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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Proven Ways to Boost Your Brain & Reverse the Aging Process


Poor Man Survival

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Proven Ways to Boost Your Brain

& Reverse the Aging Process


      I’ve been blessed in that I look 15-20 years younger than my actual age [and probably act even younger] as I take after my later mother who was often mistaken for my sister.  I was also blessed with a splendid mind and was able to read and write prior to entering school and was often encouraged to skip ahead several grades [I did begin teaching college prior to having a degree].


This past year I’ve resurrected some of my early studies in the area of cultural anthropology due in large part because of my observation of how shallow and ill informed so many citizens have become.  I blame much of this on schools where I suspect they now teach youth what to think as opposed to how to think…


In today’s posting I’m sharing some updates on ways to boost your brain and methods to reverse the aging process.  [Much of this ties into my recently published short work for developing a 16 cylinder mind, - for which I was awarded an honorary Ph.D].


Whether you're trying to jump-start your brain to do better on tomorrow's test, or you simply want to do your best to avoid diseases that attack your brain, there are some definite ways to boost your brainpower.


For starters, stop comparing yourself to those on social media which often trigger self-doubt and insecurity – all of which sap your brain of confidence and often of its emotional agility…begin by writing your own story and follow up by using these natural boosters.



Fish Oil protects the brain from a buildup of betaamyloid [a protein linked to Alzheimer’s], say scientists at the University of Macau in China.  In their study, the brains of mice that received fish oil were able clear beta-amyloid twice as fast mice that didn’t get the fish oil.  The authors say omega-3 fatty acids may improve the efficiency of the glymphatic system, a series of pathways that remove brain waste.  Experts advise taking 1,000 mg of fish oil a day.


Surefire Strategy for Learning Anything Faster


As you work toward memorizing the words to a new song or talking points for a presentation, it is better to head to bed on time to squeeze in an extra hour of prep time.  [Tip:  I used to record my speeches and play them back at night while sleeping].  Researchers in the Journal of Psychological Science had people study different translations of words – one group crammed all day; the others went to bed and had a refresher session the next morning.  The results:  People who hit the hay in between studying significantly outperformed their counterparts at both the one-week and six-month follow-up tests.  The study authors say sleep allows the brain to store fresh content more efficiently so you remember it better.


Easy Memory Booster


If you keep forgetting to grab clothes for the dry cleaner’s, place an attention-getting object like colorful scarf near your front door.  New research in the journal Psychological Science reported a 76 percent improvement in people’s memories for to-do’s when they used a strategically placed item to trigger recall.  [I create similar triggers to recall the names of people – ‘Wild Bill Hickock’ for example to recall the name ‘Bill’].


Another 40 percent increase in coupon usage when the designated cue, a green alien, was propped up at the register at a grocery store.  When I advised marketers at retail outlets, we found active window displays always pulled shoppers in versus static displays.  Flashy reminders work because they stand out where you need to take action.  Once during a holiday sale we whited out an entire show window except for a large circle.  Above the circle we placed a sign which read “FOR MEN ONLY.”  Inside was a display of power tools. A huge line, mostly comprised of women, stood outside the window to peer inside.  This little bit of creativity sparked a lot of good humored word-of-mouth publicity for my hardware store client and planted a strong memory in those customers.

Drink green tea. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that drinking 5 or more cups of green tea each day can lower the possibility of psychological distress by as much as 20%.  It can also give you a good boost, like caffeine, to help keep your brain going all day.


Get enough sleep. When you aren't getting enough sleep, everything that your brain does is worsened because of it. So creativity, thinking, cognitive functioning, problem solving, memory, all these are tied to getting enough sleep. Sleep is especially necessary for memory functions, so make sure you're getting to the deeper stages of sleep to allow for memory processing.

>Turn off any electronics at least 30 minutes before going to bed. That means cell phones, computer, iPod, etc. Otherwise your brain will be over-stimulated as you're trying to sleep and you'll have greater difficulty in falling asleep and getting to the necessary stages of sleep.



Longevity Researchers Have Discovered Simple Strategies to Revitalize Your DNA


We all know people who look ten years younger than their true age and those who look older than their true age [often, those who addicted to drugs and alcohol show the worst signs of aging].  Is there anything we can do to slow the aging process?  Yes, asserts neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., author of The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.

The key to staying young: taking steps to lengthen telomeres – strands of DNA on the ends of the chromosomes that determine how quickly we age.  Some of the best ways to reverse that aging process include:


·         The Best food: Eating these fish-Internal inflammation creates oxidative stress that damages telomeres, contributing to heart disease, diabetes, and more.  Enjoy such foods rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, like salmon and tuna, two to four times a week.  You can also use supplements with at least 1,000 mg.

·         Staying active has been shown to reduce telomere loss by 75% - recent findings suggest getting 45 minutes of moderate exercise such as walking three times a week for three months doubled the production of telomerase, an enzyme that adds DNA back to chromosomes during division.  Even better:  doing shorter bursts of intense walks, which raises the amount of oxygen used, then stroll for 3 minutes, repeat 4 times.

·         The best supplement: B-complex…One in eight women, for example, have high blood levels of homocysteine.  Taking a B-complex vitamin can lower homocysteine levels and lengthen telomeres.  Many people, myself included, have found it also increases their energy levels.  Before starting any kind of supplement program, especially if you are taking prescribed medications, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first.


Finally, take the time to enjoy life and perhaps learn something new, take up an enjoyable hobby or travel, listen to different kind of music, visit a museum, view a movie of a different genre than you normally do…


Yours for better living,

Bruce , the Poor Man

A Final Note…

You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use It and Reawaken the Genius Inside You!


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DAR said...

This sounds like a 'no brainer' to me! LOL

1111111111111111111111111 said...

From what we've seen on TV about CA college campus kids-they could use some brain boosting...seems the specialize in breeding morons!