People often think that a person’s IQ level is stagnant, an innate intelligence. Quite the opposite. Recent findings published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) study have shown that changing the amount of healthy and junk food a person consumes can dramatically change the person’s IQ score.
Brain is a complex muscle. Just as weight lifting can build biceps and improve your physical strength, proper nutrition and exercise can improve your brain’s ability to process information, retain memory, and perform critical analysis.
Below are 3 simple tips to increase your IQ and rev up your brain power. These simple adjustments in your habits and diet can effectively improve your brain function.
- Get moving. Brisk walks and other type of exercise is not only good for your heart, but good for your brain. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain, even generate new neurons and nerve connections. This will not only improve memory function, but also increase your capacity for knowledge.
- Consume foods rich in Omega 3 and antioxidants. These include nuts, cold water fish (e.g. salmon, sardines, mackerel), nuts, berries, dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower). Multiple studies have shown that children after consuming regular amount of omega-3 fatty acids as part of their diet did better in school tests measuring verbal intelligence, memory function, and had less behavioral problems. In adults, omega 3 have proven to improve memory and fight against age-related memory loss and brain injury.
- Conscious Breathing. Improper breathing habits can hinder brain function. The shallow breathing most of us do throughout the day is often not sufficient to expel the carbon dioxide from our body. Large percent of body’s oxygen is used by the brain, proper oxygenation through deep breathing will improve cognitive function. Relaxed breathing and yoga breathing techniques have shown to improve spatial memory, allowing you to remember where you are and where you placed your keys.
Steps to Yoga Breathing
-Sit with your head, neck and spine in a straight line.
-inhale through one nostril, hold the breath, then exhale through the other nostril in a ratio of 2:8:4 counts.
-Use the thumb and ring/pinky fingers of your right hand to close the right and left nostrils respectively, and close both nostrils when you hold the breath.
-repeat for 2 – 3 minutes