For quite some time, neuroscientists have taught us that it was impossible to change our brain. Now, years later this theory has finally been proven wrong!
Neuroscientists Sandrine Thuret says that humans can indeed generate new brain cells, a process dubbed neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process in which new neurons are generated through neural stem cells. While many may believe that this is a process that doesn’t occur in adults, this notion is actually wrong. On the contrary, this occurs in specific areas of an adult brain. Just as broken bones will heal, so too does the brain.
And by doing so you will be able to benefit from a range of important benefits like improved mood, increased memory formation and prevention of the decline associated with aging.
What Habits Reduce the Natural Rate of Neurogenesis?
It is no secret that stress and lack of sleep are both terrible for the human body. But what you didn’t know is that these bad habits along with aging reduce the natural rate of neurogenesis. Certain medications, as well as poor dietary habits also restrict new neuron growth.
According to Thuret, these dietary practices increase neurogenesis:
Intake of flavonoids
Omega-3 fatty acids
Calorie restriction of 20 to 30 percent
It should also be noted that diets high in saturated fat and alcohol consumption have a negative impact on neurogenesis.
In the following TED talk, neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret explains the process of neurogenesis, and why it is important that we partake in the correct activities to ensure this process takes place.