Can't find your car keys? It's probably because you weren't paying attention when you put them down. As it turns out, the brain does not actually multitask. It switches focus from one thing to the other. So when you're juggling too many things, you're bound to forget. The brain needs about eight seconds to process a piece of information to your memory. So if you're talking on the phone and carrying your groceries at the same time, and then you put down your keys, you're unlikely to remember where you left them. Make it a point to concentrate on the task at hand. It's crucial. Studies suggest that saying "I left my keys on the cabinet" out loud actually helps the brain process it.6. Meditate
Steven Johnson, author who wrote the book “Where Good Ideas Come From”, discusses the importance of groups and networks for the advancement of ideas. If you are looking for ways to seek out novel situations, ideas, environments, and perspectives, then networking is the answer. It would be pretty tough to implement this “Get Smarter” regiment without making networking a primary component. Greatest thing about networking: Everyone involved benefits. Collective intelligence for the win!
Your brain is an energy hog, and overusing it can drain your energy bank account quickly. If you’ve ever felt unfocused and had poor impulse control at the end of the day, you’ve experienced decision fatigue — every time your brain has to make a decision, it burns a little fuel. If you’re making hundreds of little decisions a day, you’re going to end up burning out much faster.

Luckily, scientists have found a very effective solution. In 2013, researchers at UC Davis discovered a very strong link between mindfulness meditation and dramatic cortisol reductions, with incredible results seen after only a few short weeks. Another study by a Rutgers University doctor discovered that meditators could reduce cortisol levels by more than half!

5. Start learning another language - scientists found that bilingual people have a specific “advantage” because they use less brain power to accomplish tasks, helping their brains age better. A Canadian study showed that people who spoke two languages processed information more economically, using up less brain circuitry. Plus, being multilingual will likely make you more open to other cultures, making travel more fun.
People who meditate are likelier to have a sharper, smarter brain according to this study. Practice 15 minutes of mindfulness every day. There are different ways to do so: breathe in and out, chant a mantra, or stare at a candle in a quiet room. Many CDs and audio tapes of guided meditation are also available. Listening to these daily can improve focus and concentration, making your brain sharper.
It has been said that our senses are like five wild horses pulling a carriage, with the mind serving as the rein-holding driver. If you cannot learn to effectively harness the speed and direction of your senses, they can and will run wild on you, galloping randomly anywhere at anytime, dragging you against your will, kicking and screaming — to places you don't wanna go.
Fact: Cognitive aging occurs in everyone. What’s not normal is dementia, characterized by declines in cognitive abilities that affect the ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It progressively destroys cognitive function and the mental processes that include thinking, knowing, judging, and reasoning,15 and it begins well before symptoms like memory loss show up. The hallmark physical characteristics of a brain with Alzheimer’s are the progressive accumulation of plaques (a protein fragment called beta-amyloid) outside neurons in the brain and tangles (twisted strands of a protein called tau) inside neurons. These changes eventually damage and kill neurons. You’ll learn more about them in later chapters.
Savor Brain-Boosting Foods. Meal by healthy meal, you can protect your brain against Alzheimer’s. That’s because certain foods contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients shown in studies to preserve memory and reduce the risk of dementia. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay study (or MIND, for short) identified nine foods that should make regular appearances on your plate and five foods to cut back on. Chapter 5 reveals them all, along with how to pick, store, and prepare the all-stars to maximize their brain-healthy benefits and simple ways to turn them into quick, flavor-packed meals.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the most studied nootropic herbs around, and one of the herbs with the longest recorded history of use—nearly 5,000 years—in Traditional Chinese Medicine; members of the royal court used it to ward off senility. Ginkgo works by increasing blood supply and circulation to the brain and extremities, which can help improve short and long term memory recall. In addition, Ginkgo has been shown to remove plaque buildup from the arteries and thin the blood. These properties, along with Ginkgo’s high antioxidant concentration, may aid in the prevention or improvement of symptoms of neurological disorders like Dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as many cardiovascular issues. Ginkgo is a very stimulating herb overall and hot temperature-wise; meaning it may not be suitable to use for everyone, especially if you are prone to pounding headaches, have sustained recent head injuries, or are experiencing swelling of the blood vessels or brain. Work with Ginkgo as a tincture, tea, or capsule.

People of the world, spice up your brain! Research suggests certain spices can help preserve memory Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat! Kannapan, R., Gupta, S.C., Kim, J.H., et al. Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Molecular Neurobiology 2011;44(2):142-159.. A spoonful of cinnamon in a cup o’ joe can ward off Alzheimer’s disease, and a sprinkling of sage on pasta may prevent another WTF-is-that-guy’s-name situation. Cumin and cilantro are especially powerful memory-boosters—so chow down and make those trips to Mumbai and Cancun unforgettable.

You probably read this blog because you want to get more done each day. But do you want to become more productive so that you can maintain a better work-life balance, or so that you can fill up your newly freed hours with more work? Sometimes the importance of downtime gets relegated to the sidelines, and we forget that optimal productivity cannot occur without it.

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Can't find your car keys? It's probably because you weren't paying attention when you put them down. As it turns out, the brain does not actually multitask. It switches focus from one thing to the other. So when you're juggling too many things, you're bound to forget. The brain needs about eight seconds to process a piece of information to your memory. So if you're talking on the phone and carrying your groceries at the same time, and then you put down your keys, you're unlikely to remember where you left them. Make it a point to concentrate on the task at hand. It's crucial. Studies suggest that saying "I left my keys on the cabinet" out loud actually helps the brain process it.6. Meditate
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Flex your mental muscles. You can improve your mental ability in domains such as logic, problem solving, mental orientation and corrective thought process by working puzzles and doing difficult mental tasks. Challenging yourself mentally can help increase your rational thinking skills, giving you more confidence problem solving in a given situation.
A moderate amount of alcohol. You heard that right: for adults, a small amount of alcohol can help fight off dementia by maintaining healthy cholesterol and insulin levels in the blood.[8] But be careful to keep the alcohol to a moderate amount: too much alcohol has the opposite effect, and can even lead to a loss of memory (known as a "blackout").[9]

Creative insights. Anyone doing creative work has experienced the power of these awesome mind layers. Unlike doing something basic and mundane like arithmetic (conscious-thought), getting fully immersed or "in the zone" while you are drawing/ painting/ writing/ idea generating/ creating/ etc requires the conscious "ego" mind to take a backseat, allowing the super-creative deepmind to surface.
There are absolutely oodles of terrible things written and promoted on how to “train your brain” to “get smarter”. When I speak of “brain training games”, I’m referring to the memorization and fluency-type games, intended to increase your speed of processing, etc, such as Sudoku, that they tell you to do in your “idle time” (complete oxymoron, regarding increasing cognition). I’m going to shatter some of that stuff you’ve previously heard about brain training games. Here goes: They don’t work. Individual brain training games don’t make you smarter—they make you more proficient at the brain training games.
Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.
And when it comes to your brain, it’s full of benefits, too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help with memory loss as you age and destroy bad bacteria that hangs out in your gut. (5) Get your dose of coconut oil in this Baked Grouper with Coconut Cilantro Sauce or Coconut Crust Pizza.
You are already using all of your brain to survive. You are referring to improving your intellect and critical thinking faculties, which can be done by reading, learning, doing intellectual pursuits, traveling, keeping an open mind, finding out new things every day, more reading, talking to a wide variety of people, attending lectures and seminars, going to college, getting a good job, doing puzzles, exercising often, eating a nutritionally balanced diet and trying to see the better side to things in life.
Contrary to popular belief, creative thinking does not equal “thinking with the right side of your brain”. It involves recruitment from both halves of your brain, not just the right. Creative cognition involves divergent thinking (a wide range of topics/subjects), making remote associations between ideas, switching back and forth between conventional and unconventional thinking (cognitive flexibility), and generating original, novel ideas that are also appropriate to the activity you are doing. In order to do this well, you need both right and left hemispheres working in conjunction with each other.
Drink wine (or grape juice) in moderation. Keeping your alcohol consumption in check is key, since alcohol kills brain cells. But in moderation (around 1 glass a day for women; 2 for men), alcohol may actually improve memory and cognition. Red wine appears to be the best option, as it is rich in resveratrol, a flavonoid that boosts blood flow in the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Other resveratrol-packed options include grape juice, cranberry juice, fresh grapes and berries, and peanuts.
Equally important: When it comes to Alzheimer’s, there’s compelling evidence that prevention is the first and best line of defense. Study after study suggests that healthy lifestyle choices help keep the disease at bay and may prevent or delay the onset of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the form of memory loss that has been found to increase the risk of developing full-blown Alzheimer’s.
One of my favorite ways of studying in college was to explain complex concepts to my friends. Every morning, my roommate and I would walk together to our respective 10 A.M. classes. On Monday mornings, I would use our ten minute walk to “teach” my roommate the ideas or skills I had learned the previous week as a way to refresh my own understanding in preparation for a weekly quiz. Luckily, I had a patient friend who was happy to be the recipient of my mini-lectures!
Next up, I began to try the bugwig protocol, which is basically cottage cheese and flax.  This is also a source of GcMAF, which is all the rage in certain healing circles; particularly the anti vaccine movement.  This also helps to restore the myelin sheath, and beat cancer.  I like this snack, it's healthy, and I think I can feel the effects.  This seemed to boost my creativity, and my ability to think about complex relationships and linking ideas together.

It’s also loaded with vitamin C — in fact, just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels mean that you’ll feel full quickly, too. If you’ve only chowed down on overcooked, tasteless broccoli, you’ll love my Crockpot Beef and Broccoli, Creamy Broccoli Soup and Broccoli Pesto Dip — they’ll turn you into a broccoli lover fast!
Everyone tolerates coconut oil differently, so you may have to start slowly and build up to these therapeutic levels. My recommendation is to start with one teaspoon, taken with food in the mornings. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate four tablespoons. Coconut oil is best taken with food, to avoid upsetting your stomach.