Want To Get Better Brain Function For Life? Here’s How.

Get Better Brain Function For A Lifetime! Here's How.

Do you want your brain to perform at its best, in the present and in the future? How can you achieve this? Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study of 17 “superagers,” seniors who have the brain function of 20 year olds. The scientists searched for key differences between superager brains and regular brains. And, if so, whether the findings could help improve brain function throughout one’s lifetime.

Yes, there were differences and, yes, they found ways to boost brain function. Superagers brains were bigger in regions where the normal brains were smaller. Surprisingly, the areas weren’t associated with mental reasoning but, rather, linked to emotion.

How do you stimulate the emotional regions? Well, it’s not by reading a sad novel or getting angry. It’s by challenging yourself until you are outside your comfort zone, then you have to push past this stage. Interestingly, it can be either a physical like a strenuous hike or a mental effort like solving a difficult puzzle.

So what are some ways to challenge yourself?

  1. Learn an instrument – set a deadline for when you’ll perform a song in front of your family, friends or peers
  2. Study a new language – plan a date to read a book or to speak with a local in that language
  3. Participate in Tough Mudder – or an equally physically challenging activity that will take you past your comfort zone. Eg. Cross Fit, cycling
  4. Take up meditation – sign up for some classes or read a book and then practice for longer periods day after day

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The Best in Brain News: January Digest

Fit Brains Monthly Brain Digest

Happy New Year! Wishing you health, happiness and success in 2017! Read about current brain news and leading brain research in our latest monthly brain digest.

Brain Science: Why Your Brain Makes New Year’s Resolutions So Difficult to Stick To and Ways to Work Around It

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Less than 10% of Americans usually stick to their resolutions. Learn why and how you can rewire your brain for success. Discover the secret to keeping your resolution now!

Brain Research: Recent Study Shows Runners Have Stronger Brain Connections Which Helps Brain Function

Are you considering running as one of your 2017 resolutions? A study by researchers at the University of Arizona may convince you! They found that running helps brain function, especially those involving complex cognitive skills like planning, problem solving and multitasking. The scientists also believe that these benefits would also help cognitive function later in life. Read more about this interesting study then why not go for a quick run today!

Brain Psychology: The Way Complaining Sets Your Brain Up For Negativity

Did you know that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation? And, due to the wiring in your brain, the more you repeat a behaviour, the more easier it is to do? It’s the phenonmenon known as “neurons that fire together, wire together”. Complaining has negative effects on your brain and health. In fact, studies show that negative thoughts shrink the brain. Learn 4 easy methods to stop complaining and add it to your resolutions list!

Brain & Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Top Reasons Why EQ Is Increasingly Becoming A Top Job Skill  

Emotional intelligence (EQ), by 2020 will be one of the top 10 job skills according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report. EI has increasingly become more important in the workplace. It is a key factor for job hires, promotions and salary increases. Learn more about the importance of EQ and try one of our EQ games today. We’re the only brain trainer that challenges both cognitive and emotional intelligence.

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Sleep: Boost & Power Nap Your Brain!

Sleep to Boost Your Brain

A good night’s rest is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline. Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate zzz’s?

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is when we dream. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.

Deep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we are in less of this phase and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.

There’s still debate on how much rest we need, but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more.

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4 Tips for Better Sleep
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* Reduce your caffeine intake
* Increase your physical activity
* Listen to calming music
* Meditate

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Want A Better Memory? Tips Backed by Science.

Fit Brains Girl Having Issues with Her Memory

Memory is a crucial brain skill in both our personal and professional lives. Here are some good habits that will help you remember better!

Catch Some Zzz’s
Sleep is crucial to help your ability to remember. The majority of our memory consolidation happens while we are sleeping. During sleep, the hippocampus is very active and transfers information to the neocortex, in other words, from short-term to long-term memory. Sleep also aids neurogenesis, the development of new brain cells. So make sure you get enough zzz’s.

Jog Your Memory
As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Research indicates that regular cardiovascular exercise for 20 to 30 minutes, 3 times per week, can enhance recall by bolstering the connections between brain cells. Physical activity also boosts the secretion of neurotrophic factor, a protein vital for long-term memory. Whatever you do, don’t be a couch potato.

Get Your Om On
Research indicates that meditation helps recall. Meditation has been found to help improve standardized exam scores and working memory in as little as 2 weeks.This mindful exercise can help you focus which, in turn, might help you remember. Some people even swear it lowers their stress levels. So why not give it a try yourself.

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Superfoods for A Super You!

Fit Brains Superfoods

You are what you eat! Studies indicate that your brain cells can regenerate even as you age. Food is a key factor in this and there are some great superfoods for your noggin’.

1. Berry Clever

Blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress, lower the effects of age-related brain diseases, enhance learning capacity and motor skills. Plus this delicious fruit boosts memory. They are super brain food! Throw some blueberries into a smoothie for a healthy, delicious breakfast.

2. Nuttin’ Sharper

Walnuts, the ‘king’ of nuts is chock full of neuroprotective compounds that help motor skills, learning and memory. Its’ antioxidants help fight against the decline of cognitive aging. Munch on a handful of these yummy nuts today!

3. Smarty Fruity

Avocado, is a nutrient-dense fruit, it contains monounsaturated fat which helps blood flow, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. This superfood is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Slice some avocados into a salad and give your brain a boost!

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