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Your brain is plastic!

Updated: May 27, 2023

What is brain neuroplasticity?

Brain plasticity, neuroplasticity, neuronal plasticity ... different words to describe an extraordinary skill that our brain has. It is "plastic"!

What is brain neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the process by which neurons can be created, reorganized and improve the efficiency of their communication with each other. It occurs every time we learn something new, whether it is academic, creative or motor.

Neural plasticity is therefore the brain's ability to recover and restructure itself. This adaptive capacity allows the brain to recover after traumas, disorders or lesions but also to reduce the impact of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, dyslexia, ADD, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)

For a long time, it was assumed that once we reach adulthood, we lose neurons every day and that our "stock of neurons" can only decrease as the years go by. Not true!

Today, thanks to research, we know that new neurons can be produced throughout life (neurogenesis) and above all that the brain is capable of reorganizing itself, regardless of age. It adapts throughout our lives. Take care of it!

Tips to stimulate memory :

1. Have an active social life: Social contacts allow you to stay awake. Group activities offer the opportunity to learn, observe and discuss.

2. Control your emotions: Avoid moments of stress, fear and anxiety. Medical imaging techniques show that stress or depression alter the activity of neurons and brain plasticity. Learning to control our emotions helps to combat this brain damage.

3. Train your brain

Take every opportunity to train your memory or acquire new skills. Many programs are available on the internet, library, board games or game consoles etc...

4. Sleep well: Lack of sleep is directly related to the consolidation of new learning in the memory. New neuronal connections are strengthened during sleep

(brain plasticity)

5. Move well: Physical activity at any age has a beneficial influence not only on the body but also on the functioning of our brain. Physical exercise helps to bring blood, and therefore oxygen, to the brain's neurons.

Physical activity promotes the renewal of brain neurons and their connections, including the hippocampus, an area essential to the proper functioning of memory.

6. Eat well: The brain is a very special organ whose nutritional needs are just beginning to be known. By eating better, you can improve your cognitive abilities, protect your brain and even its ability to recover.

Follow the DC BREDESEN program

7. Treat yourself: Each new learning experience creates a new circuit in the brain. Stay the course! With Hebbs' theory!

- Theory of cognitive processing -

This rule suggests that when two neurons are jointly excited, a link between them is created or reinforced. This theory attempts to explain associative learning, in which an association is made by repeating two stimuli. The repetition of one stimulus alone leads to the subsequent recall of the other stimulus.

Hebbs' theory states that in order to adopt a new habit it is sufficient to perform the new behavior at the same time every day or at a specific time in interaction with another action, associating the new behavior with an already existing habit, for example:

You want to drink more water

- Have a glass of water before each meal

- Take a pee and drink a glass of water

When you integrate a new habit, choose something pleasant. This will help motivate you.

- Take a walk and practice breathing techniques

- Practice stretching before getting out of bed

- Reading and drinking a smoothie or herbal tea instead of coffee

Plan a ringtone for your new habit, because repetition is the key to success

Donald Hebb, a Canadian born in Chester, Nova Scotia, became a world-renowned scientist who advanced physiological studies in psychology.

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