The brain is amazing – we all know this. However it is indeed more and more amazing the further we actually delve into it so to speak.
Our brains have endless connections we know this, but the extent is far greater than we ever thought. And the more you create connections – arborisation – lots of little broccoli chains – the better it functions, the more “healthy” it is and the easier it is to maintain ” brain health”.
Without a brain we are not human. Rice and mice etc have far fewer connections they also have far fewer glial cells. Now what are those? Glial cells are the “support” cells to the neurons. Before we thought that depression happened due to low transmitter levels and whilst this is true there is a lot more to the story. The glial or helper, support cells all play a role – a critical role in the homeostasis – healthy brain – this is brand new information.
Why is this important?? Well because we can now see that “inflammation” damages these glial cells and contributes to depression and other mental unwellness.
Why is this at all important. Well because the diabetes epidemic seems to be running along fairly parallel with the increase in depression that we see and perhaps the path towards both is similar. And also it means that preaching against fast food, rubbish, coke – the devil etc, becomes even more paramount.
It also means that exercise is a viable and excellent co-treatment modality. Yes I said exercise. It works even for depression.
This is actually super exciting because it means we have a means to tackle things like diabetes and depression right through from prevention to cure!
And we can all exercise and eat well. NO excuse! There are endless options on both fronts, unleash your creativity today and start to eat well and exercise.