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5 Easy Brain and Memory Boosters

5 Easy Brain and Memory Boosters

If you’re like most folks I know, life puts a lot of demands on your time and attention. So when a simple trick carries a big payoff, I figure you should know about it. Especially when it comes to keeping your mind sharp. That’s why I’m sharing these 5 easy brain and memory boosters with you today.

Brain Booster #1 – Learn a New Language

Swiss scientists have discovered learning a new language thickens an area of the brain linked to memory and thought.1 You might call it “building mental muscle.” This is a good way to combat the brain shrinkage that usually occurs as you age. Plus, a new language opens up new vistas for travel and adventure.

Whether you take a formal course, use a recorded program, or just practice out of a book, it’s a great way to keep your mind nimble.

Brain Booster #2 – Take Regular Naps

Napping for as little as 10 minutes can help clear your mind and make you more alert. A 30-minute nap may leave you feeling a groggy for a bit, but it can help reverse the effects of poor sleep on your hormones. And 60-minute naps can keep you sharper and more alert for up to 10 hours.2

If you generally sleep well, try taking 20-minute “power naps” in the early to mid-afternoon. That’s when most people start feeling a little dragged out. Chances are you’ll feel clearer and sharper for the rest of the day.

Brain Booster #3 – Get Moving

“Plasticity” is your brain’s ability to change and adapt with experience. When you were young, your brain was very “plastic.” Over time, though, our brains lose some of this ability. But a small study published in Current Biology found exercise boosts the plasticity of your brain.3

Promoting greater plasticity should also promote better memory and learning. Enjoying 20 – 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 3 times a week is a good starting point.

Brain Booster #4 – Cut the Stress

A New York study of 507 volunteers recently linked higher levels of stress with a greater risk of memory problems. Over 3.6 years, mature adults reporting less stress were far less likely to develop problems with their memories.

Meditation, Tai chi, physical activity, and nutritional supplements – such as passionflower and B vitamins – can all help ease your stress levels.

Brain Booster #5 – Try Mushroom Power

Chinese herbalists have a special reverence for mushrooms. They ascribe almost magical powers to some. And Western medicine is finally starting to catch up with what these herbalists have known for centuries.

Hericium erinaceus – or lion’s mane, as it’s sometimes known – has recently gotten serious attention for its memory-defending power. In one study, people as old as 80 saw improvements in memory after taking lion’s mane for just a few weeks. And the improvements continued throughout the study.5

Fortunately, you won’t have to scour the forests for this elusive herb. It’s available in a handful of advanced memory supplements. You can find it at in our own memory booster…. Lion’s Mane.

Yours in continued Good Health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 Dovey, D., “How Learning A New Language Changes Your Brain And Your Perception,” Medical Daily.  Nov 24, 2015.

2 Borreli, L., “Nap Time: Studies Show Afternoon Naps Help Improve Emotional Health, Memory,” Medical Daily. Jan 13, 2016.

3 “Physical activity may leave the brain more open to change,” ScienceDaily. Dec 7, 2015.

4 Blaszczak-Boxe, A., “Stress May Raise Risk of Memory Problems in Older People,” LiveScience. Dec 14, 2015

5 Mori, K., et al, “Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial,” Phytother Res. Mar 2009; 23(3): 367-372.

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