How many facts about the brain do you know? Many people have either incorrect facts about the brain or don’t know much at all about the most important, and the most powerful, organ in their body. When it comes to a full and satisfying life, the brain is the part that controls all of it. How we feel, from being happy or depressed, to the motivation we need to get out of bed and do things that may seem a bit arbitrary or redundant and boring, all begins and ends within the brain.
There is a great deal that scientists have uncovered about the brain and yet still so much that isn’t fully understood. The simple idea about a thought continues to baffle and confound most people and while it isn’t crucial that you know all of the facts about the brain, it’s a good idea to know at least a few quality facts about the brain.
Let’s try a few on for size first.
Facts about the brain 1 and 2:
The average brain weighs three pounds. Considering your overall body weight, this is a very small number. In fact, the brain uses 20% of the energy you consume, even though it weighs less than 2% of your total body weight.
The brain can survive up to four to six minutes without oxygen before parts of it begins to die. Many people incorrectly assume that the brain immediately begins to die when the oxygen supply is cut off. This simply isn’t true. However, once brain cells die, they will not be recovered. Other organs in the body have the ability to regenerate brain cells. The brain does not.
Do either of these two facts about the brain add up to much of anything? Perhaps not, but let’s continue.
Facts about the brain 3 and 4:
The brain generates approximately ten to twenty-five watts of power, which is enough to illuminate a small light bulb. This could be why when someone has an idea, the image of a light bulb goes on over their head.
A healthy brain has over one hundred billion (100,000,000,000) neurons. Neurons are the brain cells that carry information signals to different regions of the brain to process and determine solutions or to signal other regions of the body to carry out certain activities.
The brain, therefore, is an intensely complex machine. Compared to the average personal computer, the brain is entire army of the most powerful computers, all working together at once. Each neuron has a particular task that it must carry out in order for the brain to function properly. When one neuron dies, or is killed off by alcohol or drugs, for example, then the brain seeks out a different path for the signals to cross.
In many ways, this is much like email being sent through the Information Superhighway. When you compose an email and hit send, your service provider dissects the email and transmits different pieces across different paths across the country or around the world. It may even send out multiple copies of the same pieces of email. The idea is that if the initial intended path is blocked or not functioning, the email could be lost.
However, thanks to the process of the Information Superhighway, the email parts –whether there are duplicates or not- eventually reach its destination and is reassembled and delivered into the intended recipient’s inbox. The brain, however, sends one copy of the information, not multiples. Now, what if the intended pathway is blocked, or dead? The information needs to take a different route. This could cause a delay in the processing or receiving of the information.
Drugs and alcohol are the most common causes of damage to the brain. Over time, enough neurons can die for there to be some significant brain damage. This can lead to memory trouble or slower motor functions, among other issues. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.
Facts about the brain, as you can see, can be quite important in life.
Facts about the brain 5 and 6:
A newborn baby’s brain grows three times its size during the first year of life.
Exercising the brain stimulates growth throughout your entire life.
The brain is a resilient organ, but it has its limitations. Without a conscious effort to exercise it and keep it healthy, the brain can lose certain functions and abilities. For individuals who are dealing with problems or issues in their life, many of those difficulties can be traced back to problems in the brain.
When you know some of the basic facts about the brain, you can see that you have the power to control how you feel and act within your life. Dr. Fleming has studied the brain for years and knows thousands of facts about the brain. His experience has been to help people from all walks of life improve their mental acuity and abilities, as well as feel better about themselves and the life they lead.
Dr. Fleming’s solution:
Dr. Fleming has long been working on studying how the brain works and through his efforts, has unlocked a number of incredible keys to overcoming any number of challenges. His customized one-on-one approach has helped thousands of clients from around the world improve their lives, overcome addictions, and become better people.
Dr. Fleming’s vast experience also includes:
- PhD trained with experience in not only addiction and clinical arenas but also corporate and executive development arenas.
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