Can Taking a Pill Really Boost Brain Power? Making Changes that Count
In the movie Limitless, the main character Eddie Morra, played by Bradley Cooper is going nowhere fast. He’s a writer out of ideas and his relationship with his girlfriend is quickly approaching its expiration date. As you may expect, he’s depressed and feeling pretty hopeless.
But all that changes when he runs into an old friend who offers him a drug that enhances his mental abilities and changes his life completely. For the first time, he is able to access every part of his brain and what happens is nothing short of amazing. Of course, you’ll have to see the movie to fully understand.
That movie had a lot of us wondering if there really was a way we could enhance our own brain power. Although the movie took the idea to the extreme, it wasn’t totally off the mark.
Several studies have had promising results in showing that we can, in fact, improve our own brain power. Lifestyle changes along with using a compound called nootropics, which can be synthetic, meaning created in the lab, or herbal supplements such as ginseng and ginkgo biloba, nootropics work to increase mental performance.
The best place to start, however, is with improving our diets and getting enough exercise and nutritious foods such as plenty of fruits and vegetables and healthy fats such as salmon.
What You Can Do
Start with your lifestyle. Breaking bad habits and increasing good ones can make a big difference in how you feel, and you may realize that your memory is sharpening and you’re becoming less forgetful. Adding vitamins and supplements where you may be deficient can enhance overall health and help to increase memory and boost your mood.
You can also start playing brain games such as crossword puzzles, sudoku, chess and Lumosity to help with memory and concentration. The best part is that you are improving your memory and having fun as well.
Enjoy getting out to socialize. Studies show that having a social life can increase happiness and is beneficial for overall health.
Spend time outdoors. There is nothing like being out in the fresh air enjoying nature. Going for walks on the beach, hiking a trail or sitting in a garden does a lot to improve your outlook on life.
It would be great if we could pop a pill and have unlimited access to our brain power, but the reality is that it will take a combination of good habits and proactive behaviors to see improvement. The great part is that you have the ability to be at your best, starting today!
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Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.