Brain Things

Do you know how important your brain is?

What happens to its’ structures and functions when compromised through injury?

Imbalances are created to keep it operational. To adapt. How does the brain do this? What is actually happening in the brain. The brain is beyond complex. So, let me start you out on a crash course in the foundations of the brain.

Take it all the way back to birth. To the very beginning stages of your growth and development.

During pregnancy there is a distinct point in time where the mothers’ body simply can no longer keep up with the needs, energy, or demands that come with the development of the babies brain. In fact, 90% of the brain is developed outside of the womb before age 5.

Even though our brains grow and change throughout our lifetime, there are pivotal points, or “timelines”, that advertently construct the brains blueprints: each road, avenue, pathway, and major highway. We can pinpoint and track every vital structure and function of those blueprints.

– Brain stem: which controls breathing, temperature regulation and heart rate develops at birth.

– Limbic system: which controls emotions develops at 8 months to 2 years of age.

– Occipital Lobe: which control visual functions develops from birth to 2 years of age.

– Cerebellum (balance and coordination) developed from birth to 1 year

– Temporal lobe (hearing) develops from birth to 6 years

– Parietal lobes (language and touch) develops from birth to 6 years

-Frontal lobes (concrete thinking, memory, and behavior) develops between 3-12 years

– Prefrontal Cortex which concerns judgement, planning, and decision making. develops between 12-22 years

All of these, in conjunction make up the magnificent architecture of the brain. However, each one of our brains are built in completely unique ways. Altered by our own individual experiences. Experiences that often times crack or muddle the very foundation on which is was learned or processed. Here in lies the root of the problem.

Each one of these structures have specific demands and functions, that if compromised within it’s own timeline, as a result, can create lifelong imbalances that can lead to mental disorders such as depression, ADHD/ADD, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction, and more, including physical ailments we see amongst our population today.

So, why don’t more people push to fix these faulty foundations? Simply because people don’t or can’t see them! But guess what? It’s time that we rebuild. It’s time that we go back and reconstruct those blueprints. Time to create a better foundation. It’s time to smash that lens!