The human brain is incredibly complex as it’s responsible for housing over 100 billion nerves that receive information from the body and guides the body’s response. The cerebrum is the largest part of the human brain and is made up of four sections, being the temporal lobe, occipital lobe, frontal lobe and parietal lobe. The functions that these sections are responsible for are as follows:

Temporal lobe

Perception, memory, sound/speech and hearing. sections of brain

Occipital lobe

Processes visual data, color differentiation etc.

Frontal lobe

Reasoning, speech, attention, planning, movement, emotions and problem solving.

Parietal lobe

Orientation, recognition, navigation, language processing and sensory information.

Here are some tips to help you think faster, sharper and help reduce the risk of getting diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

7 Brain Boosting Tips and Tricks

1.  Exercise 

Your brain has one of the highest metabolic rates in the body. Exercise helps to increase blood flow and supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. This will not only help you feel better, but it will help you think clearer, sharper and be more creative.

2.    Get outside 

The fresh air from the outdoors helps keep your brain oxygenated. You also get fresh airmore vital vitamin D if you spend time in the sunlight.

3.    Get 7-8 hours sleep.

This gives you enough time to get the deep R.E.M sleep needed for proper rest and recuperation.  Less than 6 hours will increase your risk of insulin resistance which leads to diabetes. Try to sleep before midnight. It’s no surprise how much sharper your mind is after a good night’s sleep.

4.    Avoid processed foods

Avoid eating too much processed, refined foods with a high sugar content. Insulin resistance leads to disease that will harm your brain.

5.    60% of your brain is made of fat.

Eating essential healthy fats is vital for proper brain growth and function. You can also take omega 3 supplements to boost your healthy fat intake.

6.    Keep your brain active.

Lifelong learning is key to stretching your brain cells and keeping them healthy. Keep learning even if it seems tough.  Never give up, because breaking through your comfort zone and accomplishing a new task makes the thinking cells in your brain re-grow. This is very important to avoid getting degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. So try taking up a new hobby, do puzzles, play challenging games, take up a musical instrument or try a sport, or try for that promotion at work.

7.    Visualisation techniques

Put time aside every day, picturing the things that you would like to attract into your life-stimulate the right side of your brain. Keeping your brain creative in this way is a great way to stimulate your brain cells. Also by focusing on positive things rather than mulling over the negative things will help to manifest what you really want in life.

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