How Sleep Impacts Our Cognitive Ability

We spend about 25 years of our existence sleeping. Sleep is undoubtedly a restorative function for our body and plays a crucial role in maintaining our well-being and health. Science, however, takes time wondering about the importance of sleep on our body and more specifically, about the great supercomputer we all have, the human brain. Until recently, there were three main theories that tried to explain the need for us to sleep. The first sleep related to energy metabolism, ie, as during the day we spend our 'batteries', by sleep were getting recharge our batteries. The second, however, associated with the inflammatory response sleep and defense mechanisms. And it is that scientists had thought that if they spend too much time awake, our body activated a defensive reactions against the body itself. For this reason, sleep was essential for any...

Brain Foods: Foods that enhance our memory and help us think better

Can brain foods improve memory, make us smarter, help us think better and have better attitude? As we know, everything we eat greatly affects our overall health. Therefore, our daily diet, without doubt affects our mood, and brain function. Our brain is very demanding in terms of energy consumption. Food intake has great influence on brain chemistry and function of neurons, especially the neurotransmitters that are responsible for transmitting nerve impulses from one neuron to another. This will have consequences on our mood, on how to sleep, socialize, etc. Nutritional factors that impact on our mental health are: Consumption of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, alcohol, snuff and caffeine. In general, the lack or excess of various nutrients causes the deterioration of the function of our brain. It is...

The Mysteries of The Brain and It’s Link to Evolution.

The human brain contains key information about our Evolution Weighing about kilo and a half but it keeps all the secrets of our evolution. In the brain are the answers to the questions we ask about the milestones and significant events that have led us to what we are today, after millions of years of evolution: the pedigree of the evolution of species. The human brain is the result of the evolution of millions of years from the brain structure of reptiles The most primitive part of the brain of Homo sapiens is the brain stem or reptilian brain that is connected to the top of the spinal cord. There is nothing created by man that can remotely approach the complexity, plasticity and strength of the human brain. The brain is the control center for intelligence, feelings, memory, spirituality and consciousness of those who have been, are and...

How Meditation Effects The Human Brain

Often we are not aware of the pleasure of sitting around doing nothing, letting the mind wander in the here and now, it is on the beach, getting carried away by the sound of the waves; in the bush next to a stream, or simply at home. It is not only a relaxing experience that helps us balance our thoughts after a day's work and to reconnect; if we also pay attention to our thoughts, to some external object or our consciousness, we will be meditating. Etymologically, meditation comes from the Latin meditatio, defining a type of intellectual exercise. We use it to describe the practice of a state of concentrated attention, either on an external object, our thoughts, or just about the state of concentration itself. This practice, of doing “nothing” has proven to have a massive impact on the human brain. Since the 1960's, and especially since 1968...

Interesting Facts About The Human Brain

Although the size of the human brain is relatively small, it is a complex organ. The functions of the brain has been found by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks in 400 BC. Hippocrates was the first to discover that the brain plays an important role in sensitivity and intelligence. Research on brain functioning accelerated 0-1500 AD. During this time period, some medical doctors too recognize the neurological disorders and treatments for it. In recent times the study of the brain has branched out into different areas of specialty from Neurosciences, cognitive science, psychology and behavioral science just to name a few. Even though we have been studying the brain for decades now, we have yet to scratch the surface on all the complexities of the brain and it's relationship to our body as well as the environment around us. Some of the things we do...