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Increase your IQ ~ Easy as One, Two, Three !

Hi Folks,
After an exhilarating workout in the park, relaxed with some Qigong and Tai Chi.

Later, our group met for some morning tea with breakfast.

Of course, we got to chatting right away.

The topic was on how to improve our IQ, especially us “Young at Heart” folks   😉

Here’s more …

Continuously increasing our IQ is a goal for every person who
wants to succeed in life. Most of the leading positions and high
paying jobs are occupied by capable persons, with incredibly high IQ’s.

The reason for this is simple: the higher your IQ is, the smarter you are
and thus, the better equipped you are to pursue your goals. So, if you are
dreaming about becoming an important person, get out of that reverie state and
start improving your intelligence so that you can compete with others
who want the same things you want!

There are many things which you can do in order to increase your IQ
and make your brain work faster and more efficiently.

Number one on the list is sleep. Most modern people have problems
with sleep: whether they do not get enough of it or its quality is very low.

This problem also affects the way in which the brain functions, so it is highly
necessary that you solve your sleep issues if you want your intellectual
capabilities to improve.

Second , include meditation in your daily routine. This will maintain your brain
focus and will increase its capacity of storing new information.

Other techniques of relaxation are also welcomed..
The more relaxed you are, the more your brain will be
ready to cooperate.

The third way in which you can improve your intelligence is by reading extensively.
This will improve your vocabulary and will challenge your brain to penetrate a
world with which it is not familiar.

Thus, the imagination is stimulated.

No matter what types of books you read, it is recommended that you take just short breaks
between your readings, so that you are always pushing your brain into learning while  increasing
its capacities more and more. It’s as easy as just picking up a good book and start reading.

Last, but not least, it is highly important to include in your daily health habit food which will
stimulate your brain while helping  it to accumulate more and more information.

Now, here are a few natural foods and herbs to help that brain of yours.

Fish and Fish oils. The type of fat we eat is very important for a healthy performance brain. 60% of the brain’s solid matter is composed of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats found in cold-water fish make up a large portion of the communicating membranes of the brain. Brain cells must constantly refresh themselves with a new supply of fatty acids.

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Ginkgo Biloba has been found to increase circulation and oxygen delivery to the brain. But it also appears to have strong antioxidant powers, protecting brain cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.

Ginkgo-Biloba tree leaves

Ginkgo-Biloba tree leaves

Eggs The incredible edible egg appears to do incredulous things for your brain. Whole eggs are not only high in protein, and low in calories, but they are also rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. B vitamins may help prevent inflammation and aid in the new brain cell development. Look for eggs such as Eggland’s Best Eggs, or other “higher” omega-3 fatty acids eggs (they even taste better). Recommendation: 4 whole eggs per week.

Free Range Eggs

Free Range Eggs

Tomatoes. There is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells, which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Grapefruits are a rich source of Vitamins A, B1 and C, which help to neutralize the acidic effects of food, which are harmful to the nerve system. One feels refreshed and alert if consume regularly. Oranges and lemons achieve the same effects too.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Seeds. Like nuts, many seeds and nuts can boost your mood and brainpower. Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, an important amino acid that the brain converts to seratonin, which is a natural way to relieve mild depression and insomnia. Additionally, sunflower seeds are high in thiamine, an important B vitamin, which increases memory and cognitive function.

Seeds

Seeds

Nuts. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.

Nuts

Nuts

Sage. Sage has long had a reputation for improving memory and although most studies focus on sage as an essential oil, it could be worth adding fresh sage to your diet, too.  Such as in salad or even with meat dishes.

Grow your own Sage

Grow your own Sage

Chocolate: Last (and arguably least beneficial) is cocoa beans, which contain the flavanol epicatechin and antioxidants. Dark chocolate is best, and avoid candy bars with lots of added sugars. Also, recent research suggests that chocolate can improve memory. You can even enjoy it at some spas now or just enjoy some hot coco or chocolate bar. That chocolate spa looks intriguing  😉

Enjoy that Dark Chocolate

Enjoy that Dark Chocolate

So enjoy these fun AND delicious ways to a better IQ  as well as a Boundrylessly Healthy Life !!

See Green for Summer time Health ~

Drink Green Tea for Health

Drink Green Tea for Health

Hey folks !

If you’re like me, enjoy summer time with the fresh fruits, outdoor activities and…..

Staying health too !

So here’s one of my favorite beverages in summer or anytime …

Especially if you’ve been looking to help keep off stubborn fat while getting lean muscle, then it’s time to take a good look at your nutrition plan.

However … Nothing will beat a well-rounded diet when it comes to changing your body composition as well as improving how you feel. In this quest for less fat with improved health, one factor that many overlook is the beverages that they’re consuming on a regular basis.

Not only should you be looking at the ones that you should remove from your diet plan, but you’ll also want to consider the ones that deserve a place on your diet.

One of the best is green tea. If you want to boost your nutrition intake, green tea is an essential beverage to be taken in daily.

Healthy Meal Plans - Green Tea

Let’s look at what green tea is all about so that you don’t miss out on what it has to offer.

So what is Green Tea Exactly?

Green tea is a beverage that’s made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and originates from China.  It’s a very pure tea with little to no processing and has been shown to offer numerous health benefits to the body.

This tea has been consumed for many years by all the countries throughout Asia and now North Americans are also starting to realize just how powerful it is to be adding to their diet regime.

So why Green Tea Is Effective For Improving Nutrition?

So what makes green tea so powerful for improving your nutrition? First, green tea has been proven to help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Those who consume it on a daily basis show decreased occurrences of both of these diseases, so if that is at all a concern for you, it’s something to take seriously.

In addition to that, green tea contains certain polyphenols that will help to stimulate the rate of calorie burning in the body, increasing your metabolic rate by about 4%.  While this may seem minimal, over time it can add up and help to add to the weight loss results you see while still building lean muscle tissue.

Plus, it does this without any increase to your heart rate, so is a much safer option than some of the drugs that are out there.

Finally, green tea contains a number of flavonoids that will help to boost your overall health by reducing the amount of oxidative damage that you experience.

When To Drink Green Tea For Maximum Results …

So now that you can see the benefits to having this in your diet, when should you be including it in?  For best results, consume your green tea first thing in the morning as well as a couple more times throughout the day.

As it does contain a small amount of caffeine, avoid drinking it too close to bed time or it may interfere with the process of sleep. For me that means finish drinking my tea by 4 p.m.

So there you have the low-down on green tea.

Is green tea part of your daily nutrition?

Do you have a favorite brand?

Please share and let us know…

Here’s to enjoying a Boundrylessly Healthy Summer one cup at a time ~