Our “Brain” Our “Future”

Right Use of Right Brain

VINOD CHANDRASHEKHAR DIXIT

Our “Brain” Our “Future”

22nd July is observed as “World brain Day.” The main objective of this day of the brain is to increase public awareness and promote advocacy related to brain health. Brain health can refer to many prevention methods designed to help preserve both mental health and brain neurological health. As people have become increasingly more vulnerable to neurological issues, raising awareness of the issue is as important. According to figures put out by the World Federation of Neurology, over 2.8 million people, belonging to all ages, are living with multiple sclerosis. In several parts of the world, there is no access to treatment and trained healthcare professionals. Nowadays, we are bombarded with so much information in such a short time that our brain has problems processing all this data. Often we underestimate the overstimulation and don’t even notice that our brain is overloaded.

Our brain is truly the most amazing part of your body. It comes up with creative ways to express our thoughts and emotions, coordinates movements from chopping onions to running an obstacle course, stores our most precious childhood memories etc.Our brain consists of about 100 billion neurons and up to five times as many glial cells. Each neuron connects to about 10,000 other neurons by way of trillions of synapses. The length of these connections end-to-end would wrap around the earth four times. World Brain Day advocates early diagnosis of this condition that can help improve the quality of life of the patient. Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative brain disease that affects more than 7 million people of all ages worldwide. Parkinson’s can impact movement and almost all aspects of brain function. Our nervous system and brain function consume a lot of energy. Vitamin B1 is necessary for the formation of an enzyme responsible for the conversion of carbohydrates, which are of great importance in supplying energy to the nervous system. Maintaining blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar at optimum levels is important because abnormally high levels of these may lead to complications that can cause atherosclerosis and blood clots.

Exercise provides many benefits overall, including better stamina, strength, stress management, and immune function. But the main reason movement helps the brain is that it reduces inflammation while stimulating growth factors that promote the function and growth of neural cells. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, boosts brain waste disposal and stimulates your motor and sensory systems.  Diet based items like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and quality proteins can be beneficial to brain health. According to Romie Mushtaq, MD, a neurologist and integrative medicine specialist, a key way to keep our brain working is shut it off for 7-9 hours a night. Sleep is the most important thing you can do to reset the brain, allow it to heal, and to restore mental health. The brain can be continuously and consistently enriched throughout our life no matter your age or access to resources. Wearing a helmet can help prevent brain injuries that can lead to cognitive decline. But lack of exercise, poor diet, use of certain medications, and more can also put brain health at risk.