SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association) — A healthy brain not only improves memory and concentration, but it also reduces the risk of many neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other brain related ailments. In addition, a better functioning brain also helps sharpen your concentration and intellectual skills. Brain functions reduce due to several factors including aging, change in hormone levels, work pressure and overloading, drug abuse, and also due to side effects of neurotic drugs. However, brain functions can be improved by regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An improved brain also helps to build up a strong memory. There are several natural ways to help you improve your brain function. While daily exercise facilitates oxygen circulation in the brain, a healthy lifestyle provides proper sustenance and adequate rest to the brain. If you wish to know more, here are some simple tips to improve your brain function and cognitive skills. Read on to learn more.
Improving Brain Function
Neurobic Exercises Helps
Certain “Neurobic” exercises help improve neural pathways. Neurobiologists suggest certain cognitive exercises including brain games that are able to create new links between different parts of the brain, thus overall improving the functioning of the brain. Some of the popular neurobic exercises that you can try are cooking recipes that you have never tried before, brushing your teeth with opposite hand, or wearing your watch on your opposite wrist.
The brain requires a lot of energy to perform all the functions properly every day. Sleep gives the brain the much needed rest and helps to boost memory. Follow a daily routine of getting up and going to bed on time.
To sleep better, avoid eating rich and spicy food at night. Instead, keep your night meals light and eat less. Also, avoid having caffeine at night that may keep you awake.
Different chemical substances present in food additives and preservatives may interfere with the proper functioning of the brain. These chemical substances, known as neurotoxins, are chemically altered ingredients and have a negative effect on the body. To avoid these harmful chemical substances, switch to whole foods and organic foods that are fresh from the farm.
Exercise, Exercise, and Exercise
The brain needs oxygen to function normally. Exercising is a great way to get oxygen to the brain. Take a walk or exercise on a regular basis to improve oxygen supply to the brain. It is especially good if you can start your day with light stretching exercises that immediately gets blood circulating, thus lifting the “morning brain fog feeling”. Deep breathing exercises are also great ways to increase oxygen and blood flow in the body that stimulates brain functions. Memory can be also improved by performing brain certain simple exercises. Memorizing a new song or a new poem helps exercise your brain and increase the brain’s efficiency.
Solve Puzzles and Do Math
Incorporate different activities in your life that help increase the brain efficiency. Doing puzzles, sudoku, crosswords, and wood puzzles are great ways to improve the functioning of the brain. Doing mathematics and related tasks that involve a lot of rational thinking also helps in improving efficiency of the brain.
Food for the Brain
Do you know about the memory boosting foods? Food items like squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kidney beans, nuts, soybeans, black beans, apricots, and berries are noted as brain foods that provide nutrition to the brain. Green tea in particular is known to fend off Alzheimer disease and improve brain function. Include these food items in your daily diet for a healthier brain. — www.shafaqna.com/english/