Ways to Improve Brain Functioning

Health and Wellness
By: nrichford    
18-Mar-2011

Introduction:Scientists tell us the brain is like any other organ in the body--if you don't use it, you lose it. Although that is not entirely true, you know what I mean. To keep your brain in tip top shape and keep your memory sharp, you need to keep your brain active.

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    Improve Brain Functioning With Sleep

    That's right, without adequate sleep your brain is not able to function at its peak performance, but according to Melinda Smith, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson of HelpGuide.org, there is another reason to get plenty of sleep. Sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, as this is when the brain sorts and stores information.

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    Improve Brain Functioning With Exercise

    You may think that exercise is only for the body, but it helps the brain as well. During exercise you provide your brain with the oxygen it needs to perform at its peak. Of course, exercise wards off other illnesses that may compromise your brain function, as well.

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    Improve Brain Functioning By Eating Well

    Carbohydrates are the brain's major source of energy--but avoid simple sugars and overly processed breads and pasta. Simple carbs give your brain (and body) a rush of energy that drops off just as suddenly. Complex carbs provide a steady supply of the energy your brain requires.

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    Improve Brain Functioning By Challenging Your Brain

    Many mistakenly think that proverbial crossword puzzle is all that is needed to keep the brain sharp, but that only works if the task is new and challenges you to make new connections. Doing crossword puzzles everyday soon becomes routine. Change it up a bit with new challenges. Try word puzzles, math games and anything that challenges your brain to function in new ways. Visiting new areas, reading challenging books and simply making an effort to experience the new and unusual keeps your brain active.

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    Improve Functioning With Laugher

    The old saying that laughter is the best medicine holds true with the brain, too. When you pay attention to jokes and work out new punch lines the brain gets a workout as it stretches to form new connections.




Final Thoughts

Keeping your brain active and healthy improves its functioning and improves memory. So get out there and do something different, share a few laughs, thinks some new thoughts and you just may reap the reward of improved brain function and memory.


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