8 Everyday Things You Can Do That Make You Smarter – Brain Muscle
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Rose has put together some very simple everyday things you can start doing that have been shown to:
- Improve your memory
- Enhance prolonged focus
- Increase problem solving capabilities
- Lower stress levels
- and an overall improvement to your general health
No excuses now!
These are so simple that I KNOW you can pick at least 3 and make it a point to make them a habit.
1. Learn another language
Recent studies reveal people who are fluent in more than one language may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms for as long as five years. It found educational pursuits expanded thinking and memory capacity, and encouraged healthy brain cells and pathways to remain intact for longer.
2. Have a positive self-image
The stereotype of the forgetful senior citizen can actually contribute to memory loss. Studies show mature aged learners do worse on memory tests when exposed to negative beliefs on aging and memory, but do much better when they are feeling more positive and confident about memory retention.
3. Read a book
Switch off the TV and cuddle up with a good book. Reading is exercise for the brain. As it takes mind power to convert the words on the page into mental pictures, reading gets brain cells charging.
4. Exercise your heart and mind
Whether you follow the advice of your mind or heart, the two are closely linked to cognitive health. Scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland have found that moderate exercise can stimulate the production of brain stem cells, which means keeping a healthy heart will keep your mind sharp too.
5. Love your coffee and newspaper time
Lazy Sunday mornings reading the paper and drinking coffee may be doing your brain the world of good. Not only has reading shown to expand the brain’s grey matter, a Swedish study found coffee consumption can increase cognitive capacity and help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists found coffee drinkers who consumed two to four cups a day reduced their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life, the Science Daily reported.
6. Eat colourful fruit and veg
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants not only helps protect and nourish brain cells but also prevents cholesterol from damaging the lining of your arteries and slowing blood flow to the brain. Eat a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables like blueberries, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes.
7. Keep your stress levels in check
If you have a lot weighing on your mind you may be wreaking havoc on your neurotransmitters. Stress prompts your brain to release certain hormones that can damage the brain if exposed to them over time. Meditation not only relieves stress but can counteract memory loss by boosting the antioxidant hormone melatonin by up to 300 per cent.
8. Say no to artificial sweeteners
We know sugar has a sour side but artificial sweeteners like Aspartame may be even worse for our brain. Independent studies reveal that participants who regularly drink diet soft drinks are more likely to report lapses in long-term memory. Although industry and non-industry studies are conflicting, it still may be smarter to make the switch to water.
Pretty simple right?
And here you thought it was going to be hard work.
Just try to eat more natural.
Go original over diet.
Go butter over margarine
Grab 50 Shades Of Grey over watching CSI Miami tonight.
Enjoy your improved life 😉