During childhood, the brain begins to develop pathways and connections in response to external stimuli. During adolescence, the frontal lobe undergoes a surge of development. In adulthood, brain health is measured by the brain’s plasticity, or ability to adapt to new experiences. Plasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt in response to new experiences. As an adult, there are often a limitless number of new things to contend with: new jobs, marriage, children, financial responsibilities, new friends, the list goes on and on.
New findings on the adult brain establish two principles. First, the adult brain continues to grow and develop throughout our entire life, creating neuroplasticity. Second, brain development in adulthood is shaped mostly by outside stimuli. This new thinking means that we can do healthy “workouts” for our brains, as well as our bodies! There are on line brain fitness program that research supports will shape and work our brains in a way that improves our overall quality of life.
Here are tips to improve brain function from the Oregon Health & Science University:
- Experience new things! The brain is capable of making new connections throughout our lives. Each time you learn something new your brain builds new pathways.
- Maintain old skills or develop new ones, e.g. sports, gardening, learning to play a musical instrument
- Socialize with old friends, and make new friends!
- Exercise. The brain and body are connected! New studies indicate that exercise stimulates new cell growth in the brain increasing mental abilities 20% to 30%.
- Sleep. A good night of sleep (about 8 hours) is crucial for proper brain function.
- Drink plenty of water. The brain works best when properly hydrated.
- Eat a healthy diet. Research consistently demonstrates that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will benefit the brain AND the body. While the brain only weighs 3 pounds it consumes at least 20% of your caloric intake.
New experiences will improve your brain function. The brain is capable of making new connections throughout our lives and building new pathways. Biofeedback and Neurofeedback open the neural pathways that create self regulation to improve, and enhance, our neurological and physiological responses, teaching how to respond to stress in a healthy way.
If you are interested in maximizing your brain’s health, preventing cognitive impairment, call 817-500-4863, or contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. The Brain Performance Center can create a treatment plan that will take your mental capabilities to the next level within three months.