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Improving Brain Function – Gary Ferone

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Exercise builds new brain cells and a process which is known as neurogenesis was recently discovered that demonstrated that the new brain cells are continuously being made as well as stored. One third of the neurons in the hippo campus, the area of the brain are involved in forming, organizing and storing memories which are regularly renewed throughout the life.

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Experiences and learning strengthened these new neurons which cause them to branch out and make new connections and as the neurons were utilized, they developed even more connections and became stronger. Our brains are made up of billions of connections and the more neurons we have the bigger our brains and the better our cognitive functioning and exercise contribute to the growing of new neurons.

The body’s fuel which is derived from our food is digested and moved into the blood stream, it needs to be converted into energy. Within each cell are thousands of smaller molecules called mitochondria which are also known as the cells’ energy factories and they turn the glucose into a substance called adenosine triphosphate. Exercise also produces proteins which travel through the blood stream and in the brain playing a critical role in our highest thought processes.

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Best Medicine: Laughter

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Laughter strengthens one’s immune system, boosts energy, diminishes pain, triggers some healthy physical changes in the body as well as protects from the damaging effects of stress and it is also a very powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Laughter lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert and nothing works faster or more dependably to bring one’s mind and body back into the balance than a good laugh. The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships as well as supporting both physical and emotional health with so much power to heal and renew.

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Laughter is good for your health, relaxes the whole body, triggers the release of endorphins, protects the heart, etc. There are some physical health’s benefits of laughter are:
–          Boosts immunity
–          Lowers stress hormones
–          Decreases pain
–          Relaxes your muscles
–          Prevents heart disease
There are some mental health’s benefits of laughter are:
–          Adds joy and zest to life
–          Eases anxiety and fear
–          Relieves stress
–          Improves mood
–          Enhances resilience
There are some social health’s benefits of laughter are:
–          Strengthens relationships
–          Attracts others to us
–          Enhances teamwork
–          Helps defuse conflict
–          Promotes group bonding