5 Tips to Increase Brain Power

5 Tips to Increase Brain Power


The human brain is said to be the most advanced and capable machine. After all, it’s humans who created super computers, isn’t it? That said, your brain needs a bit of oiling if you want to keep it healthy and deliver a better performance. Here are five tips to increase brain power:

1. Solve Puzzles, Play Games

Playing a game of Sudoku or attempting to solve a difficult crossword sets your brain cells in action. Doctors often advise people who report focus problems to play a video game for few minutes everyday to boost brain’s ability to focus on one thing at a time.

2. Consume Almonds and Other Brain Food

Some food items help in improving brain power. Almonds does it, I know. Many other do as well. Research and find them out. Then? Eat them, obviously.

3. Meditate

Meditation is easier said than done.  But if you could include it in your daily routine and practice it diligently, it would go a long way in giving you a better memory and – overall – a better brain.

4. Imagine…

…positive situations and outcomes. That’s what Napolean Hill said in Think and Grow Rich isn’t it. Imagining good things and filling your brain with positive thoughts has to have a good effect on the brain itself.

5. Follow a Sleep and Wake up Routine

One day you are night owl and other day, you wake up at 5. This randomness of your sleep pattern is neither good for your body nor for your brain. Sleep sound, wake up fresh and try to stick to a routine (at least on weekdays ).

What else do you recommend to boost brain power?


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Abhijeet Mukherjee is the editor of Guiding Tech, a blog that publishes in-depth articles and tutorials on all things tech, including mobile news and tutorials. He's been into web working since 2008 and continues to enjoy each day of it. He loves to interact with people so hit him up on Twitter.
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Discussion

  1. Chad Kettner on the 27th August

    Great article and some very good pieces of information that I never knew about before — like almonds. I love ‘em, and now I’ll eat them more often :)

    However, I disagree with #1 and think you’re missing the most important factor of all – exercise. Here’s an article I read on BNET that explains where I’m coming from…

    http://www.bnet.com/blog/business-strategy/how-to-be-productive-stop-working/378

    “When the cognitive scientist Dan Simons… was inevitably asked whether there were anything we could do to enlarge the capacity of our minds. The answer was an emphatic “no.” There are hard limits to what our brains will do, and no amount of Baby Mozarts or Brain Trainers will alter that. Practice, Simons says, will improve specific skills but not general abilities. Doing Sudoko will make you better at Sudoko; it won’t raise your GMAT scores.

    Is there anything that truly enhances cognition? Yes, says Simons: exercise. Experiments by his colleague Arthur Kramer showed that walking for a few hours a week led to large improvements on cognitive tasks. Stretching and toning exercises had no cognitive benefits, but aerobic exercise, which increases blood flow to the brain, did. Seniors who walked for just 45 minutes a day for three days a week showed better preservation of their brains in MRI scans. Exercise, Simons concludes, improves cognition broadly by increasing the fitness of your brain.”

    • Abhijeet Mukherjee on the 29th August

      Chad, while I would whole heartedly agree that exercise is good for brain and I’d have included it in a longer post on the same topic, solving puzzles and playing games is known to enhance brain power too.

      I am not in a position to contradict what the cognitive scientist mentioned but I have read numerous articles on prestigious journals which support the point #1. I am not saying that it will help you tremendously but in the long run it does help your brain.

      And to be honest, I don’t need a study to validate it. I have seen real life examples on that. I have friends who are extremely good at solving puzzles and I have found that on a number of occasions that they are able to solve problems and take decisions faster than me. All that cannot be a coincidence.

    • Chad Kettner on the 29th August

      Interesting. Out of curiosity (and not to suggest you’re wrong), could you provide a few of the articles on the forementioned prestigious journals?

      I can understand how solving puzzles could make you better at solving puzzles – and perhaps have some minor practical application. But I can’t see how playing video games could make your brain more capable of performing high-functional activity in the real world.

    • Abhijeet Mukherjee on the 30th August

      Here’s one you can check out – http://discovermagazine.com/2005/jul/brain-on-video-games

    • Aditu on the 8th September

      Brain training games fail to improve IQ says study

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-training-games-fail-to-improve-iq-says-study-1949267.html

  2. Jonny on the 27th August

    Very interesting article, I particularly like the part about playing video games! I would also recommend having oily fish such as mackerel, as this is brilliant for increasing your brain power.

  3. robotplague on the 27th August

    Shaking up your routine and doing something new can’t be understated either!

  4. Brian Landi on the 27th August

    Thanks for the post! I agree with Chad about exercise being crucial. I would also add reading, reading and more reading. Thanks and have a great weekend!
    Brian

  5. Prog4rammer Ala'a on the 28th August

    Thanks For Great Object I Behavior The Solve Puzzles, Play Games Is Best a way to Increase Brain Power …

  6. Aditu on the 29th August

    Studies indicate that training your brain doesn’t result in more brain power.

  7. MundoCaco on the 30th August

    Hello everyone!
    I usually get up every day at 7.00 am, I run and I make yogilates to alternate days, I feel very well and with a fresh mind to work the rest of the day.

    Balanced eating and sleeping 7-8 hours, make feel good. ;)

    It seems a cliche, but the fact is that des after almost four months doing, my work and family life has improved greatly.

  8. Gaby Pettersson on the 8th September

    Great post, thank you for sharing.
    Talking about food that can make your brain healthier, I found this post on the web, very interesting as well.
    “10 Foods Proven to Boost Brain Power” (http://panlasangpinoy.com/2010/07/23/10-foods-proven-to-boost-brain-power/)

  9. Gaby Pettersson on the 8th September

    Great post, thank you for sharing.
    Talking about food that can make your brain healthier, I found this post on the web, very interesting as well.
    “10 Foods Proven to Boost Brain Power” (http://panlasangpinoy.com/2010/07/23/10-foods-proven-to-boost-brain-power/).

  10. dr amrendra kumar patel on the 3rd July

    It really good trick to improve the IQ. i am fully agree with these tips.

  11. Rishabh Dev on the 31st July

    Here’s a list of a brain games on Facebook that can help increase your brain power – http://www.zarrata.com/10-facebook-apps-to-boost-your-brain-power/

  12. Rajat Saxena on the 12th January

    I think ,its difficult to say but most important thing is to think positive, this nature can help to other’s to increase power of confidence,and also Brain power;

  13. i want to change my life on the 11th May

    When I was young, I believed that eating peanuts really help boost the brain, especially the memory. When I was growing up, this belief changed as others claim it’s just a myth. But I am glad I was right all along. Eating peanuts (almonds) can really help. :)

  14. David on the 9th June

    Healthy foods are without a doubt the fastest way to a helathier brain. I also believe that rewiring your thought process with techniques like mind mapping can also help improve brain power. I’ve also used subliminal affirmations in the past & I’ve noticed some good results in my ability to understand things. http://subliminalcd.net/improve-brain-power/

  15. Cristopher Rehnquist on the 17th July

    Scientific studies done by UCLA seggests that meditation helps to develop the brain creating stronger connections between brain cells and increase the amount of folds in the cerebral cortex.

  16. subhash arya on the 22nd August

    really it so so good . following this i got improvement in our self . i did never knew about almond for boost

  17. mack dudayev on the 19th October

    I think those are all great points but there is nothing more powerful than reading technical or new material 1-3 hours per day. That increase brain power all day everyday and you can use meditation to do a sort of disk defragment on your brain.

  18. Siddhartha Bordoloi on the 13th December

    Nice piece of content. Human brain is a woderful thing and interestingly most of the brain powers remain untapped! It should be our top priority to utilise the infinite brain powers as much as possible to shine in our chosen fields of activity. Anyway thanks a ton for sharing your knowledge with us.

  19. vyankee on the 6th February

    GooD Article.. IT helped :) thanks for it… :)

  20. vyankee on the 6th February

    Switch the side of your mouse-pad

    By switching the side of your mouse-pad you will force yourself to use your non-dominant hand. This, in turn, will stimulate the neural connections between the right and left hemispheres on your brain. Scientific research confirmed that people that use both hands equally have 10% more nerve fibers joining the two sides of the brain.

    Ideally you want to perform as many activities as possible with your non-dominant hand, but some of them might become cumbersome. I tried to brush my teeth using my left hand for one week or so, only to find out that the tartar was building up.

    Using the mouse with the opposite hand is something that you can easily integrate into your life. During the first couple of days it will feel weird, and you might need to switch back when using programs that require intense “clicking” sessions. After this adaptation phase however, you’ll be navigating the computer just as efficiently with both hands.

  21. John on the 15th June

    I like your the post so much.

    I have read and write a lot of about the topic, but it’s the first time I learned about eating almonds to improve mind power.

    I wanna focus on meditation to improve mind power, There is a type of meditation used for so, it’s called alpha meditation. Any details about it?

    Thanks again

    John

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