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Good Brain Foods

Good Brain Foods

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Good Brain Foods

Avocados Bananas Beef, lean Brewer's yeast Broccoli Brown rice Brussels sprouts Cantaloupe Cheese Chicken Collard greens Eggs Flaxseed oil Legumes Milk Oatmeal Oranges Peanut butter Peas Potatoes Romaine lettuce Salmon Soybeans Spinach Tuna Turkey Wheat germ Yogurt

Bad Brain Foods
Alcohol Artificial food colorings Artificial sweeteners Colas Corn syrup Frostings High-sugar "drinks" Hydrogenated fats Junk sugars Nicotine Overeating White bread

Quick Memory Exercises And Techniques
Memory exercises increase brain power because in your conscious mind you can only work with what you can remember. Intelligence without memory is like a builder without tools. What could he build? The simplest memory exercise is to start telling yourself to remember. If you just learned a person's name, for example, tell yourself, "remember that". This signals the unconscious mind to rank this input higher in importance. Other good memory exercises involve telling yourself why you want to remember

for example. the television and so on. The object was to write down as many items as we could remember. I'll recall that I need toilet paper. One memory technique you can learn and use right now starts with a walk around the house. for example) fix the name even more firmly in your memory. but one little boy got all 15 items. the sink. Now when you want to remember a list of things. They really do! Scores of books have been written on the subject. You can also use the link here to read an article on memory techniques. If you want more memory techniques. potato chips burning on the stove. the microwave oven. I use this one a lot. and a magazine. however. Memorize these in some logical order (this is the hardest part). Imagine. that you want to remember a list of the following things: milk. I imagine wads of toilet paper hitting the window. There was a contest that involved looking at a table covered in 15 various items. Pick ten locations or permanent objects in your home or office. dish soap boiling in the microwave. If you just learned a person's name. the things were taken away. Try it. most of us don't want to take the time and effort to do so. honey. His father had taught him a simple technique that none of us other kids knew. I can't normally remember a list of three things by the time I get to the grocery store. I can even wait until the next day to go shopping. When you need to consult your list. think about how that person will be important to you in the future. An example: My own place-list is a window in the kitchen. Mnemonic Techniques Memory exercises and techniques involving "peg words" and other mnemonic devices work well if you master them. With a quick mental walk through the house. be sure you subscribe to the Brain Power Newsletter. The good news is that not all memory techniques are that complicated or time-consuming. cucumbers dancing in the sink. Do this with mental imagery and even sounds. and anything you notice about them. . then mentally walk the garden "picking up" the topics as they gave the speech. the refrigerator. But do you want to study and master a mnemonic technique? Honestly. and it always works. and won the prize. After a few minutes. you'll simply walk around your home in your mind. the front door. Don't Forget Your Memory By Steve Gillman Remembering Things I remember a birthday party I went to as a child. Make the images very vivid and this technique rarely fails. soap. Clearly seeing the importance of remembering will motivate the brain to retain the name. All you have to do is tie the items together in an imaginative story. and flowers. and then we each got a piece of paper and a pencil.something. Only years later did I learn why he was able to do that. It was used two thousand years ago by Roman orators who would "place" parts of their speech in locations along a garden path. when I can remember to. and the additional associations in the brain (where you expect to see the person next. potato chips. always in a ridiculous way. I struck out after seven or eight. associate each item on the list with with one of your ten locations or objects. and you will "see" the items on the list. If. and how you will remember it. forks. dish soap. and the refrigerator full of magazines. where you are likely to see them next. the stove. Now. cucumbers.

of course. Tell yourself why you want to remember something. Say each item as you review this "movie" in your imagination. preparing for the test. schedule periodic reviews of the material. tell yourself. the next week. and the additional associations (where you expect to see the person next. The basic idea was used thousands of years ago by Roman orators to remember speeches. so here they are. You'll remember where they are if you do this. Perhaps the most common way to remember something is by repetition over time. or at least doing it in your imagination. You can take a couple from each. "remember that". This works fairly well. you'll forget to when you need them most. think about how that person will be important to you in the future.Create a story. but do you ever create the scenario beforehand. where you'll see them next. pick up a bouquet of flowers and smile at yourself in the mirror. a month later. These intervals seem to work well(following your first exposure): Review Review Review Review the the the the information information information information after 10 to 15 minutes. I've found that the "loci system" and its variants are the easiest to use. and see it vividly in your head: You are in front of the bathroom sink. When you set down the keys on the chair. in that order. then comb honey into your hair with a fork. Twenty-Seven Test Taking Tips Several subscribers to the Brainpower Newsletter have written asking for more test taking tips for students facing an exam. and you'll remember all five things. so you won't forget? Try it. Of the more advanced techniques. but if you don't have the habit of using them. I have separated them into three parts as follows: memorizing the material. This signals the unconscious mind to rank this input higher in importance. Clearly seeing the importance of remembering will help a lot. and you reach for the soap. Test Taking Tips . for example) will set the memory more firmly in your brain. the next day. No joke. so you wash your hands with that. Create Good Memory Habits Do you know what the biggest problem with memory techniques is? Remembering to use them. for example. They would rehearse speeches as they walked through a garden or . Some Other Memory Tricks Start telling yourself to remember. That's typically how you learn how to use a computer.Memorizing The Material 1. Many popular methods work. Have you ever forgotten where you set down your car keys? You have probably tried retracing your steps. You expose yourself to the material repeatedly. and how you will remember it. To remember a person. taking the test. make a conscious effort to use it until it becomes automatic. for example. To make this simplest of memory "techniques" work for you. Good test scores start with good comprehension of the material. and anything you notice about them. which often includes memorizing specific facts and formulas. So if you take the time to learn a technique. see yourself walking in and setting the keys on the chair. to develop a routine that works for you. The soap dish is filled with milk. even the next day. If you just learned a person's name. 2.

An extract derived from the Periwinkle Plant. Use supplements. Use your own judgment on this one. start your preparation long before. Listening to books on my MP3 player. Now here are some more specific tips: 4. and time pressure adds to testanxiety. 10. is used as a cerebral vasodilator to increase blood flow to the brain. Ginkgo Biloba may help send more blood to the brain. If you are a very nervous person. so avoid it by being a bit early. getting regular highquality sleep. there are also things you can do during an exam to improve your score. Sleep well. Test-anxiety is bad for test scores. many tests are timed. 6. I've noticed that I often recall exactly where I was when I read that part of the book again. Drink a little bit of coffee. and can't hurt. Test Taking Tips . 11. Get there early. improving its oxygenation and thereby increasing mental alertness and acuity. A bit of positive expectation works for most people. Fish oil (or just eating fish) speeds up brainwaves and in some studies appears to improve concentration as well. so get quality sleep. Test Taking Tips .Preparation 3. Double-check answers in that part of the test. 8. Ask about the exam. Vinpocetine. and committing to take the time necessary to learn the material.palace. or watch for "trick" questions. but I will mention just a few that are proven safe. In my experience. so you can be sure to study the right things. 5. The professor or administrator of the test will sometimes tell you where most people have trouble. This suggests a new way to use the loci system for test preparation. 12. with healthy habits. too much sleep can make you just as mentally groggy as too little. Exercise for ten minutes. although some recent studies dispute this. Review the test. Here are a few examples. Although sleep deficiencies seem to affect response time more than accuracy. The anxiety of others can be contagious.Exam Skills In addition to the comprehensions and preparation steps you can take. But don't overdo it. Take a walk just before test time. Those include eating healthy foods. Record what you need to know and walk through a park or down city streets as you listen. A sample test or previous version of the exam will help you know what kind of questions will be on it. Sit away from nervous test-takers. so don't sit near others who are obviously stressed out. associating each important topic with some location. 9. If you really want to do the best you can on all of your exams. Stop to look at what's around you as each important part begins. too much caffeine can increase anxiety. There are many things you can ingest that may help. As little as ten minutes of exercise has been shown to speed up decision making time and accuracy in tests of mental ability. Then. Imagine yourself confidently finishing the test early and without trouble. During the test you may find that you can mentally take a walk to recall much of the information. . 7. when in front of the audience. Several studies have shown that people score higher on written tests after as little as a half-cup of coffee. a speaker could mentally walk through the garden to recall each point. or find a place where you can jog in place for a few minutes. however. Recent research suggests that it may be the most powerful memory enhancer available to date.

In this way you'll know if you are on schedule or if you need to speed up. Answering a few questions you are sure about gets your confidence up. Also be sure you marked the right circles or boxes on multiple choice tests. Often points are lost solely because the instructions weren't followed exactly. Make notes. Then pick one of the remaining ones. appropriate preparation. Also allow several minutes for reviewing the test afterwards. An important skill for timed tests. and skills that raise your scores the most. review it and plan how much time to take for each section. Then create a routine you can follow each time. Posture changes brain function. . Concentrate on each question. 26. I'm not sure why this works either. Narrow the options. 21. Watch for other clues to intent when you are unsure of the right answer. When they are multiple choice questions. If you "crammed" for the test just before taking it this can be particularly useful. 18. Creating a Routine 27. Write down any information you might forget (if you are allowed to take notes). Review the test. This will reduce anxiety and help you concentrate. but why not use any leftover time to review the test once again? A simple mistake that you can correct can move you up to the next grade. take several deep breaths and let the tension drain from your muscles. When you first receive the test. Close your mouth. Total involvement in one question at a time reduces feelings of anxiety because you are not anticipating and worrying about the next challenge. learn to recognize when a question may be too difficult to answer quickly. 20. Why? Because creators or exams often try to catch sloppy test takers with answers that are similar. Again. Consider the test makers intention. and you know it's wrong. to keep the oxygen level in your brain up. look for a similar answer. Don't think about the other questions until you get to them. You don't want to lose credit for eight questions you knew the answer to just because you spent too much time working on a few tough ones. Sit up straight. Answer all the questions if you can. Organize your time. 22. By simply knowing which answers are wrong you can often get half of these questions correct with this method. 24. 19. Burn up the time. 25. Leave tough questions for later. 16. eliminate as many unlikely answers as you can. Find the test taking tips that work for you. Except when there is a penalty for a wrong answer (as opposed to an unanswered question). 23. When an answer seems too easy. Pay attention to instructions. Always use the remaining time to look over your exam when you are done. but it really does. It's a good warm-up for the rest of the exam. for reasons not entirely clear yet. Find a few easy questions first. Maybe you learned something from later questions that can help with the correct answers for earlier questions. As you start the test. As soon as you sit and the exam starts. Take a deep breath now and then throughout the test.13. Breath deep. On multiple choice tests you'll probably get a few guesses right just by chance. Maybe you've done everything you can do. and that you didn't leave any questions unanswered. 17. don't leave eight easy questions unanswered because of time spent on a tough one. make a few notes about anything you might otherwise forget. using the study skills. 15. you should guess if you're not sure. 14.

as well as some high blood pressure medications. Protect that brain case. Perhaps one of the easiest of these memory tips to put into practice. but that doesn't mean it's always a result of getting older. It has been shown that even doing crossword puzzles regularly slows the decline of age-related memory loss. while letting the tension drain from your body. For example. Get brain exercise. Learn something new. 3. Cigarettes are linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. reserpine. Many nutritional factors affect memory and general brain function. and practice regularly. You can start with these six tips. 1. What accounts for 2% of your body's mass. and memory specifically. yet uses 20% of all the oxygen you breathe? Your brain! It needs a continuous supply of oxygen. is released when you are stressed. and a 10 minute loss of oxygen can cause significant neural damage. and even before there is a diagnosis. which at high levels interferes with the part of the brain that handles recent memories. . No surprise there. This means reduced oxygen to the brain. Learn to relax more. Quit smoking and avoid smoke. Brain Facts Here are a few brain facts to amuse and inform you: . Most illegal drugs are toxic to the brain. About 20% of your blood is pumped to the brain. Eat well. Put on that helmet when bicycling or in any situation where your head might get hurt. These drugs have been associated with memory loss after prolonged use: Lithium.Your brain uses 20% of your oxygen. brain function can be negatively impacted by a deficiency in vitamin B-12. That crucial brain has even been shown to shrink after long periods of chronic stress. 5. 4. or start an intellectually challenging hobby or activity. But the evidence is growing that the cumulative effect of repeated minor injuries can do the same kind of damage. which decreases brain function in general. digitalis. or try taking some good supplements to see if that brings improvement. Often there are specific causes. Think your memory lapses might be due to deficiencies? You can have a blood test to check the levels of these vitamins in your system. and a declining ability to remember things can be halted and sometimes reversed. folate and niacin (Vitamin B-3). and Tagamet (cimetidine).Six Memory Tips These memory tips are for people young and old. Reduce brain toxins.Your brain uses 20% of your blood. Cortisol. . Severe head trauma can cause loss of brain function. 6. You might also learn to meditate. Inderal (propanolol). It is true that memory loss often comes with old age. What can you do? Start by taking several deep breaths through your nose several times daily. which needs it to keep up with the heavy metabolic demands of its neurons. 2. there may be reduced blood flow to the brain. this can also be one of the more important ones. but so are many prescription medications. Aldomet (methyldopa).

such as those used for speech..Number of neocortical neurons lost each day: 85. It may also play a role in olfaction or smell. A cat's brain weighs about one ounce. . This is referred to as brain plasticity or neuro-plasticity. Found at the lower back of the brain. and it does so in response to stimulation (exercise). . .We now know for a fact that the brain continues to produce new neurons throughout our lives. because he was smaller than average. .There are 100. In relation to body size. to walk. however. They can then use feedback from the patient to identify important regions. . it is needed to maintain posture.000 .The human brain weighs an average of about 1. . and it is one of the most encouraging of these brain facts. or a little over three pounds. neurosurgeons can probe the brain while a patient is conscious. sometimes called the "little brain".000 miles of blood vessels in the brain.4 kilograms.The brain has no pain. and to perform any coordinated movements.Number of neurons in the brain (average): 100 billion . Because there are no nerves that register pain within the brain itself. humans have the largest brain of all the animals (about 2% of body weight).An elephant's brain is about six times as large as a human brain. . weighs approximately 150 grams.Albert Einstein's brain was smaller than average.The cerebellum.

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