IDEAS: Five Ways to Preserve and Enhance Brain-Mind Power

Careful thinking and remembering have always come easy for me; so I’ve always taken my clear mind and good memory for granted. In fact, I pride myself on thinking and speaking in a clear, concise, and cogent manner. Yet as I have gotten older I am increasingly aware of the need to work at preserving and enhancing my God-given cognitive faculties.

Several years ago I suffered a near-fatal bacterial infection that compromised my lungs and brain. By God’s grace I fully recovered, but that illness helped me appreciate anew the importance of my brain-mind relationship (Christians have historically affirmed that man is a union of body and soul).

With God’s help, I am attempting to incorporate the five points mentioned below into my life (leave it to a Calvinist to have “five points”). I hope these strategies for brain-mind enhancement encourage you to consider how to care for and maintain your own intellectual strength.

I-D-E-A-S

I = Intellect (engage in stimulating intellectual activity such as challenging reading, language skills, etc.)

D = Drugs (realize that drugs—both legal and, of course, illegal—and alcohol can impair thinking)

E = Exercise (rigorous physical activity contributes to a healthy heart and brain)

A = Appetite (a balanced diet also maintains a healthy heart and brain)

S = Sleep (adequate sleep refreshes and clears the mind)

Ideas change the world and, metaphorically speaking, these IDEAS can change one’s intellectual life. For a more in-depth treatment of these five points, see this previous Reflections post: http://reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/logic-101-part-4-of-12/.

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