3 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

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3 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

The following guest article is by Carol Smith.

It’s the most complicated machine in the world, one that can never be duplicated no matter how much man may try. It’s God’s creation at its best, and even though we don’t use it as often as we should, the human brain is capable of feats that may seem inhuman at times. It’s the most important organ in our body and when it stops functioning or even begins to slow down, our lives are affected like never before. We are dead even when we are alive, a fact that is confirmed when we see people affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diseases that affect the brain.

It’s a natural part of aging that our brains begin to deteriorate and lose their effectiveness. But there are other factors besides age that hasten the onset of dementia and mental illnesses, and if we’re able to control and manage these, we could stave off the deterioration process of our neurons and their connections. If you want to boost your brainpower and ensure that this important organ works efficiently throughout your life, read on:
Reduce your reliance on technology: While it’s wonderful that we have so many gadgets and appliances at our disposal today, they have all served to make us lazy and inefficient. We no longer feel the need to remember simple details like addresses and phone numbers because our phone memories do that for us. We have complicated software that makes life so much more convenient, but at the same time, it wreaks havoc on our brains because it relegates our neurons to a backseat where they are not used anymore. And with less and less usage, they become rusty (for want of a better word) and slowly lose their effectiveness with the passage of time. So if you want your brain cells to remain active and not atrophy, you must use them. Try to dial numbers from memory; use your sense of direction without relying on your GPS; and remember your ATM pin number instead of storing it on your phone or PDA.

Find ways to tax your brain cells: The brain is just like any other muscle in your body – the more you exercise it, the more developed it becomes. So tax it a little by involving yourself in new tasks – solve crossword puzzles, do the Sudoku, learn a new language, try to play a musical instrument, or play games that stimulate you mentally. When you continuously push your brain to try new things, you keep all your neurons active and form new connections, all of which keep your brain from becoming useless as you age.

Shake up your routine: When you are used to a routine that you follow every day, your brain becomes accustomed to it. You don’t tax it too much because it functions on its version of autopilot. To ensure that you use all your brain cells, change your routine in some way or the other – take a new route to work so that you have to concentrate on getting to work in time without losing your way; try reading a different newspaper whose layout you are unfamiliar with; or cook without using your favorite recipe book. Even the smallest form of change can jog your brain cells and keep them active.

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This article is contributed by Carol Smith, who regularly writes on the topic of  ultrasound tech schools.  She invites your questions, comments at her email address: smithcarol.311@rediffmail.com

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