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How to Be Productive (through Neuroscience)

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BDNF

In the brain, specifically lower levels of cortisol allow different cells to start expressing a protein called brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor (BDNF) which is known to enhance somatic connections within your hippocampus with other areas of your brain, allowing those to activate and function properly. Maybe just because someone decided not to hit that snooze button, the BDNF increases the activity of the hippocampus and perhaps you remember something that happened to you earlier, coming up with a great idea that propels you from the next days, months or even years into your life.

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Now again, that could not happen, but we want to make the right decisions in order to maximize the likelihood of events like that to happen. In contrast, if you hit that snooze button maybe you get into lower levels of sleep and that makes you feel dazed. Then, you get up five minutes later and feel rushed, raising cortisol levels and not expressing those different neurochemicals including the BNDF. Basically, you are just coping with the day rather than thriving. Make the right decisions and perhaps you will get your own butterfly effect in your life, building into a force of nature like the avalanche.

BDNF is a protein that induce neurogenesis [4](generation of new brain cells). It is essential for long-term memory and learning [5]. Also supports the survival of already existing neurons. [6]

Increase BDNF

  • Expose yourself to the daylight [7]: circadiam rhythm manages BDNF. It means, for example, that the best time for trying or studying something new coincides with the part of the day in which your brain is sharper according to your biological clock. [8]
  • Intermittent fasting (IF) [9] [10]: IF regimens also induce the coordinated activation of signaling pathways that optimize physiological function, enhance performance, and slow aging and disease processes.
  • Music [11].
  • Acupuncture therapy [12]: reduces stress and promotes lymph flow.
  • Intense exercise [13].
  • Food with glutamate, coffee, omega-3, curcumin, magnesium…
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