5 W’s That Will Make Your Brain Sharp

Written by Dr. Ahmed Zayed
Make Your Brain Sharp

Have you ever tried to relay important information, only to find your mind is totally blank? No matter what, it seems like you just can’t find a way to remember a way to just….remember! Well, you are not alone. Millions of people, both young and old, struggle to find ways to keep memory sharp and strategies to remember important information. Fortunately, the 5 W’s can help keep your Brain sharp and important dates, news, data and information at the forefront of your memory. A sharp brain is good in enhancing learning, critical thinking and assists in making informed decisions

How can I keep my mind sharp?

One can keep his/her mind sharp by taking the right quantity and type of foods, have enough rest and to exercise the brain regularly. Natural foods assists in nourishing the brain and improving mental sharpness and clarity.

How can I make my memory sharp?

One can keep his/her memory sharp by taking memory enhancing supplements, by taking food reach in vitamin, omega 3 fatty acids among other phytonutrients that help to reduce brain aging effects, improve focus and memory recall.

How do you exercise your brain?

One can exercise the brain by testing recall, letting the music to play do some math in the head or try to learn foreign languages. This will not only help in brain exercising but also help in improving mental sharpness or memory recall.

Why Does Memory Fade?

According to researchers at John Hopkins University, memory and mental sharpness tend to fade as we age. Decreasing mental aptitude is a result of degrading pathways to the hippocampus, the area of the brain where memory occurs. Interestingly, the increasing difficulty of storing new information and memories also explains why older people tend to focus on the “good old days”. In fact, as the informational pathway becomes more difficult to access, people tend to rely on the memories already stored – not on storing new memories.

While most people blame a degrading memory on age or stress, there is no reason you have to think it is normal or even accept it. Fortunately, research shows that specific mental exercises, brain foods, and memory devices that are very effective at keeping the “hippocampus highway” wide open and your brain sharp and alert.

Remember to Eat Your Brain Food

Eat Your Brain Food

We tend to focus on eating healthy as a way to maintain our physical health, but we rarely think of eating foods that support brain health. However, the foods you eat – especially foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – are essential in supporting your memory, mental alertness, and overall brain health. These brain healthy foods include:

  • Blueberries
  • Nuts
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
  • Coffee

Work Out Your Brain’s Muscle

Workout Brain

Regardless of age, you are able to train your brain to continuously generate new cells and new connections. Like any muscle in the body, the brain needs regular exercise and challenge to continue growing and functioning at a high level.

Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that maintaining mental sharpness requires participating in frequent and challenging tasks that target areas of the brain rarely used. For example, learning a new language, taking an adult education class, playing a musical instrument, or completing a crossword puzzle all stimulate the creation of new neurological pathways that increase mental capacity and maintain mental function and cognitive function.

Keep Your Brain Sharp With The Five Ws

Keeping your brain healthy is important, but sometimes you just need a way to remember important information. My number one tip for remembering important information and keeping memory sharp is to utilize the 5 Ws. In other words, when important information requires storing in your memory, attach the info to specific questions that you can answer; you can easily achieve this by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Who did that?
  • What happened?
  • When did it take place?
  • Where did it take place?
  • Why did that happen?

The 5 w’s works by providing your brain with “anchors” – or specific words (who, what, when, where, and why) to attach specific information too. While using this tip will require some initial practice – once mastered, your brain will create specific neural paths that use the 5 w’s to quickly and accurately access the important information you decide to attach to them.

So, keep your Brain Sharp and strong and healthy by eating foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, engaging in regular physical and mental exercise, and by unleashing your inner detective by asking who, what, when, where, and why. You can also keep your brain sharp by using a brain enhancement supplement such as Genius Joy. You can also consult your physician to recommend a treatment for brain enhancement.

Author

Contributor : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

This Article Has Been Published on June 13, 2016 and Last Modified on August 17, 2018

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain Shams University. You can connect with him on Linkedin.

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