9 Ways to Increase Your IQ by Growing Grey Matter in the BRAIN

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

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The Grey Matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain is best known for its association with learning skills and memory capabilities, but it is also known for its connection to self-awareness, compassion and introspection. Basic activities done regularly in only a few weeks of time can increase your IQ and help you to feel more psychologically and physically at peace.

The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain can change and reorganize itself, is revolutionizing the treatment of stroke patients, chronic pain sufferers, those with neurological disorders and by helping to ward off cognitive decline due to age-related issues.

Whether you are looking to increase your brain functioning or preserve your cognitive abilities, here are some activities to consider adding to your weekly routine to increase grey matter:

1) Embrace the Idea that the Brain Can Grow – This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it needs to be said. Children and young adults have the ability to learn skills faster and this often keeps adults from attempting more difficult feats. You are capable of learning a new language or learning to play an instrument in your older age. You are capable of evolving your behavioral habits. It begins with changing your mindset.

2) Meditation – Studies have shown mediation, particularly compassion mediation, increases neural activity and grey matter thickness. Meditation also puts you in beneficial brainwave patterns – alpha, theta, delta – a myriad of benefits manifest including super creativity, idea generation, enhanced cognitive abilities and overall intellectual capacity for growth.

3) Play Brain Games – Puzzles and Memory Games like Sudoku or other brain games will activate the mind by forcing us in a focused conscious state. This is the best way to increase grey matter via games.

4) Play Video Games – A recent study at University of Rochester, U.S., confirmed a link between 1st person video games and expanded visual awareness in the real world – a building block for the IQ. The ability to take in visual cues with speed and accuracy is invaluable.

5) Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardiovascular fitness is associated with increased cognitive scores and increased verbal intelligence by 50% according to a study done in Sweden. In contrast, muscle exercise was only weakly associated with intelligence.

6) Proper Nutrition – Food feeds the brain and a lack of the right food & nutrition will lead to lower energy levels which in turn lowers brain activity and eventually mental disorders. Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid is needed for cognitive development. DHA/EPA is required for normal brain health and a lack of can lead to depression. Vitamin C increases mental agility. Vitamin K increases cognitive functioning. Berries containing anthocyanins increase short term memory. Zinc plays an important role in spatial learning and memory.

7) Learn a New Skill – Learning a new skill strengthens connections within the brain and it has the ability to get your mind out of a long time rut. The difficulty of the task is in close to relation to how much the brain will activate.

8) Use Your Imagination – Using your imagination is the same as using your visionary skills. Manifesting something positive into your life requires a lot of brain activity. Constantly using your visionary skills contributes to increased creativity, increased problem solving and idea generation.

9) Relinquish a Bad Habit – Forcing yourself to change a habit, whether it is smoking cigarettes or holding on too tightly to grudges, will help the brain to break down strong negative neural connections while making room for healthy new connections that benefit your brain growth. Weakening unhealthy brain connections is just as important as forming new healthy ones.

3 Easy Steps to Fall Asleep Faster

In the United States, roughly 1 out of every 4 U.S. workers has reported they struggle with a sleep disorder. This ancient technique can help you receive more quality sleep.

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In the United States, roughly 1 out of every 4 U.S. workers has reported they struggle with a sleep disorder. On top of that, over 40 million people say that they battle anxiety regularly. 70 million people have high blood pressure. These are all examples of conditions doctors constantly disagree on, especially when it comes to treatment. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, you can fix the listed health concerns with a simple breathing technique called the 4-7-8 trick.

The theory is by forcing certain breathing techniques on the voluntary nervous system, you can positively boost the involuntary nervous system. People who practice this breathing technique comment that is feels like a mild sedative. The heart rate with slow down, the mind will quiet, and the body will relax. You can use this technique before any stress inducing activity, like stage fright before public speaking, to help calm the nerves.

Ancient Technique for Stress Relief 

This 3-step process comes from ancient Indian teachings associated with yogic breathing. Studies show there is a relationship with over-stressed and anxious people, and people who are chronically under-breathing. In other words, they are taking short and shallow breaths or at times even holding their breath for long intervals without knowing.

By exercising your lungs with the 4-7-8 breathing technique, you are teaching yourself to breathe in a way that is beneficial to your body. With shallow breathing, air can remain in the tissues of the lungs and become stale, keeping fresh oxygen from finding its way into the bloodstream. This affects sleep, stress levels, anxiety, food cravings, mental alertness, energy levels, and mood. If you use this technique twice a day, 4-8 breath cycles at a time, in as little as 8 weeks you can see drastic changes in your body as you start to reverse multiple health concerns associated with lack of sleep and high Stress levels.

Here is a description of how to do this simple breathing technique:

Step 1: Inhale for 4 seconds. This will allow the body to take in more oxygen. In yogic breathing, it is said if you gently press your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your top teeth while inhaling, it increases the body’s energy circuit.

Step 2: Hold your breath for 7 seconds. This step will help the oxygen into the bloodstream. This step is essential for cleansing and detoxifying the lungs.

Step 3: Exhale for 8 seconds. Exhaling emits carbon dioxide from the lungs. Here you should gently force the breath out enough you will hear the air releasing.

Dr. Andrew Weil offers a demonstration of this breathing technique on his website. Remember, this breathing trick can and often will be successful with helping someone sleep in minutes if you are having trouble sleeping due to nerves but normally sleep decently. For people with chronic sleep problems, if the breathing trick doesn’t help the first time around, keep at it! As stated above, the regularity of this deep breathing can help the body with insomnia in time.