7 Healthy To-Do's for Increased Brain Function. #6 is a Lot of Fun
Find Out what are the Natural Things that Increase your Brain Output
Do you want desperately to boost your memory, to stop getting ‘Brain Fogginess’ or simply to improve creativity, focus, alert and learning abilities? Take a look at these things that I did which really made a significant difference.
Most people know that exercise is key in keeping your body healthy. What they don’t know is that it is equally vital for maintaining optimum brain function. I was always a major scatterbrain, forgetting where I put my keys in the morning. Once I began to exercise regularly, my mind became way sharper. Suddenly I was a lot more alert and aware of my surroundings. Most importantly, since then, I have yet to misplace my keys.
During exercise, neurotrophic factors (a family of proteins) are released by the nerve cells, triggering chemicals which promote:
- Neuron health
- Cognitive functions
Furthermore, workouts boost mitochondrial providing the brain with more energy, allowing it to work faster and more efficiently. Exercise, also, causes nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. This allows the brain to work at optimum capacity.
Finally, exercise protects your brain by:
- Producing nerve-protecting compounds
- Increasing blood flow to the brain
- Improving the development and survival of neurons
2. Manage Stress
Stress is one of the brain’s worst enemies. If not treated, chronic stress kills brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones.
I was a very stressful person, and why shouldn’t I be? We all face extraordinary amounts of pressure every day, the likes of which the human body has never experienced. Did you know: Scientists discovered that every day the amount of stress we face is higher than if we were chased by a lion? A lion! That means that job pressure, traffic jams, money problems, kids, marital issues, family etc. is more stressful than running for your life so that a man-eating lion doesn’t gulp you up for breakfast.
What is the solution? Meditation.
The empirical evidence suggesting that meditation improves mental health is beginning to pile up. Meditation increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex, creating more connections between brain cells. This improves:
- Learning and reasoning skills
It also stimulates activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with feelings of joy and serenity. This impacts several types of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
3. Get Sufficient Sleep
Sleep is one of those diamonds in the rough: We have absolutely no idea how amazing and crucial it is until we look closely enough. In addition to being vital for body regeneration and maintenance, it’s imperative for raising cognitive function which manifests itself as increased creativity and insight. Sleep acts like a “reset” button for your brain. It allows it to look at old problems in a new direction.
I was one of those people that had no problem with an average of 6 hours of sleep every night. However, this turned out to be fueling my brain deficiencies and limiting my mind from realizing its full potential.
According to research from Harvard, sleep increases the likelihood of creating connections between ideas by 33%. It enhances your memories and improves your ability to learn new and challenging skills. Sleep is also crucial for strengthening synaptic plasticity, underlying the brain's capacity to control behavior e.g. learning and memory.
4. Listen to Music
A relationship between listening to music and increased brainpower has been theorized for a long time. Most people have heard of the “Mozart Effect”, which suggests that giving your unborn child classical music to listen to will make him/her smarter. Did you know that it’s the same with adults?
According to research listening to music boosts your cognitive abilities and more than doubles your verbal fluency skills. Music has also been associated with improved mental focus. Furthermore, moderate noise levels promote abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. Listening to music also triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine, making you happier which in turn causes all brain functions to rise.
Once I learned this, every time someone would say in a conversation that “Listening to music while driving causes more accidents” I would answer him “Listening to music has actually been linked to increased brain function, awareness, being focused and happy. So it’s always good to listen to music.”
5. Challenge Your Mind
Once adulthood is reached, millions of neural pathways have been developed in your brain. They allow you to process and recall information faster as well as solve familiar problems and tasks with minimum mental effort. However, during adulthood the brain halts all additional growth and development. In fact, from a certain age the brain begins to deteriorate and brain cells that die are never replaced. It is because of this that you have to try new things and continually challenge yourself in order to maintain your fleeting brainpower. Know the saying “No pain. No gain”? It applies to the brain as well.
Memory, for example, is identical to muscle strength in that it requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you use that brain of yours, the better it processes and remembers new and old information. Cognitive abilities are the same, it requires you to keep pushing yourself in order to stay sharp and capable.
Although, not every new and challenging thing will necessarily help your brain retain its edge. There is a third criteria: fun. Physical and emotional enjoyment is important for the brain’s learning process since the more interested and engaged you are, in an activity, the more you’ll actually do it.
I like to do Sudoku as often as I can. It’s always different, it challenges me and I really enjoy it. Find what works for you and crack at it. I promise you’ll feel the impact in all aspects of your life, especially your mind.
This one is a lot of fun! You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine. Did you know it holds true for the body as well as the brain and memory? Unlike emotional responses, which affect only specific parts of the mind, laughter actually engages multiple regions at the same time. Listening to jokes actually activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity.
So go on, laugh as often as you can and I assure you that, just like challenging your brain, you’ll notice the results not only in the mind, but your whole body, too.
While all the above will definitely have a major and noticeable impact on your brainpower, they must be done simultaneously to taking dietary supplements. Without improving the nutrient levels in your brain, your mind will be unable to grow and develop from all the amazing new stimulations you provide it. The most important ingredients include...
- Curcumin Extract 95%
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Choline (Bitartrate)
- Ginkgo Biloba Extract 24.6%
- YIN YANG HUO 10% (Epimedium Sagittatum)
- Paullinia Cupana 22% (Guarana)