Do you know what is the greatest power you have? It’s the power of your brain. Yes, the greatest power on earth is the magnificent power all of us possess—the power of human brain. The brain that humans are blessed with is really awesome. It functions
24 hours a day from the moment we are born. It can make the worst of the best and the best of the worst. As Mr. David Cuscheiri, the author of Miracles: When I See The Extraordinary, has aptly said, “The mind is powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the brainpower wisely?”
However, the human brain is the most complex object in the universe. Each one of us carries within our skulls a less-than-half-a-kilogram lump of fats and proteins with the consistency of jelly that we call a brain. Your brain contains 100 billion neurons which link with one another in a pattern more complex and unique than your fingerprints. This cache of neurons has the power to learn new languages, perceive beauty and remember tens of thousands of individual bits of information. As the scientists and neurologists gain more insights into the vast and incredible power of the human brain, we now know that the brain can reliably revamp itself and be constantly optimised throughout our lives. They found that the human brain is surprisingly malleable as it can rewire itself and even grow new cells. By adopting healthy behaviours and some simple lifestyle changes all through your lifespan, you can enhance your brainpower as well as reduce risk of cognitive decline.
The power of mind cannot come from ill-fed brain. Recent studies have shown that by consuming certain foods while limiting others, you can maximise the power and performance of your brain. Human brain is two-thirds fat. Myelin, the protective sheath covering your neurons, is 70% fat. Eating green leafy vegetables, olive oil, avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds and nuts replenish your neurons and brain cells. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta carotene. Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help memory. Nuts and walnuts in particular are excellent sources of protein and healthy fats. Researches link omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy brain. The best way to consume more natural omega-3s is to incorporate raw unsalted nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts, seeds, olives, avocados, olive oil and oily fishes into your diet.
You may have heard about many virtues of water. Do you know it can also make you smarter. For the brain cells to function properly, there needs to be a balance between water and various compounds. Whenever you fail to drink enough water, this balance gets disrupted and your cognitive performance declines. Dehydration can also cause your neural pathways to shut down. As a result, the section of the brain responsible for planning and problem-solving starts struggling. Without enough water, you can lose concentration and may have difficulty recalling things. To make your brain performing better, make sure that you drink as much water as possible. This will ensure that you remain energised and attentive at all times. For enhanced brainpower, you must also say no to sugar. How much sugar you consume relates directly to your metabolic health, which plays direct role in your brain’s health. Easy ways to cut it out of your diet include avoiding beverages that contain sugar, processed sweets and baked goods.
Then, certain usual things help your brain enhance its inherent power. Walking in nature is one of them. When in nature, try and take in as much of your surroundings as you can. Pay attention to visual details, smells and sounds. To cite another, enjoying close ties with friends and family as well as participating in meaningful social activities can help keep your mind sharp. Activities such as meditation, listening to music and playing games may boost your cognitive performance as well. Never forget, it all begins and ends in your mind. As global speaker and author of Medical Tourism and Wellness Guidebooks Dr. Prem Jagyasi says, “Brainpower is our inner genius that craves to radiate creativity, positivity, hope and ideas for the greater good of our real self and the world.”
With these words, I wish you a greater brainpower to achieve higher success in your life.