Our functioning depends partly on what we can learn and hold. With age, some dust can end up in the upper room. That is why we give you 10 tips so that you get rid of this thick layer of dust.
Use it or lose it
When you go to the gym, your muscles grow and when you stop or hardly move, your muscle volume decreases again. This is also the case with our brain, research has shown that if you learn a second language that you have less chance of dementia or Alzheimer’s. So buy puzzle books, take a smartphone and install a brain training app or explore a new city. Memory of Mahjong also stimulate the brain. Your brains want to be challenged, which keeps them sharp and young – up to old age.
Sleep for a night
You may think you are sleeping in your sleep, but nothing is less true. Your brain is running at full speed. Your brain is busy assessing the information and transferring the information from the short-term memory to the long-term memory. So now you have a good excuse to sleep out!
The brain is dependent on blood, which should be full of oxygen and building materials. If here is a hindrance, your brain may function less well and you may forget things earlier. Make sure you keep moving so that your brain is well circulated and has enough energy for their task. They only weigh 1.3 kilos but they consume more than 30% of the energy that is consumed in your body.
Watch your food
60% of the dry mass of your brain consists of fat. All cells in your body consist of a double layer of fats and cholesterol. Even the cells in your cells, called the organelles, also consist of fat. So first of all choose good fats such as saturated animal fat and polyunsaturated fat from fish, the omega-3 fats. Herring, mackerel and salmon are rich in these fats. Do not use too much omega-6 such as sunflower oil because we generally get enough of that. Never bake in omega-3 or 6, because those oils can withstand heating and oxidise. If you eat the wrong fats, your brain cells can not communicate optimally. In addition to good fats, anti-oxidants are also very good. These can be found in chocolate, green tea and colorful fruits and vegetables. Celtic sea salt for optimal electrolyte balance so that your brain can stay alert.
Choose these supplements
Ginkgo biloba greatly improves blood flow and can certainly be used to keep the brain young. There are so many anti-oxidants in Ginkgo biloba, that if there is a nuclear disaster somewhere, this tree is unaffected and there is still a radiant bloom. In addition, you can also choose vitamin B (especially B12), vitamin C and some minerals such as magnesium and zinc. Magnesium, according to some doctors, heals ADHD and autism, also says something. Folic acid and phosphatidylserine are also worth trying.
Repetition is not dull
If you want to learn something, it is better to repeat small bits more often than to take a lot of information from time to time. The brain needs repetition to consolidate information. Every musician knows that. It is only reserved for a few people to go through life with a photographic memory. Another advantage: when you see or hear something for the second time, you will notice that you missed something the time before. So after the 5th time I could still discover new layers in the film Forrest Gump.
Associate with it
It is very difficult for your brain to give new information a place, but it is easier to link it to existing and already existing information. See it like this: an exit is constructed in this way, but a new motorway can take quite some time. Practically, this means that with new material you can better look for leads that are known to you.
Keep stress at a distance
At moments of stress your body is in survival mode, that means that all energy goes to the muscles and lower brains and not to the higher parts of the brain where your memory is. Some people do not even know their own name under stress. This has nothing to do with intelligence, but everything with stress. Make sure you are resilient to stress and that you remove all sources of stress from your life. Seeing whether your adrenal glands are in balance can not hurt either. Stress can also stem from your thoughts and interpretations of reality, but also from food in the form of coffee, alcohol, sugar and toxins.
Visualize your reality
Raw information in the form of dry letters and words is difficult to remember for your brain, but if you add a performance to it, you speak a larger part of the brain, making it easier to remember more. Just try to imagine that you store your shopping list in the closet. Will you then bet more than without performance?
Attention is very important to remember things well, almost everyone knows that. It is only very difficult to always be attentive. In our time our head is so full of the hustle and bustle of the day. Therefore learn to meditate. This brings you to rest and that is even hormonally measurable. The hormone pregnenolone is very important for a good memory function of the brain. In addition to better hormone values, meditation also teaches you to focus, so that your memory can work better. Several studies have already shown that the brain continues to change after a few months of daily meditation.
Today, Alzheimer’s and dementia are becoming more frequent. Scientists are still not sure what can be the basis for this. Suspected malefactors:
- Glycation (= uncontrolled protein plaque formation) due to excessive sugar intake
- Toxins such as flavor enhancer E621 and aspartame E951 affecting the brain
- Aluminum from cooking utensils or drinking water
- Nitrate from fertilizer, solution is organic food
- Diet with too many bad rancid fats
- Little challenge from the brain
- Viruses such as herpes-1, increasing your resistance is the answer here
Healthy nutrition and looking for what you really enjoy in life protect you from mental decline and improve the quality of life to old age.