IN YOUR DAILY DOSE today you’ll learn that scientists have discovered that neurons in your brain can switch functions. This discovery could lead to better control of neurological conditions, such as epilepsy.
IN MAKING CHANGES are techniques you can use to protect your brain and nervous system from damage.
IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover the animal that is faster than a horse and roars like a lion.
In The News
Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, have discovered a switch that controls the properties of the neurons in your brain and body which change when they are presented with changes in their neural network.
Basically, this means that some neurons are able to adapt their properties when presented with a problem, like learning a new motor task. The authors were studying two different classes of interneurons, only to discover that they were the same, having the ability to change between two different states.
These particular cells are found in the cerebral cortex and responsible for memory, cognition and learning. By more fully understanding this mechanism, scientists believe that they can better recommendations about educational policy and brain repair after stroke and brain injury leading to better recoveries.
The research demonstrates the incredible plasticity of the brain and how it relates to learning and medicine. A greater understanding of this function could result in better control of epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
Daily Health Tip
We have one brain and one neurological system. While we might be able to live with just ½ a lung, or ½ a kidney or ½ a stomach, we can’t live with ½ a neurological system. It’s important that we learn the strategies to keep our brain and nervous system fully functional and healthy. There are several techniques you can use daily to protect your brain and your future.
1. Get 8 hours of sleep a night. Research has demonstrated that the brain cleans house while asleep, getting rid of toxins that destroy function. People who get less sleep have a higher risk of suffering from dementia.
2. Drink enough fluid to stay hydrated. This means your urine will be light straw colored. This helps your kidneys to flush toxins from your body.
3. Eat foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, moderate amounts of very dark chocolate, fermented foods and fruits and vegetables.
4. Take a multivitamin and consider other supplements you may need if your diet is low in foods rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin A, E, D3, K2, and C.
My Daily Affirmation
Today, I make room in my life for exercise. It helps to balance me so I can live a better quality life. I find that my circumstances seem to improve when I make time for taking care of my mind and body.
Fact Or Fiction?
Covered with feathers, these birds weigh between 150 and 320 pounds. They run faster than a horse and the male of the species will roar very similar to a lion. With incredibly strong legs, they can hold a man on their back. But, for all these abilities, they cannot fly. Have you guessed what bird we’re talking about? It’s an ostrich!
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team