Good Food Boosts Your Brainpower

Good Food Boosts Your Brainpower

Your brain works better if you eat good food

I have already posted a series of articles about how exercise boosts your brainpower. Now I will begin posting articles about how good food boosts your brainpower and will talk about different foods, supplements, and timing of meals and how they affect your brainpower, so put down that bag of Cheetos and get ready to learn something new!

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Exercise Floods Your Brain With an Intelligence-Boosting Elixir

Exercise Floods Your Brain With an Intelligence-Boosting Elixir

Exercise floods your brain with molecules that help you think better

This is the last of the four articles I will be writing in my “Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower” foundational series. These foundational articles are for those of you who want to understand why exercise boosts brainpower. The other three articles about Vascularization, Neurogenesis and Cell Power described how exercise increases the density of blood vessels in your brain, increases the number of new brain cells you make every day, and increases the amount of power each brain cell has, respectively. If you haven’t read them, I would highly recommend you do because understanding why exercise boosts your brainpower always improves motivation for wanting to exercise. I will still be writing more articles about exercise and the brain, including articles about actual scientific studies and what kind of exercise you should do, but these four foundational articles will help you understand the why behind exercise.

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Brain Improvement: Exercise Gives Your Cells More Power (add grunts here)

Brain Improvement: Exercise Gives Your Cells More Power (add grunts here)

Exercise Literally makes your brain cells more powerful by increasing their number of mitochondria
In my article about Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower: Vascularization I told you that exercise increases the density of blood vessels in your brain, which helps get more oxygen and nutrients to your brain cells and keeps them alive longer, and in my article about Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower: Neurogenesis I told you that exercise increases the number of newly-formed neurons in your brain by as much as 200%. These two findings are obviously reason enough to start exercising if you want to maximize your brainpower, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! (Yes, this is a brainpower infomercial) Exercise also makes your existing brain cells more powerful! How does it do this you ask? By increasing the number of mitochondria in them.

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Want 200% More Brain Cells? Try Exercising.

Want 200% More Brain Cells? Try Exercising.

Exercise helps you make more brain cells
Old Dog New Tricks
In the article about exercise improving your cardiovascular system I told you that thousands of your brain cells die every day because they don’t the get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay alive. What I haven’t told you is that your brain can potentially make thousands of new neurons every day, a process called neurogenesis, to replace the ones that die. I’ll bet you didn’t know that your brain makes thousands of new brain cells every day throughout your entire life. It’s true! Way back in 1962 an MIT scientist named Joseph Altman published this truly groundbreaking article in the journal Science showing what he believed be newly-formed neurons in adult rats. Until that point it was assumed that new neurons were only made in the early stages of a young mammal’s life. However, his work wasn’t looked at too seriously at the time, and it took until the 1990s before scientists really began looking into this area of research again. Since then Altman’s work has been shown to be completely true – even eldery adult mammals produce new neurons every day1! And these newly-formed neurons migrate and are incorporated into different areas of your existing network of brain cells. So the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” can finally be laid to rest because it’s a bunch of hogwash. The only catch is that not all of these new neurons survive. In fact, the majority of them die within the first week. But, there is something you can do to increase the number of new neurons being produced by your brain and also keep them alive. You guessed it – exercise! Let me tell you a story about some mice:

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Exercise Makes Your Body Stronger and Your Brain Smarter

Exercise Makes Your Body Stronger and Your Brain Smarter

Exercise tells your brain to increase the density of blood vessels and help your brain cells get more oxygen and nutrients

Have you ever noticed that people who exercise a lot tend to have more energy and move around more quickly than people who don’t? Whether they’re out for a walk, grocery shopping, or browsing the romance novels at Barnes and Noble, they always seem to be moving around in a world that’s about a half speed faster than everyone else. It’s kind of like watching a mound full of mongooses – even though the next burrow is only a half step away they act like it might suddently disappear if they don’t move at warp speed: “THE PORTAL IS CLOSING, HURRY!!! Oh wait, never mind”. And the older people get the bigger the difference between exercisers and non-exercisers seems to grow. I have a lot of senior citizen friends and the ones who stay active and exercise are still more spritely and lucid than Tinkerbell with pixy-dust-a-plenty. Even when you’re having a conversation with an avid exerciser you can feel the intensity behind their thoughts, and it seems like it takes great effort for them to wait around for you to answer. It’s like they’re running high-octane unleaded when everyone else is fueled by regular. Read the next two paragraphs and you’ll understand why they’re like that.

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