I had never heard of this and didn’t know what the hell it was until I took a course taught by Peter G. Levine. BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. That’s a really long name for a protein. BDNF is a protein that is produced by the brain. It helps neurogenesis – it makes new brain cells. New brain cells = neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the rewiring of the brain. BDNF has been referred to as Miracle-Gro for the brain. So we want it. Stroke survivors want a lot of it. Exercise stimulates its secretion. So the moral of the story is…..workout……a lot. Here, read this.