Yesterday, I happened upon a YouTube video of a brain surgeon talking about different aspects of the brain, including cancer of the brain. The title of the post was what intrigued me, "Brain Surgeon Reveals How to Heal Trauma & Destroy Negative Thoughts" with Dr. Rahul Jandial.
I've always been fascinated about anything to do with the brain. So when the title appeared, I jumped on it.
Dr. Jandial talked about "mind health." Putting habits and tools in place at a young age as to physical health, eating well, and focusing and building on your strengths will leave you with good mind health. For me that means a feeling of wellness. Keeping your mind healthy includes a healthy diet. All of the nutrients from food nourish your body AND your brain.
One of his comments that I found fascinating is "Heart health is good for brain health." Everything is connected so if your heart is healthy and blood is flowing, everything is open and flowing to the brain. Makes sense. But wouldn't it also be true that all other body organs are healthy, too.
Some of the quotes that I found interesting,
- "The brain is an energy hog."
- "You're born with more neurons then when you're older."
- "The human brain in kids goes through a pruning process."
- "Diversity of experiences is good for you as it lets kids have the wider array of neurons."
A well rounded physical exposure for kids to physical activity is good for them in so many ways. As a former coach, I definitely subscribe to this theory. Movement and that psychology can't be stressed enough for physical and mental well-being.
When a child goes through the process of learning a sport, gaining knowledge, and becoming effective at that sport, they achieve a level of satisfaction. That child knows they can effectively play in that sport. That's an increase in endorphins, serotonin and all of the feel good chemicals in a brain!
Exercise forces your body to work and be more efficient. No matter what kind of exercise you do, it should leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated.
On a positive note, the one amazing thing about exercise is that "strut" you get after working out and starting the day. There's nothing like it, unless of course you sell a big beautiful home!
The final interview questions at the end of this interview were very insightful. Drl Jandial was asked, "what are 3 lessons you'd leave behind after you're gone?" His answers:
- "Life is short, art is forever."
- "The meaning of life is that it ends. "
- "If you're fortunate to find true love, take care of it."
Such a great interview to invoke thoughts of our own mortality and to leave behind meaningful experiences between the "dash!
Dr Jandial has a new book out, "Life on a Knife's Edge."
@Dr Jandial is on Instagram!