3 Critical Parts Of Your Brain You Must Know & Why
- The Cerebrum: The Cerebrum is the largest and perhaps the most important part of the human brain. It’s the main part within the Forebrain that separates you from all animals. The Cerebrum contains four essential lobes that are responsible for higher brain functions such as thoughts, imagination, judgement, reasoning, decision making, perception and deliberate actions.This means that it’s also responsible for your visual, auditory and motor processing. The Cerebrum is actually what people think their whole brain looks like. Yet, keep your Cerebrum in mind as it’s the part of your brain we will be breaking down into four parts in the next article.
- The Cerebral Cortex: This is the upper outer layer of your brain that looks like a wrinkly balled up sheet, basically the surface of the Cerebrum. It’s composed of six thin layers of Neurons that are on top of the White Matter pathways in your brain. The Cerebral Cortex can actually be found in humans as well as other mammals such as dolphins, chimps and dogs.
- The Cerebellum: Also known as the Little Brain, it is mainly responsible for regulating and coordinating muscle movements that allow you to do things such as walk, grab and talk. It’s what allowed you stand up straight with good posture and balance when mamma told you to. The Cerebellum uses information perceived from your Vestibular System such as through your eyes and ears, as well as your Motor Systems, Basal Ganglia and the Spinal Cord. Then it integrates this information with your muscles to help coordinate and influence outgoing motor pathways from your brain, for proper muscle movements relative to the space around you. In other words, it sends out signals to the nerve cells throughout your body which tell your muscles what you want them to do.The Cerebellum is also responsible for the talents and skills you develop through repeated practice such as learning to play the guitar. It takes over on remembering what you practice through procedure memory. So the more you practice something, the better the Cerebellum becomes at knowing which muscles and nerves to stimulate every time. That’s why there are sayings like ‘Practice makes perfect.’
If you would take at least two hours a day to practice the necessary, such repetition will strengthen your cerebellum’s memory and make massive improvements on signaling your nerves and muscles on appropriate and relevant movements. It’s like you’re building muscles in your brain to make better use of your actual muscles. Well, there is something called muscle memory too!
So the more you practice the more automatic and easy the process becomes, the closer you get to expert level, and the closer you get to your goal. Once again though, scheduling throughout the week what you must do is necessary for the self-discipline you need to get started and practicing that which you must do to be able to have what you must have.
Back To Your Brain Parts…
- The Pons: Although it sounds plural, the Pons is a singular part within your Hindbrain, yet with multiple important functions. For example, it helps control and regulate your breathing frequency, depth and intensity. It’s also involved in your sleep cycles, mainly regulating deep sleep and even believed to be responsible for your dreams.Your Pons also serves as a bridge, transmitting messages between several parts of your brain such as your Cerebellum to your Cerebrum. Therefore without your Pons your brain would simply not work, as the parts within it would not be able to communicate with each other.
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Sleep is obviously very important for your brain, and for your body, yet I’m sure you already knew this. I realized this the hard way, since I’ve struggled with maintaining a good sleep habit. Without enough sleep your brain will eventually go haywire, like a computer that’s not properly rebooted. When you get enough sleep however, you’re able to remember things better, be more creative, be more accurate, make less mistakes, make better choices, overall your brain simply works better and faster, plus you’ll feel better.
Furthermore, when you sleep well, your brain is able to remove harmful toxins that build up while you’re awake. Not to mention that this is when your brain releases growth hormones that help you grow new cells, repair damaged tissue, develop stronger muscles, reduce stress, and even make your skin look younger. In essence, getting enough sleep helps you look better, in addition to having a brain that works better.
Therefore, you need your beauty sleep! And make that eight hours of sleep to be exact. Yet, what if you have problems going to sleep? Well, NyQuil may put you out but may not be the safest when used frequently. That’s why to no surprise Melatonin comes in handy here. In fact, I still use it at times!
Melatonin is actually a hormone that’s made naturally by your Pineal Gland, in your brain. It works with your Circadian Rhythm which is basically your internal clock. In other words, triggered by the darkness of night, it let’s your body know that it’s time to go to sleep.
The problem is that sometimes things such as stress and too much light at night may reduce our levels of Melatonin, hence sleep difficulties. Therefore, taking an appropriate dosage of Melatonin will help you fall asleep better.
Back To Your Brain Parts…
- The Medulla Oblongata: Also known as simply the Medulla, it’s a cone-shaped part of your brain that’s located between the Pons and your Spinal Cord. In fact, it transfers signals from your brain to your Spinal Cord. The Medulla is responsible for maintaining and regulating many involuntary things such as breathing, temperature, sweating, heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to that, it’s involved in your sneezing, swallowing, digestion, coughing… oh and when you have a hangover, because it handles your vomiting too.
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Because health is obviously important, especially if you’re striving to achieve something in life, it’s important to have good control of your blood pressure to be able to maintain good health. It’s also important to stay alive if you want to accomplish great things! And being that Heart Disease is the number one human killer in the US, you might want to consider helping your Medulla Oblongata regulate your blood pressure.
And by the way, that’s just one horrible thing uncontrolled blood pressure causes! High blood pressure can also cause heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and even sexual malfunction (that last one should totally motivate you). Therefore, consider the following 14 ways you can help your Medulla keep good control of your blood pressure:
1.Watch your weight, this means not eating too much.
2.In addition to not eating too much, you want to make sure you eat healthy which includes things such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
3.Exercise throughout the week, regardless of whether you need to lose weight or not. At least thirty minutes every other day usually works.
5.Consume a healthy amount of salt, mainly sodium. This means about 1,500 mg a day.
6.Don’t consume too much sugar either. Sorry I don’t have a measurement for this one, just avoid eating too many sweets yes.
7.Don’t drink too much alcohol. Sorry I don’t have a measurement for this one either, yet I’m sure common sense can help you here.
8.Don’t smoke, it’s that simple.
9.Laugh more! I love this one.
10.Love more! I love this one too.
11.Listen to music that makes you feel good and happy.
12.Do whatever you can to avoid getting stressed out about things, or to reduce it if you do get stressed.
13.Associate more with people that care about you.
14.Ask your doctor for help and tips on how to control your blood pressure.
Alright that’s all we’ve got for now, because too much can be overwhelming. Remember that we’re breaking your brain down gradually, one step at a time. We have just broken it down into three sections and covered some of the parts within them.
Yet, there are many more critical parts in your brain that you’ve got to find out about in order to keep your momentum going. Little by little you’re getting a realization on how magnificently designed you are and how you can use what you’re made of to your advantage. Ergo, in the next article we’re going to divide your Cerebrum into four parts and reveal the parts within them.
- Although your brain is a puzzling piece, it’s the most important puzzle piece within you that you just might want to grasp.
- Your brain can be divided into three sections called the Forebrain, Midbrain and Hindbrain.
- The Forebrain consists of the Cerebrum and the Cerebral Cortex.
- The Hindbrain consists of the Cerebellum, Pons and the Medulla.
- We’re going to divide your brain into four parts on the next article.
- As a reminder, although I make sure to recommend the most effective, trustworthy and high-quality supplements, it still may be a good idea to consult with a doctor before taking anything, especially if you have allergies.
Did You Know?
Although the cerebellum takes over on remembering what you practice through procedure memory, it is believed that muscles themselves have memory space as well. Imagine what that can mean for you if you consciously put it to use!