Top 100 Ways To A Healthy Brain (pg 3)

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41. Drink two Cups of Gotu Kola tea daily

This ayurvedic herb, used for centuries in India, regulates dopamine. That's the brain chemical that helps protect brain cells from harmful free radicals, boosts pleasurable feelings, and improves focus and memory.

42. Learn a New Skill 
Learning a new skill works multiple areas of the brain. Your memory comes into play, you learn new movements and you associate things differently. Reading Shakespeare, learning to cook and building an airplane out of toothpicks all will challenge your brain and give you something to think about.

Learning a new skill

43. Listen
Becoming a better listener tunes your brain into all the little subtleties that define someone’s personality, a problem, and an experience. You’ll become more aware of your surroundings and natural trends, too.​100-ways-you-can

44. Blind readings
This exercise can help you tap into your intuition and requires you to write three solutions to a problem you have on three different index cards. Turn them over and evaluate which one you’re most drawn to.​100-ways-you-can

45. Sexual Energy
Promote the generation and circulation of sexual energy around the body can play a key part in supporting mental health as it fosters, for example, the movement of chemicals called neurotransmitters between neurons. These play a critical role in the communication of information between nerve cells. As an illustration, the neurotransmitter serotonin associated with sexual behaviour and arousal is involved in a number of functions including influencing mood and alertness.

46. Stimulate the Senses
The bottom line here is that you should take every opportunity to engage your eyes and smell sensors by continually sampling your surroundings – consciously keep your eyes moving so you present your brain with new information to analyse and process while you ‘sniff’ the environment in search of smells and odours for your brain to identify.

47. Protect your Brain
Research has linked traumatic head injury ,when the blow is strong enough to lose consciousness  to an increased risk of Alzheimer's and other dementias. It's important to take precautions against head injury by wearing your seatbelt, wearing protective headgear when bicycling, horseback riding, etc., and making sure your home is fall-proof.

48. Don't try to multitask
 it can't be done . Our brains can only focus and concentrate on one thing at a time; this is a proven scientific fact. While you can most likely handle multiple menial tasks, anything that requires you to concentrate, reason, or decide deserves full focus.

proven scientific fact

49. Sing out loud
 Singing is a great way to help you focus and get rid of stress. People who sing out loud feel happier as they are not internalizing thoughts but focusing on an ext renal action, their voice. It also aids memory.

50. Improve your Digestion with Fermented Foods and Drinks
Fermented foods, beverages and probiotic liquids are rich in beneficial microflora that help you digest food and absorb more nutrients to feed your body and your brain. They also help stimulate your liver's ability to cleanse and function optimally. Learn how to make your own cultured vegetables and Young Coconut Kefir at home, and be sure to learn more about Coco-Biotic and Dong Quai. These liquid probiotics are from a food source and are the most potent and effective way to add friendly microflora to your digestive tract. They are convenient, economical and delicious.

51. Clean Living
 Common theme with most people who are highly successful, both in their careers, as well as personal life, is that they maintain at least a certain degree of clean living. Now, I am not talking about anybody who simply makes a lot of money and has a nice car - hence being successful in their personal life. Many of the most successful actors make millions, but are complete failures in their personal life. Replace these activities with ones that will actually help you to achieve goals in life. Trying new hobbies, doing outdoor/nature activities, volunteer work, joining a club or group of people with similar interests.​topicoftheweek120.htm

52. Try something fun 
Picking up any new skill (rock climbing, tangoing, soufflé making) may create new neural pathways or connections in the brain, which can keep your mind sharp over time. The key is choosing something you like. "This is not an ivory tower concept: The more you enjoy something, the more you do it," explains Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., professor of clinical neuropsychology at Columbia University

53. Experience Nature
Hiking, backpacking, river trips, fishing, or any other outdoor/wilderness activities are excellent for maintaining a healthy mind. I live in a place where I am able to do all of these activities regularly, and it never gets old.​topicoftheweek120.htm

54. Herbs for the Brain Ginkgo Biloba is a fairly well known supplement today. It has been used by ancient civilizations, and is being used by modern civilizations today. It is an herb - a large tree to be exact. The leaves are the part used. Ginkgo helps to increase circulation to the brain, which is an important part of brain/mind health. All the nutrients in the world would not do any good if they did not reach the area where they were needed.​topicoftheweek120.htm

55. Stimulate your Nerve Endings

Use your fingers to do things as the nerve endings at the tips of fingers are activated giving the brain a workout. Play a musical instrument, knit, crochet, embroider,cross stitch. Bake often where you knead the dough and roll out. Find something you have a passion for.

56. Massage Yourself 
You can improve your concentration and memory by self massage. Right at the base of the skull in the back of the neck are located two acupressure points. Place your crossed hands behind your head with your thumbs at the sides of the neck. Next, lean your head backwards and rest it against the pressure formed by the thumbs and the index fingers. Breathe slowly taking deep breaths and exhale through the mouth. Let your whole body relax as you do this massage. Continue for about five minutes. it will improve blood circulation to the neck and relax the neck muscles.

57. Think and Write
Did you know that writing gives a boost to your brain power? Now, you can engage in gainful. Writing down always tells your brain what is important to you and helps you recall when needed. It clarifies your thinking. It enhances your creative and analytical ability. Maintaining diaries, penning poems, journals, story writing are some examples.

58. Listen to Mozart
Use music to help develop concentration skills. In a famous study at the University of California at Irvine, students who listened to Mozart's Sonata for 2 Pianos (k448) increased visual-spatial intelligence by about 10 percent. Another recent study demonstrated that students who play a musical instrument scored higher on average on the SAT than children who did not play music. Music can either help or hurt concentration. In a recent study from my clinic, we had 12 teenagers play the game Memory while they listened to different types of music: rock, rap, classical, and no music. Rap was associated with the worst performance. The rock group also scored poorly. Interestingly, the group did slightly better with classical music than no music at all.

59. Treat Brain Problems Early

Many people sabotage themselves by denying they have brain problems until significant damage has been done to their lives. Most psychiatrists feel that there is a significant brain component to depression, anxiety problems, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse problems, and even violence. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with seeing a psychiatrist still prevents people from seeking help for obvious problems.

60. Be good to everyone
Try not to have ill feelings towards others. Always have a positive approach towards everyone. Though you may not like the person for some personal or professional reasons, you have to be more liberal in thoughts for the person’s fault or shortcoming. A very forgiving and tolerant way of thinking helps to give you peace of mind and a good night’s sleep. Always remember that you are not a perfect human being and so even others tolerate you and forgive you for the same and so even we need to do the same with others.