Does your brain need a boost? Do you feel sluggish, or perhaps have a hard time concentrating? Is your memory failing you?
Food for thought…
“You are what you eat”, so what have you been eating?
Eating your way to sharper thinking:
Foods to improve your mental capacity:
A deficiency in vitamin B1 (Thiamin) can cause mental confusion. You can obtain Thiamin naturally from wheat germ, brewers yeast, green peas, bran, nuts, meat and fortified cereals.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps to increase your memory: You can find it in liver, milk, almonds, dark green vegetables, mushrooms, pasta and bread as well as fortified cereals.
Carotene present in: dark green leafy vegetables, deep orange or yellow fruits and vegetables.
Iron (enables the red blood cells to send oxygen throughout the body) : You can find it in green leafy vegetables, raisins, peanut butter, eggs, liver, shellfish, lean meats, soybeans and molasses.
For memory and concentration:( Zinc) eat seafood, oysters, fish, legumes, cereals, whole grains, dark-meat turkey.
Foods to increase mental alertness: low fat yogurt, turkey, skim milk
Caffeine: You can get it in chocolate, soft drinks, teas and coffee – (increases concentration, faster responses and quicker thinking): only 2 cups a day are necessary to keep you mentally alert. Drink one cup first thing in the morning and another early-mid afternoon. Any more after that doesn’t make any difference in performance.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) helps the long term memory: available in whole grain cereals and breads, spinach, bananas, liver and avocados.
Ginkgo one of the oldest trees on earth is known to increase the blood flow to the brain which helps to improve the memory. You can find Ginkgo at any health food or drug stores.
Musically enhanced intelligence?
Listening to Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 for 10 minutes, according to studies from the Psychology Department of the University of California, can enhance Spatial Task Performance. The effect lasts on average of 15 minutes.
Use it or lose it
- Keep your mind busy, learn new things as often as possible.
- Do activities to stimulate the brain such as games, reading and crossword puzzles.
- Use geranium essential oil in a electric aromatic diffuser to spray a fine mist in a room. Geranium essential oil stimulates the memory.
- Learn 1 new word a day.
- Try to learn your favorite quotes or verses.
Genius in 20 Minute Naps?
Thomas Edison hardly slept at all, except in 20-minute naps. Mark Twain was noted for his insomnia, but was always dozing off at public functions. So what’s the relationship or the secret between 40-winks of nap-time and a person’s creativity?
Scientists have proven in recent years that the human body requires only as much sleep as the brain will allow it. In other words, so long as the brain is functioning at full capacity, there’s no great requirement for sleep. The big thing is that the brain needs a rest every now and then, and apparently, the brain can refresh itself and go on “like with a full tank of gas” with just a short, 20-minute nap.
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