Unlike any other creature on Earth, the human brain uses an incredible amount of energy compared to every other organ in the body. Whether we're doing nothing or solving differential calculus, our brains use 20% of the calories we consume, 20% of the oxygen we breathe, and 25% of the blood in our bodies. That means if you eat 2,000 calories a day, 400 of them go directly to the area between the eyes and above the neck. Essentially, if we all had an electrical socket installed on top we could light a 20-watt bulb with nothing more than the power of our thoughts.
So what’s the cost? What’s the drawback to the body's most powerful engine? The upkeep. If we don't nurture it daily, minute by minute, thought by thought, we may find ourselves with an engine failure on the final stretch of the race. Here are a few tips to keep a healthy mind that doesn't break down before crossing the finish line.Read more