“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.” – Mehmet Oz.
Neuroscientific queries aim to grasp and gain better vision of how precisely our brains work, how complex they are and how do we affect different parts of them daily. Based on what we believe is true, our brains are why we’re actually still living, so that sheds a light on a very important question: Do our lifestyles positively or negatively affect our brains, and thus our lives as well?
Speaking of brain health, Oxford’s neuroscientists answered some questions from The Big Brain Competition regarding how lifestyles and simple exercises affect our brains, and in fact it happened that we got introduced to what they call The 3Rs of brain health: reserve, restore and regenerate.
We all probably respond the same way to a good night’s sleep, a walk or a social outing on the short term, what neuroscience does it experimenting how do we respond to these on the long term.
Leisure activities, visiting family and friends help in building better cognitive reserve, which is the ability of our brains to adapt to changes, improvise and find alternatives to overcome the challenges it faces as a consequence of ageing. Persistent involvement in such activities can delay cognitive impairment caused by ageing.
Sleep can be too important for good brain health, as it is explained that sleep kind of has restorative effects because it washes our brains off, and is considered as a break for our nerves, that is why sleep is vital for more stable ageing and better brain health.
Last but not least, researchers said that physical activities also enhance brain health as being a primary reason in regeneration of brain cells in the hippocampus which is pivotal for the memory.
Our brains do not try to adapt to our lifestyles, they more likely are suppressed to it and affected by the minimal biological changes occurring as a result of our daily routines. That’s why in order to maintain proper brain health, we should also maintain proper lifestyles, and start to question the smallest queries like: Does my brain respond differently when my children wake me up compared to when I wake up naturally?