If you want to improve your brain without the use of nootropics, or in conjunction with them, we have nine great tips that will help boost your thinking power and memory naturally.
Tip #1 – Play Brain Games to Give It a Workout
Brain games are a great way to give your brain a workout. You need to use your memory and brain routinely, and this can be anything, such as:
Keep in mind: There are dozens of other games that you can play online for free to boost your memory!
Tip #2 – Don’t Skip The Physical Exercise
Physical exercise is a great way to not only build muscle and strength but also relieve stress and boost your overall memory capacity. A study by Harvard Medical School demonstrated that physical exercise increases memory.
Tip #3 – Sleep Enough
A massive study conducted at Zürich University aimed to understand why sleep helps boost memory. This is a very lengthy study, and it showed that previous research in the field was all correct – sleep does help boost memory!
When you sleep, your brain undergoes chemical changes, and memory is stored more efficiently. I recently took a class that discussed memory and how sleeping after studying helps your brain organize the information you just learned.
Pay attention: A brief 10-minute nap may be all that you need after studying for a long time to boost your overall memory capacity!
Tip #4 – Laugh Often & Meditate to Keep Stress in Check
If you’re stressed to your limits, it’s time to get your emotions under control. Stress has a way of causing your mind to be cluttered, and will result in you having less overall brain capacity.
It’s impossible to remember any information that you’re studying when you’re stressed about finances, relationships, and other life challenges. Head to a comedy show to get a good laugh, or watch a funny movie to relieve your stress.
I highly recommend meditating.
Meditating requires just 20 minutes a day and allows you to unwind and relax. There are several different ways to meditate whether it be through chanting, focusing on a divine figure, staring at a candle, or even practicing mindfulness while you eat!
Pay attention to this example:
Just imagine that the orange that you’re eating was part of the whole life cycle:
- The rain came down and nurtured the orange tree.
- The sun shone brightly down on the tree, helping it grow.
- The orange starts to grow as a result.
- Several different insects and animals scatter around to help ensure that the fruit grows.
- Farmers take care of this before they pick it, and it enters your mouth.
Keep in mind: Mindful eating can work wonders for calming yourself down! A few good videos to watch to help you relieve stress include:
- The Habits of Happiness
- How to Let Altruism Be Your Guide
- Buddhist Society
Tip #5 – Eat a brain-boosting diet
You are what you eat – right?
The food that you eat has a direct impact on your memory, so you want to eat foods that are known to boost your memory, including:
- Dark leafy greens
- Sunflower seeds
- Red wine
Tip #6 – Stop Multitasking
The mind is a wonderful thing, but when you try to do too many things at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Multitasking should not be something that you practice on a daily basis.
Instead, dedicate all your attention and energy to one task at a time so that you can complete it with the utmost precision. This will help you significantly improve your memory and reduce your stress levels!
Tip #7 – Learn a New Skill or Language
Learning a new skill or language is something that I am currently trying to do. If you want to learn a new skill, a website called “Meet Up” is an excellent way to meet people with similar hobbies.
You can also find several different courses online, but I recommend forming in-person relationships in your community.
Languages are also a great way to boost your memory, and you can find several YouTube videos as well as websites that will help you your language-learning ability, such as:
Pay attention: There are dozens more that you’ll be able to find online, but these are the most popular sites.
You can even find podcasts, people on YouTube trying to help people learn the language and several other resources at your disposal.
Tip #8 – Try Intermittent Fasting
Did you know that intermittent fasting has been shown to boost your memory?
Professors from Johns Hopkins University found that putting stress on the brain helps to protect the neurons.
Stress is produced by intermittent fasting and caloric restriction. Many people can attest to the claim that periodic fasting will help boost your memory and overall brain function.
Tip #9 – Improve Your Gut Health & Flora
Your gut and brain are so closely tied together that many people believe that an unhealthy gut leads to an unhealthy brain. The issue is that all of the foods begin to build up in your gut, causing bad bacteria to multiply rapidly.
Since this makes a lot of sense, improving your gut health and flora can provide you with a boost in overall health and memory.
How do you boost your gut health and flora?
- Probiotics – This is a healthy bacterium that can be eaten to improve your gut health. Probiotics can come in the form of drinks, foods or pills.
- Diet – Start eating more plants and dietary fiber to maintain microbiota diversity in your gut.
- Remove Sugar and Processed Foods – Oregon State University showed that high levels of sugar cause bacterial changes in the gut. The same study shows that this bacterium reduced long and short-term memory, and this was fed through the sugar and processed foods that people eat.
Your brain is so powerful that many people do not realize the true potential they have.
You may not be able to reach the mental capacity that you see in the movie Limitless, but you can change your overall mental capacity with the nine tips that we provided above!