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How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow

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  • Recent research reveals that exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age
  • During exercise, nerve cells release proteins that stimulate the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, which in turn helps preserve existing brain cells and stimulates the growth of new neurons
  • There’s compelling evidence showing that exercise produces large cognitive gains and helps fight dementia
  • BDNF is also expressed in your neuro-muscular system where it helps protect against age-related muscle atrophy. So BDNF is actively involved in the preservation and rejuvenation of both your muscles and your brain
  • Workouts using nothing but your own body weight are an efficient way to get fit. You can even fulfill the requirements for a high intensity exercise using nothing more than your own body weight, a chair, and a wall

By Dr. Mercola

Can exercise help boost your cognitive faculties? Researchers increasingly say the answer is a resounding yes. Recent research reveals that exercise promotes a process now known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain's ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age.


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