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5 Easy Ways To Increase Brain Power

13 February, 2014
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Here are a few simple things you can do to increase your brain power during the day:

1 – Intermittent Fasting

While many people still believe that a hearty breakfast in the morning is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, many researchers are now rethinking this idea. Considering that the old healthy eating triangle contained eight servings of bread and other fattening carbs, it’s a good idea to look past age-old “common knowledge” and seek out newer ideas and information when considering lifestyle changes. Intermittent fasting is one of these new concepts.

Intermittent fasting is the practice of skipping breakfast and eating your first meal around 1:00 or 2:00pm. While this concept is likely counterintuitive to most people, the science behind it holds up. When you eat a large meal in the morning, a significant amount of blood flow is directed to your stomach, therefore infringing on the supply of blood that could have otherwise been directed to your brain. By skipping breakfast, your brain can function better because its supply of blood is not being limited. Try it out one day this week and see if you feel a boost in productivity!

Check out this link for more information on intermittent fasting!

2 – Eat a Keto-Style Diet

A Keto diet (short for Ketogenic) is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that works hand-in-hand with intermittent fasting. A basic explanation is that when you eat, you should eat a high-fat, medium-protein, low-carb meal. Following a strict Keto diet means that your nutrient intake will consist of about 70-75% of calories from fat, 20-25% from protein, and 5-10% from carbohydrates. While Keto is tough and might require some tricky initial calculations, a few days on it might have you feeling better, and weighing a few less pounds.

5 Easy Ways To Increase Brain Power - Nootelligence Blog

If you are trying to optimize your brainpower and energy levels, it might be best to alter or not follow the low-carb suggestion of the Keto diet. While eating lots of carbs can make you feel sluggish, eating no carbs can also lead to feeling tired and run-down. Some versions of the Keto diet advocate taking in carbohydrates on weekends to replenish your body. If you don’t want to do that, then I would personally suggest eating a limited amount of carbs each day (20-50 grams), but focusing more on avoiding gluten, since it is often really the gluten that makes carbs tire you down. Finding gluten-free carbs can be tough, but rice is always a good one – and it’s cheap! Maybe try to find a good sushi lunch-special, and get a good dose of those Omegas at the same time! Some gluten free snacks can also be good, and they can be found in the gluten-free section at most grocery stores. The snacks can really be a hit-or-miss though; so don’t get discouraged if you try a few bad ones before finding some you like. If you like to bake, then you’ve got a great opportunity to make some great tasting gluten-free cookies or snacks. Throw some dark chocolate chips in for an extra nootropic boost!

3 – Wake up early…like, really early

While it might seem crazy to you to get up at the crack of dawn, it might just provide you the physical and mental boost you need! Ben Franklin once said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” and we all know that good old Ben Franklin knew what he was talking about. Now if taking his word isn’t good enough for you, luckily there is a lot of other evidence that waking up early has benefits for your body and mind.

5 Easy Ways To Increase Brain Power - Nootelligence Blog

A study done in 2008 by Texas University found that people who identified themselves as “morning people” earned, on average, a GPA of one full point higher than the self-identified “night owls.” Waking up early also helps you plan better, minimize problems more efficiently, be more optimistic, and get better sleep. And it also gives you more time to exercise. Speaking of exercise…

4 – Once you wake up do some cardio style exercise

5 Easy Ways To Increase Brain Power - Nootelligence Blog

I know that a lot of these habits are hard to break into, but if you really want to be on top of your game and feel great, these suggestions will really make a difference! You don’t need to start lifting heavy weights in order to feel the effects of exercise; especially since cardio work is going to give you the best, quickest mental benefits. According to memory expert and clinical psychologist, Thomas Crooke, Ph.D., “Cardiovascular health is more important than any other single factor in preserving and improving learning and memory.”

The key to starting out exercising is to start slow. Even just one 30-minute cardio workout will pump extra blood to your brain, providing the nutrients and oxygen that it needs to perform at it’s best.  I personally started off biking, since it is something I enjoy doing, and since feeling the wind on your body makes it a bit more enjoyable. Once the winter set in, outdoor exercise was not a great option. Now I’ve started taking group spin classes, which have been great. Going to group fitness classes can be a great way to get into a routine, because you are motivated to keep up with everyone else. Find some friends to go with you, and it will become even easier.

5 – Take your multivitamins, fish oil and try out some nootropics

5 Easy Ways To Increase Brain Power - Nootelligence Blog

This wouldn’t be a Nootelligence blog post if we didn’t talk about nootropics, right? Here at Nootelligence, we practice what we preach, and we each take a healthy dose of vitamins and nootropics each day. For my daily nootropic stack, I personally wake up and take 200mg of L-Theanine, 350mg of Alpha-GPC, 1000mg of Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR), 250mg of N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT), and 1600mg of Piracetam. This combination, which contains the same nootropics as Nootelligence (other than Piracetam), is great for helping me stay focused at work, and for keeping my stress levels down, which also leads to more productivity. In addition to these nootropics, I take a Vitamin B-Complex that includes B12, I take a Biotin supplement, I take Green Tea Extract, and a capsule combining fish oil, borage oil and flax oil. Determine what your priorities are, find a combination of nootropics, vitamins and oils that will help you stay healthy, and start taking them each morning. At the very least, pick up a couple cases of Nootelligence!

If you follow all of these tips, you should start feeling more productive within days! Be prepared for big changes, and make room for a smarter, happier, healthier you!

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