Intermittent Fasting (BDNF)
It has been proven that the act of Intermittent Fasting helps improve cognitive functioning in both mice and humans. It works by increasing the amount of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). If you properly learn how to intermittently fast, you will be increasing your BDNF – which has been linked to improvements in both learning and memorization. It is obvious that if you are able to improve your ability to learn as well as your memory, you should experience an overall boost in intelligence. Ironically, the process of intermittent-fasting is also linked growing new brain cells.
Intermittent-fasting is nothing too complex. It involves eating for a specific window of time, followed by a period of “fasting” or not eating for a period of time. This can be done in windows of a specific number of hours, or this may be conducted on an alternative-day (i.e. every other day) basis. Not only could intermittent fasting give you a boost in intelligence, it also seems to be physically healthy and is hypothesized to help prevent against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.