It weighs about 3lbs, it resides inside your head, and it runs your entire life. Not something many women are interested in, apart from the everyday frustrations that come from not being able to understand how men’s brains work. But why should you, as a woman, care more about your own brain?
- Your brain is involved in everything you do: what thoughts you have, what decisions you make, what sensations you feel, how you act and react to things, and how you get on with other people. Your brain really runs your whole life
- If your brain is healthy, your life goes right. But if your brain is not working the way it’s supposed to, you’re likely to have trouble in your life. Brain health is the difference between a sad, sick, lonely, and unsuccessful person and a happy, healthy, sociable and successful one
- Your brain is the most complicated organ in the universe. It’s thought to home 100 billion neurons and more connections than there are stars in the universe. Even though it’s only 2% of your body’s weight, if we were able to turn it into a computer, the computer would take up the whole country of France and it would need all the water in the rivers Seine and Loire just to keep it from overheating and exploding!
- Many things can compromise the health of your brain: an unhealthy diet, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, hypertension, toxic exposure, infections and brain injuries
- It’s estimated that over 50% of people aged 40 today will suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease later on in life. Alzheimer’s starts in the brain decades before you have any symptoms, and in most cases it’s a preventable disease
- According to brain experts Depression is a symptom, not a disease. It has many causes, and each cause requires its own treatment. Scientists have described up to 7 types of depression. Many result from deficiencies in certain neuro chemicals and nutrients
- Thankfully there’s things you can do to improve the health of your brain, i.e.: new learning, great nutrition, coordination exercises, meditation, nutritional supplements, becoming part of a community, and many more…
- On average we lose 85,000 neurons a day. And your behavior is either accelerating or decelerating this process. You actually have a choice in how fast your brain ages!
- You have a brain reserve. Your brain reserve consists of extra function and tissue to help you deal with unexpected stress. When you’re born, you typically have a lot of brain reserve, especially if your parents took good care of themselves before and during pregnancy. But if you’re not careful, you can lose this reserve. Bad lifestyle habits or aging can deplete your reserves. When this happens certain symptoms can develop: memory problems, depression, fatigue, irritability… which can lead to more serious conditions