No matter what stage of life you are in, your life is still under construction. Which is a good thing. Because once you think you have finished building it, it then becomes a maintenance project. Maintaining anything is more of a challenge than building.
A new house is always at it’s best until you move in, start to settle in and then see the flaws that were hidden on the walkthrough. The same holds true as we age, getting there was half the battle. Trying to keep ourselves in good working order post adulthood becomes an ongoing project.
Growing up and becoming full-fledged adults found us looking for ways to stay in shape physically. When we did we learned that is was not a once and done project. We learned that knowledge without action was of no help. Our bodies would require regular maintenance. We quickly learned that one day a week at the gym didn’t cut it. We also found that physical well being was not just muscle toning, it required a healthy daily diet and exercise routine.
As we got older a new but more pressing maintenance issue came to light – Our Brain. Being in great shape physically was of little help if your brain wasn’t in tune with it.
So What Defines a Healthy Brain?
Although it might seem like an easy thing to grasp, knowing what a healthy brain might be is a lot more complex than just being mentally sound of mind. There are a mind-boggling amount of systems and structures with moving chemicals to take into account, and people have only just begun to map a fraction of this extremely complex organ. Since these terms could be considered somewhat nebulous from a certain point of view, this article will just be a brief overview of what science understand today.
When your mind is functioning on a healthy level, your cognitive abilities will be working properly. This usually means that your normal ability to process information and make decisions based on the information that you’ve received makes sense and follows a proper path. When people who have cognitive disorders receive information, they might not be able to reach those conclusions or make choices because they can’t hold onto or parse the information in the way it was given to them.
There are faculties that control how well we relate to others in social situations. There are parts of the mind that basically tell you what kinds of things are appropriate and which are not. Someone with developmental disorders might not understand the context of some social cues, leading to a misunderstanding. Overcoming those sorts of issues will take widespread education and sensitivity training.
Anytime you think anything or breathe, it’s happening because your brain is running the show. Even behind the scenes, there are all sorts of electrochemical signals that are being passed through your brain. When the conditions that facilitate the passage of these signals isn’t entirely right, then there could be a signal loss, and thus brain malfunctions. When you don’t drink enough water, your cells have a harder time sending and receiving these signals. If it gets to a really serious point, then the final outcome is death.
Another extremely important part of having a healthy brain is proper blood flow. When your brain is healthy it will be able to tell the heart to pump blood at a certain rate that is needed for you to get whatever you need to be done. When your brain becomes blood deprived, the immediate result can be unconsciousness. If prolonged for even a few moments, the result can also end in death, so it is important to make sure that you have good circulation in your entire body.