It is fascinating to see that the brain is malleable (plastic). Simple adjustments in your daily life can already have a major influence on the gray matter in your head and therefore also the quality of life. Below you can find 7 interesting brain-specific facts and tips that you can use immediately.
A lack of sleep is not good for you, everyone knows that, even though many people realize that they are chronically deficient. Fortunately, a 30 minute nap can neutralize the hormonal effects of too little sleep associated with stress and the immune system.
Sitting is the new smoking, you’ve probably heard that before in the last year. Sitting too much is associated with a variety of physical problems that you would rather not have. But do you also know that sitting too much also affects your mental health? If you sit for more than 6 hours a day, symptoms of anxiety and depression are more present than if you only sit for 3 hours a day.
Meditation not only gives a feeling of peace and physical relaxation! An 8-week program has also been shown to have cognitive and psychological benefits. Not too long ago it was first established that meditation can bring about major positive changes in brain structure. For example, the density of the cerebral cortex, hippocampus and amygdala increased. This is associated with attention, emotional integration, self-awareness, compassion and introspection. And this with just 30 minutes of practice per day!
As essential precursors to serotonin, L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP are widely used to promote production. Vitamin D3 appears to be essential for the conversion. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA influence serotonin dynamics in the brain in different ways. Serotonin seems to be the missing link that connects vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids. So don’t forget to sit in the sun regularly and enjoy a good piece of wild fish in the summer.
About 3 million years ago, the brains of our ancestors started to grow enormously. By the time Homo sapiens emerged, the brain had grown from 350 grams to 1300 grams. Exactly how this happened was unclear for a long time, but the “expensive tissue hypothesis” seems to be a logical explanation for this and is based on a trade-off between the shrinking of the digestive system and the growth of the brain. Cooking food seems to have been crucial in this. Cooked food is softer and easier to digest than raw food.
Coffee is a very complex drink that is perhaps the most widely used nootropic in the world. In addition to caffeine, it contains hundreds or thousands of active substances that it would be impossible to isolate and study. The health effects of coffee cannot be linked to a few molecules, but it is precisely the synergistic whole that makes coffee so fascinating. Coffee drinkers are also often smokers and this makes researching the effects of coffee on health very difficult. More is not always better, so you drink coffee in moderation.
EEG alpha waves are usually linked to creative ability, but creativity seems to diminish with age. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) from green tea appears to increase alpha, beta, and theta activity in the brain. Since it also stimulates the alpha waves, drinking green tea could just be stimulating creativity.
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