This is a guest post by Brenan Quirante, a publisher at Peak Nootropics – a blog dedicated to supplements that enhance brain function.
Who does not want a great memory and high IQ level? Everyone does, but few know the ways to achieve.
We have this misconception that memory differs from person to person, whereas the truth is that every brain has the ability to perform equally once you know how.
Well, it is not rocket science, but simple and easy tips that can boost up your cognition to levels you have never imagined of.
Below are some of the best tips to super-boost your memory:
1. Exercise regularly.
There is a special type of protein known as a neurotrophic factor which our brain’s nerve cell release when we exercise.
Out of these neurotrophic factor proteins, the BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is essentially responsible for cognitive functions of the brain.
The more you exercise, the more is the BDNF generation in your brain. This means your cognition is getting superior and your brain is growing healthy.
Brain health is at its optimum when the nerve cells get multiplied, neural interconnections are strong, and cells are immune from damage. These healthy attributes are effectively induced and achieved by regular exercise.
2. Eat right.
What you eat and don’t eat shapes your body health as well as your brain health. And a better brain health is essential for better memory.
Let’s first see the foods which are vital for brain health.
Fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery contain protective antioxidants for our brain. The right proportion of omega 3 and omega six acids stimulates the production of new brain cells. Walnuts and coconut oils are excellent nutrients for the protection of brain from degenerative neurological diseases.
Supplements such as peak nootropics are very helpful in boosting up brain’s health. Fast foods, sugars, and grain carbohydrates must be excluded from your diet to keep yourself brain-fit.
3. Play brain games.
This is more like brain-exercising to keep your brain growing healthy.
Make a habit of playing brain games that challenge your brain with new and exciting information that stimulates it to work more.
This is particularly essential in preventing your brain to deteriorate with time.
Puzzles, chess, sudoku, Rubik’s cube are exciting ways to pass your free time, and you are keeping your mind healthy as well.
Instead of leisurely watching TV, develop a habit of involving yourself in such brain games and stay brain-healthy with superior memory.
4. Master a new skill.
An idle mind is the warehouse of brain decay, age, and stress related diseases. Thus it is advisable to keep your brain engaged in activities that are new to it. This way it keeps on functioning smoothly which would promote brain plasticity and neuron growth.
Studies have shown that a more active brain has a lower risk of dementia and mild cognitive impairments.
Mastering a new skill is an effective way to keep your mind vibrant and active. Try out brushing up on your culinary skills, hack language learning, or grab a musical instrument and try to learn to play it. You can also try your skills at writing something regularly until you master it.
There are plenty of new skills to learn and never deter away from trying one that catches your interest.
The idea is to keep your brain engrossed and active to have a sharp and better memory.
5. Get a good night’s sleep.
It is only during sleep that your brain rests and relaxes after a long day’s work and hence it is very necessary to ensure a good, sound sleep daily.
More biologically, synaptic plasticity and connection are strengthened when we slumber. This synaptic plasticity is particularly responsible for cognitive abilities such as learning and memory.
Sleep loss is the primary cause of the decline in neuron-connections as has been suggested by researchers. This is the reason why we find it easier to memorize or learn or perform better during the first few hours of the day after we wake up.
The brain’s performance level is at its peak at that time. A tight sleep is hence essential for achieving a healthy and optimally performing brain.
These are some of the simple changes that you can introduce to your lifestyle and achieve a sharp and better memory along with other cognitive abilities for years to come.