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Cartoon character holding a pumped up brain baloonOur brain is like the body’s headquarters, and it regulates a lot of the things we do. That said though, our brains don’t dictate everything to us nor do they always decide our actions in advance. Rather, we can shape our brains by the actions we choose to take and even by the way we think and approach life.

Scientists once thought of the brain as a secure and fixed thing that blossomed though childhood into a fixed thinking machine by the time we are adults.

But we now know differently. We know that the brain changes throughout our lives and that we can grow new brain cells and even new networks of cells within our brain. How? The more you stimulate your brain with new experiences or exercise, the more brain cells and connections you make.

This isn’t a small effect: some areas of the brain can grow in size as we take on new skills and this idea of the changeable ‘plastic’ brain is called neuroplasticity. It has revolutionised the way we think about our brain in recent decades.

How? It seems that by stimulating your brain and encouraging brain changes, you make your brain fitter, more flexible and better able to compensate for challenges like disease, injury and ageing.

The bulk of scientific evidence suggests that plasticity can limit the obvious symptoms and impact of damage caused by MS disease activity. This might happen spontaneously, or can be driven by taking deliberate steps or drawing on life experiences that may lead to changes in brain structure, rebuilding of protective myelin layers around brain cells and meaningful changes in clinical symptoms.


Prof Yakov Stern explains that exercising your brain can help neurons grow.

 

 
 
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