Try this easy way to improve your brain power
October 17th, 2016 by NHI
Just because you’re getting on in years, it doesn’t mean that your brain, its inner structure and your mental powers have to stagnate or decline. You can always change your brain for the better.
I’ve been reading up lately on neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change and grow even in adulthood. “Plasticity” in this context means the ability to reshape, remap and re-form our brains as you would a piece of clay.
I’ve seen amazing case studies of people who came back from “incurable” brain injuries and diseases, and healthy people who became dramatically sharper and more able.
More importantly – you can “form” your brain and open it up to beneficial improvements with just a little extra effort. Here’s how. . .
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The Plasticity Factor
One of the prime features of the brain is the fact that throughout your life it retains its neuroplasticity – the ability to reshape its neural networks to help you cope with everyday life, learn new things and adjust to your surroundings.
Without that feature, every time a new smartphone hit the market none of us would be able to figure out how to make it work. Every day your brain restructures a part of its neural network to coordinate new knowledge about new things in your life – including newly acquired gadgets.
But there’s a key activity you can do to make sure your brain’s neuroplastic capacity is at full power.
Keep up your exercise program – especially aerobic exercise..
A study at the University of Pisa in Italy clearly shows that aerobic exercise (biking, running, swimming, etc.) buttresses the brain’s neuroplastic ability to rewire its neural activity.1
In this case, the research focused on how exercise alters and boosts plasticity in the brain’s visual cortex – the part of the brain where visual input from each of the eyes is gathered and interpreted.
The experiment was clever. The researchers asked their study subjects to wear an eye patch over one eye for two and a half hours at a time. The scientists knew, from previous tests, that when one eye is covered for even a short period of time, the brain’s circuitry changes to accommodate the lack of nerve signals from that eye.
For 150 minutes, the 19 people involved in the research wore an eye patch while they sat and watched a movie. Afterwards, the researchers measured their brain activity in the visual cortex to analyze changes to neuron activity.
Then, for the second session, and for the same amount of time, the people in the study wore an eye patch again and watched a movie, but periodically took time to pedal on an exercise bike. And once again the researchers measured the activity in the visual cortex.
More Ability to Grow and Adapt
The study showed there are significantly more neural adjustments in the brain when people exercise. The researchers believe that this occurs because exercise reduces the level of GABA in the affected neurons. GABA – gamma-aminobutyric acid – is a neurotransmitter that generally restrains the activity of nerves.
As the scientists put it, the reduction in GABA “triggers homeostatic plasticity” among neurons. With GABA out of the way, the neurons are freed up to make more changes in their connections and activity.
The analysis shows that although GABA was somewhat reduced in the brains of people who had an eye covered but didn’t exercise, exercise enhanced this reduction in GABA and increased the brain’s ability to rewire itself.
Your Brain Can Change – You Can Change
Now, when it comes to neuroplasticity, researchers have found that our brains are the champs among all the earth’s creatures. Studies comparing our brains to those of other primates, like chimpanzees, demonstrate that the brain structure of those animals is much more locked into place by genetics. But when it comes to humans, our neurons can almost always be rewired and upgraded.2
So the next time you’re struggling to learn something challenging, take a few exercise breaks. The extra neuroplastic power may make your learning tasks just that much easier.
Better yet, make exercise a part of your everyday routine (assuming you’d like to think faster and remember better). A half hour walk each day will work wonders.