Saturday, September 4, 2010

Brain Power

School has started, so we are all looking for a little more brain power. How often do you walk into a room and then realize you have forgotten why you walking in there in the first place? We could all use help memorizing, remembering and thinking more clearly. Here are some things you can do to help trigger more brain neurons, which will help your brain grow stronger in the long run.
1. Volunteer!
Stimulates: The prefrontal cortex, which analyzes, plans, and problem-solves
2. Work out
Stimulates: The hippocampus, which forms memories
3. Learn a skill
Stimulates: The intraparietal sulcus, which directs hand-eye coordination
4. Keep the weight off
As the number on the scale creeps upward, it's hard to imagine that anything's getting smaller, but extra pounds can actually shrink your brain.
5. Wiggle your eyes
Can't remember where you stashed your glasses? Try looking from side to side. Rapid horizontal eye movements cause the brain's two hemispheres to interact with each other more efficiently
6. Take a snooze
Here's why: New facts enter your brain like e-mails arriving in your in-box. And as your in-box can overflow over the course of a day, so can your brain. During sleep, your brain shuffles recently received data into storage, creating space for fresh info.
7. Eat brain foods—rich in B12, antioxidants, or essential fatty acid
Tomatoes, blueberries, salmon, kale, bananas, apples

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