23rd April 2014
By Deane Alban
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Exactly how our brains work is still largely a mystery, but a tremendous amount has been learned about the brain in the past 20 years. As a matter of fact, we’ve learned more in the past 20 years about the brain than was previously known in all of human history! We are truly living during a brain information explosion.
Many of us are still operating on outdated information about our most complicated and important organ. A new poll conducted on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation found that a surprisingly large percentage of people still believe old brain myths. (1)
Knowing the truth about the brain goes beyond learning a new fact to win at Trivial Pursuit. Understanding how the brain works and taking action on that information can have profound effects on your brain health, and even the quality of the rest of your life.
How many of these limiting brain myths do you believe to be true?
Like for instance—-Myth #3
Memory loss and other types of mental decline are a normal part of aging.
Brain processing speed is one function that peaks in our 20′s, but many other cognitive skills improve with age. Older people often have better vocabularies, more life experience to draw from, better social skills, and enhanced problem-solving abilities. Seniors, on average, are happier than their younger counterparts. When you’re young, it’s hard to believe, but now I know this to be true.
Age-onset cognitive decline is almost always a consequence of poor lifestyle choices. And that is oddly good news. By making healthier choices, you can reverse mental decline.
Or this one —Myth #10
Improving my brain’s health will take a lot of hard work. I’m not sure I’m up for the challenge.
Getting your brain back to where it used to be, and keeping it there, isn’t hard or complicated. And it’s getting even easier all the time.
Making even a few alterations to your lifestyle can yield major changes for your brain. Some core things you should be doing for your brain, such as eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep, are things you should be doing anyway because of all the other health benefits they provide!
Taking the right supplements is another easy way to enhance the health of your brain.
Your brain thrives on being used, especially being used in new and different ways. There are brain training programs designed to stimulate your brain, which millions of people have found helpful.
Learning to play music, learning a new language, creating art or doing anything that offers new and different mental challenges work very well to give your brain the stimulation it needs. This causes the brain to grow more new cells and rewire its connections constantly, and this keeps it young, fit, and working as it should.
The upshot of all this myth-busting is that your brain is resilient and constantly changing. You have more control over the state of your brain than previously believed. Don’t waste this knowledge! Use it to create the brain, and the future, that you want.