How To Preserve And Increase Your IQ
A large majority of the population wishes that they were richer, smarter, or better looking because it’s only human to want more than you have. Fortunately, if you find yourself often wishing that you were smarter, there are ways to achieve that and you won’t even have to pay a very expensive visit to a plastic surgeon or invest in a new business idea for that either! Having said that, while we cannot all be the most talented person in the world, dedication and intelligent pursuit of our goals can help us achieve incredible feats, even though it may seem impossible at first.
Here are four proven ways that can increase your IQ, and we are talking about actual measurable intelligence quotient here, not knowledge or wisdom.
Exercise Your Mind Every Day
Just like your body gets stronger with physical training, so does the brain. Employ a number of mental exercises in your list of daily activities to see a change in your intelligence after a while. Note that this isn’t the same as keeping your mind sharp through occasional sudoku, but actually exercising those brain cells ritualistically every day to see a marked improvement in your IQ over time. Check out some of the activities and games to try below.
- Play Dual N-Back, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku
- Learn a new language
- Learn to play a new musical instrument
- Try to recollect recent activities with precision
- Take up mathematics as a hobby
Watch What You Drink, Snort, or Smoke
Admittedly, this is a way to keep you from losing the intelligence you already have rather than increasing it, but none of the methods will be of any use if you keep abusing alcohol and/or other addictive substances. For example, continuous heavy drinking can significantly impair our cognitive functions, and over time, the brain damage can even become severe and permanent. It also botches up our sleep routine, which is the single most important activity for making and preserving new memories.
Exercise Your Body
Although it might feel like it, this is not a secret ploy to get you to start exercising because physical exercise can and does improve our cognitive functions. Consider the fact that sprinting actually boosts your memory, which is a very important part of human intelligence. You don’t really have to spend too much time in the gym really, just 20 – 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise should be enough to oxygenate your brain by increasing blood flow.
This is a controversial topic because smart drugs are not always legal, depending on which ones we are talking about and where you live. Nevertheless, some of them do work, but they can and probably will have side-effects. For example, piracetam and just about any other racetam can improve your actual intelligence over time, but it may have a significant impact on your mood. On the other hand, modafinil is extremely potent for keeping people alert, but in higher doses, the drug can cause severe anxiety, sleeplessness, restlessness and a number of other physical and mental complications.
Keep in mind that while the methods you just read have been proven to be effective, there is a limit to what they can do for you. Sad as it may be, we are ultimately limited by our genetics.