Five Simple Habits to Help Regenerate Neurons

For many years, neurogenesis and the possibility of recovering lost brain cells, were considered impossible concepts. However, we now know neurons can in fact be recovered by sticking to some healthy habits.
Five Simple Habits to Help Regenerate Neurons
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 11 June, 2022

We used to believe that the brain loses its nerve cells as we get older, that these are inevitably gone forever that is. However, we know this isn’t so. The brain can in fact regenerate neurons and their respective connections. This process is called: neurogenesis.

It’s true that the brain changes over the years and can regenerate itself in spite of any damage produced by bad habits to create new bridges and neuronal tissues.

Now, you must take action for neurogenesis to take place. That is, adopt a proactive attitude to stimulate this natural capacity of your brain to the maximum.

Everything you think and do reorganizes your brain


The human brain barely weighs around three pounds yet it consumes about 20% of your total energy. Everything you do – be it be reading, studying, or talking to somebody – causes incredible changes in our brain’s structure. Interestingly, everything you think and feel has an effect as well.

For example, daily stress and anxiety affect regions like the hippocampus, the part associated with memory. Researchers continue working on this topic for the purpose of learning more about Alzheimer’s.

The brain is like an internal sculpture shaped by your emotions, thoughts, actions, and daily habits. This internal map needs multiple links, strong highways, consistent bridges, and strong impulses that force it to always be connected to reality.

Continue reading to find out how you can improve your quality of life by focusing on the health of your brain.

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Five keys to regenerate neurons


1. Physical activity helps regenerate your neurons

A woman doing the plank.

Exercise and neurogenesis are closely related. You oxygenate your brain e

Not only does this help supply the brain with a rush of purer and more oxygenated blood, but it also stimulates the production of endorphins.

Endorphins improve your mood and thus, relax you by strengthening many of your neural structures.

Any activity that reduces stress levels promotes neurogenesis so you can regenerate your neurons.

All you need to do is find the type of exercise is best for you (dance, walk, or bike).

2. An agile mind, a powerful brain

There are many ways to keep your brain agile, awake, and capable of processing your surroundings more quickly. One of these ways is doing another type of exercise, although this time you have to put the physical kind aside and take your brains to the gym.

  • Learn something new, a language, a dance, a game, how to play an instrument, etc
  • Reading every day promotes your curiosity and interest in new disciplines
  • Be analytical and reach your own conclusions
  • Develop an open mind, be receptive to everything that is around you, socialize, travel, discover things, and be passionate about life.

3. Mind your diet


A bowl of nuts.

Saturated fat is one of the biggest enemies of a healthy brain. Ultra-processed food

Keep in mind that the brain requires energy and that thus an adequate dose of carbs in the morning.

Also, foods rich in omega-3 is one of the best, no doubt. This is because it helps regenerate your neurons. So, be sure to include both in your daily diet.

4. Sex helps too

Sex is a great architect of the brain and a natural promoter of neurogenesis. Can you guess why?

It doesn’t just help regulate stress but also has a huge impact on your emotions and stimulates the areas of the brain related to memory. In fact, the secretions of hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin that takes place during these intimate moments may help promote the creation of new nerve cells.

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5. Meditation can regenerate neurons


A person meditating.

The effects of meditation on the brain are unquestionable:

  • Meditation may help improve certain cognitive abilities such as attention span, memory, and concentration
  • It helps you be present and channel stress and anxiety
  • Also, the brain begins to work differently when you meditate and boost alpha waves which, little by little, create gamma waves
  • These waves may help improve relaxation which, in turn, may help stimulate brain connectivity and neurogenesis

What do you think about these five ways to promote the regeneration of your neurons? They’re definitely easy to do and fun to put into practice.

If you’d like to find out more about neurogenesis, we suggest you watch the following video:

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