentary on Chasing Life, and the idea of being able to grow new brain cells and Keep our brains Sharp is fascinating to me!
From the neuroscience research world and the global council on brain health, studies now show that you can build new brain cells. This wasn’t always the belief – they used to think there were only two times in your life when new brain cells developed. As a new baby, or after a traumatic brain injury. Scientists have now found that is not the case. There are places in the world that have little or no dementia. So much of dementia can be addressed by lifestyle – which is a very inspiring thing.
The three main things you can do to build your brain are as follows:
- Move – humans were designed to be moving continuously. The connection between physical fitness and brain fitness is clear, direct, and powerful. Moderate walking numerous times during the day releases neurotrophic factors when you move.
- Sleep – Scores of well-designed studies routinely show that poor sleep can lead to impaired memory and that chronic stress can impair your ability to learn and adapt to new situations. You need to get at least seven hours of sleep a night which is the bare minimum if you want to have normal, healthy functioning physiology from your brain on down.
- Nourish – By eating some foods and limiting others, you can preserve your memory and brain health. In the Blue Zones, people typically eat a big breakfast, a medium lunch, and a small dinner. For the healthiest diet – think SHARP. Slash sugar, Hydrate, Add natural Omega-3 fats, Reduce portions, and Plan what you are going to eat!
Discovering and connecting are key as well and we will go over those pillars in another conversation.
According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, author of “Keep Sharp – building a better brain at any age”, “Never forget that the brain is exceptionally plastic. It can rewire and reshape itself through your experiences and habits, and a lot of this remolding can be achieved in a mere twelve weeks. It’s like building any other muscle.”
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