Tips to Raise Brain Power Naturally

Tips to Raise Brain Power Naturally

Article by Dr.Charles Buchar

Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. But if you never use your brain, or abuse it with harmful chemicals, your ability to think and learn will deteriorate. Here are 15 simple ways anyone can squeeze a bit more productivity out of the old gray matter.

1. Take Deep BreathsWhen you breathe deep and maintain the right posture, your blood starts pushing in more oxygen into your brain and tense muscles easing up. Breath through your nose and you'll notice that you use your diaphragm more, drawing air deeper into your lungs. Several deep breaths can also help to relax you, which is conducive to clearer thinking.

2. ExerciseLong term exercise can boost brainpower, which isn't surprising. Anything that affects physical health in a positive way probably helps the brain too. Recent research, though, shows that cognitive function is improved immediately after just ten minutes of aerobic exercise. If you need a brain recharge, you might want to walk up and down the stairs a few times.

3. MeditateA simple meditation you can do right now is just closing your eyes and paying attention to your breath. Tensing up your muscles and then relaxing them to start may help. When your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath. Five or ten minutes of this will usually relax you, clear your mind, and leave you more ready for any mental task.

4. Gingko BilobaIf you are a believer in herbal remedies, this one could emerge the hands-down winner. Research shows that gingko leaves increase blood flow to the brain, improving memory and concentration. What's more, this natural medication doesn't have any harmful side-effects and the magic doesn't wear off with regular use. Gingko capsules are available in any local pharmacy, and the supermarket across the street could well be stocking some delicious herbal teas with Gingko.

5. Sniff BasilAnother of the herbs that may be good for your brain. No studies yet, but many report a brain boost from smelling basil.

6. Avoid Too Much SugarAny simple carbohydrates - such as pasta, sugars, white bread and potato chips - can make you tired and lethargic. Sometimes called the "sugar blues", this sluggish feeling makes it hard to think clearly. It results from the insulin rushing into the bloodstream to counteract the sugar rush.

7. CaffeineThe research shows higher test scores for students who drink coffee before major exams. My chess game gets better. In other studies, it has been shown that too much caffeine leads to poorer quality decisions. Caffeine affects individuals differently, and has some nasty long-term side effects for some of us, but short-term - it works!

8. Avoid Unnecessary ArgumentsWhen you defend a position too vigorously, especially when it is just to "win" the argument, you invest our ego into it. This is not conducive to the easy acceptance and use of new information. In other words, you put your mind in a rut, and you dig it deeper with each argument. Debate can be a valuable thing, but when the ego takes over, the mind closes a little. This is not a recipe for better thinking.

9. Solve a PuzzlePuzzle-solving can not only make you more mentally active, but actually improve your IQ in the long term. Experts recommend the Rubik cube as a great way to push your brain to work out of the box! Mentally stimulating, this brain bender can actually improve your brain's capacity to solve problems creatively. Yet another puzzle you may want to tackle is the Sudoku. Log on to any number of sites or subscribe to a newspaper with Sudoku puzzles. Or, if you're like my friend in the next cubicle, you may want to stock up on jigsaw puzzles.

10. Early to Bed, Early to RiseNothing makes it harder to concentrate than sleep deprivation. You'll be most rejuvenated if you go to bed early and don't sleep more than 8 hours. If you stay up late and compensate by sleeping late, you'll wake up lethargic and have trouble focusing. The early morning hours are the most tranquil and productive. Waking up early gives you more productive hours and maximizes your mental acuity all day.

If you have the opportunity, take 10-20 minute naps when you are hit with a wave of drowsiness. Anything longer will make you lethargic, but a short nap will refresh you.

11. Speed ReadingFast readers not only increase their knowledge by getting to read more material in less time, they actually get to retain more. It's all about the training. When you spend a few minutes everyday, probably while you're reading your newspapers in the morning, you're actually coaching your mind to think and comprehend fast. This quickness thankfully transmutes to real life situations, helping you make logical decisions.

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12. Avoid too much stressAccording to research "Stress causes brain damage." Long term stress has repeated been shown to hurt the brain, not to mention the rest of the body. Learn a few stress reduction techniques if you get stressed out often.13. LaughThe release of endorphins caused by laughter lowers stress levels, which is good for long term brain health. Laughter also tends to leave you more open to new ideas and thoughts.

14. Eat breakfastEating breakfast has been proven to improve concentration, problem solving ability, mental performance, memory, and mood. Breakfast is the first chance the body has to refuel its glucose levels after eight to 12 hours without a meal. Glucose is the brain's main energy source.

15. Eat foods high in antioxidantsAntioxidants protect all your cells, including brain cells. Some of the foods highest in antioxidants include: prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, garlic, kale, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, and raspberries. In one test, rats had age-related mental decline reversed by eating the equivalent of a 1/2 cup of blueberries per day.

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