A healthy brain is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of weight loss. Our goal in losing weight is usually to make our body look better and feel better and a healthy brain is pink, plump, and wrinkly, kind of like a naked mole rat. Not exactly the sexy image we’re shooting for.
But let’s face it: our brain is very important and keeping it healthy is a good goal. Ready for the great news? The healthy habits of sex, soup, and two fisted eating are just as good for your brain as they are for your waistline.
I’ve invited Captain Obvious here today to talk explain why.
Captain Obvious, why does our overall health affect our brain?
Are you axon me?
Yes, Captain. Yes, I am.
Don’t mind if I do! The brain is an organ and is connected to your body via blood vessels, nerves and hormones. There’s no filter between the brain and the rest of your body so any healthiness or unhealthiness in your body passes to the brain. I’m glad you had the nerve to ask me that.
Wow, Captain, you’re really into bad puns.
Well, thank you, Captain Obvious. I hope you join us again in the future.
Over the next few weeks we will study the connection between the brain and sleep, exercise, water, vegetables, and portion control. And tell brain jokes. Lots of brain jokes. And I’ll probably use a losing your marbles metaphor. It’s obviously the best way to proceed.
Where are neurons put in jail when they commit a crime?
A nerve cell.
At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” Acts 26:24
Images courtesy of: brain (scientist magazine), Captain Obvious (imgflip), connected brain (Daily Mail)