Better Brain Functioning by… Web Surfing?

by on March 29th, 2010 at 7:00 am

While many of us have heard of doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other ‘mind games’ to maintain and enhance cognitive skills, this next suggestion may come as a surprise…

A recent study from UCLA suggests that just one week of surfing the Internet stimulated the points in the brain responsible for controlling decision-making and complex reasoning in middle-aged and older adults who had little Internet experience.

The research showed that searching online could serve as a basic brain exercise with benefits of boosting cognition, as it requires holding information in the brain’s working memory and distinguishing important from trivial messages from pictures and words. The findings explain that Internet use could therefore enhance brain functioning, processing and encoding of information through stimulation of neural activity patterns.

While surfing the web shouldn’t be relied on as a sole source of brain exercise, research shows it certainly can’t hurt! With age, the brain encounters various structural and functional changes, including atrophy and reduction in cell activity – both of which can affect functioning and memory. In addition, the brain is susceptible to various diseases and conditions, as well as environmental, psychological, and emotional factors that can all impact our memory and ability to create, retain and recall memories.

Other Brain & Memory Boosters

Simple changes in diet, sleep, and exercise can be helpful memory improvement techniques. Spinach, carrots, almonds and oranges have all been known to help boost the memory. Exercise is important on a daily basis, and for some elderly individuals, yogic breathing can also stimulate the brain and provide some of the same beneficial effects.

There are many ways to improve memory through natural remedies, many of which aim to improve blood flow and circulation, providing the brain with the oxygen it needs to stay sharp. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can help maintain harmony, health, and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without side effects or sedation. Herbal ginkgo biloba, rosemary, sage, Gotu Kola and homeopathic kali phos (6X), Nat mur (6X), Calc phos (6X) have all been shown to support brain functioning.

So go ahead and surf the web, and don’t forget the basics of holistic health for ultimate brain power!

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