We aren’t really taught how to take care of it. We are told that it makes our body work. That’s it.
The brain only makes up for about 2% of the body’s total weight but uses anywhere from 20-30 percent of the body’s oxygen and resources. Because of the amount of water in the brain which can be up to 60% in most adults, even as low as 2% dehydration which affects functions of the brain like memory, cognition, and focus.
That your body is made up of 60% water in men and 55% water in women, added onto that the brain consists of the same amount, it can be asserted that most people’s brains do not work at optimum levels. In our society, one must be able to process new information constantly, which leads to shrinking back into a protective bubble, which immediately begins corroding the brain.
As stated by Dr. Daniel G. Amen when asked about the impact of learning on the brain, “Each time you learn something new and practice it, your brain will either change the structure of its neurons (cells) or increase the number of synapses between your neurons, allowing them to send and receive information faster.”
If one is not learning and having new experiences, the brain cannot continue to grow and expand itself, similar to our universe, which is also constantly expanding. Even more so if we are not giving our brain the nutrients it needs. Because the brain controls most of the bodies functions, not ‘minding your brain’ can lead to serious consequences.
For people interested in fitness, the brain consumes energy at 10 times the rate of the rest of the body per gram of tissue. If the brain is consuming and generating this type of energy, enough to power a lightbulb while consuming the number of resources that we spoke of earlier, wouldn’t it make sense to prioritize feeding our brain THEN our body? If we focused on nutrients that the body was made of and needed for full function, instead of calories(which will come regardless), wouldn’t the body function better because of a healthy mind?
My next article will be dedicated to discovering the nutrients necessary for full body and brain function. Stay tuned.
Mind your mind. Mind your brain.