What You Don’t Know About the Brain
The quality of light directly affects how your brain works. This organ can produce some substances on its own. And in general, in the head is not one, but three brains! .. Your attention is that you did not know about this amazing and complex organ.
The human brain easily copes with the most sophisticated information transmission system on Earth, reading signs and understanding their meaning. To create this miracle, he sends an electrical impulse through wires hundreds of kilometers long to brain cells – so tiny that thousands of such cells would fit into this line. And all this happens so quickly that you do not even have time to blink. By the way, you just did it.
Amazing facts have been selected from the best books on the brain. Let’s start with the new Brain Biohacking. This is a program book with which you can speed up your brain in just 2 weeks.
The strength of mitochondria
The energy that feeds us is produced in the mitochondria, and you will be surprised to know how important they are for the quality of life.
Mitochondria are cigar-shaped objects inside your cells, linked by a double membrane. The inner membrane is folded and tightly packed inside the outer membrane. A typical human cell contains between one and two thousand mitochondria. The cells in the parts of our body that require the most energy – the brain, retina and heart – each contain about ten thousand mitochondria. This means that you have over a quadrillion mitochondria inside you. There are even more of them than bacteria inside the digestive tract! And, in essence, your entire respiratory system is designed to deliver oxygen to your mitochondria, which could produce the energy (ATP) that allows you to live.
How the body reacts to the outside world depends on mitochondria. A source
As mitochondria become more efficient, your mental capacity increases. The better your mitochondria can handle energy production, the better your body and mind function, the more you can do, and the better you feel.
Trash light is as harmful as fast food
Today we are exposed to more unnatural light than ever before. Let’s call it trash light. Once we accidentally ruined our health by playing with nature and transforming food into fast food. Now we spoil our health by altering natural light sources and creating trashy light. Mitochondria (which feed the brain with energy) do not tolerate it well, because they evolved in a different light.
At every moment, our eyes perceive a huge amount of information about the world around us, and the brain needs a lot of energy to process it. When the eyes are forced to operate in an unnatural spectrum of light, the mitochondria are stressed, energy production slows down, and more free radicals are released. As a result, it is more difficult for the brain to process the visual information that the eyes receive. This can be a big performance hit. In addition, mitochondria communicate with each other, so the stress that mitochondria experience in the eyes can weaken mitochondria in the brain, heart, and in the body in general.
Wi-Fi and phone affect performance
Electromagnetic fields act on myelin, the vital sheath of nerve fibers. In one study, rats that were exposed to electromagnetic fields found significant damage to the myelin sheaths, which means a high risk of multiple sclerosis and neurological problems. Exposure to electromagnetic frequencies increases blood sugar levels. Why is this happening? As you already well know, a decrease in mitochondrial function leads to an increase in blood sugar levels: after all, when the mitochondria are not working well, blood sugar is not efficiently converted into energy. Where to go to this excess sugar, since mitochondria damaged by electromagnetic fields do not use it? He will continue to dangle in blood.
Protect yourself from electromagnetic fields: Do not carry your phone in your trouser pocket and use a headset when talking on the phone. This, by the way, is another reason to turn off Wi-Fi at night or leave the phone in another room. If you want to increase the level of protection, you can install electrostatic precipitators in the house: they plug into the outlets and reduce the chaotic reverberation in the house wiring, so that you are exposed to fewer diverse electromagnetic fields.
Why sleep directly affects performance
Interestingly, when we sleep, brain cells shrink by almost 60 percent – this makes it easier for fluid to circulate in tissues. After cleaning, the cells return to their normal size. All this contraction, expansion and pumping of fluid (hey, this is not a plumber, we are still talking about the brain) involves – I think you guessed it – mitochondria. This means that if mitochondria work efficiently, then harvesting will take place faster. This is a mutually beneficial relationship: the better your mitochondria work, the better your glymphatic system functions and the better you sleep. And the better you sleep, the better your mitochondria work, because they have been cleaned off.
In general, if you want to give everyone the heat during the day, you need to get better sleep at night.
We have a huge brain. For comparison: chimpanzees, the closest relatives of humans, have a body size quite comparable to ours, while their brain is three times smaller – such data are given in the book “Diet for the mind”.
This difference in size translates into a high degree of specialization in the various regions of the brain responsible for complex cognitive functions such as speech, introspection, and the ability to solve problems through which we can make tools, think symbolically, and socialize. This is what makes us human and allows us to take better care of ourselves.
However, large brains are very expensive for our species. Firstly, it is heavy and not easy to carry, and secondly, it absorbs a lot of energy, which means it requires a huge amount of calories and nutrients. Compared to other mammals, humans need to pay much more attention to energy balance to feed their brains.
The brain produces nutrients
The brain is extremely conservative when it comes to “food imports.” Everything that he is able to work out on the inside is developed on the inside. Yes, you got it right: the brain has the ability to produce nutrients. Not all, of course. And the rest should come with food.
Our head contains not one, but three brains, writes John Medina in his book “The Rules of the Brain.” One, inherited from the ancestors, is responsible for the natural functioning of the biological organism; the second controls emotions; and the third, located on top of the first two, like a thin layer of jelly, and makes us highly developed, intelligent creatures.
What you do and learn throughout your life affects the shape and appearance of your brain — in other words, changes its wiring.
Learning causes physical changes in the brain that are unique to each individual human being. Even identical twins with identical experiences have different neural wiring. This is explained by insignificant differences in the mechanism of processing incoming information.
The brain is as workable as the body. A source
The brain works like a muscle: the more active you are, the larger and more complex it becomes. Whether this leads to the development of intelligence is another question, but the fact remains undeniable: physical activity affects the shape of the brain. You can create and modify “wiring” by simply changing a musical instrument or sport.
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Based on materials from the books “Brain Biohacking”, “Diet for the Mind”, “Brain Rules”