Remarkable Brain Facts
Fact: The brain is the most amazing part of the body and it far exceeds the complexities
of anything that man has been able to make - including the most sophisticated machines
and computers that are in existence.
Fact: The brain remarkably communicates with every system of the body both receiving and sending
information that allows the body to work in perfect harmony with the rest of the body
for optimal functioning.
This includes tasks that are both involuntary (things that happen without thinking -
such as breathing and your heart beating) and voluntary (things that have to
be thought about) and does it all at the same time.
Fact: The brain continually performs millions
and millions of functions instantaneously and it keeps on doing it throughout one's
life every moment of every day.
Fact: The brain enables you to analyze, think, learn, organize, create, and plan. It also
controls your emotions from laughter, fun, joy, and excitement to sadness, stress, depression,
and anxiety. It controls the complexities of changing from one to another based upon
information received and analyzed.
Fact: The brain controls your heart and circulatory system with such sophistication that it
can cause increases or decreases in activity based upon your current bodily needs and
wants. It makes sure that sufficient flow of blood, as well as lymph and other body
fluids, is activated to each part of the body in order to carry needed gases such as oxygen
and the various nutrients which are needed so you will be able to exercise, rest,
digest your food, and see, smell, taste, feel, and hear. The list can go on and on.
Fact: At the same time the brain insures that metabolic waste products, old and dead tissues,
as well as other poisons and debris both foreign and things produced in your body, are carried to the
proper destinations for breakdown and/or elimination.
Fact: Repair of old and damaged tissues and new growth are brain controlled also.
The list of brain facts can go on and on and the brain is involved in it all. As you can well imagine,
all of these functions go on all the time and work synergistically with each other for
the overall well-being of each individual.
Here is an example using brain facts as the story line. Consider the following circumstance:
- You suddenly see your small child in the path
of an oncoming vehicle. Your brain instantaneously evaluates a multitude of information
that comes streaming to it from the various senses.
- It makes decisions and assesses
possible actions that would be needed. It instantly calculates at what speed you will
need to move when, where and how to save the child. Your blood pressure instantly
increases, hormones - such as adrenalin - are released and the musculoskeletal system
moves us instantly into action.
- Your brain evaluates the intensity of the situation and calculates and recalculates
all of the variables as the vehicle gets nearer and nearer to your child. It doesn't miss any
- At the same time your hair may stand on end, blood is shunted from the digestive tract
and other systems and is sent to the muscles and other tissues now activated, leaving just enough
blood in those other areas to sustain them.
- Your senses are made acutely aware of the circumstances, your voice of warning is
immediately activated, and you can literally hear, smell and see the skidding of the
tires as you move in the direction of the child.
- These and many other bodily activities not mentioned come immediately into play.
- Of course, the car is able to stop within inches of impact and your child is safe and
is oblivious to what has just happened. You, on the other hand, see and feel a myriad
of changes taking place in your body as you experience gratitude, joy, and love for the
safety of the child.
What a remarkable brain to orchestrate such a scene. Every moment is a new change and
the remarkable brain administrates and directs the necessary changes for that particular
More Brain Facts:
Fact: Your brain has about 100 billion tiny cells called neurons - give or take a million or so.
It has so many that if you were able to count them it would take you about 3,000 years,
that is, if you could live that long and do it without sleep.
Fact: Each single brain neuron has from 1,000 to 10,000 connections with other neurons making
up to 10 trillion connections possible.
Fact: There are billions of neuron highways which carry this information. Each neuron
communicates with other neurons via chemical and electrical signals. These actions are
continuous even when you are asleep.
Anytime you cry, laugh, dream, calculate, read, meditate, analyze, dance, run, play or work,
countless information is sent along those highways. It is said that the neurons of the
brain send and create more messages than all of the phones in the world could send if they
were all activated at the same time.
Fact: Your brain can survive for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen before it starts to die.
Fact: If you lose your blood supply to the brain you will be unconscious within 8 to 10 seconds.
Fact: There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain.
Fact: Even the sense organs that are distal from the brain receive and send information to and from
the brain at an estimated 150 to 200 miles per hour.
Fact: The brain is able to learn new things. Whether it be a new dance step, a new sport,
a challenging college course, or anything that is new to you. The brain is able to learn
that new skill by creating new connections during the learning processes.
This change in brain structure happens everytime you learn and it even happens with a
new thought or the creation of a new memory.
End of Brain Facts. Why are they important?
In addition to knowing about the brain facts and how the brain works, it is also important
to understand that the brain has important needs if it is to keep functioning at
such a remarkable level.
What Do I Need to Do to Keep My Brain Healthy? Even though these aren't exactly brain facts, they are facts that help us understand the brain.
- In order to keep the brain working right you need the right
quantities, and oxygen. Herbals, other so called brain foods, and
supporting supplimentation have shown to be beneficial to the brain.
- Avoid repetative micro traumas or other injuries to the brain which can cause a change in the ability
of the brain to function in all of it's necessary activities.
- Be sure to exercise.
It has even been shown that physical exercise improves one's mood and actually releases a
chemical that makes your brain more receptive to learning.
- Control what you allow to come into your brain via the media in as much as it affects your positive and
negative moods, fears, happiness, and your ability to assimilate realistic and new
- Eliminate things that hamper the brain's capabilities, such as:
- bad foods
- sedentary or
no brainer activities
- drugs of any kind
- anything else which is
harmful to the brain
The list of brain facts is long. There are many more brain facts which are not listed here. But of all the things that we have said about the brain, it is only
a beginning of what could be said. It just makes sense to take care of such a vital organ every
single day that you are alive. If you are going to live longer by doing things naturally
then you will want your brain to be the very best it can be during that time also.
Good luck and may you have optimal health and brain power naturally.
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