Want a Bigger Brain? Just Six Weeks of Doing This Can Make It Happen, Harvard Scientists Discover


As humanity has evolved into a society that always seems a little too busy just to sit back and reflect; to breathe and be truly aware of our surroundings, we’ve also seen big changes to our brains and physiology.

We’ve become smarter in terms of doing tasks efficiently, but our health and innate intelligence have also suffered. 

Even as we spend our days hammering away at keyboards and glued to social media, there is still one simple practice that can transport us back to a time when all the intelligence we needed could be found deep inside of us (and to help us grow new cortical tissue in the brain, as one Harvard study showed).

If there was something that could make you happier, healthier, and reduce your stress, make you more calm, would you do it? asks author Abel James in the movie ‘Origins.’

Because that thing exists…and a lot of people aren’t doing it. And you don’t have to start big, you can start with just a few minutes a day, but once you build that habit it changes your life.


Meditation Does More Than Just Calm Our Brains 

While it is widely assumed that meditation serves only to “calm” the mind, brain disorder specialist and author Dr. Daniel Amen noted that the Harvard research shows that it does the opposite.

So (the meditation studies) fooled us….When we started studying it we thought it might calm the brain, in fact it doesn’t do that at all, it fires it up, especially the most human, thoughtful part of it, the frontal lobes.


Amen adds that since meditating can help to supercharge this important part of the brain, it also helps us to make better decisions. 

Harvard research has shown that meditation can increase brain activity and even brain size.

Harvard research has shown that meditation increases both brain activity and size.

Perhaps even more remarkable is the physiological component to meditation, a phenomenon that so few people realized before Harvard began studying it.

There’s a Harvard study that showed when you take people that don’t know how to meditate and you teach them how to meditate, six weeks later you do a functional MRI, you do a brain image and you find that they have a 10% increase in cortical density, says best-selling author Dr. Sara Gottfried. 

As detailed in the Origins film, bigger brains began developing in humans when they found new ways to get more Omega-3 fats in their diet from sources like wild caught fish.

An organic (and now non-GMO), healthy and diverse diet has always played the biggest role in shaping our physiology, but as this Harvard research shows, our thoughts can also shape our health in profound ways.

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About Nick Meyer

Nick Meyer is a journalist who's been published in the Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News and several other outlets. He founded AltHealthWORKS in 2012 to showcase extraordinary stories of healing and the power of organic living, stories the mainstream media always seemed to miss. Check out Nick's Amazon best-seller 'Dirt Cheap Organic: 101 Tips For Going Organic on a Budget' by clicking here, as well as its sequel Dirt Cheap Weight Loss.