Our diet is what gives us many of the nutrients that we need to live, including carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. These first three are used to make energy for our cells. And our brain is an energy sponge. It consumes 20 percent of your body’s energy, despite only making up 2 percent of your total body weight.
Like the rest of our body, the brain is mostly water. The remainder is mostly fat. Fat plays a particularly critical role in brain health. Not the saturated or “trans” fats that you hear about in the media, but healthy fat. The fats found in your brain are primarily polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These PUFAs play an important role in the function of your brain cells. Most notably, they are involved in communication within and between brain cells.
We truly “are what we eat”. Continue reading “You Really Are What You Eat”
What if we said that you could boost your brain power? What if we said that you could do it in 20 days, working only 90 minutes each day? Sound like a bad infomercial? It’s not. Our brain is incredibly complex and dynamic organ. Connections between neurons are constantly being strengthened and weakened. This allows us to quickly learn new information but also forget or ignore less relevant information. Scientists refer to this as “neuroplasticity”. Using what scientists know about neuroplasticity, you can strengthen your brain by doing regular mental exercises. Continue reading “Brain Games Help You Gain”
Brain Awareness Week is March 12-17th. During this time, the Ontario Brain Institute (“OBI”) will launch three online events. The goals of these events are to raise awareness of brain disorders and the excellent work underway in Ontario to help solve them.
The three brain awareness initiatives are:
1) OBI Webinar Series
The OBI webinar series highlights how physicians, researchers, industry, and patient advocacy groups are working together to translate research findings into better patient care. There will be two webinars: Continue reading “Brain Awareness Week Events”