START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

3 Myths to Dispel About the Brain

What if we could improve our memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and keep our brains young with just a few simple mindfulness techniques?


Deepak Chopra recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show discussing memory and the brain. With the recent release of his new book, Super Brain, co-authored by Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, there has been a lot in the air about the connection between the mind, aging and brain health. Deepak and Rudy discuss some key themes from the book, including memory, love, and sleep, on The Chopra Well series, SUPER BRAIN.

As it turns out, we have more of a say in the strength and resilience of our brains than we may have thought. Here are three myths to dispel before we can harness the power of our “super brains.” If we can wrap our minds around these, then we are off to a great start.

Myth #1: Over the course of our lives, our brains continuously lose cells that will never be replaced.

Truth: We do lose brain cells as a natural course of wear and tear (about one per second), but these cells are replaced and can even increase in a process called “neurogenesis.” Several thousand new nerve cells come into being every day in the hippocampus, home of short-term memory. We can promote the birth of these new cells by choosing to learn new things, take risks, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding emotional stress and trauma, which have been shown to inhibit neurogenesis.

Myth #2: The brain is hardwired and cannot be changed.

Truth: Our brains are actually incredibly flexible, if we can just learn to nurture and foster their development. The term for this “re-wiring” is neuroplasticity and is dependent on our own will to try new things, tackle new goals and experience change. The brain’s circuitry can be reshaped by our thoughts, desires, and experiences. This property has been vividly illustrated by dramatic recoveries after injuries, but it also comes to bear every time you take a new route to work or learn a new skill.

Myth #3: Memory loss with age is irreversible.

Truth: It is possible to prevent and even reverse memory loss! Ever misplaced your keys and blamed it on old age? The fact is, you have to learn something in the first place before you can forget it. So it may be that you just never learned where you placed your keys. Practice mindfulness as the first step toward building a resilient memory. Also, memories associated with feelings are much stronger than memories based in simple, hard fact. We must take an interest in everything going on around us, stay alert, and resist feeling hopeless or apathetic about the aging process. Our brains are capable of miracles, regardless of age.

For more, watch Deepak Chopra on Dr. Oz, and grab a copy of Super Brain so you can start strengthening your brain right now!

Subscribe to The Chopra Well for more inspiring videos every day!

Related Articles:

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit
4 Tips to Offset Aging and Strengthen Your Brain
Deepak Chopra: How to Inspire Your Brain
When Does Your Personal Growth Journey End?

Read more: Aging, Alzheimer's, Family, Health, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By The Chopra Well

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Chelsea, selected from Intent.com

Intent.com provides content and community for who you aspire to be--personally, socially and globally. Follow Intent on Twitter here.

77 comments

+ add your own
9:10AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

thanks! interesting

7:17AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Loved the article! Thank you!

3:37AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:36AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Very interesting,thank you!

9:45AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thank you.

8:00PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

THanks for the facts! The brain is so complicated and amazing. I know we have still so much more to learn about it.

3:38PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Do not know much about the brain, it is always wait and see

2:53PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

try to tell that to people are addicted to certain substances, tell that to people with brain injuries, and until scientist figure out what is causing the build up of aluminum in the brain of Alzheimer's patients, we really do know much about the brain

12:07PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Really interesting article and we are just learning about the brain and I am sure there will be more surprizes with the function of our brains to come with research. It is great that they have been busting the old myths.

9:00PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Wondering where to find them.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

thanx for the post

Try mixing cocoa powder with pureed prunes. I know, it sounds disgusting, but it makes the best tast…

You will be greatly missed ... RIP, Robin.

Ummmmm...... I cannot believe this. It is so easy to blame something else, however.... us Human Be…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.