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Wellness Tips: 10 Ways To Improve Brain Function

Posted by Eskaton on Oct 19, 2015 8:16:28 AM
  1. Avoid sugar – large amounts of sugar in the diet over time can disrupt the ability to think clearly
  2. Put away the calculator – doing math without a calculator trains the type of memory we use to store information for immediate use.
  3. Work out – aerobic exercise keeps the blood pumping; if it’s good for your heart it’s good for your brain.
  4. Improve sleep – good quality sleep is critical for learning and memory.
  5. Be social – a recent study showed that people with more active social lives had a slower rate of memory decline.
  6. Relax – chronic stress damages the hippocampus which is the portion of the brain that helps form new memories and recall old ones.
  7. Test your recall – make a grocery list, memorize it, and leave the list at home to do your shopping.
  8. Turn off the navigation app – navigating gives your spatial intelligence a work out.
  9. Learn something new – a language, how to cook, how to play a game such as Sudoku or chess.
  10. Drink green tea – it contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that can protect against brain cell damage. Drinking green tea regularly may improve mental alertness, enhance memory, and even slow down aging of the brain.

 

Sources:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/memory/how-to-improve-your-memory.htm

http://examinedexistence.com/21-things-you-can-do-to-work-out-your-brain/

 

Topics: Wellness Tips

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