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Friday, April 1, 2011

Stimulate your Brain!

As we know, we need to keep our brain active else it'll rot
1. Jump start your brain when u wake up by stretching your whole body, wave your hands & legs, wiggle your fingers & toes
Open the window & take in long deep breaths of fresh oxygen
Doing these will activate nerves that stimulate your brain

2. Exercise- Simple physical exercises like walking or running gets more blood & oxygen into your brain & generates new brain cells
Mental exercises like crossword, Sudoku & mind-teasers also increases your brain cells
If u prefer a more challenging game, which is also Game of the Year 2009 & 2010, check League of Legends out

3. Try something new or different to keep your brain cells guessing
Use your recessive hand instead of the dominant one for simple tasks

4. Eat "Food for Brain"- Best brain foods r complex carbs, low Glycemic Index food that provides steady blood sugar
Your brain runs on blood sugar but prefers a steady supply rather than wild fluctuations

Omega 3 rich fish & nuts, whole grain food, olive oil (don't use it in cooking, only add it to cooked food), beans, legumes...
More specific are fish oil, wild salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, soybeans, oatmeal, bran, blueberries, acai berries, blackcurrants, pumpkin seeds, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, Anti-oxidant rich coffee beans, cocoa beans
With so many varieties to choose from, u can try a different combination every day

P/S  Nvr skip a healthy breakfast, it's the most important meal of the day
Best time for breakfast is 7 - 9 am where blood circulation concentrates in your stomach

(Heat from cooking not only damages Omega 3 fatty acid, it can also turn them into harmful substances, not to mention eating too much fish may result in toxic poisoning such as mercury & PCB)

So u might prefer getting Omega 3 directly from fish oil

It should also be noted that at least 8 popular brands of fish oil supplements contained excessive levels of PCB, including Nature Made, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, GNC, Solgar, Twinlab, Now Health, Omega Protein and Pharmavite, avoid them at all costs

I found that Kirkland's not only remove PCBs and dioxins, its Omega 3 concentration is also maximized

Nonetheless, researchers from Harvard's School of Public Health in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006) reported that the benefits of fish intake generally far outweigh the potential risks, so u can still eat fish (moderately), only pity is u won't be able to get the most out of its Omega 3

5. Read Write Research- Surf the net, Google anything that spikes your interest( i have around 20 pages opened in Firefox now, 10 of which are just for research as i blog this, another 10 unrelated to this blog lolz), Google words u don't understand, write blogs

6. Watch quality TV: U can also watch shows that are thought-provoking such as Criminal Minds, House M.D. , The Mentalist, Monk, Psych & Dexter (Dexter contains nudity, sex, violence, gore, profanity, drugs, for Adults only)

Anime- Death Note (or read the manga online if u're free, it's better imo),  Code Geass, Spiral: Bonds of Reasoning, One Outs & Detective Conan
These shows include using mind games to outwit opponents or use logical reasoning to solve mysteries

7. Get enough sleep- Sleep deprivation is your brain's worst enemy
Too little sleep may cause impaired memory & thought processes
Optimal amount of sleep for adults are around 7-8 hours & 9-10 for teens

According to human's biological clock which is vry precise, 11pm-3am is when your body starts to detoxify
Detoxification breaks down toxins in your blood which flows into your brain

Sleeping quality is as important as its quantity
U get around 5 periods of REM sleep if u sleep 8 hours full
REM sleep starts 90mins after u're asleep
1st period only lasts 10mins, gradually increasing with each period
Last period starts around 7 hours after sleeping & may last up to 1 hour which is the best  time to be asleep
It's normal to wake up 7 hours after u sleep cos u're just about to go into REM sleep, which means u're still not in deep sleep
So don't skimp on sleeping, even if it's only an hour cos u'll lose 1 whole hour of mind-boosting REM sleep, which will affect your ability to think properly

But remember, too much of anything is bad, don't drink lots of coffee a day then sleep the nxt whole day lol
The same applies to watching tv

Moderation & balance is key

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