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Five Easy Ways To Boost Your Brain Power

Updated on March 23, 2011

Keep your brain young.

There are literally thousands of suggestions on the internet claiming to boost the power of your brain and keep it functioning efficiently into old age. Many are excellent and some quite useless. The following five suggestions can be easily incorporated into your daily life, and will not only increase your brain health but your general health as well.


1. Make sure your diet includes both omega three and omega six fatty acids, as these are considered the best brain food to keep the arteries clear, to ensure the functioning of the nerve cells, and to improve memory, and enable continuous learning. Cold water fish such as salmon are the best natural source of these fatty acids. If you cannot include fish in your diet at least twice a week, consider a supplement. Other good brain foods are leafy green vegetables, avocados, bananas, brown rise, berries and apples.


2. Exercise. Adequate daily exercise is essential for healthy aging brains as it is for aging bodies. Exercise increases the blood and oxygen reaching the brain, thus aiding in the ability to organize thoughts, plan, and problem solve. Cardiovascular exercise is best for the brain. It has proven to reduce stress and anxiety as well as depression. Exercise enables the brain to better remember, concentrate, and learn. If you are unsure of what type and how much exercise your should be getting, consult your family physician.


3. Keep the brain active through regular mental activities. These can include memory, numerical, word, or reasoning puzzles, learning a new language, or learning to play a musical instrument. Find new challenges to help your brain move in different directions. Join a book club. Start a discussion group. Volunteer. The more challenges you give your brain, the more efficiently it will function. The body continues to build new brain cells throughout your lifetime. Memory can be improved at any age.


4. Let your body relax. Consider such activities as yoga or mediation. These, and similar activities, help emotional functioning and decrease stress, improving sensory acuity, and the ability to think clearly and remain attentive. Any type of relaxation will help relax and renew brain function. Listen to music. Take a slow rambling walk. Sit quietly and daydream.


5. Get sufficient sleep. People need varying amounts of sleep, generally from six and one half to eight and one half hours per night. If you wake rested and refreshed, you are probably getting the right amount of sleep. During sleep the brain restores functioning and enables us to think logically and concentrate more efficiently. We obviously need sleep for our brains to function efficiently, however, exactly what the brain does during sleep is not yet fully understood.

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    • billips profile imageAUTHOR

      billips 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      You are absolutely right - writing does encourage thought processes - nice to hear from you and thank you for the positive comment - B.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information. Everyone wants to increase their brain power. When I retired, I feared I would not exercise my brain enough, but I have found that writing here on HubPages gives my brain plenty of exercise! Thank you for your great information! Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day! :)

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      Twila Nelson 

      6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Fabulous tips for keeping the brain healthy as well as the rest of the body. Thank you!

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      Sembj 

      7 years ago

      There does seem to be an increasing number of people who want to make sure that their quality of life is not unnecessarily damaged by not looking after their minds as well as their bodies! Any research I've done suggests that writing and reading Hubs could be added to your list as number six, since it seems to encompass all of the activities to keep the mind in good condition!

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      Jewels 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Great hub. One of the most balanced advice giving hubs on the subject. Full of good sense and no excess fluff.

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      Ladybird33 

      8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I need more brian power, very interesting!

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