Natural Ways to Boost Brain Cell Regeneration
The old belief that your body stops producing new brain cells once it reaches adulthood has been proven wrong by new research.
New scientific research has it that your body can produce new brain cells better known as neurons throughout your life. This process is called neurogenesis and it has been found to occur in various parts of the brain such as the amygdala, hippocampus, striatum, hypothalamus, the olfactory bulb, and the cerebral cortex.With time and as the research continues, it seems likely that neurogenesis will be found in other parts of the human brain.
Two important chemicals for promoting the production of brain cells are a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF). BDNF is the most active substance involved in neurogenesis because it helps your brain grow and flourish. It also helps to keep the brain cells healthy through a variety of mechanism.NGF just the name implies encourages the growth and maintenance of the new cells both in the brain and the nervous system.
Ways to Naturally Grow More Brain Cells
- Getting enough sleep
Adequate sleep is one sure factor that can boost the health of your brain. While you sleep, your brain cleanses up all its toxins, reorganizes and consolidates the memory and grows new brain cells. Chronic lack of sleep on the other negatively affects this brain cell production process.
- Improved Diet
Researchers have discovered some unexpected ways that diet affects brain cell regeneration. It’s not just what you eat, but how much you eat and how often you eat that matters as well. What you eat if done rightly, will help improve your brain health and neurogenesis. Your brain is 60% fat, and the right fats are absolutely essential to healthy brain function. Omega 3 fatty acids, in particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) seem to be of particular importance to neurogenesis and can be found in oily fish and some plants, like hemp. Also, reducing or restrictingcaloric intake has been found to create a mild stress response in the body which increases your brain cell development.
- Continual learning
Continual learning causes your brain to produce new neurons and over time helps in strengthening the new information and things you already know. This process is called assimilation.
Both physical (aerobic activities like running, interval training, and yoga) and mental (like solving puzzles) exercise have been proven to improve brain cell development. During exercise, the body's level of testosterone increases which aids neurogenesis.
For many decades, it was believed that the brain cells could not be created. With that in mind, many people who damaged their brain cells through habits like drug abuse and alcohol abuse were unable to get help because it was thought that their damaged brain cells will remain permanently damaged. However, with advancements in research and studies, this view has been debunked. The production of new brain cells known as neurogenesis occurs naturally throughout our lifetime and can be improved by making healthy lifestyle choices.