EXERCISE & THE BRAIN
Imagine if there was a drug, or therapy that could improve brain health, cognitive function and Neurogenesis. (The growth of new brain cells.).
Well there is such a drug and it is called exercise, prescribed at 3x 30 min aerobic sessions per week.
We know how beneficial exercise is for the body, but now science is showing just how beneficial it is for the brain.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that feeds and fertilisers the brain cells.
BDNF builds and maintains the brains circuits allowing signals to travel around the brain unimpaired.
It also improves the growth and function of neutrons, protecting them from pre-mature death.
Exercise is by far the most quickest and efficient way to increase BDNF.
This is a gift from the exercise Gods.
It’s amazing the brain health benefits we get from such little exercise, but also reiterates how important it is to exercise regularly.
When we exercise a chemical is produced that has been proven to stimulate new brain cell growth.
BDNF decreases with age, also lifestyle factors such as diet, alcohol and stress will have a detrimental effect.
This can lead to impaired learning, Alzheimers, epilepsy, depression and schizophrenia.
As well as exercise, omega 3 from fatty fish, sunlight, probiotics, intermittent fasting, hot and cold therapies have all been proven to increase BDNF.
Aerobic exercise as little as 3 x 30 min sessions per week can increase its level up to 300%.