Brain Death Diet: Visual Food For Brain Health

Hello again to all:

You might not think of it this way, but there are many forms of nutrition for our brain. One form of brain health that is totally necessary is adequate frequency of firing (FOF) of all of our brain parts. It turns out that adequately and optimally stimulating our neurons creates increased brain function, is anti-inflammatory, helps reduce fight/flight/freeze responses, stimulates normal hormonal controls, stimulates normal circulation, improves mood and brain chemicals, improves happiness, helps normalize brain development, helps normalize immune function and more. One of the ways we massively stimulate the brain to increase FOF and health is through the visual pathways.

Sadly, screen time does NOT create optimal FOF throughout the entire brain and can be detrimental to our health.

“Watching television for more than 3.5 hours per day is associated with a dose-response decline in verbal memory over the following six years, independent of confounding variables. Overall our results provide preliminary data to suggest that television viewing for more than 3.5 hours per day is related to cognitive decline.”

What about our younger population?

“In this cross-sectional study of 47 healthy prekindergarten children, screen use greater than that recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines was associated with (1) lower measures of microstructural organization and myelination of brain white matter tracts that support language and emergent literacy skills and (2) corresponding cognitive assessments.”

Bottom Line: It is a good idea to limit screen time…and it is a great idea to go outside as often as we can…for BOTH children and adults. There are plenty of other activities to stimulate a more balanced FOF and thus create a healthier and more functional brain.

“There are parent-child activities we know help children’s development: reading, singing, connecting emotionally, being creative, or even just taking a walk or dedicating some time in our busy days to laugh together,” observed Jenny Radesky, MD, of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, when commenting upon the study.

Further more, going outside to play as additional benefits for ALL ages:

“A study by ISGlobal, in collaboration with Hospital del Mar and UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, shows for the first time that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.”

“Contact with nature helps children (and adults) to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments. Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships.

This link is the American Academy of Pediatrics screen time guidelines.

For more fascinating information, use this key word search: health benefits of green space

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