AUGUST 2014

Brain Function and Exercise

by: Steve Gillman (reading – 7.7. - 13.7.)

Better brain function with exercise? The evidence is clear. Not only can you get long-term benefits for your brain from exercise, but you can boost you brain power in the next ten minutes. Exercise can help your brain work more efficiently and actually make you smarter.

The thinking ability of subjects was tested in one study. After these tests, the subjects ran on a treadmill for thirty minutes. When their hearts returned to normal resting levels they took the follow-up tests. During all tests the subjects were connected to an EEG (electroencephalogram), in order to track their brainwaves.

Researchers found that exercising had increased the speed of their decision-making. It was considered a significant difference (beyond normal statistical variation). They also found that the subjects answered more accurately after the exercise than before.

Participants were between 18 and 24 years old, but researchers think the findings will hold true for other age groups as well.

One study showed that just ten minutes of moderate exercise each day can improve mood and reduce fatigue. Brain function specifically wasn't tested, but it seems likely that less fatigue means better brain power.

Best Exercise For Brain Function?

The research has focused more on the duration of exercise more than on the specific type. Aerobic exercise seems to be the common element in the studies that have shown improvements in brain function, however. It's likely that running, bicycling, swimming, dancing and any other aerobic exercise will have the same effect.

Notice that ten minutes of exercise is apparently enough to have effects on the brain. Also, while most scientists probably expected to find better brain function from long-term exercise programs, the study using treadmills showed an immediate effect. In other words, get up and run around, and you can be smarter ten minutes from now.

Some people find that walking is a great way to boost brain power. There are the aerobic benefits now being proven by recent studies, but there seems to be something more. It may be due to it's rythmic and relaxing nature that many people report their clearest and most creative thinking when walking.

We already knew that exercise was good for sleeping better, a healthier immune system, weight control, and a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Now you can add brain power to that list. Why not take a walk today for better brain function?

About The Author

Steve Gillman has been studying brainpower and related topics for years. For more on How To Increase Brain Power, and to get the Brain Power Newsletter and other free gifts, visit: www.IncreaseBrainPower.com .



The True Art Of Memorization

by: Adam Abderisak (reading – 14.7. - 20.7.)

There are many ways to try to improve your ability to memorize and process information. Unfortunately in our age many have only considered the physical factors affecting it (i.e. lack of healthy food, vitamins etc) although the psychological factors are much greater. First of all, before you even try to memorize anything you should ask yourself why you want to memorize it?

Is it necessary or is it enough to just understand a principle without the need of memorizing it? Secondly, what are your motives behind wanting to memorize this information? You see, having a strong purpose will make your job a lot easier, even if you don't really give it much thought. Having that said, I believe we've covered some of the basics and fundamentals of memorization so let's move on to the actual techniques.

To memorize something, you need to learn the art of association, namely linking one piece of information (the thing you want to remember) with another more explicit piece of information (i.e something you already remember), this will enable you to recall the former without any real need of reflection.

It's here that mnemonics come into the picture. Mnemonics are basically a type of memory aid used in order to memorize different pieces of information, a good example of a mnemonic is the thirty days hath September rhyme which is thought in elementary schools all over the U.S. Albeit, mnemonics do not end there, you could for instance link between pieces of information by rhyme, by alliteration or something of that kind.

Do remember that we all learn in different ways so do not force yourself to adapt to a specific way of learning if it does not fit you. The purpose of your studies is for you to learn not to follow a certain way of learning, right? Having that said, I would like to conclude this article with the following words:

“A successful student forces him/herself to remember.”

About The Author

Adam Abderisak, a.k.a. "Study Coach" is an education instructor and entrepreneur. His latest work is a study guide entitled "Study Guide Pro". Be sure to visit his website to check out some of the most "lethal" study techniques known to man: www.study-habits.com/study-guide.html



The Flora & Fauna Of French Polynesia

by: Peter R Stewart (reading – 21.7. - 27.7.)

French Polynesia is thought of as a real floral paradise, because of the huge number of species due to the diversity of the climate and physical conditions of islands and atolls. There are nearly one thousand native species augmented by the hundreds of species imported by Europeans during the last few centuries.

Polynesian people wear at least one flower behind the ear, or stuck in their hair. They frequently wear a crown of flowers and a garland as well around their neck, called the “Tiare Tahiti” the Tahitian Gardenia, which is snowy white in colour. This is the threaded and plaited garland you may well be given on arrival at Papeete, entwined with the “Maire”, a fern which symbolises Tahiti.

In addition the following flowers are very popular and can be used on garlands, and flower arrangements. The Hibiscus, the Helconias, red ginger and red torch ginger, flamingo flowers, paper flowers, and of course the many orchid varieties. Finally the Temple flower which is actually a little tree.

Additional flowering plants of course includes bougainvillea, oleander, frangipani, pointsettia, and many others.

The mountainous volcanic islands are densely covered in vegetation, dominated by Coconut Palms. There are a number of other interesting trees including the famous ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ breadfruit. In addition papaya, banana, grapefruit, avocado, orange, mandarin, lime and lemon abound, which accounts for the huge amount of fruit that appears at meal times.

The Fauna of French Polynesia in the main is underwater, where the coral, constructed by living creatures is a multitude of colours, from bright yellow to deep purple and reds, taking in neon green and turquoise. The biggest accumulation of fauna is in the lagoons, and not the ocean outside the reefs.

What you will find in the lagoons at night are tiger-sharks, but Gray sharks are very common and Manta rays and giant turtles are not uncommon at all. The richest area is the passes where the tide rushes in and out, and the number of fish who spend all their lives living in the lagoons make snorkelling here very attractive.

All in all the huge variety of flora and fauna are what makes French Polynesia the simply beautiful place.

About The Author

Peter Stewart writes exclusively for www.in-kenyasafari.com as well as www.worldwidevacationspots.com and he has in depth knowledge of the places he writes about.



Two Different Varieties of Wine - Red and White

by: Jonathan JamLeo (reading – 28.7. - 3.8.)

Wine is regarded one of the greatest pleasures in the world. It is one of the most commonly served beverages in the world and has tremendous cultural significance in many countries. People develop entire experiences based on wine, changing the elements of an ordinary day into something special with a simple glass of their favorite brand.

The word wine refers to the processing, fermentation, and production of the grape. Grapes are naturally balanced to ferment on their own without the aid of any enzymes, extra sugars, or chemicals. This brings about the flavor and taste of wine one that is very uninhibited and natural. Other fruits are sometimes added to wine for their fermentation qualities, including black currants and apples. When fruits of this type are used to make wine, it is called an "elderberry" or "apple" wine.

White wine and red wine are the two primary categories of wine. They are then sub-divided into many other subcategories. The types that fall under each umbrella, are typically determined by the type of grape or the region in which the grape was grown.

A common type of white wine is the Riesling. It comes from a white grape variety of the same name and is grown historically in Germany. Riesling is very versatile and is considered appropriate to serve with almost any type of food. It is, however, most popular with white fish or white fishpork. Riesling is also known as one of the few wines that can stand up to the bold flavors of Asian cuisine such as Chinese or Thai food.

Red Wine is divided into categories like Merlot, which comes from anywhere from Argentina to the United States. Merlot is a red wine that usually has a medium body and contains hints of berry or plum. It is also considered one of the most flexible types of wine and is often served with meals involving red meats or darker foods. There is a white merlot that is also in circulation, which is made with a hint of raspberry.

There are many different approaches that people choose to use wine. Whether as an apertif before a meal, as a table wine during a meal, as a cooking wine during meal preparation, or as a dessert wine, it is one of the most all-purpose beverages in the world. People enjoy wine in many settings around the world because of the immense variety available. Wine is certainly earning its reputation as the drink of choice for many people.

About The Author

Jonathan JamLeo loves writing and researching in his spare time. Wine is regarded as one of the greatest pleasures in the world, and to learn how you can use wine in a variety of settings, please visit this link: www.jamleo.org