What is it that some people can concentrate better than others? And what can you actually do yourself to improve your memory? Can you possibly train your memory? And can you perform even better mentally with food? I wonder it all and want to know exactly. Why? I recently started a course and naturally want to finish it with good grades next year. In this blog I will look for ways in which you can take good care of your brain without using some of the best nootropic supplements! In this blog I will share some tips for a better brain.
Breathe in as few toxins as possible
Neurotoxins (these are substances that are harmful to the brain) are found everywhere. Heavy metals such as lead for example (in some old buildings still used in paint, in solvents, weed killers, cleaning agents, etc.). One of the first things one notices in people who have been in contact with such toxins for a long time is a deterioration of memory.
Carbon monoxide (which is released with malfunctioning heating or hot water appliances, but which is also present in exhaust gases, cigarette smoke, etc.) can also compromise the functioning of the brain because it takes the place of the oxygen in the red blood cells. Carbon monoxide can cause damage to the hippocampus and thus limit the ability to transfer elements from the short-term memory to the long-term memory.
Stay in control of stress
Stress exerts a negative influence on our brains and in particular on our memory. Among other things, it inhibits the production of new brain cells in the hippocampus. The stress hormone cortisol is known as an enemy of the hippocampus and consequently of the memory and the ability of the brain to learn new things.
To be able to remember something, our brain must be receptive to it because only then can new information be stored in it. That means that you give it the necessary attention and you are not busy with other things in your mind. For example, those who are anxious or depressed are not open to recording new information. If you suffer from depressive feelings, seek professional help before you worry about your memory. Don’t just grab pills.
As we get older, the number of receptors for the neurotransmitter dopamine at the level of the synapses between the brain cells decreases. This messenger molecule, which is strongly related to our feelings, is mainly active in the frontal lobes. A reduced dopamine activity makes people less inhibited, they flap things out easier. Attention is also regulated from this brain area, some people seem more often absent.
We can try to curb the reduced dopamine activity by doing more pleasant things more often: watching a humorous film, reading a nice book, having fun with friends, … It is a huge joy and your memory benefits!