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Supercharge Your Memory

Supercharge Your Memory

October 02, 2017

How to Supercharge your Memory

Memory, the process of storing, encoding and retrieving information, something we all wish we could update and upgrade like the technology around us.

The concept of “Memory” is commonly broken down into two main components,
1) Short-term memory or commonly referred to as “Working memory”
2) Long-term memory

The method of storage is based on the type of information at hand and the length of time we retain that information for.

Every second of every day you are analyzing, absorbing, sorting and storing information at a rate you can not even fathom. Every day, your brain has the opportunity to form new neural connections, grow new cells and ultimately “reengineer” itself, this is simply referred to as “neuroplasticity”.
-Neuroplasticity is what enables your brain to constantly change and adapt to both the internal and external environment.

A strong memory is not only dependent on your “intellect” but rather dependent on the health and vitality of your brain. Whether you are a working class individual, athlete or a student, there are multiple tools to not only keep your mind sharp but improve your memory and mental performance!

Thus, the Prime Self team have come up with the top 5 methods to "prime" your mental performance and supercharge your memory!

Brain Food:

“Brain food”, It may sound unrealistic but the truth is foods can have an effect on your memory, both positively and negatively.

A diet rich in the following can have a beneficial impact on your mental performance:

  • Berries, in specific Blueberries: Anthocyanins & resveratrol
  • Avocado: Monounsaturated fats
  • Eggs: Choline 
  • Turmeric: Curcumin
  • Coconut Oil: MCTs 
  • Fish: Omega 3’s 
  • Fruits & Veggies: High in antioxidants & Vitamins
  • Most importantly, keep your brain hydrated!

Physical Exercise:

Exercise is not only beneficial to your Physical Health but to your Mental Health too! Exercise, once again, does not necessarily have to mean spending hours in the gym, simple getting active will do the trick! Take a walk, stretch even do some yoga, just get active! Some exercise will do you wonders overall and includes the following benefits:

  • Increases blood-flow to the brain
  • Increases oxygen in the brain
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Enhance neurochemicals 
  • Increases levels of  brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) 
  • etc

Brain Training:

Exercise for your brain, now how fun does that sound? This works under the same concepts as exercising to train your muscles, brain-training is focused towards mental exercises!

Studies have indicated that those who dabble in “Brain-Training” have the following reported benefits:

  • Improved Memory and Mood 
  • Faster Thinking & Reaction time
  • Enhanced Sensory Perception
  • Improved Motivation and Productivity

Here are a few “Brain exercises” you can implement today:

  • Turn off Auto-pilot (Take a different route home or turn off the GPS)
  • Try Brain-training games (Dual n-back is one of the more popular ones)
  • Never stop learning (Read a book or learn a new language) 
  • Get creative (Draw something from memory)
  • Expand your horizons (Take up a new hobby or just challenge yourself)

Supplements:

Once again we come to Nootropics, the up and coming “all-stars” of the supplement community. If you are still unsure on what Nootropics are and what they can do for you, have a look here.

Nootropics have huge benefits to offer, from enhancing focus, memory and mood to even physical performance.  
-Thus, it's to no surprise that we mention them as another tool to add to your arsenal in aid of Supercharging your Memory.

In this piece however, we'll be referring to a select few nootropics in particular:

  • CDP-Choline: The standard foundation to any nootropic stack, a powerful memory enhancer and the precursor to acetylcholine in your brain. 
  • Lions Mane: The kind of the natural nootropics, with evidence suggesting that is has the ability to permanently enhance brain function and promote neurogenesis.
  • Pramiracetam: Considered to be a “true brain booster” that can improve memory, concentration, and especially focus.
  • Noopept: One of the most powerful nootropics available and well-known for its amazing effects on cognition and abiloity to increase BDNF in the brain. 
  • Bacopa: A natural “brain-tonic” that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to boost brain power and its adaptogenic properties.

Restoration:

Get a good night's rest, allocate some “off time” for your mind and body to recover. More is not always better in this case, but rather the quality! You can find some tips here on how to optimise your sleep for true restoration.

Sleep is possibly one of the most important aspects of this article, sleep has been proven to enhance your memories and improve your ability to think clearly the following day.

Additionally,  

  • Improves cognitive functioning
  • Increases physical/athletic performance
  • Optimises biological functioning
  • Maintains healthy hormone levels
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • etc

Following these few simple steps will ensure you are on the right track to "prime" your mental performance and ultimately supercharge your memory. 



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