Friday, October 23, 2009

Interesting Facts about the Brain

# Your brain uses 20% of your body's energy, but it makes up only 2% of your body's weight.

# Your cerebral cortex is about as thick as a tongue depressor. It grows thicker as you learn and use it.

# Your brain is about 1300-1400 cubic centimeters in volume, about the size of a cantaloupe and wrinkled like a walnut.

# The brain feels like a ripe avocado and looks pink because of the blood flowing through it.

# Your brain generates 25 watts of power while you're awake---enough to illuminate a light bulb.

# A newborn baby's brain grows almost 3 times in course of first year

# Humans have the most complex brain of any animal on earth.

# Your brain is divided into two sides. The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body; and, the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body.

# Toxins in commonplace items such as carpeting and shower curtains may be contributing to memory loss over time?

# Overexposure to aluminum compounds—in foil, cookware, deodorants, antacids, toothpaste—can affect brain function

# Lavender can help you sleep

# A cooked potato can jump-start your brain when you're feeling foggy.

# The essential oil of jasmine can quickly restore mental alertness

# Eating foods rich in vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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