Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We Can Regenerate Our Brain Cells

As a generation that seems obsessed with youth, it is great news that we can regenerate our brain cells.  No one wants to experience some of the mental side effects associated with aging like forgetfulness, slower reaction, difficulty learning new things, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  People would be willing to take any supplement to regenerate their brain cells to prevent these mental side effects.  We all want to feel energetic and focused our entire life.

The readers of Forbes magazine are entrepreneurs who want to succeed financially and stay in the game for the long haul.  Forbes does not just report on how to make money through business techniques and acumen.  They look at all the factors that make a person successful in business.  One of the factors is health, having a strong mental state.  The best business plans will fail to some extent without strong mental ability and focus to carry them out.  This is why I found out about the brain's ability to regenerate brain cells from Forbes magazine (Even though I am in a heart based profession like Ayurveda and coaching, I still want to learn the best ways to be successful which I can learn from a publication geared to successful entrepreneurs. The truth is we can learn something from everyone.)

Reporting on a recent study from Cell Metabolism the article revealed that exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, the brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age.  Apparently, when we exercise nerve cells release proteins that stimulate the production of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), BDNF helps preserve existing brain cells and stimulates the growth of new neurons.   What this means to you is that  regular aerobic endurance exercise strengthens and grows your brain. Specifically, your memory and ability to learn benefit from the exercise.  It has also been shown to reduce the occurrence and symptoms of both dementia or Alzheimer's. 

Exercise is of the most promising nonpharmaceutical treatments to improve your brain health.  The most important message from a study like this is that mental decline is not inevitable.  You just need to get moving.  The thought of it may seem unappealing, but you will feel better when you do it.  I have experienced it personally and there is science to back it up.  As a coach, I can help you fit it into your life in small, easy steps.

Stay healthy & well,

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