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Apr 03

Grow New Brain Cells TODAY!

Neurogenesis, great word, right?  Sounds so science fiction.

There was a time when the general scientific belief was that we were born with all the neurons we were ever going to have and as we aged the neurons died off and we inevitably developed dementia. Yikes!

Thank goodness the scientific community found evidence that new neurons are being born all the time. Not in all parts of the brain, but in the hippocampus and olfactory bulb and probably in the cerebral cortex.  If you want more of the science there is a great article at  psychologytoday.com

Building new neurons and keeping the old ones healthy interests me tremendously! Reading articles and jotting down the recommendations I came up with this list of ways to keep those brain cells cooking and regenerating!

 

  • Be an optimist
  • Find exercise that you enjoy
  • Try a new hobby
  • Socialize regularly and make new friends
  • Eat Indian food! Especially if it contains the spice turmeric.
  • Have more sex
  • Eat more Omega 3 Fatty acids
  • Have some blueberries on your morning cereal
  • Take a class

 

I was surprised how many foods and activities were prescribed to stimulate the brain and help build new neurons. I left off the use of magic mushrooms, but hey, they were in one article! The research also points to anything musical. Singing in a choir, playing an instrument, dancing. These are all super brain stimulators!

On a personal note, I’ve been taking classes in Improvisational Comedy at Comedy Sportz in Philadelphia. I started with the 101 Class and now am about to finish up the 301 Class. What a wonderful and challenging way to exercise the brain. I have taken many acting classes since my twenties and highly recommend them, but Improv takes it to a whole new level.

An interesting and varied group of fellow students have genuinely enriched my life as I’ve discovered just how trapped inside this adult brain I have become. Improv stretches the brain in ways it hasn’t stretched since I was a child with a very vivid imagination. This has to be great for building new brain cells!

Look around and see what opportunities are available in your area. Let us know what makes your brain whirr and hum!

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