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How Big Is Your Brain Buffer?

brain bufferLet’s face it, we’re all growing older every day.

If you’re over 30, scientists say that the number of brain cells you have is starting to decline. 

But, they also say that based on a physical behavior called neuroplasticity, our brain can grow new brain cells throughout our lives, regardless of age.

The key to growing new brain cells, they say, is to continually be challenging our brains.

It’s this challenge that causes the new growth. 

Therefore, it is possible to reverse the mental decline normally brought on as we age.

Now, let’s take the neuroplasticity concept one step further..

If we were to be regularly challenging our brain, our brain would respond in turn by growing new brain cells and new brain connections.

By continuing this habit over time, we not only could reverse the brain-age decline normally associated with growing old, but we could actually be building what’s called a “cognitive reserve” or “brain buffer”.

This so-called cognitive reserve, or brain-buffer, can help protect us against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

In fact, studies such as the Nun Study have shown that even if we do contract the markers of Alzheimer’s, our brain buffer (cognitive reserve) can help us compensate.

So how do we go about building a bigger brain buffer?  

We can build our brain buffer (cognitive reserve) by challenging our brain.

There are numerous ways we can challenge our brain to build a bigger buffer, but there are three primary principles we must follow:

  1. Novelty
  2. Variety
  3. Challenge

I go into much more detail into these three principles here.

So, how big is your brain buffer?

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