Have you ever walked into a room and forget why you did? Are you fond of placing objects and forgetting where you kept them? Have you missed numerous appointments as a result of excessive forgetfulness? Are you known as an absent-minded fellow? Read on.
Naturally, human cognitive skills and brainpower tend to be weakened by old age; the brain volume shrinks and dead brain cells are rarely replaced because of degraded neurons.
However, experiencing foggy memory and brain failure in an early age have been proven to be as result of numerous reasons which includes certain activities we engage in and fail to engage in.
Hence, in order to save you from the plight of forgetfulness and help you maintain a good cognition while chasing your dreams, below are effective ways to improve your brain’s functionality.
1. Avoid Stress
Stress which could result from excessive overworking or engagement in activities you lack interest in has its way of draining your brain.
When you’re mentally unstable or suffering severe anxiety as a result of physical or emotional stress, you’ll find it quite difficult to focus and this, in turn, retards your cognition and cause frequent forgetfulness.
Learn to be stress-free — It’ll make you physically, mentally and emotionally balanced and hence this makes you less forgetful of tiny details which add up to vital information.
Related: How To Live A Stress-free Life
2. Exercise Regularly
Apart from playing a vital role in building self-confidence and keeping the body in good form, it’s notewise that exercise helps a great deal in building good memory.
The brain is indifferent from other body cells. The brain develops just as muscle cells grow while exercising. A good heart makes a good brain. Hence, the more blood that is pumped by the heart while exercising, the more blood that is utilized by the brain to strengthen mental capacity.
A research by the US National Library Of Medicine showed that exercise, especially aerobic fitness training, helps to facilitate brain growth by bringing about the reproduction of dead brain cells and aiding neuronal connections.
3. Sleep sufficiently
When you fail to grab sufficient sleep, your body fails to complete all the phases needed for muscle repair, memory unification and release of hormones which are all supposed to aid your mental development.
A Neurobiology Laboratory director, John Peever, has stated that sleep serves to freshen your vitality and clear wastes from your brain in order to boost your memory. Sleep also play vital roles in regulating mood, weight, appetite and more.
According to National Sleep Foundation, children within the age range 6-13 are to sleep 9-11 hours. Teenagers of 14-17 are to sleep 8-10 hours and, younger adults of 18-25 are to sleep 7-9 hours daily.
Heeding to these sleeping pattern will go a long way in improving your memory capacity. However, failure to heed can massively cause early cognitive decline.
4. Eat healthy
With the help of research, many food particles have been proven to contain certain fluids and elements that can either boost or retard brain functions. In as much as food consumption is a necessity for healthy living, it’s important to take note of the food you consume and the effects they have on your cognitive skills.
Below is a few list of foods which have been proven to contain certain elements like fatty acid and glucose which play a very notable role in improving brain functionality:
- Tomatoes – It contains two antioxidants, Lycopene and Zeaxanthin, which have been scientifically proven to help prevent early cognitive decline.
- Carrots – A plant compound, luteolin, found in carrots helps to slow down age-related cognitive decline and boosts brain function.
- Fish – According to Examined Existence, the fatty and amino acid found in fish play a vital role in building strong cognition.
- Broccoli – With regards to World Health, Broccoli is high in lignans, a compound that boosts cognitive skills.
Likewise, excessive consumption of the below food substances has been scientifically proven to have a negative effect on the brain.
- Caffeine – It interrupts a brain chemical called adenosine in order to keep you from sleeping. Constant intake resets the brain function thereby causing early cognitive decline.
- Sugar – According to Huffington Post, excessive sugar goes a long way in retarding your memory and learning skills.
- Processed foods – They contain preservatives which overstimulate certain body enzymes and lead to excessive cravings. This in turn cause a poor cognitive ability.
- Salt – Its excessive intake has been explained to cause cognitive decline by series of observational researchers.
These are just a few out of the many foods which either aid or destroy good health, at least, from scientists and nutrition experts’ point of view. I’ll avoid going any further as this article is not based solely on nutrition — however, you can dedicate some time out of your schedule to explore the world of nutrition in order to learn of different fruits, cuisines, etc, and the impact they have on your body.
5. Avoid excessive multitasking
Are you a multitasking genius? Are you fond of checking mails, watching tv shows, studying, gisting and playing games all at the same time? Though that sounds pretty awesome — it just isn’t, at least for the sake of your health.
According to Talent Smart, studies have shown that multitasking not only causes unprofessionalism, it also has a massive negative effect on the brain.
A professional neuroscientist, Dr. Bill, stated that when engaging in multiple tasks at a time, the brain shuts down on other tasks and focuses chiefly on one. This act of the brain might not be readily noticeable, however, after a while, you discover you barely remember about certain tasks you recently just engaged in.
Multitasking can be tempting at times because of the numerous tasks and the little time we have. However, learning to prioritize activities and accomplishing one task at a time will go a long way in aiding your productivity and strengthening your brain.
6. Play brain games
Games trigger quicker reaction to emergencies. Game keeps your brain in a continuous state of activeness and in turn, boosts your brain functionality.
What are brain games? These are games that require your utmost reasoning, focus and strategic abilities in order to conquer an opponent. Games like chess, puzzle, checkers, sudoku, etc, are all included (chess is awesome 😉 ).
According to Discover Magazine, research shows that brain games and on-screen exercises can massively slow age-related cognitive decline.
7. Read more books
The more you fill your brain with helpful information, the better your brain’s reasoning capacity gets. Your brain never gets drained from acquiring new information. However, it never hesitates to let go of acquired knowledge once you stop learning and practicing.
Recent studies have proven socialization just as effective as other known ways of improving the brain. With regards to Science Daily, research at the University of Michigan shows that by socially and mentally engaging with others we receive a relatively immediate cognitive boost.
Just like other body parts, the brain has to be exercised on a daily basis in order to experience its full potential. The moment you stop using your brain, you start losing it.
Strive earnestly to ensure you heed to the above tips because a healthy brain aids faster thinking, better memory, attentive listening, sharper vision, and quicker reactions. Good luck!
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