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The Fifth Pillar of Brain Fitness-Novel Learning Experiences

Hopefully you have begun to get a feel for what the concept of brain fitness is about, and a feel for how you can facilitate the daily growth of new neurons in your own noggin by attending to the pillars of brain fitness, which are physical exercise, good nutrition including omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, good sleep, stress managment, and novel learning experiences.

Novel learning experiences are required by your brain to form new connections between neurons, which can happen within minutes, by the way.

I always thought that connections between neurons were built only after I had memorized something, and my brain had reached some kind of overflow state which became a long term memory, but that is not true.

Memorization means that fragment of knowledge is now in long term memory, but connections between neurons happens sometimes in minutes when something new is learned, so if you read an interesting blog post somewhere about PTSD for example, there may be a new connection happening rapidly.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

Since you have been reading my previous posts, I know that you have begun an exercise routine, and your meals now consist of lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and perhaps you are wanting to feel the pressure of your growing brain pushing against the constraints of your skull.

But your first reward is actually a nap, or a good nights sleep, or at least learning how important sleep is to your brain, and therefore your recovery.

The third pillar of brain fitness is good sleep, and I do not think that there is a one size fits all formula for sleep.

I know that as I get older,  I do not sleep as long as I did as a kid, and I marvel at my two kids who can sleep at day, but not all night.

My fourteen year old can easliy carve out 12-14 hours of dedicated sleep time...daily.

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Posted by on in Alcoholism

 

The second pillar of brain fitness, after physical exercise, is nutrition.

From Brainfit for Life, by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt, Ph.D.

"Quality Nutrition. What you choose to put in your mouth
becomes the raw materials for building and maintaining
brain circuits. Foods and supplements can dramatically
affect the way your entire brain works. Science has shown
us that various nutrients affect brain circuits that control
mood, metabolism and intellectual abilities."

Remember back to your early days in recovery?  Perhaps the Old Timers would tell you to keep some hard candy in your pocket, to pop into your mouth if you felt any urge to drink or use.

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