QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Use it or lose it.”
That’s great news for those of you who think about the health of your brain as you get older. Most of us worry about age-related brain issues and memory problems,
but just a simple act of doing more with our hands can alter our brain chemistry.
Taking probiotics is good because of the gut-brain connection, but this one is the hand-brain connection!
Painting, knitting, gardening are all good examples.
One of the best ways to use both our hands and brain is to play with a Rubik’s Cube. You can play with it anywhere, giving you a “workout” for just a few minutes a day.
This isn’t just talk or hearsay. Many neuroscientists have found that using our hands more helps lower stress, anxiety, and builds new brain cells.
Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond made up a term called ‘behaviorceuticals,’ instead of pharmaceuticals. She says that when we move and get involved in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain. https://psychology.richmond.edu/faculty/klambert/
How about that?!
But, fewer people don’t do as much with their hands due to the Internet age. As of 2015, jobs requiring social and analytical skills – desk jobs – had increased 94% from 1980, while jobs requiring physical skills – doing much more with our hands and being creative – went up a mere 12%.
Could this be one of the reasons why health-related brain issues have gone up?
We here at Earth’s Pearl think so. This is why we do a lot of research in addition to providing alternative health.
Just imagine . . . doing more things with our hands – that we also like doing – for health prevention! Playing with a Rubik’s cube, knitting, building things, gardening, finger painting, all should be considered as alternative medicine.
Finger Painting for Alternative Medicine
Did you know that using your opposite hand to do things like shaving and brushing your teeth helps build new brain cells?
Our ol’ noodle is an organ that improves through mental stimulation. It continuously adapts, grows and rewires itself through the growth of new neurons. When we age, it’s common that we experience memory loss, and sometimes fine motor skills, but unless the mental decline is caused by disease, most age-related memory and motor skill ability loss is from lack of brain exercise.
Use it or lose it doesn’t apply to just between the legs, but also between the ears.
Another very simple way to keep your brain in shape is to use your opposite hand when brushing your teeth, shaving, using the mouse or your TV remote. . . .
You can also do exercises by cutting paper with a pair of scissors using your other hand.
Your opposite hand is actually linked to the non-dominant hemisphere in your brain. That part is not “exercised” as often. There are studies that show that when you use your dominant hand, one hemisphere of the brain is active. When you use the non-dominant hand, both hemispheres are activated, which may result in thinking differently and becoming more creative…
…and when that happens, new cells are formed.
Pretty cool, and very promising, huh?
And here we are taking supplements, being more active, watching our diet…and we don’t even think about simple things like the hand-brain connection for brain health prevention, along with lowering stress and anxiety!
From the health and research team at Earth’s Pearl.