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There seems to be a common thought that intelligence is inherent and can’t be changed — that you have a certain level of intelligence and that’s the end of it.

“He’s clever, I’m not, and that’s just the way it is…”

This is absolutely untrue!

The Human Brain’s Capable of Wondrous Things

Most of us are 100% capable of improving ourselves in countless ways — one of them being intelligence. It’d be a terrible thing to test yourself at the age of 17 with an IQ test, receive a score of 100, and if anyone asks, even years later, you tell them just that — “my IQ is 100” — as if there’s no chance that it’ll ever change.

IQ can be improved! It just takes a little effort.

For example, imagine someone asked you and your friend the math question “what’s 321 x 5” and your friend answered within a few seconds, “1,605!”

Does this mean you’re not as intelligent?

Not at all. In fact, you may be more intelligent than the other person, it’s just that they know how to work the answer out. They know of an easy way to multiply numbers by five.

The strategy’s this: multiply the number by 10, then divide by two. So you just add a zero to the original number, then divide by two! This goes to show that learning the correct thinking strategies can increase your IQ. It’s just a case of finding new ways of thinking that you’ve never thought of before.

Tip to Boost Brain Power #1 ~ Exercise

Exercise can improve brain power instantly.

According to John Medina, a human brain development expert, aerobic exercise has been proven to increase cognitive function. The increased oxygen into the brain increases mental sharpness. Regular exercise will enhance brain function and memory retention.

In fact, even 60 seconds of exercise can help. Try 10 push ups, or jog on the spot for one minute to feel the benefits. You’ll notice that you’ve become more alert and feel less stressed almost instantly.

Tip to Boost Brain Power #2 ~ Sleep

It may seem more productive to work more and sleep less, but the lack of sleep can be damaging to cognitive ability.

Napping in the afternoon can work wonders, too. You know that time, just after lunch where you feel so lethargic that you could quite happily fall asleep on the spot? Well, your body is trying to tell you something!

Taking just a 20-minute nap can improve brain power by up to 30%!

Tip to Boost Brain Power #3 ~ Food

Your diet can have an impact on brainpower and thinking ability.

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, blueberries, leafy greens, and green tea or coffee can help reduce free radicals and enhance brain health. Drinking more pure water throughout the day will also help. Dehydration will reduce oxygen to the brain and can cause mental fatigue.

It may sometimes be difficult to obtain all these brain-healthy nutrients within your normal diet. That’s where taking supplements can help. Omega-3 oils, Ginkgo biloba, and ginseng have all been related to improvements in concentration, sharper memory, and reduction of brain aging.

What You Should Take Away

It’s good to remember that our intelligence isn’t always down to genetics.

Your IQ level isn’t stuck at the same level for your entire life. Intelligence can be improved. It just takes a little effort and persistence — being willing to know how and where to learn new ways of thinking.

 Photo Credit: Becca Tapert,