Feeling fuzzy? Here are 5 ways to enhance your memory, sharpness and cognitive function:
Get Plenty of Exercise
Exercise is not only good for your body, it's also fantastic for your brain! In fact, science has proven regular fitness improves memory by stimulating the growth of new brain cells in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, responsible for long-term memory and imagination (making it more than possible that regular physical activity can improve creativity, as well).
Take Certain Supplements
Fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids can help tremendously in improving memory and cognitive function. A combo product that serves to assist in attention and focus is Metagenics Attencia, which pairs caffeine from phytonutrient (rich green coffee bean extract and guarana extract) with L-theanine, omega fatty acids and zinc. L-theanine combined with caffeine have proven to promote alertness, focus and cognitive performance, while zinc assists in the metabolism of neurotransmitters.
Improve Your Nutrition
You are what you eat, and so is your brain. Focus on improving your nutrition by switching to an anti-inflammatory diet that's high in protein and omega-3s. Blueberries, also coined "brainberries", are a tasty little fruit that can improve your brain function significantly, as can wild salmon, nuts and seeds, eggs and avocados.
Exercise Your Brain
In addition to physical fitness, you should also exercise your brain on the regular to improve cognitive function. Reading, crossword puzzles, intellectual conversation and doing math in your head are all on the list. Our team argues that hanging out with people smarter than you should be, too!
Get Quality Sleep
It's not just enough that you fall asleep and wake up everyday. For the best cognitive function, creativity and memory, you need to get restorative sleep – this means going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time, too. For the best-quality snooze, skip the sound machine and turn off the tube. If you're having trouble justifying a good night's rest because you're too busy, remember this: a lack of sleep is the first area that contributes to disease-, trauma- and/or neglect-related memory problems. We hope these strategies will help you to obtain the sharpest, quickest intellect you've ever experienced!