People are always looking for ways to boost their intelligence, ward off brain fog and live a fuller life. You may find that there are may surprises that you can  to learn just by making simple adjustments to your everyday life. Making habits of these new daily routines may give you that extra boost of brain power, possible increase of IQ and keep your metal health stabilized.

 

Here are my following recommendations to start seeing that desired increase of brain power:

 

1. Sleep

Sleep is essential to regenerate and keep your physical body healthy, but it is also very important for mental clarity and stabilization of the mood. It also helps the brain to process new solutions to old issues. Sleep takes away the minds blindness and gives the ability to see issues in a whole new light. Allowing us to be more creative in our daily lives. Sleep is also know for improving your memory and helps to improve your problem solving skills for challenging situations.

As some research shows that naps can give a boost in brain power. Especially, those who have slept in between learning and testing times had a great ability to identify new information patterns, which is a strong indication that a there is change in memory that plays and important role with cognitive development. So, stock up on those mid-day naps and dramatically increase and restore your brain power. 

I can personally state that I always feel better after having my luxury 20 to 30 minutes in the afternoon.

 

2. Exercise

When we exercise it encourages our brain to work at full capacity by causing the never cells to strengthen their connections, protecting them from damage and multiply. During exercise our nerves release proteins (called neurotrophic factors), that trigger tons of chemicals and reactions that help power the brain and benefit cognitive functions such as the way we learn and process. Other benefits that exercise provides for the brain:

  • Building up nerve protecting compound

  • Increase of oxygenated blow flow to the brain

  • Improved development and survival of neurons

  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke

 

A 2010 study on primates published in Neurosciencei also revealed that regular exercise not only improved blood flow to the brain, but also helped the monkeys learn new tasks twice as quickly as non-exercising monkeys, a benefit the researchers believe would hold true for people as well.

To get the most out of your workouts I highly recommend that you use a combination between strength training, cardio and yoga.

 

3. Coconut Oil

For many year's, coconut oil has held a bad reputation for being an unhealthy fat that clogs the bodies arteries and heart disease. Now coconut oil is being revered as a super food with many benefits of improving Alzheimer's and tooth decay. People also use it for healthy hair and skin.

According to Dr. Jon Kabara in The Coconut Oil Miracle, “Even today the Asian Pacific community, which may represent as much as half of the world’s population, uses coconut oil in one form or another.”

When we make coconut oil a staple in our diet we become increasingly healthy and see lower rates of heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses. All of the processes in the body that the deal with fats can  be very complicated. The way that coconut oil feeds the brain so no exception to this rule.

Most vegetable oils are long-chain triglycerides. The body has a harder time breaking down the larger molecules and it gets stored as fat. It is different with coconut oil because it is made up of medium chain triglycerides (which happen to be smaller) and can be used as backup storage to replenish our energy. There are only two important sources of medium chain triglycerides - coconut oil and human breast milk.

 

Your brain, all three pounds, makes up 20% of our daily energy input. It is a hungry little organ, so make sure that you feed it accordingly.

 

4. Vitamin D

When you activate vitamin D receptors, the increase growth in the nerves inside the brain. Research tells us that there have been metobolic pathways for vitamin D to move through the  hippocampus and the cerebellum of the brain. These areas of the brain are responsible for processing information, forming new memories and planning.

The National Institutes of Mental Health recently concluded that it is vital that the mother get enough vitamin D while pregnant in order for the baby's brain to develop properly. The child must also get enough vitamin D after birth for "normal" brain functioning. In older adults, too, research has shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with poorer brain function, and increasing levels may help keep older adults mentally fit. (sited from J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2009 Jul;80(7):722-9)

Getting the correct amount of sun exposure daily would help to correct all of these issues. You cannot find a better source when it comes to the body's natural ability to make adequate amounts of vitamin D naturally.

Taking in in the sun everyday is all it takes to keep your levels where they need to be for a healthy brain. If you cannot get the right amount of sun exposure everyday, then a safe tanning bed (please be aware of the amount of time you spend in these), followed by and vitamin D supplement would be the best alternatives.

 

5. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, or the lack thereof, research shows the importance of B12 in keeping the mind sharp and witty as we age. According the latest research, people who are tested for B12 deficiency are more likely to have lower test scores, have a smaller brain volume. B12 deficiency may contribute to the brain shrinking.

Having mental fog and other memory problems are two of the top signs that your body is deficient in B12, and this show how important it is for your brains function and overall health. 

 

In addition, a Finnish study found that people who consume foods rich in B12 may reduce their risk of Alzheimer's in their later years. For each unit increase in the marker of vitamin B12 (holotranscobalamin) the risk of developing Alzheimer's was reduced by 2 percent. Research also shows that supplementing with B vitamins, including B12, helps to slow brain atrophy in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (brain atrophy is a well-established characteristic of Alzheimer's disease). ( Sited from PLoS ONE 5(9): e12244.)

Vitamin B12 deficiency has been an epidemic and many people have shown that they have had trouble absorbing this nutrient properly. If you are to have your blood tested for B12 deficiency, sometimes it is not a reliable source to tell how much the body is lacking the vitamin. Be mindful of watching for the set of symptoms and increase the amount that is taken until you start to see a difference in how you feel.

 

6. Increase the Flora in the Gut

It is said that your gut is the "second brain" in the body and the bacteria inthe gut transmits information to the brain through the vagas nerve. There is a very close link between abnormal gut flora and abnormal development in the brain. We have neurons in the brain and in the gut. These neurons produce neurotransmitters like serotonin. Serotonin is also found in the brain and is highly linked to mood.

To simply put this, the health of your gut can impact brain function, your mental and emotional state as well as behaviors. They are interconnected and depend on each other in many different ways.

Your gut bacteria is an active and integrated part of your body. It is very dependent on our diet and life style choices. If you consume mass amounts of sweetened drinks and processed foods, your gut bacteria will be compromised due to the fact that processed foods are known to destroy your healthy mircoflora and the bad bacteria and yeast feeds on the sugars. If we limit the amount of sugar and processed foods we ingest, eat fermented foods and take  a probiotic supplement are some the best ways to optimize gut flora and support brain health.

 

7. Challenge Your Mind

One of the easiest ways to create healthy brain function is to keep on learning. The structure and size of the neurons and the connections between them change as you learn. This can come in many forms such as reading a good book, writing, playing a musical instrument, traveling, speaking another language  and many other activities.

Another important method? Brain aerobics. As with learning, challenging your brain with mind-training exercises can keep your brain fit as you age. This can be something as simple as thinking of famous people whose first names begin with the letter A, doing crossword puzzles or playing board games that get you thinking. Research has even shown that surfing the Web activates regions in your brain related to decision-making and complex reasoning (sited from Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Feb;17(2):116-26.) So unlike passively watching TV, using the Internet is an engaging task that may actually help to improve your brainpower.

 

8. Music

It's long been theorized that listening to music may boost your brainpower; you've probably heard of this with the "Mozart Effect," which suggests listening to classical music can make you smarter. Indeed, research has shown that listening to music while exercising boosted cognitive levels and verbal fluency skills in people diagnosed with coronary artery disease (coronary artery disease has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities). In this study, signs of improvement in the verbal fluency areas more than doubled after listening to music compared to that of the non-music session.

Listening to music has also been associated with enhanced cognitive functioning and improved mental focus among healthy adults, so take advantage of this simple pleasure whenever you can.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

20 Medications That Have Been Shown to Cause Memory Loss 

by DEANE ALBAN

Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized. Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US.

(1) Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect.

The Top 3 Types of Drugs That Cause Memory Loss

If you are taking any prescription medication, the odds are that it falls into one of these three categories of drugs known to cause memory loss and other cognitive problems:

The “Anti” Drugs

If you take a drug that starts with “anti,” such as antihistamines, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or anti-hypertensives, it’s likely that it will affect your acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is the primary neurotransmitter involved with memory and learning. Low acetycholine can lead to symptoms that resemble dementia including mental confusion, delirium, blurred vision, memory loss, and hallucinations.

(2) Sleeping Pills

Prescription sleeping pills are notorious for causing memory loss. The popular drug Ambien has been coined by some as “the amnesia drug.” Some users experience night terrors, sleep walking, sleep driving, and hallucinations. Prescription sleeping pills have been found to put you in a state similar to being passed out drunk or in a coma while bypassing the restorative sleep your brain needs.

(3) There are much better ways to get to sleep!

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20 Medications Known to Cause Memory Loss

Here is a list of medications known to have memory loss as a possible side effect:

  • for Parkinson’s — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate for epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
  • painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
  • sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
  • quinidine
  • naproxen
  • steroids
  • antibiotics (quinolones)
  • antihistamines
  • interferons
  • high blood pressure drugs
  • insulin
  • beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  • methyldopa
  • antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • lithium
  • barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
  • chemotherapy drugs

This list was assembled by Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D., former vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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What You Can Do Next

Are you taking any of these medications? If so, we recommend you talk to your doctor if you believe it’s affecting your memory. Get your doctor to work with you to find better options — different prescriptions and/or making healthy lifestyle choices — instead. Meanwhile, use the lifestyle advice you find here on our website. Even if you have to stay on your medication, you can lessen the load on your brain by taking proactive steps such as eating a brain-healthy diet,getting the physical exercise your brain needs, and taking the right brain supplements. Give your brain the healthiest possible environment to stay mentally sharp in spite of your medications. Read More: 12 Popular Over-the-Counter Medications  That Cause Memory Loss