In the past two decades, thanks to neuroscience, we have learned more about how the human brain operates than we have in the previous hundred years or so.
More awareness is now being placed on the importance of brain health because if our brain is functioning optimally, all other areas of our lives from our mental, emotional and physical well-being, will also be working well.
Even though our brain is a small organ, making up approximately 2% of our body’s weight, it uses up to 30% of the calories we consume, around 20% of the oxygen we breathe and about 25% of the blood flow in our bodies. It’s quite astonishing to know that our brain is almost 85% water.
The brain is a complex electrical system and the better we take care of it, the better it will work for us.
At a recent seminar I attended, one of the guest speakers was Dr Daniel Amen, a neuroscientist and founder of Amen Clinics. Having scanned thousands of human brains, Dr Amen focuses on educating people on the importance of brain health.
A couple of things he mentioned during his talk that resonated with me were:
- We won’t know exactly how healthy our brain is unless we look. Dr Amen does that by conducting highly specialised brain scans.
- Learning how to take care of our brain is the first and most important step to success, in anything we want do. When our brain is working right, we also work right.