3 more ways to improve neuroplasticity 🧠
In case you’ve missed my recent posts about neuroplasticity, a quick refresher:
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to create new connections and strengthen existing neural pathways.
Because of neuroplasticity, we’re able to:
✅ Release Anxieties
✅ Improve Mood
✅ Respond Better to Stress
✅ Break Unwanted Habits
✅ Create Helpful Habits
✅ Think More Clearly
✅ Stay Focused
✅ Remember More Easily
✅ Learn New Skills
Neuroplasticity explains why things like brain games, meditation, and yoga work. But here’s where it really gets fun:
Everyday healthy habits that we so often recommend in functional medicine ALSO improve the brain’s plasticity—meaning all of your efforts to retrain your brain will work better.
🏋️♀️ Exercise triggers the release of a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which improves neuroplasticity.
🥦 Fruits & vegetables are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols that protect nerves to support neuroplasticity.
💤 Restorative sleep is also a necessary ingredient for neuroplasticity.
The conventional medical paradigm likes to isolate the parts of the body, the treatments, and the outcomes.
But in functional medicine, we know all the parts work together.
And everything works better when our brains are on board.