You might think that some people are just born more brainy than others but actually, there’s a lot we can all do to improve our brainpower and hence our intelligence. While there is a strong genetic component to intelligence, research shows that IQ is more a result of the way your genes interact with your environment. Therefore, intelligence can be nurtured and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time with your nose buried in a book, memorising facts, either! There are lots of ways to stimulate your brain and here are some recommendations:
• Watch less TV – despite the promises of the best art house films or the most educational documentaries, watching TV doesn’t use your mental ...view middle of the document...
Short naps during the day can also do wonders for recharging the brain.
• Use your nose – your olfactory senses are one of the first to develop and one of the most strongly linked with mental processes. We all know the way smells can trigger a memory more sharply than sights or sounds. Similarly, inhaling certain scents can have a stimulating effect on the brain, perking you up while others can have a calming, sedating effect. Rosemary is a popular recommendation for waking up the brain. Although research is still needed to prove its effects, this is one safe trick that’s worth a try.
• Become a writer – you don’t have to try and pen the next best-selling novel but writing is good for your mind in several ways: it helps to clarify your thinking, it can be a way of exercising your analytical thinking or creativity and it is an excellent way to imprint things on your memory. It doesn’t have to be long essays – little daily notes, personal diaries, poetry and ideas are all good ways to boost your IQ.
• Enjoy some music – while there is some claim that classical music, especially Mozart, can stimulate IQ in students, particularly with regards to spatial intelligence, recent research shows little support for this theory. However, there is no doubt that music – in any form – can stimulate your brain and your creativity. Just pick something, with a good rhythm and beat, which you enjoy and feel fired up by. Even better, dance around to the beat and let physical expression enhance your mental abilities even more.
• Eat carbohydrates – yes, forget the trendy diets. Complex carbohydrates are not only good for you, they are essential in providing energy to the brain, particularly as they are slowly digested and so keep blood sugar levels steady. Good foods for the brain include:...