Increase Your Brain Power

By on 05/18/2017

Brain PowerOur brains are most malleable and able to learn new things (known as neuroplasticity) between ages 4-10 years old. During these years a child’s brain is more than twice as active as an adult brain. By age 16 this activity slows down considerably and starts functioning at average adult levels.

This doesn’t mean after the age of 16 we are neurally “over the hill” and unable to increase our brain power, but it does mean we need to be highly strategic about how we stimulate additional brain activity and work towards increasing overall brain power.

Work Smarter, Not Harder, To Get Smarter

As an adult, if you desire new skills, better memory, quicker mental processing or longer periods of focus, you need to use proven cognitive training and support methods to increase your brain power.

Here are the top 5 proven ways to feed your brain and boost overall function:

  1. Cognitive Training Games. Whether you pay for apps like Lumosity or Cognifit, or simply play games like Sudoku, chess, or other “IQ” games, you can keep your brain sharp by maintaining all those neural pathways needed for optimal brain function. Playing brain games for just a few minutes a day can increase your overall memory, problem-solving skills and mental processing speed.brain games
  2. Supplements. A quick and easy way to boost brain function is to simply take a supplement designed for just that. Taking a brain renewal supplement that supports brain function on a cellular level allows you to boost brain power no matter how busy of a schedule you may have.
  3. Meditate. Meditating for 30 minutes a day has been proven to not only reduce stress (which is a drain on the brain), but it actually greatly increases focus, creativity, and critical thinking skills. A Harvard study found that after 6-8 weeks of meditation, brain size increases and activity is greatly increased.meditation brain power
  4. Care for Your Health – Eat right and exercise! A third of your brain’s volume is made up of blood vessels. Keeping a healthy blood flow to the brain is critical to keeping the brain young. Exercise and “brain foods” are the two best ways to keep this blood flow strong. Even moderate exercise has been shown to increase cognitive function and actually stimulate growth in the hippocampus. In addition to this, brain healthy foods like fish, walnuts, flax seed, fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Eating well also keeps cholesterol, hypertension and blood pressure in check which maintains healthy blood flow to the brain.
  5. Get Enough Sleep. Proper sleep supports brain function in 2 ways. first, sleep deprivation contributes to poor focus, retention and thinking which means you are unable to learn new tasks or even perform known tasks well. Second, sleep actually works as a function of memory consolidation, which is essential for new learning and retention. Without healthy sleep habits, or brain cannot fully organize memories, ideas, and new skills and the result is forgetfulness, foggy thinking and a loss of function.

As we age our brain capacity is negatively affected by both physiology and life circumstances as we have so much more on our minds – work, family, bills, health, etc. A stressed and distracted mental state along with a natural slowing of brain function as we age means we really have to be intentional about keeping our brain function sharp. The good news is it’s not hard, you just have to follow our 5 proven ways to boost your brain power!

 

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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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