Exercise and Brain Chemistry

Depression is a mood disorder which causes persisting feelings of apathy and sadness. It is somewhat a complex condition, with several contributing factors. That said changes to your brain biochemistry is likely play a part.

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Altruism … What is it?

Altruism is having an unselfish regard for others… But it doesn’t always come easily….some find it easier than others despite some psychologists believing that we humans are hardwired to have empathy.

Our ancestors survived in pretty harsh conditions in comparison to our lives today through cooperative behaviour.   We do know that we are better as a tribe than as individuals and altruism and empathy play huge parts in a sustainable community.

I’m sure most of us can recall that amazing feeling of fulfillment and energy -that buzz – when we give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.  We get that flood of happy hormones in our body and mind.

 

 

 

10 Fascinating Brain Facts

The brain is a complex and fascinating organ. As a therapist and clinical hypnotherapist, I spend my time working with clients aiming to make their brain work better for them. But how much do you actually know about the brain? Here are 10 amazing brain facts:

  1. A normal brain is approximately 2% of a body’s weight, but uses around 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake.
  2. Pain is processed in the brain, but it has no pain receptors and feels no pain itself. This is why brain surgery can be performed while patients are awake.
  3. Neuroscientists estimate that 95% of decisions take place in your subconscious mind
  4. The brain’s composition is approximately 73% water. Dehydrating by 2% can affect your memory, attention levels and cognitive skills.
  5. The suggestion that we use only 10% of our brains is not correct. Modern brain scans show that we use most of our brain during day-to-day activities and even while we’re sleeping.
  6. The brain reaches full maturity at around 25 years of age.
  7. Scientists estimate that a piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains approximately 100,000 neurons.
  8. Your brain generates on average 14-25 watts of electricity. This would be enough to power a single low-watt LED light bulb.
  9. Scientists estimate that more than 100,000 chemical reactions are taking place in your brain every second.
  10. Current scientific estimates are that we have 86 billion neurons in our brain