My life is full. So is my brain. Anyone else have any insights into how to boost brainpower?
My life is very full. So is my brain. Some of you might remember the old TV commercial: This is your brain (egg). This is your brain on drugs. (cast iron skillet with frying egg). Well, my cast iron skillet is never that empty or only occupied by a single egg. With this in mind, I've been drawn to articles that purport to help boost brain power.
I recently read an article in the February 2011 (I'm a little behind, yes, my reading pile is full also) Science News called "Brain Boosters."
This article talks about some new military "snacks" that not only boost wakefulness but also cognitive ability. These items are being developed at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and aim to improve "mental energy," which includes "wakefulness, mood, motivation, and the ability to perform key mental tasks." Researchers have found that as little as 32mg of caffeine, for instance, improves attentiveness for auditory and visual cues (= a can of cola or less than 1 cup of coffee). The interesting part is that caffeine does not just wake you up; these benefits occur even when the person is NOT tired.
And for my fellow tea drinkers, there area ongoing studies into the impact of tea on the brain. In addition to caffeine, some tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that has been linked to "increased performance under stress and improved learning and concentration." So, if you have an intractable problem on your desktop today, perhaps you should "go have a cuppa" as my mum would say. Bottoms up! If you are feeling really crazy or just want a little laugh, you can "Have a Cuppa Tea" with the Kinks circa 1972 on YouTube.
Anyone else have any insights into how to boost brainpower?
I've been adding Spirulina to fiber to make a quick filler drink in the morning. Spirulina is a fairly ideal food according to Nasa. Adding ground up dried cranberrys makes
a great sweetener also.
I am a tea lover (green tea) and most of the week days I tend to consume thrice a day. But I can't avoid sugar; hence I consume more calories as well, which is bad.
Medicines or beverages could increase brain activities temporarily or permanently in long term. But I believe the most effective way to increase brain efficiency would be through certain "Yoga" exercises as mentioned by agk and Lou Prado, especially the breathing exercises known as "Pranayam" in India.
Do deep breathing for 15minutes. Inhale through your nose and exhale with a slightly constricted throat so that you can hear your exhale. Keep your mind blank by focusing on your breathing. Pretend that you are reading so your co-workers don't think you are napping.
Well in the morning was on google trying to find out how tea affects a small kid, well i am not in favor of giving tea to small kids but when someone forces you need to find out a reason for saying no. With adults yes tea and coffee works wonders..only when we were in hostel we used to make big glass of masala chai thinking we will study more but the chai used to be so heavy that we felt asleep immediately..
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