Brain CareThe brain is approximately 2% of a person's weight. However, the brain uses approximately 20% of the body's energy, even while resting. The brains energy use is approximately ten times that of the rest of the body per gram of tissue.
Glucose is the main energy source required to keep the cells alive and functioning well.
The liver, kidneys and pancreas all work together in order to maintain the correct glucose level in the blood. The blood then carries glucose to the brain at a stable rate.The glucose provides the energy that the brain requires for the brain to make cells, to repair any damage and the chemical required for nerves to communicate.
If you find it hard to concentrate in the afternoon or late in the morning eating fruit can help.
Stress & the Brain
Evidence suggests that stress damages the brain. Stress has been linked to individual wellbeing and health (Weston, 2002). Specifically, persons who suffer from 'stress effects' have a higher incidence of depression, headaches, backache, influenza and possibly some types of cancer. In addition, stress can affect both long-term and working memory, as it interferes with both the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus. Chronic stress may well cause the hippocampus to decrease in size and may cause permanent cell death.
By reducing and/or managing stress you can preserve your nerve cells and maintain your mental abilities.
Manage stress, Anxiety or Depression
Psychiatric chemist William Frey, Ph.D., found that tears are different. Unlike tears caused by eye irritants, emotional tears contain abundant amounts of adrenaline and additional stress related chemicals. Thus crying may help in alleviating stress.
Depression not only slows the brains metabolism but effects memory and may cause some brain damage affecting memory. If you think you may have depression see your doctor.
SleepWhen we are in a deep sleep, the brain not only repairs itself but also boosts the immune system.
Sleep helps to keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Sleep also repairs the body's tissues as hormones are released during sleep. Sleep also strengthens the immune system; and regulates appetite, weight and controls blood glucose levels.
Delta waves activate the release of growth hormone, which is important for healing.
During (REM) sleep, the brain stores & sorts information that was learned the previous day.Not enough sleep or poor sleep causes fatigue, suppresses the immune system, and may lead to impaired memory, concentration and mood disorders.
Some studies suggest that women may require up to one hour extra sleep per night in comparison to males, and not getting that extra hour may be one of the reasons females are more susceptible to depression than males (the National Sleep Research Project).
Sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke please seek medical help.
A common cause of sleep problems is not being able to let go of the anxiety and worry of the day.
Food for the brain
The cells in the brain require certain fats these fats are digested and broken down into fatty acid molecules. These fats are then utilized into cell membranes.
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