5 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power

Now's the time to work those brain cells and earn a slot in the university of your choice! Here are a few tips to boost your brainpower before those exams come up!
by Grace Fernandez   |  Jul 17, 2010
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  1. Eat a well-balanced diet.
    Here at Candy, we agree that like good study habits, good eating habits are a long-term investment. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a must since they are full of antioxidants and nutrients, which help protect you from cell damage.

    Studies also indicate that consuming omega-3 fatty acids (usually found in fish) helps increase memory and learning ability. Taking multivitamin supplements is also suggested to help preserve memory since eating unhealthy types of food may contribute to memory loss.

    Good brain food:
    Apples, avocados, oranges, bananas, beef, cheese, chicken, eggs, peanut butter, peas, fish, soybeans, spinach, wheat germ, yogurt, oatmeal, brown rice, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.

    Bad brain food:
    Alcohol, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, corn syrup, frostings, hydrogenated fats, junk food, and nicotine.
  2. Exercise regularly.
    Did you know that exercising does not only make you fit, it also makes you smart? That’s right, girls! Exercise benefits not only the body, but the brain too.  It increases blood circulation and supplies more nutrients and oxygen to the brain, which helps you think more clearly.  Recent studies have also shown that 10 to 15 minutes of moderate daily exercise increases brainpower by 30 percent and reduces stress hormones in the body.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
    Our body releases hormones that help boost our energy when dealing with stressful situations, but these hormones can actually damage our memory center. Instead of panicking, learn how to focus and concentrate. Learn to notice what distracts you. Believe it or not, concentration does help in increasing brainpower! Studies even suggest that music actually helps in developing your concentration skills. Listening to music actually stimulates both sides of the brain making you calmer and smarter!
  4. Get adequate sleep.
    It’s well known that sleep deprivation limits one’s ability to learn and concentrate. A recent study showed that people who constantly sleep less than seven hours had overall less brain activity. Getting adequate sleep is essential to brain function. It recharges the mind, improving both short-term and long-term mental abilities.
  5. Work that brain!
    Stimulate your brain by reading or learning a new hobby! Going on long periods without learning anything new may actually cause you to lose some of the connections in your brain. Studies have shown that learning actually enhances blood flow and activity in the brain. Einstein once said that if a person studies a subject for just 15 minutes a day, in a year he will be an expert, and in five years he may be a national expert! 
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