Adopting behaviors that are healthy is something to strive for.
A lot of the time, we may focus on the outward appearance for clues as to what needs to be fixed. However, there is a major area that we can tend to forget about, but is essential for the health of our entire system – our brains.
Research has long shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrient dense foods, but low in fats and cholesterol, can be effective for brain health and can work preventatively to decrease disease and increase the life span.
In combination with the diet, research shows that regular exercise – both physical and mental – is most effective. But going even further than focusing on just diet and exercise, studies and current research endeavors are sure to provide even more detailed information about the human brain.
Some promising undertakings by the National Institutes of Health are currently being explored.
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, or BRAIN, is a project that aims to uncover and understand the networking of cells and neural activity. Studying the brain at this depth enables researchers to better explain how the brain functions and relates to other bodily processes. This initiative will also lead to increased knowledge of disorders of the brain.
Another exciting effort that started a couple of years ago is called the Human Connectome Project. The main goal of the project is to gather data regarding the brain’s structure, function and connections and to make it available for application and further advancements.
This interactive diagram is the first of its kind, showing how the living human brain is wired. It actually maps out the neural passageways responsible for human brain tasks. This information can progress many avenues in research and medicine, including brain imaging and understanding neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The benefits of developing a better comprehension of how the brain works will carry over into countless areas. There is definitely an encouraging future ahead for uncovering the science of the brain.
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