Health & Fitness
The Magic of Our Brain Cells
Twenty- five years ago it was believed that the brain’s networks was the result of genes, and once developed, the networks were fixed for life. Now we know that the brain’s networks never stop changing and adjusting and that the environment plays a key role in influencing our ability to reorganize brain cells for learning and emotions.
We can foster positive or brain development throughout our lives, especially with heightened levels of love and attention.
Research conducted on children raised in orphanages that were poorly managed learned slowly, had difficulty problem solving, and they often presented behavioral challenges. When these children were adopted into homes where the adults provided stimulating, nurturing, loving and stable environments the children’s cognitive abilities increased. They were able to solve problems, process information at a faster rate, and their social behavior improved.
We can change our brain cells and those of the children with whom we live or work!
Positive interactions and stimulating experiences provide children with the nurturing and loving environment they need to build healthy brains.
Conversely, caregivers who are depressed or chronically stressed have a negative impact on their own brain cells and the brains of the children in their care. The brain is vulnerable to stress, and chronic stress weakens brain cell connections and reduces the number of brain cells. Living with a depressed or stressed adult is toxic to a child’s brain. The stressed brain produces a chemical, cortisol- that is harmful to brain cells. Cortisol can even age the brain prematurely.
There are some easy changes we can make that will help us and our children develop healthy brains that can problem solve, learn well, and regulate their emotions.
Talking with children while having fun together preparing an amusing food plate is the kind of stimulating, positive interaction that fosters healthy brain development.
And, the fun you have together may reduce your stress. Food play can work wonders for the brain.
What can be more nurturing than to make a fun, easy, creative meal together with your children?