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Boost Your Brain: 10 Secrets Revealed

Updated on January 31, 2014

The 10 Ten Essential Facts about Human Brain Power

People often dream of being mentally sharp and agile again. Unfortunately, bad lifestyles and even poorer thinking habits can cause progressive mental decline to the point that people feel that they can no longer organize ideas well or express themselves creatively. This shouldn't be the case because you can actually improve your brain power day by day by using simple strategies. Here are just some of the secrets that you can use to improve your mind power

The average human being only utilizes a small percentage of his total brain power. That means there is a massive cognitive resource in your head that is only waiting to be unleashed.

brain power
brain power

SECRET #1 Why Pay Attention to Your Brain Power?

The human brain is an amazing processing machine. The number of connections within the average human brain exceeds the connections of any existing computer to date and mankind is only beginning to understand how this powerful organ works.

The brain is responsible for the normal functioning of the entire human body. It is often the last organ 'to go' in times of extreme injury and stress and it is one of the most resilient organs around. Even during times of severe physical trauma, the human brain fights back desperately to ensure the survival of the entire body.

The average human being only utilizes a small percentage of his total brain power. That means there is a massive cognitive resource in your head that is only waiting to be unleashed. The process of unleashing the true potential of the human mind is not complicated.

In fact, anyone (and I do mean anyone) can do it. Increasing one's brain power is actually a continuous process. There is no single way to do it - everybody is built differently and people respond differently to specific brain boosting strategies.

But here's another amazing truth that you should know: when the human brain is challenged and stimulated regularly, it finds reason to grow and expand. Neural connections within the brain are increased and in turn, you become sharper and more powerful, mentally. It doesn't matter how old or how young you are; as long as you really want it to happen, it will, with the right brain boosting strategies.

salmon for brain
salmon for brain

SECRET #2 Let Wild Salmon Boost Your Brain Power

The first step in boosting your brain power for good is modifying your diet so you would be eating more of the healthy, nutritious stuff and less of the junk food. By "junk food" I refer mainly to fatty and sugary foods. Most processed food items are also low in essential nutrients and macro nutrients like protein, so be wary of those food items as well. Brain power begins not in the brain itself, but in the stomach. Your body and brain are only as good as the food that you eat.

If you want a clean and nutritious protein source that will surely help boost your brain, one of your best options is wild salmon. I'm not talking about canned salmon or farmed salmon - I am referring specifically to wild-caught salmon. Now, you might be thinking: that kind of fish is more expensive! I know, but when you want the best for your brain, you go for the best that Mother Nature has to offer. In the United States, wild salmon is one of the best choices.

Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids - these fatty acids are essential for heart health and brain health. In fact, people whose diets are high in omega 3 fatty acids are lower risk for heart problems and degenerative brain conditions like dementia. The reason for this is that omega 3 has a protective effect on the body. It takes care of the circulatory system and it also helps in many other metabolic processes.

Farmed salmon does not have the same level of omega 3 fatty acids as its wild counterpart because it hasn't been able to grow and move about that much. Wild salmon offers aged meat rich in essential nutrients.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 20

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 pieces wild salmon fillet
  • 3/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. In cup, mix honey, cumin, coriander, salt, lime peel, pepper, and 1 teaspoon very hot water until blended. With tweezers, remove any bones from salmon. With hands, rub honey-spice mixture all over salmon. Place salmon on grill or grill pan over medium heat and cook 10 minutes or just until salmon turns opaque throughout and flakes easily when tested with a fork, carefully turning salmon over once with wide metal spatula. Sprinkle salmon with cilantro and serve with lime wedges. That's it - Enjoy!
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drinks for brain boost
drinks for brain boost

SECRET #3 Drink Your Way to a Sharper Mind

Among all of the commercially available beverages in the market today, few come close to the brain-healthy benefits that matcha provides. Matcha is actually just green tea - but it is not consumed like other forms of commercial tea. People usually use tea that come in permeable paper bags.

There's nothing wrong with commercial tea bags, but if you really want to get a massive antioxidant boost every time you drink, I suggest that you find a good matcha store and start stocking your cupboards with it.

What is matcha? Matcha is green tea that has been ground to a very fine powder. Compared to regular tea, the green tea plants used for the production of matcha are grown in shades, protected from sunlight.

These shade-grown plants begin producing more chlorophyll and amino acids compared to other tea plants that are allowed to bask in the sunlight. Pickers then choose only the most perfect leaves for the final production.

The most reliable matcha dealers are of course found in countries like Japan, so be careful when buying matcha from websites. Do you research first before having matcha shipped to your doorstep.

Matcha has been known to increase mental acuity and concentration if drunk regularly. In fact, monks who are engaged in long religious rituals drink matcha to stay awake and focused.

This has been going on for hundreds of years and so matcha really does have a lot of history of effectiveness behind it. If your doctor has advised you against too much coffee, matcha just might be a good alternative!

Mind map

A mind map is composed of the following elements: headlines, sub headlines and associated ideas. That's it - with these three major elements, you can organize your ideas on absolutely anything.

organize mind maps
organize mind maps

SECRET #4 Organize Your Scattered Ideas with Mind Maps

One of the biggest problems that people encounter when they are trying to plan something is that they have trouble getting their ideas together. Simply listing down your ideas won't cut it. The most useful tool in this type of situation is a mind map.

A mind map is an organized idea blueprint that allows people to create expansive schematics with just a pen and a paper. The idea behind a mind map is that you can easily plan something if you can create the proper connections between the multitudes of ideas you have in your mind.

Again, you don't need to buy specialized mind mapping software to accomplish this. All you need is a large sheet of paper (a sketching notebook is preferable) and a pen/pencil. I highly recommend that you stick with the manual method of creating mind maps at first so you get the feel of it before moving on to more restrictive and limited mind mapping software.

A mind map is composed of the following elements: headlines, sub headlines and associated ideas. That's it - with these three major elements, you can organize your ideas on absolutely anything.

You can plan your travel itinerary if you want or you can build that dream boat you have always wanted. It doesn't matter how tough or complex the problem is; with a mind map, all your ideas can be organized into neat clusters for easy referencing and modification.

journaling for mind power
journaling for mind power

SECRET #5 Discover the Benefits of Journaling

Most people suffer from fatigue and stress on a daily basis because of their work. While we cannot really escape the reality that we have to work in order to live decently, we can take steps to ensure that our minds (and bodies) remain healthy even if there are mounting pressures at work.

If you feel burned out from work and you also feel that your mind has suffered from endless days of hard toil, then journaling just might work for you. Journaling is simply the act of writing on a journal or a diary.

Journals have long been used for stress and anxiety management and now, experts are seeing the brain-boosting benefits as well. Here are just some of the main benefits of journaling:

1.It helps improve a person's cognitive functions

2.Journaling boosts the immune system, which helps reduce chances of a person getting sick from common bugs like the flu

3.Regular journaling can help reduce asthma attacks, arthritic pain, etc.

4.Journaling helps combat the impact of stress on the body and the mind

You can start a journal today, if you want. You just need a nice journal or diary to begin with. There are countless online stores that sell superb journals at equally desirable prices. Surf the Internet and try to find a journal that really appeals to you so you would have a lot of fun writing on it.

nap to boost your brain
nap to boost your brain

SECRET #6 Don't Forget to Power Nap!

Some people say that they don't need to sleep so much and they feel fine after only 4 to 5 hours of sleep at night. Not only is this practice harmful to the body (chances of a heart attack or stroke increases when a person only gets 5 hours of sleep per night), it is also harmful to the human mind.

That's right - no matter how smart or sharp you are, your mental acuity will take a hit if you don't give the body enough rest every night. The human brain can only compensate for so much exhaustion; after a while, it slowly gives up trying to be efficient.

Don't worry - if you have not been sleeping well these past few years, there is still a chance to recover. All you need to do is modify your sleeping pattern so that you start sleeping earlier (10 PM is ideal for adults) and you start waking up earlier as well (7 AM is an awesome time to wake up if you slept early the previous night).

If you can't modify your sleeping habits right now, the least that you can do to preserve your mental acuity and sharpness is to power nap every day. Power napping is really just taking great naps in the middle of the day.

If you can snatch a quarter of an hour of rest in the middle of the day, that may be enough to give the body and mind some much needed rest. If you can nap for 30 minutes or more, that would definitely give you immediate benefits in terms of increased concentration and faster information processing.

meditation for powerful mind
meditation for powerful mind

SECRET #7 Meditate Your Way to a More Powerful Mind

Meditation is one of the few alternative health practices that actually bring immediate results to people who have tried it. Meditation is an ancient art that combines progressive relaxation, rhythmic breathing and strategic postures.

Zen meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation in the United States and there are thousands of practitioners across the country. Meditation in general is not tied to any single religious belief (so don't worry about that, if you think this practice is occult or something similar). Research has shown that meditation can help a person concentrate better on his tasks because it naturally clears mental fog.

It's actually very easy to start meditating. Here's a short guide to meditation at home:

1.Find a comfortable chair to sit in and just try to straighten your back so that you're not bowing or slouching forward.

2.Try focusing on a spot on the wall in front of your to keep your head up and your neck straight.

3.From now on, you will be breathing exclusively from your nostrils. No more shallow mouth breathing - you get fuller breaths when you breathe from your nostrils.

4.When you inhale, allow your abdominal region to really expand. The chest region will follow suit. Imagine that your abdominal region is being inflated from within and you want it to expand to let the life-giving oxygen in.

5.I want you to pay close attention to the movement of the air when it passes through your nose. Try to focus on the movement itself during inhalation and exhalation. That's all you have to do. Try this exercise daily, 5 to 8 minutes per session.

Fit Body Produces a Fit Mind
Fit Body Produces a Fit Mind

SECRET #8 A Fit Body Produces a Fit Mind

A decade ago, people thought that the body was distinctly separate from the mind (which was a 'good thing' since the mind had some form of independence from the human body). Everyone believed in this until medical science started disproving this theory.

Current studies show that the link between the mind and the body is so strong that if anything bad should happen to the body, the mind will also take a hit. On the flipside, if you do something good to your body, your brain will also get immense benefits.

And that leads us to today's lesson boosting the human mind - exercise. You need to integrate regular exercise in your daily routines to keep your body and mind fit and strong. Medical science now recommends exercise for a host of problems because it simply works. Exercise not only burns excess calories but it also helps keep the brain stimulated and healthy.

The mind-body connection is real, so don't ignore this particular approach. If you want your brain to be really powerful, you can do that by strengthening your body first. The brain will receive the same benefits as the rest of the organs in your body.

Remember, you don't have to lift barbells and other heavy weights to get a good workout. You can try dancing or even mixed martial arts (MMA) if that's what you want. Just make sure that the activity that you choose will be the mainstay of your new physical fitness regimen. You should be able to exercise regularly (and by regularly, I mean 3-5 times a week).

Let Video Games Increase Your Brain Power
Let Video Games Increase Your Brain Power

SECRET #9 Let Video Games Increase Your Brain Power

If you are in your thirties or forties, you are probably thinking that games of any kind no longer have a place in your life simply because you are 'too old' for such things. Wrong! If you skip all kinds of games, you are missing out on a great opportunity to sharpen your mind and improve your cognitive skills.

That's right - games actually help people boost their brain power! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what kinds of games you should play. If you like first person shooting games, then by all means, play shooting games.

If you prefer challenging puzzle games, then that's a good choice, too. The important thing here is that you are giving the mind a chance to explore a completely different type of stimulus. You see, when the human brain is challenged by novel situations and problems, it actually creates more neural networks so that it can adapt to the novel situations more easily.

Your brain wants to be challenged and it enjoys these mental challenges. Don't worry about being stumped when you're doing puzzles and the like. The essential achievement when you play games is that you are allowing your mind to solve different problems for you - this is the equivalent of "working out" for the brain. Games keep the brain stimulated and 'on its toes' - ready for the next challenge.

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socializing

SECRET #10 Socializing Is Important for Your Minds Health, Too

One of the best ways to improve one's brain power is to socialize with other people more regularly. I'm not talking about chatting with other people through your phone or through the Internet.

I'm talking about real life encounters with people you want to be with. Isolating oneself from others is actually quite harmful to the human mind because we are by nature social beings. The human mind continually needs social interaction.

Current studies support this - in fact, a recent research showed that seniors who socialized regularly were at less risk for many health conditions including degenerative mental conditions like dementia.

How is this possible? Well, regular social interactions are a natural source of sensory stimulation. The brain consumes your experiences when interacting with other people and it stays robust and efficient when you make sure that the stimulus is given regularly.

Remember: you don't have to spend a lot of money just to reach out to people who matter to you. A simple get-together at home is a good enough for the brain. You don't have to spend a lot of money just because you want to socialize more frequently.

Of course, if you are a career person and you have the funds, you can most certainly reach out to other by inviting them to restaurants, movies, etc. But for the most part, your focus should be just on the actual interaction with friends, colleagues and family members.

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      WritingForChange 5 years ago

      Great lens. Liked, rolled and shared :)

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      VinceErrichiello 5 years ago

      I knew the human brain was complex, but wow, this is crazy! Very well written article, it was a pleasure to read.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      All great tips! Some of them I actually do, others, I will start doing. :)

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      DahliaValentine 5 years ago

      Mindmaps ROCK! I keep notes in a notebook, but I truly synthesize all of my ideas when I mindmap everything out. Though I personally prefer using software (Mindjet MindManager) because I can fit more details in. Great lens!

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      Tiggered 5 years ago

      Video games boosting brain power? Hmmm...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bravo on your secret tips! Great article that I'm hoping gets more readers to see this. Let me see if I can help out with this ... *blessed by a squid angel*

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      gold3 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      Wow. I thought I was organizing everything because I was getting old, but it's not. It is because I am staying young -- lol. Great lens. Super info.

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      cool lens :) thnks for sharing

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      MarionElodie 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I knew most of those things already but it's always good to get a gentle reminder.

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      This is an excellent list. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      tradedealer 5 years ago

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

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