Brain Science: Neuroplasticity- How to Train your Brain with Dr. Salcido

Brain Science: Neuroplasticity- How to Train your Brain with Dr. Salcido

Brain Science: Neuroplasticity- How to Train your Brain with Dr. Salcido

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have you ever felt like your brain is plastic I can’t really keep a straight face saying that but I’m here with dr. Brady Salcido and today I want to talk a little bit about neuroplasticity now you’re a neuro expert or a brain optimization specialist and you really focus a lot on neuroplasticity and I’ve touched on it in some of my videos but can you give the viewers just a quick quick overview of what neuroplasticity is and then we can get into some details yeah so as we talked about in another video you know we thought 15 years ago that the brain wasn’t changing that as soon as you hit your early 20s the brain does stop developing you’re kind of stuck with that hardware and then there’s a big you know industry now for personal development for all this what I would call the software upgrades right you change your mindset you have happier thinking but now we know you can actually upgrade the hardware you can actually change your brain your brain physically changes and that’s something called neuroplasticity it doesn’t mean your brain is plastic it means your brain is able to be moldable changeable that’s what neuroplasticity means and there’s some really powerful ways that you can actually activate that and for your own personal development for your health as well so it’s more like melted plastic more like no sleep last okay so it’s like if you think about plastic when it’s not melted it’s hard but when it’s melted it’s you can move it around so it’s like no plasticity basically means the brain is kind of moldable you’ve basically got a big glob of melted plastic in your brain and you can mold it depending on what you do with your life and then when you get back in your normal groove it freezes that way okay so that’s really interesting and because I talked again also a lot about like the neural pathways that we create and how that has to do with neuroplasticity where like if you take the road less traveled enough that becomes the road that is travel that’s because the signaling in the brain goes that way eventually so is that neuroplasticity essentially yeah you know you probably heard this saying your brain wires the way it fires but what’s really interesting is that process can be a lot more challenging than it has to be if your neuroplasticity isn’t really working well so for instance let’s say you’re climbing Mount Everest versus walking a straight path it’s gonna be a lot harder walking up Everest than it is walking that straight path and the higher your brain’s ability to change the more neural plastic your brain is the easier that process just like you were talking about is gonna be interesting so neuroplasticity isn’t just this like natural thing we’re just gifted with we have to kind of learn it okay that that’s where I was confused and I didn’t understand that so how do we improve neuroplasticity then yeah well in order to improve improve one of the biggest things we’re talking about and we’ve talked about before is movement moving is one of the most powerful ways you can actually stimulate neuroplasticity and what happens is when you exercise and doesn’t have to just be you know aerobic it doesn’t have to be resistance it doesn’t have to be high-intensity like CrossFit or anything like that this any type of movement really helps BDNF improve which is a big stimulator of neuroplasticity but moving in general is really great to create a new healthy changeable multiple brain got it okay so that’s interesting so I mean because there have been studies that have shown I know that generally speaking those that are regularly active do show higher IQ and they do show lower instances of anxiety in lower instances of depression but it’s interesting I wonder if it all circles back to to this neuroplasticity it does it doesn’t actually something really interesting to touch on that point two is one of the biggest ways they found to stimulate neuroplasticity is by having what they would call an enriched environment now in rich environment would basically mean let’s say you’re talking about a lab study you have these mice that are in just a basic cage there’s nothing for them do there’s no way for them to exercise they don’t have any other mice in there to interact with there’s no interaction whatsoever they’re just in this blank canvas essentially and they found neurogenesis in neuro plasticity went tanked just absolutely with nothing but as soon as they put in their a wheel for them to exercise they put other mice in there for them to interact with healthier food all of a sudden neuroplasticity went up so it’s just to show a powerful indicator of how much your lifestyle can actually affect your brains ability to change that’s really interesting I think you know Google has the right idea by creating the workspace that they created right it’s like trying to if you let people operate in their creative way usually more work gets done in in a better way and everybody’s happier because people are doing what they want to do and it’s it yeah so that’s really really important and I think you know you’re seeing that we’re seeing the corporate world kind of moving away from that you know more and more because I think they’re starting to understand that but that’s really intriguing so and we look at meditation with neuroplasticity I’m a big meditator I’ve been off my game more than I would like to be lately but I’m still trying to get at least five minutes in a day you know you know the days of trying trying to get 30 minutes in you know it’s really tough but I really love those long meditations that that’s proven to be a really solid way to stimulate neuroplasticity a really powerful way because what we’ve found is that stress is one of the biggest killers of neuroplasticity stress absolutely demolishes and just kills neuroblast it’s route but meditation especially has been one of most powerful ways to actually reduce and help your brain become more resilient more adaptable to stress and so in meditation doesn’t me take that long so even just doing five minutes here there is even gonna be able to help increase that neuroplasticity and a little bit goes a long way because again your brain wires the way up fires so if you just five minutes a day can slowly build up and accumulate over time to make your brain more neuro plastic more resilient to stress plus there are studies that show that meditation actually creates a thicker more moldable more changeable brain melts your brain and literally melts your brain but one of the most powerful things I found with meditation one of the reasons they think it works so well for reducing stress is because it just brings your brain back to that neutral ground right which helps reduce all that stress is really powerful yeah because I mean you notice so easy to get just lost in the day-to-day constantly and if that becomes the way that your brain is wiring and firing then that just becomes the norm so anything that’s breaking that he’s gonna bring you back to baseline a little bit exactly what’s funny is that I mean this is getting a little bit off-topic or sort of but you know I’m thinking deep on this it’s like we get into habits that are good and are bad right so it’s like my habit I get up in the morning and I train fast it I worked out first thing in the morning and that’s just my habit but every once in a while what I try to do just for the steak is stimulating my brain and improving that neuroplasticity as I’ll throw a wrench in it and I’ll workout in the afternoon and it’s like it’s so it’s such a challenge because it’s like my brain is just like no no and it’s like overload but then I feel really really good and it’s like wow that was just a change now it doesn’t become a habit but I mean the whole point is like occasionally stepping outside of your comfort zone it’s not just good for motivational reasons but it truly is good physiological and from a neurological standpoint exactly and that’s why things like reading trying a new skill picking up a new instrument things like that trying a different type of instruments of torture count foam rolling but does anything that changes your brain that your brains are not used to it’s gonna be great for you see even going to a dance class with your wife or something even though we may not want to do that nobody wants to see that nobody wants to see that who knows to do that but it’s been shown they can actually help your brain that’s awesome well don’t tell your wife that don’t well I think that’s enough brain melting for one episode but as if you guys want to know a little bit more about how the brain works motivational tactics everything like that make sure you put them in the comment section below because it just found out that dr. Brady Salcido lives literally like five minutes from me which is awesome because you’ve got a tremendous podcast you’ve got an awesome following a lot of people follow you simply because your brain optimization tactics and everything like that so he’s easy to get back on the show so if you have ideas for videos to do with him just make sure you put them in the comment section below and where they work and everyone find you if we can find me at V neuro lifestyle comm you’re gonna find our podcast the neuro lifestyle cool awesome see you guys soon

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Brain Science: Neuroplasticity- How to Train your Brain with Dr. Salcido… As we talked about in another video, we thought 15 years ago that the brain wasn’t changing and that as soon as you hit your early twenties the brain just stopped developing. You were kind of stuck with that hardware. There’s a big industry now for personal development, for all of this what I would call the software upgrades. You change your mindset, you have happier thinking. But now we know you can actually upgrade the hardware. You can actually change your brain. Your brain physically changes, and that’s something called neuroplasticity. It doesn’t mean your brain is plastic, it means your brain is able to be moldable, changeable. That’s what neuroplasticity means, and there’s some really powerful ways that you can actually activate that for your own personal development and for your health as well.
So neuroplasticity basically means the brain is kind of moldable. You’ve basically got a big glob of melted plastic in your brain and you can mold it depending on what you do with your life. Then when you get back into your normal groove, it freezes that way. Okay. That’s really interesting. I talk again, also, a lot about the neural pathways that we create and how that has to do with neuroplasticity. If you take the road less traveled enough, that becomes the road that is traveled and it’s because the signaling in the brain goes that way eventually. Is that neuroplasticity, in essence?
Interesting. So neuroplasticity isn’t just this natural thing we’re just gifted with. No, We have to kind of earn it. Okay. That’s where I was confused and I didn’t understand that. So, how do we improve neuroplasticity, then?
In order to improve neuroplasticity, one of the biggest things we talk about and we’ve talked about before is movement. Movement is one of the most powerful ways you can actually stimulate neuroplasticity. What happens is, when you exercise, and it doesn’t have to be aerobic, it doesn’t have to be resistance, it doesn’t have to be high intensity like Crossfit or anything like that. Any type of movement really helps BDNF improve, which is a big stimulator of neuroplasticity. Movement in general is really great to create a new, healthy, changeable, moldable brain.
Got it, okay. That’s interesting. There have been studies that have shown, I know, that generally speaking, those that are regularly active do show higher IQ and they do show lower instances of anxiety and lower instances of depression. But it’s interesting. I wonder if it all circles back to this neuroplasticity.
It does, it does. Actually, something really interesting to touch on that point too, is one of the biggest ways they’ve found to stimulate neuroplasticity is by having what they would call an enriched environment. Enriched environment would basically mean, let’s say you’re talking about a lab study, you have these mice that are in just a basic cage. There’s nothing for them to do. There’s no way for them to exercise, they don’t have any other mice in there to interact with. There’s no interaction whatsoever. They’re just in this blank canvas, essentially, and they found neurogenesis and neuroplasticity tanked. They just absolutely went to nothing. But as soon as they put in there a wheel for them to exercise, they put other mice in there for them to interact with, healthier food, all of the sudden neuroplasticity went up. It’s just to show a powerful indicator of how much your lifestyle can actually affect your brain’s ability to change.
That’s really interesting. I think Google has the right idea by creating the workspace that they created, right? The days of trying to get 30 minutes in is really tough, but I really love those long meditations. That has proven to be a really solid way to stimulate neuroplasticity, right?
Yeah, because you notice it’s so easy to get lost in the day to day, constantly. If that becomes the way that your brain is wiring and firing, then that just becomes the norm so anything that’s breaking that is going to bring you back to baseline a little bit.
Exactly, What’s funny is that … This is getting a little bit off topic or sort of, but I’m thinking deep on this. We get into habits that are good and are bad, right? My habit, I get up in the morning and I train fasted. I work out first thing in the morning and that’s just my habit. But every once in a while what I try to do, just for the stake of stimulating my brain and improving that neuroplasticity, is I’ll throw a wrench in it and I’ll work out in the afternoon.

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