Scientists are now able to explain how the aging process can be delayed for a several decades, without demanding practices, or costly medical procedures.
The process that keeps us at our best is neurogenesis, which is the body’s ability to grow new synapses and neurons (the essential “mechanical” equipment) in our brains. The big bonus? Every time the brain is revitalized, other organs are rejuvenated as well!
How to revitalize your brain – at any age?
• Find new and complex body movements every.
• Complexity enhances vitality in the brain. It thrives on big surprises and challenges.
• Avoid using devices to do simple tasks. Practice memorizing important personal phone numbers and email addresses instead of relying on mobile phones and computers to do the job. Learn how to navigate without depending on GPS.
• Meditation opens pathways in unused regions of the mind and opens new pathways in the brain.
• Continuing education, learning new hobbies, social interaction, and novel activities that involve foreign languages, unfamiliar locations and acquaintances, and humor – which activates and integrates both hemispheres of the brain, stimulate neurogenesis.
MAKE A POINT OF FINDING SOME VALUE AND ENJOYMENT IN WHATEVER YOU DO!
All of these promote improved intelligence, release of valuable neurochemicals, create new synaptic connections, and add up to mental and physical well-being!
Information gathered at the recent Mind and Its Potential international conference in Sidney, October 2014, where Dr Michael Merzenich, neuroscientist from the University of California, and Ruth Ostrow discussed how the aging process could be postponed through neurogenesis.