Improving brain power
Want to improve your brainpower? Here’s some tips from UNLEASH YOUR INNER SEDUCTRESS:
Eat a healthy diet. A diet with lots of omega-3 foods (fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel or herring) is very good for the brain. Likewise lean protein such as skinless chicken and turkey, and lean beef and pork are also good. Include eggs in your diet, tofu and soy products and low-fat dairy products. Beans are also very good. Include five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables everyday. Always eat breakfast – it will kick-start your brain for the day. Limit the amount of junk food that you eat. Highly processed foods with large amounts of fat and sugar do no favours for the brain (or for the rest of you).
Drink plenty of water. Our brains are about 80 percent water, so it is important to keep your brain hydrated. Green tea is very good for brain function as it contains chemicals that enhance mental relaxation and alertness. Avoid excessive alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Avoid all drinks that contain artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame. A growing number of studies suggest that artificial sweeteners have dire consequences for brain function.
Get a good night’s sleep. Skimping on sleep does terrible things to the brain. Planning, problem solving and concentration are all compromised. If you have been awake for more then twenty hours your abilities are equivalent to someone who is legally drunk.
Exercise regularly. Just walking sedately for half an hour, three times a week can improve your concentration and learning ability by 15 percent. If you are feeling frazzled, do your brain a favour and do some form of exercise.
The Mozart effect. Some studies suggest that music can improve your mathematical and spatial reasoning, especially listening to classical music, such as a piano sonata by Mozart. Other proponents think it just makes listeners feel better because they are relaxed and stimulated at the same time. Note that turning up the volume too loud on any style of music is detrimental for the brain.