Increase Your Brain Power
Whenever you think you want to
increase your brain power, what you really want to do is
increase your memory. I say that because everything that
we equate with intelligence really goes back to memory.
So rather than increase my brain power, you really should be
saying I want to increase my brain memory.
What is intelligence, after
all, but the ability to process, retain and recall information
as needed? No one is born knowing things. Knowledge
is gained through experience and education. Everything we
see, hear, touch, taste or smell adds to the knowledge we
possess – if we can remember it.
New information enters your brain though relays
along neuron paths from each of our senses. This
means the brain is constantly receiving and processing
information as long as we are awake. The key to
imprinting any of that flood of information on our memory
is by concentrating. This is why memory and
concentration go hand in hand.
If you concentrate
sufficiently, a part of your brain called the hippocampus
triggers the storage of the information in our long term
memory. This process is easier when you have an emotional
response to the information which is why memories that trigger
our emotions tend to be clearer and more detailed.
When you need to remember this
information, it will travel along the same neural
pathway. The more often this pathway is used, the easier
and faster it becomes. That is why some information can
be recalled without even thinking about it like talking or
knowing that your stomach rumbling means you need to eat.
These things have been retrieved from your memory so often that
it becomes unconscious.
There are many exercises that
you can do to increase your brain power and to keep
your memory from getting dull with age. Unlike many
bodily organs, the brain continues to create new cells as long
as you are alive and breathing. If you actively pursue a
healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition and exercise, you
are well on your way to keeping your brain functioning
You can also do a variety of
brain exercises to boost your memory, especially as we get
older. Research has shown that people who exercise
mentally every day are less affected by memory loss as they age
and also reduce their risks for getting Alzheimer's disease and
other forms of dementia.
Some things you can do to
exercise your brain include always learning, activities that
make you think such as word puzzles and memory games.
Take a class at the local college or adult education center –
it doesn't have to be a fundamental subject like math.
There are interesting courses offered to do with a wide variety
of hobbies like how to refinish furniture or how to learn to
So along with a healthy diet
and regular physical exercise, don't forget to exercise your
brain. It is easy to fit a little brain exercise into the
day – pick up a puzzle book to work on while your sitting in
traffic or waiting in line at the grocery store. Your
memory will benefit, your brain will thank you for it and you
will increase your brain
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