Everyone wants to be smart especially if you are in school or in a job that requires the brain and memory. There are plenty of methods to go about this. You can go for one natural method and add some supplements. The key to a better brain is a healthy body.
It is also important to ask for professional help from your doctor about this topic as some drugs and supplement might be bad for you or can lead to a bad chemical reaction to your current medicine. The doctor will also tell you if you have health issues that might not let you take the supplements.
Natural Food Substances that can Act as Brain Health Boosters
Here is the list on what to look for when you want a better brain:
Omega-3 DHA fatty acid – for normal metabolism and plenty of good health benefits.
Antioxidants – oxidation inhibitors that minimise damaging chemical reactions in our bodies.
Vitamin B complex – for cell metabolism.
Vitamin D – for increased intestinal absorption of minerals and cell proliferation.
Vitamin E – lessens free radicals and improve smooth muscle growth.
Vitamin K – for complete protein synthesis and cardiovascular calcification and stiffening.
Natural sugars/glucose – with the formula C6H12O6, the body and brain’s natural fuel.
Medium-chain triglycerides/MCTs – the other source of fuel for the body aside from glucose.
Phytochemicals – from natural sources are needed by the body for better function.
Oleocanthal – anti-inflammatory and regulates protein in the body.
Resveratrol – plant’s natural anti-pathogen and antioxidant chemical that also inhibits the decline of the hippocampus.
Catechins – helps maintain normal red blood cells and blood circulation.
Chlorogenic acid – slightly reduces blood pressure and might have anti-inflammatory effects.
Curcumin – Turmeric has been the anti-Alzheimer in the Indian community since the days when the Veda was being written.
Caffeine – the brain’s natural stimulant and helps improve focus, memory, and reaction time.
Phosphatidylserine – a fat compound in the brain that may protect the brain from deterioration in general.
Acetyl-L-carnitine – helps prevent age related deterioration of the brain.
Ginkgo Biloba – it works by increasing blood flow important to brain function.
Creatine – a memory and cognitive booster for the vegans who do not eat meat.
BacopaMonnieri – an Ayurvedic medication to prevent age related brain deterioration and improves memory of healthy people.
RhodiolaRosea – helps the brain function better by reducing fatigue.
S-Adenosyl Methionine – a naturally occurring substance in the body that breaks down important food compounds and helps improve anti-depressants.
Exercise to Boost Mental Health
Of course mental health is not only on food and nutrition, it is also dependent on the person’s mental health. There are some activities that boosts mental and psychological health that can lead to a general healthy and longer life, here are some of it.
Humans are Social Animals – it is sad and depressing to be alone. Going out with good friends and family while doing group exercise or sport will boost your brains production of the feel good drug, dopamine. It lessens your dependence on medications and anti-depressants.
Exercise at least 150 minutes a week – walk, jog, run, hit the gym, yoga, tai chi, play sports, be more physically active in general. Sweating helps the body release toxins through sweat and promotes a healthy body and brain.
Think Positive –Think you are unlucky? Well, you are not the only one. Those who think negatively in life are mostly the ones who die first like a negative domino chain of reaction. Those who think positively are those who see the small things in life with a smile and accept the daily grinds of life. They find small amounts of happiness and accumulates them rather than count the unlucky things and self-destruct.
Seek Help from Experts – for those will mental and physical disorders, seeking professional help is better than making more mistakes. Treatment is effective and some health experts tailor fit you to a program that will boost your health in general.
Memory Enhancement Exercise
List down something and remember it – for example: before you go shopping, make a list of what to buy. Then hide the list and go shopping while using your memory recall. After all, that shopping, look at the actual list and check the things you forgot. That is how you remember a list, you list it down but use memory recall to check the list.
Mental Math – beginning by basic mental calculations like every day expenses without the use of a calculator. You can do it on paper or in your mind. It helps enhance mental calculation as well as enhance numerical memory.
Do some cooking or take cooking class – cooking and other similar activities involves remembering a diverse set of information and involves all of your senses. It also helps boost your brain-body coordination and you get to challenge your taste buds. Cooking, in general, uses a lot of brain power and you will eat healthier foods when you cook them yourself.