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Boost Your Brain

Our brains play a huge part in making us what we are and keeping our brain in excellent condition will give us a head start to success, particularly while studying. Building and maintaining a healthy brain starts with good nutrition, but the process involves so much more than just feeding the brain with food. Modern science tells us the brain isn't static. It changes every day and we can guide the change. It's easy to increase your brainpower. Students of Nitte use these tips to help them prepare better for exams at Nitte (Deemed to be University).

Most of us rarely think about participating in a little brain-training, scientists have been saying that we are stuck with the brain we were born with. Fortunately, with the emergence of new findings, this theory has gone right out of the window.

Enter neuroplasticity — a study that tells us that our minds will change. It implies that if you aren't very sharp in one region, that's fine! You have the ability to "transform" that area of the brain. Just like the physical body, our brain cells require regular exercise to stay on top of the brain game.

One does not have to invest a lot of money or be glued to technology to enhance brain power. Consistency and challenge are both necessary to develop it. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help boost brainpower and help you get the grades you wish while studying at Nitte.

Follow your own rhythm, whether you are a morning person or night owl. Your brain is the most active at that point in time, so try to do all your complex mental work when your brain is at its peak.

Make sure you never skip breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day which helps fuel your brain and give it the nutrition it deserves.

Multi-task when possible. For example, if you are travelling on a bus to work, play some brain games, puzzles, read a book or write something to help boost your brainpower.

Exercise regularly. You could pick anything, be it aerobics, strength training, dancing, going to the gym, yoga or any sort of physical activity that keeps your mind active and exercises your brain.

Meditate. Meditation is a great way to improve your concentration, increase your attention span and improve your decision-making process.

Ensure you have a healthy sleep cycle where you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day so that your brain can function to its full capacity.

If you want a healthy brain, incorporating "smart" foods into your regular diet is essential. What you put in your body reaches your bloodstream, flows into your brain and impacts your perception and feelings.

Blueberries, salmon, avocados, cheese, caffeine, dark chocolate, milk, green tea and whole grains are superfoods that help the mind work better.

A group of researchers at Michigan University concluded that walking among trees and nature in contrast to an urban setting can strengthen your short-term memory by 20 per cent.

According to the researchers of the analysis, Nature, packed with fascinating stimuli, gains modest focus in a bottom-up manner, allowing top-down, direct-attention capabilities to be replenished.

Catching insufficient sunlight will not do your brain any good. High vitamin D levels in your body enable you to function better and can even delay your brain's ageing process. Too much sunlight may be harmful to your skin, but your brain functions can weaken if you don't get sufficient sunlight. You can of course still take vitamin D if you find that you are not able go out as much.

This could come as a bit of a shock to everyone, but it is acknowledged that playing Tetris has several beneficial effects on your brain. Trying to play Tetris can improve grey matter in a short time, and may also help with spatially related activities. The most intriguing thing is that playing Tetris will keep the brain from solidifying painful memories after a traumatic incident.

Follow these simple tips in your daily life and give your brain a boost!