April 20, 2022
5 ways to optimise brain performance
Do you want to improve your brain performance? Have a job that requires you to be mentally sharp? Want to make sure you’re always on top of your game? Follow our 5 simple rules for optimising brain performance and stay ahead of those around you.
1. Regular exerciseExercise helps memory and thinking in both direct and indirect ways. Directly, exercise reduces inflammation and stimulates the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. Increased blood flow to the brain has been shown to reduce some of the natural reduction in brain connections that occur during ageing, in effect reversing some of the problems. Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Studies have also shown that regular exercise is linked with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Train your brainUse it or lose it! What we mean by that is the more you use your brain, the better it will perform. It’s like going to the gym to train your biceps. Regular training grows the muscle and causes it to perform better. And the same can be said for your brain. Keep it active with things like reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku - even a daily game of Wordle. Anything that requires focus and keeps your brain active and engaged is beneficial. Scientists have found that brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological "plasticity" and building up a functional reserve that provides a hedge against future cell loss.
3. Nail your nutritionResearch has shown that Mediterranean-style diets are great for brain health. Those that get a good daily dose of fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils (olive oil) and plant sources of proteins are less likely to develop cognitive impairment and dementia.
4. Improve your sleepAccording to the Mayoclinic “Sleep plays an important role in your brain health. There are some theories that sleep helps clear abnormal proteins in your brain and consolidates memories, which boosts your overall memory and brain health.” Lack of sleep also affects a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is key for making new memories. Getting a full night’s sleep can help with problem-solving. Sleep seems to prime the brain for good learning the next day and if you haven’t slept, your ability to learn new things could drop by up to 40%.
5. Take the right supplementsOur pure NAD+ supplement is the ultimate brain performance supplement. It’s based on the same formulation as our revolutionary NAD+ IV therapy and truly optimises your brain’s performance. With Optima Max you can expect improvements in:
- Focus and concentration
- Creative thinking
- Mental clarity