How can we boost brain power? Believe it or not, human brain health can be improved with just a few tweaks in our lifestyle.
In this article:
- How to Improve Brain Function
- Work Smarter, Not Harder
- Feed Your Brain
- Reduce Stress
- Exercise Your Brain
- Hydrate Your Brain!
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How to Improve Brain Function
It’s entrenched in our learning from a young age – work hard. If you want to succeed, put the hours in. Slog away.
But we need to rethink that a little.
Your brain isn’t a machine. It’s a brilliant, complex, organic organ. Rather than flog it like a mule to get the best out of your brain, you need to treat it like a thoroughbred racehorse.
We’ve “brainstormed” five ways to improve your brain activity and performance by just making a few tweaks to your lifestyle.
1. Work Smarter, Not Harder
Research shows that the brain responds most favorably to working intensively for 60 minutes followed by 10 minutes resting time. It’s known as the 60-10 rule.
Your brain needs time to refuel in order to perform at it’s brilliant best, so give it some downtime. The brain may be at work 24/7 but it still needs time off from heavy cognitive function.
2. Feed Your Brain
Certain nutrients are excellent for cognitive function, with omega-3 at the top of the list. Good sources include tuna, salmon, sardines, walnuts, broccoli, pinto beans, and pumpkin seeds.
What is omega-3?
It is a type of fatty acid that comes from fish oil. It may aid in mild memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. This brain food not only boosts the mind’s function, but it’s also a great supplement for the heart, liver, and other organs.
3. Reduce Stress
In a busy life, this is a hard one, but you really must take steps to reduce stress levels to help your brain work properly. Too much stress can damage your brain’s ability to process memories and to retrieve past events or knowledge. Practice deep breathing or yoga for stress relief.
4. Exercise Your Brain
Your brain needs blood pumping efficiently around your body, delivering precious oxygen, in order to thrive. Aerobic exercise, in particular, is great for stimulating essential brain activity.
5. Hydrate Your Brain!
We saved this vital one for last, but it’s one of the most important.
Drinking plenty of liquids, especially alkaline water improves cognitive function and regulates all kinds of neural processes.
If your brain becomes dehydrated, it actually shrinks. It, then, has to work much harder than a properly hydrated brain.
Get more tips on how to improve your memory and boost your brain power in this video from Ron White Memory Expert – Memory Training & Brain Training:
Of course, all of these things are important for good health anyway. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a healthy mind and body?
When you know that a few simple changes can directly help your brain to be healthier and smarter, then it’s definitely worth a try!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 31, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.