(NaturalNews) IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. Contrary to common misconception, IQ does not measure a person's actual intelligence, but rather is measurement of one's problem solving abilities. It has long been thought that a person's IQ remains fairly stable from very early in life. However, new studies have found just the opposite, indicating that IQ can be increased by as much as 20% or more with proper diet, lifestyle, mental exercises and more.
In a new study published this month in the journal Nature, researchers found that during adolescence, a fifth of children can gain or lose as many as 20 points in IQ. The study, "Verbal and non-verbal intelligence changes in the teenage brain", also found that IQ improvement corresponded to actual structural changes in the brain. Children who had an increase in IQ during adolescence also had an increase in the density and volume of gray matter in the brain.
Study co-author Sue Ramsden indicated that "late developer(s) can catch up". She likened the brain changes to changes in a child's physical fitness over the teenage years and compared increasing IQ to a couch-potato kid joining a sports team and becoming athletic several years later.
Other studies have indicated that IQ can also be improved in adults. In 2008, a study was published which was pretty much a game changer for research on IQ. The study, titled "Building Fluid Intelligence with Training on Working Memory", demonstrated that it might actually be possible to increase IQ to a significant degree through training.
Learning and exercising the brain are major ways to increase IQ. This can be as simple as solving puzzles, reading stimulating books, learning a new language or learning how to perform a new task. Some other good brain boosting suggestions are:
*Lead an active lifestyle and exercise regularly *Have an active social life *Get involved in new activities and hobbies *Write - including writing with your opposite hand *Avoid and manage stress *Minimize television watching *Play challenging video games *Don't smoke *Drink in moderation *Avoid refined sugar and SADS processed food items *Avoid water with fluoride *Avoid vaccinations and mainstream medications
Nutrition can be vital in increasing IQ and maintaining healthy brain function. Just like other organs, the brain needs proper nutrition to develop and function properly. Brain performance may be greatly improved through eating the right kinds of foods as well as supplementing to help address any deficiencies, which may be affecting thinking ability and behavior.
Some brain boosting foods are:
*Salmon and other fatty cold water fish *Lean organic free range beef, chicken and turkey *Organic free range eggs *Caffeine (but don't overdo it, as excess caffeine can over-stimulate the adrenal glands). *Berries, especially blueberries (and don't forget mulberries) *Dark grapes (preferably seeded) *Beets *Dark green leafy vegetables such as baby spinach *Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables *Carrots *Citrus fruits *Organic yoghurt *Legumes *Avocado *Curry *Olive Oil *Turmeric *Apples *Green Tea *Barley *Nuts
Supplements can help address nutritional deficiencies and boost brain performance. Two of the best brain boosting supplements are colloidal gold and phosphatidyl serine (PS). Studies have shown that colloidal gold can result in IQ increases of 20% or more and that PS increases lucidity and the rate of learning.
Other brain boosting supplements include:
*Magnesium *Super foods powders *Creatine *Zinc *Vitamin C *Vitamin E *Alpha-lipoic acid *Inositol *Folic acid *Ginkgo Biloba *Saint John's Wort
Note: As the first study mentioned above found, IQ can also decline just as much as it can improve - yet another good reason to follow this article's advice.
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group "S.A N.E.Vax. Inc" which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers. Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".