4 Ways to Develop a Smart Healthy Brain

Smart Healthy Brain Takes Work

Think of the brain or cerebellum as the engine of your body. It controls breathing, thought processes, the nervous system, circulatory system, muscle movement, growth and temperature. The brain develops well if you nourish it adequately. That means you must eat the proper foods, don't abuse your body, read, study, learn, be around people, get enough sleep and exercise to make it a smart healthy brain. These factors help the blood flow to the brain, exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, and proper growth of brain cell

The brain is composed of many parts, each one for a different function.
The brain is composed of many parts, each one for a different function. | Source
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Brain firing up, | Source

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The development of this organ takes influence from heredity and environment. A good family and environment foster growth and make the brain smart. Education completes the circle of influence. The right foods and exercise make the brain healthy and smart. Parental influence in helping children eat right, play, get enough sleep and study are the path to successful cell structure. In this electronic age, parents must be cautious about allowing too much time on computers and iPhones. as they may cause problems with cells. Playing outside and enjoying physical activities at home and school helps maintain intelligence and health

Following is an expansion of the four main ways to further brain development.

1. Eating the Right Foods

According to the Alzheimer's,Association, foods with high antioxidant levels are vital for brain fitness. Vegetables might include kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, onion, corn, and eggplant. High antioxidant level fruits are the berries - strawberries blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries. Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds, are also tops on the list. Limit saturated fat and avoid trans fat. Eat Omega 3 foods such as fatty fish or flax, in addition to protein, and limited sugar and other carbohydrates.

Fruits, especially berries, help brain health.
Fruits, especially berries, help brain health. | Source

2. Exercise

Any movement of the body helps the brain's various components stay in sync. Individual or team sports, fitness centers, gyms, swimming pools, all get top billing for the brain. You need to pick something you enjoy and work at it several times a week for at least thirty minutes. Strength training with weights is good for the brain as well as the bones.

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Children Playing in Water | Source

3. Neurons and Learning - Brain Games

Dr. Mehmet Oz, prominent TV spokesman states that the neurons do not stop growing,as once thought, and can rewire if you keep learning .At one time, experts believed that long term memory was stored in the brain. Recent research shows that it is not stored but that it must fire up to unlock this memory.

Software like Lumosity has exercises to sharpen the organ. You might have a flock of birds, and you must choose the birds that are flying the wrong way. A game may present you with the beginning of words, and you must quickly think of other words with those beginnings. Timing the games and allowing yourself to keep progressing can increase your speed of memory. You can have fun while learning and playing. If you read, you can gradually increase your speed and understanding of the author's meanings. Writers must think of sentence structure, proper grammar, and spelling. The more you write, the longer you will retain this information. If you do research, you will also expand the brain's knowledge.

4. Hobbies and support

Having a support group helps the brain preserve its cells and prevent memory loss. The interaction among friends updates knowledge, allows you to breathe better, and keeps the brain sharp. That is probably the reason for the fact that married people live longer. Even doing crafts, sewing, and other handiwork or a hobby keeps the brain alive and thinking. The companionship of an animal provides love and raises the endorphins to prevent depression

Dog With Birthday Hat - Aids Health.
Dog With Birthday Hat - Aids Health. | Source

Amazing facts

This subject always has its heroes. Chris Spielman, a paralyzed ex football player, has made an amazing recovery and works as a sportscaster. Chad Peery,* Oklahoma City police officer, paralyzed while trying to break up a bar fight, is doing police desk work. Donations allowed the construction of a home for Mr Peery and his family with handicapped access. Superior advances in rehabilitation therapy and sheer determination caused these results.


The goal of developing a smart healthy brain should provide enjoyment and a long life. Exercise and eating the right foods may prevent dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and other disorders. These efforts can save nursing home expenditures, and allow for a quality life. Besides, it is fun to eat right and exercise. Even walking with others, can give you social activity. The life expectancy has increased over time to eighty five. Some people even marry in their eighties. If you start on this plan now, you might live to be a hundred. That is an amazing feat, but you need good genes to attain that goal.

copyright 2012

Audrey Selig

*This hub is dedicated to the memory of Chad Peery, mentioned as a hero in this article. He died tragically in an auto accident on April 15, 2013

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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is a really great and informative article.

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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks so much for the nice comment. The brain fascinates me, and I love to do research and learn new information. A relative is in medical school, and feels the same way about the brain. It amazes me the control the brain has on the body. It makes me want to keep it healthy. Good luck with your writing and come visit again.

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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK

Great article! Thank you for writing it and thanks for mentioning Lumosity. I knew and loved to visit their pages few years ago. Somehow I lost the connection to them, and your article brought me back. :-) Since I know now how to develop a smart and healthy brain :-) nothing stands in the way to do so. :-)

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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks Janta for reading my article and for your enjoyment. You possess great enthusiasm. I love to write about the brain and to help others. The research was a learning experience. I am glad you can find the brain game. Together we can do right by our brains and also play Lumosity. I hope you stop by again. I plan to check out your profile and hubs. Good luck

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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Great information and tips, thank you for sharing.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much janismus for reading my hub and for the kind comments. The brain fascinates me, and I love to read and learn all I can. Nourishing our brain with exercise, eating the right foods, and the other smart ways are so important to quality of life. Stop by again, and I will look for your hubs. Good luck with your writing.

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SidKemp 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

This is an excellent and useful article. As someone who's been working on this myself a long time, I would add just three suggestions. First, avoid foods and substances that reduce oxygen to the brain (psychoactive drugs, prescription or recreational, anything you are allergic to, and artificial foods, colors or flavors. Second, take time doing activities that stimulate fine-motor (eye-hand) coordination and large-motor (dancing, yoga, martial arts, whole body) coordination and balance. Third, spend time in relaxing, natural environments. Voted up and useful and interesting.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Sid. Thanks for gracious comments on hub with exclusive title. The brain fascinates me. Your suggestions about a few other ways to nourish brain are very appropriate. Writing keeps my brain sharp. I cherish that ability. I like your idea of following each other and helping each other grow. Sounds like a plan! Take care. Hope Google doesn't spoil our weekend with it's plan.

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L.L. Woodard 3 years ago from Oklahoma City

Keeping our brains healthy and functioning is another area where learning how to do so as early as possible is important. Appreciate that you've provided such a variety of tips here.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Sarif - Thanks for reading my hub and for the nice comments. I did the research for this hub and am glad you appreciate it. I love to write about the brain, and all the research is worth it. I think you are interested in health topics, and that is really great. I am trying to eat berries and all the other foods mentioned in the hub. I love to make smoothies of fruits and vegetables. Maybe you have done that. Hope everything is fine in Bangladesh. Glad you write on HubPages. Take care.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi LL Kudos for reading my hub and sharing it. I did research to come up with info, and this is an exclusive title. I don't know how successful these exclusives become, but I enjoyed the topic and had fun writing about it. You are right that we must start early nourishing the brain and not abusing our bodies. I try to eat well and especially enjoy berries, mostly blueberries and strawberries. I am glad you found my hub and do stop by again. It is a pleasure to know you, and hope we meet again on this site. I would like to read more of your hubs. Take care.

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StoneCircle 3 years ago from Rindge, NH

Great hub! My grandmother is going to be 92 and she is very fit physically and mentally. It was funny to see that you mentioned games for the brain, because she would learn all the state capitals, play card games, teach sewing and knitting to each of the gran and great grandchildren. She still does a stationary pedal bike.

I also believe that she has been so healthy due to growing up on a farm and eating healthy from a very young age. She has always provided nutritious meals using seasonal foods grown locally.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

I love the story of your grandmother. She must have lived a life of nutritious foods, exercised and done all the right things to be alive and well at age 92. Wouldn't it be nice if more people could do those things. Thank you for reading my hub and sharing your story. You could write about her. Berries, nuts and foods from the soil - fruits and veggies are great for the brain. You take care and write more tales Blessings. Audrey

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Audrey, this is great information. Everyone needs to read this.

I am so sorry to hear about Chad Peery expiring.

Voted up U/A/I and shared.

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Shyron - Thanks for reading my hub and giving such nice comments. This was one of those exclusive titles that are now non-existent. Anyway, it was a fun write, and I found some knowledge along the way. I do believe everyone should read this as you mentioned. It is great to know what to do in order to have a quality life and maybe a longer one. I appreciate your voting it up and also sharing it. Let us hope you and I do all the right things and eat the right foods and live long lives. It is my pleasure to have you drop by again. Look for me at your hubs. Blessings. Audrey

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Shyron- Forgot to thank you for mentioning the late Chad Peery,

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

You are welcome Audrey.

Blessings my friend.

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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for a great article on brain health. My grandmother worked 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles, and she stayed sharp as a tack until she died. I will look into that software!

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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

H rebecca - I appreciate the kind comments and the read of my hub on the brain. Your grandmother must have been into keeping a sharp brain. I wonder if she also ate the brain foods and exercised. I do know that writing and reading and doing thinks with your hands is great for your brain. The only problem is you wonder if you had a predisposition to some illness, if working on these issues for the brain would overcome the hereditary factor. It sure might help. You must be proud of your grandmother for her sharp brain. I do like the software and need to take time to do it more often. Thanks for following.I will be back to read your hubs. Take care, and good luck with your writing.

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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

This is very valuable information and crucial is preventing deterioration of the brain as we age; I like that you brought in the importance of physical activity, as it helps many parts of the brain, through blood and oxygen flow, including the brain. I can definitely see how working the mind too strengthens the brain. And there is this very important factor of having care around you, people that support you and help you out. Great material and important subject matter.

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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

So you are an Audrey as well!! This was a wonderful hub--passing it on!

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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

A very well written and informative hub. I am currently unemployed and I know that if I don't keep my brain active I lose focus. I also watch Dr. Oz, read and write my hubs. With the exception of morning news and Dr. Oz I turn the TV off in the daytime because I find the programs to be boring and I'm not using physical and cognitive skills. It's only at night I turn it back on. I also agree that although our children today use a lot of electronic equipment, good old fashioned playing outside like our generation did is better and healthier for them. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Great job.

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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Lisa. Thank you for the read and glad you enjoyed it. I love to learn about the brain and then to write what I know. Reading and writing does keep brain active, as you mentioned. I know writing has helped me with my brain cells. I need to read more of your hubs. Thanks for stopping by my site. Blessings. Audrey

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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Audrey. Glad you liked my hub about the brain. You and I and vocal coach may be the only Audrey's on this site. It is fun to learn what makes brains healthy. We learn so many lessons on HP. We even learn to laugh and relax and stay healthy. Thanks for stopping by. See you soon. Blessings. Audrey

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful hub Audrey. We do need to constantly exercise the brain like the rest of our body and nourish it by eating a healthy diet. There was a story on tv here recently of a former footballer and tri-athlete who was hit by a truck while training 25 years ago and confined to a wheelchair never to walk again. With the help of a new physiotherapist he has trained himself to walk again. His vertebra was broken in three places, but apparently has just threads connecting it. He is trying to run now and his goal is to compete in another tri-athlon by the end of the year. Anyway, voted up.

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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

Thanks for this info about the brain.

so berries are god for the brain. hmm !

i will start taking more of berries from now

Really ! thanks for sharing this important inform.

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DREAM ON 17 months ago

I love reminders to stay healthy and this was perfect. I often visit friends at a nursing home and I wish they would do more. The attitudes and enviroment are not as productive as they could be. The attitude seems to be this is where you end up and it's o. k. to die. I think many thoughts of how to improve things but lack of time doesn't help. We hardly have time for ourselves so how do we find time to help others ? Maybe more hubs like yours is a great start. Have a great afternoon.

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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Jodah - I missed this comment and am so sorry. Thanks so much for your nice comment. I love the story of the man who walked again when they said he never would. That sounds like the story of several ex NFL champions. It is so great to hear of such success stories. You realize the importance of feeding and exercising the brain, so that is good. Have a good evening. Blessings, Audrey

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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Abbae - I sure do appreciate your visit to my hub and your appreciation. Berries and green lettuce help the brain, and since I have not been eating as much, for various reasons, I can tell the difference. We never realize the importance of specific foods until we do a little research. I love to learn about the brain. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey Will visit soon.

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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Dream on - Thanks for your comments on the brain. I agree that those in nursing homes do not do real well, probably because of the low pay of staff. I know there are some very expensive homes that do better than others. No matter where we are, our brains need stimulation. Love those poems of yours and your way of writing. Thanks for visiting. Take care. Blessings, Audrey

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brakel2 17 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Hi Nate - I believe that I missed your comment and am so sorry. I think a lot of your writing and appreciate your stopping by my hub about the brain. A support group and physical activity do help, as you say, and we sure need to keep our brains oxygenated, We do try to do those important tasks, and sure am glad you stopped by to visit. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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