you ever felt exasperated when you bumped into someone at the
store but absolutely couldn't
remember their name? Sure, it happens to all of us. Despite
being the strongest computer on the planet, our brains do lapse.
It's hard to blame them really. As humans, we spend much of or
existence stuffing our brains with stuff.
No matter how powerful
our brains are, they need recuperation time to be kept in
shape. Think of it as a tune up for your brain. Skipping brain
maintenance is as silly as the person wandering the parking
garage because they forgot where they parked. Is that you? Are
you that person? If so, fear not; we are all that person at some
Now I am not a brain surgeon and I
am not going to suggest you do anything surgical or dangerous. I
am however an astute student of human behavior so I always look
for simple ways to super charge my brain.
Here are some things you can begin
doing as soon as today to begin the great brain tune up:
Almond is believed to
improve memory. If a combination of almond oil and milk is
taken together before going to bed or after getting up at
morning, it strengthens our memory power. Almond milk is
prepared by crushing the almonds without the outer cover and
adding water and sugar to it.
Drink Apple Juice
Research from the University of
Massachusetts Lowell (UML) indicates that apple juice increases
the production of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine
in the brain, resulting in an increased memory power.
Research indicates that the
long-term memory is consolidated during sleep by replaying the
images of the experiences of the day. These repeated playbacks
program the subconscious mind to store these images and other
Enjoy Simple Pleasures
Stress drains our brainpower. A
stress-ridden mind consumes much of our memory resources to
leave us with a feeble mind. Make a habit to engage yourself in
few simple pleasures everyday to dissolve stress from your mind.
Some of these simple pleasures are good for your mind, body and
Enjoy music you love;
Play with your children;
Run few miles a day, bike or swim;
Start a blog;
yoga class or Total Wellness routine
Exercise Your Mind
Just as physical exercise is essential for a strong body, mental
exercise is equally essential for a sharp and agile mind. Have
you noticed that children have far superior brainpower than an
adult does? Children have playful minds. A playful mind exhibits
superior memory power. Engage in some of the activities that
require your mind to remain active and playful:
Play scrabble or crossword puzzle;
Interact with others;
Start a new hobby such as blogging, reading, painting, bird
Learn new skill or a foreign language.
Practice Yoga or Meditation
Meditation relives stress. Stress is a known memory
buster. With less stress, lower blood pressure, slower
respiration, slower metabolism, and released muscle tension
follows. All of these factors contribute significantly towards
increases in our brainpower.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Sugar is a non-food. It’s a form of carbohydrate that offers
illusionary energy, only to cause a downhill slump once the
initial burst has been worn off. Excess intake of sugar results
in neurotic symptoms. Excess sugar is known to cause
claustrophobia, memory loss and other neurotic disorders. Eat
food without adding sugar. Stay away from sweet drinks or excess
consumption of caffeine with sugar.
Eat Whole Wheat
The whole wheat germs contain lecithin. Lecithin helps ease the
problem of the hardening of the arteries, which often impairs
Eat a Light Meal at Night
A heavy meal at night causes tossing and turning and a prolonged
emotional stress while at sleep. It’s wise to eat heavy meal
during the day when our body is in motion to consume the heavy
in-take. Eating a light meal with some fruits allows us to sleep
A good night sleep strengthens our brainpower.
Greeks mastered the principle of
memorize everything. This technique requires one to develop a
vivid and colorful imagination that can be linked to a known
object. If you
involve all your senses
– touching, feeling,
smelling, hearing and seeing in the imagination process, you can
remember greater details of the event.
Control Your Temper
Bleached food, excess of starch or excess of white bread can
lead to nerve grating effect. This results in a violent and some
time depressive behavior. Eat fresh vegetables.
Drink lots of
practice yoga to relieve these toxic
emotions of temper and stressful mood swings.
Take Vitamin B-complex
Vitamin B-complex strengthens memory power. Eat food and
vegetables high in Vitamin B-complex. Stay away from the starch
food or white bread, which depletes the Vitamin B-complex
necessary for a healthy mind.
I don't believe these are that tough. If you find yourself
increasing stumped, give a couple of these a try.