Experts previously believed that your brain could no longer change or develop further after a given point in life, but now we know this isn't true. With time and patience, you can rewire your brain, which may help protect against cognitive decline.
Neuroscience is showing that we can change our brains during our life. This is the plasticity of the brain. As our brain continues to reform and rewire itself based on how much or how little neural pathways are used. That means that we can learn new behaviours, and change our mindset by building new neural pathways. There is a saying, "Cells that fire together, wire together." Which, in essence, means that the best way to learn or create new behaviours for ourselves is by doing the new task a few times so that the neurons "fire together" and eventually "wire together".
The Firing and Wiring of pathways is a result of the connections of neurons in our brain. Each neuron has about 1,000 "arms" called dendrites that...
You probably know that protein is needed for muscles and fibre is good for your gut, but what foods support the health of your brain?
Our brain processes all our thoughts and interactions with the world, stores memories, controls communication, movement and most of the organs in our body. It requires about 20% of your energy needs, more than any other organ, yet we hardly register this mental heavy lifting nor what foods help to support it.
Most importantly, your brain is delivered oxygen, glucose and essential nutrients through your circulating blood so the foods that are good for your heart are also great for your brain. To support both of these, be mindful of your salt consumption and favour mono-saturated fats. These can be found in avocadoes, olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
There are certain nutrients that can support healthy cell repair and signalling, reduce cellular stress and inflammation, slow down brain ageing and improve cognition and brain plasticity. Inflammation...
When you think of the options you have for improving your mood, you may not consider the contents of your shopping basket. Whether it’s the ups and downs of everyday life or more enduring mood challenges, the foods you eat can have a big influence on your emotions and how you experience them.
The link between food and mood is complex but research points to several important relationships. Your diet affects neurotransmitter production, inflammation, stress hormones, blood sugar fluctuations and gut health and these things directly impact your mental wellbeing.
Holistic nutritionist and chef Kate Spina shares her top 3 tips with Mindology :
The simplest thing you can do for your mood is to eat enough at regular times throughout the day. This gives your brain enough energy to function at it's best and helps you feel calmer. When we skip meals, we can feel distracted and irritable so plan for regular meals or snacks before you get ...