Whether it’s getting the high test score got or being able to figure out the easiest solutions when problems need fixing, being smart is enviable. Intelligence depends a lot on how you look at things, but no one can deny that being smart depends on how healthy your brain is. Here are a five ways to support your brain if you want to be smarter.
- Eat Smart
You may be surprised to find out how common foods you may be taking for granted are actually thinking powerhouses. Packing all of the nutrients that your brain and body need to keep you smart is an easy adjustment that anyone can make their diet. Including things like eggs, salmon, nuts, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins can make your brain work better than with other foods like trans fats and sugars. Those junk foods actually damage you brain cell’s ability to fire properly, making it harder for you to think.
- Meditative Mindset
Meditation isn’t just good for your soul, it’s good for your brain. No one knows who invented meditation but it has been in use in one form or another for thousands and thousands of years. Like how you eat, this is another brain booster that involves much more of your body than just your brain. Meditation includes breathing techniques that can bring you into a heightened or altered state of consciousness. FMRI scans show that the cerebral cortex—the part of the brain responsible for problem solving and conscious thought—benefits from the relaxation techniques of simple, regular daily meditation most of all.
- Brain Exercises
Just like doing exercises can shape your body and keep you in tip top physical form, exercising your mind helps strengthen your thought power, vocabulary, and memory. If you want to be smarter, you want to make sure that lasts for your whole life. Keeping your mind sharp with puzzles, games, thinking exercises is essential to retaining your brain’s ability well into your golden years.
- Sleep Smarter
Getting a full night’s sleep is essential to preserving the brain abilities that you already have. If getting all the sleep you need at night is impossible, try to squeeze in a nap during the day. Eight full hours of sleep are necessary to keep your memory’s ability to file running properly, and can help regulate your mood—something that makes learning and performing a lot easier.
- Smart Exercise
Probably the one constant on every item on this list has been about how to use your body to make your brain run better. The stereotypes are dead wrong: people who get lots of exercise to build muscle or burn fat aren’t meatheads, they’re the most intelligent people you know. Diseases and obesity come with horrible mental consequences like restricting blood flow to your brain. Being unfit literally makes it harder to think. People who want to be smarter, need to get in shape.