The IQ Test
I recently took an online test that gave me a free snapshot of my current IQ. The test was based on how fast I could answer each of the 35 questions given, as well as if those answers were correct. I scored 101, which I’ve heard is pretty good. But it got me thinking… How can I increase my IQ in healthy ways? Would it help to improve my mental health?
From my research, I found some simple activities and nutritional ways that one can use to help increase their IQ by improving their mental health. Review some of the helpful tips below to see if they might help you as well:
• Take Mental Risks
There are several mind games, for lack of a better term, that can increase your IQ by increasing your ability to solve hard intellectual equations when played. Playing Sudoku or crossword puzzles, for example, is a simple, fun way to practice mental reasoning and problem solving. Similarly, playing a game of chess or checkers can increase your level of objective reasoning, in that there can be multiple ways to win or lose a game. In some ways, these and other similar mind games can act as calisthenics for your mind.
• Find Proper Nutrition
Good nutrition can develop your mental processes and therefore, also improve your IQ. Below is a list from The Mind Sanctuary of nutrients that, when low, can cause some challenges.
B1 – Poor concentration
B3 – Depression, stress
B5 – Poor memory
B6 – Depression, poor memory, irritability, stress
B12 – Poor memory, confusion
Zinc – Depression, confusion, blank mind, loss of appetite, lack of motivation
Omega 3 – Depression, poor memory
• Eat Good Mood Food
Here are food items that can help give you mental clarity and improve mental health:
Brown rice (B1, B3, B5, B6)
Porridge Oats (B1, B3, B5, B6)
Walnuts (magnesium, Omega 3, zinc)
Pumpkin Seeds (magnesium, Omega 3, zinc)
Sunflower seeds (magnesium, omega 3, zinc)
Wholegrain Bread (B vitamins)
Olive Oil (omega 3)
Hemp Oil (omega 3, 6 & 9)
Peppers (B1, B3, B5, B6, Magnesium)
Broccoli (B1, B3, B5, B6, Magnesium)
• Speak with a Specialist
One way to find personalized help to improve mental health and also increase your IQ is by making an appointment with a nutritional or mental health specialist. Some health insurance plans offer coverage for such specialist visits, as well as access to programs that specifically focus on helping members increase their mental capacity and improve their overall well-being. For more information on how to find a health insurance plan that covers these specialist visits, give us a call at 1-800-514-0958.
These are just some of the ways that I found to be helpful when conducting my research. However, there are many other ways to help boost your IQ and improve mental health. How we think can definitely impact the way we live and act.