Your brain is just like all the other parts of your body. You need to use it. And it does improve with use. As a matter of fact, scientists and researchers believe there is a causal connection between lack of brain use and memory and brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Not only that, but since your brain impacts the rest of your body, improving your brain functioning can also improve the functioning of your whole body-mind-spirit. Let’s learn a few techniques to improve your memory and cognitive ability.
Heard of aerobic Neuro Tonix exercise? Well, now researchers are talking about “neurobic” exercise, that is exercises that stimulate the brain, much as weight lifting stimulates your muscles. Cognitive exercises, including games that tax your brain create neural pathways in your brain. These in turn increase your creativity and your brain’s ability to solve complex problems. Neurobics also includes changing your everyday routines, in order to further stimulate your brain. Start with the same side of your face everyday when you shave? Well, tomorrow morning why not start with the opposite side? This will stimulate your brain to create new neural pathways, and this will benefit you not only cognitively, but also physically, as well as spiritually.
Want big muscles don’t you? Everyone does. But how about a big brain? Did you know that excess alcohol consumption over time actually reduces the size of your brain. Your brain actually loses cells! So, consume less alcohol, or better yet, give it up entirely for a while and see what happens.
Learning a new complex skill, preferably something that involves your body, such as dance, playing music, or martial arts has a huge impact in your brain health. Like changing the order you do your everyday things in, learning new, complex motor skills will help carve new neural pathways in your brain.
Did you know that smell is one of the most potent brain stimulants around? Aromatherapy is for real! Natural scents lead directly to the brain. Some scents, such as sandalwood, have been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and increase the amount of oxygen that gets to your brain. Increased oxygen creates a feeling of positiveness, and a real ability to focus and learn. Frankincense is another scent that has been proven to have a big impact on brain health.
Getting your sleep is equally important with all of the above methods of boosting your brain’s abilities. Although your brain just sits there, it actually requires huge amounts of energy just to function. It needs it’s off time, too! Sleep deprivation has been shown to reduce intelligence and also creativity. Not surprisingly getting more sleep is also a way to lose weight!