How To Increase Your IQ

How to Increase Your IQ With a Few Simple Life Hacks!

Challenge your brain by breaking your routines, reading, solving puzzles, and seeking new experiences to increase your IQ.

Supplement your efforts by getting plenty of protein, vitamin B, and rest, all of which enhance your brains ability to remain alert. The right diet and lifestyle can do wonders.

Are you ready?


1. Switch-Up Your Routine 

1.1 Do daily things differently 

Challenge your brain to form new connections and pathways by doing the stuff you typically do on autopilot differently. Brush your teeth with your nondominant hand. Walk around as if you're going backwards through time. Talk to yourself in a distinct language. Whatever you can do to mix it up, do it! 

Doing this forms new pathways and connections in your brain. Quite often we take for granted how simple life is, primarily once we get the basics down. When you mix it up, your brain has to relearn the skill, challenging it all the more. 


1.2 Meditation

Much research has shown that not only is meditating useful for stress levels and mood, but it's also promising for brain functioning. It has been shown to enhance blood flow to the brain, patience, concentration, and memory. And it's completely relaxing, too. 

**Try 30 minutes each day. You may split this into 10 or 15 minute blocks 2-3 times a day. It is preferable to do when you wake up, after you exercise, and at night promptly before you go to bed. 


1.3 Consider taking supplements 

A much safer option to taking “smart” drugs is taking natural supplements. Just make sure you're taking the right quantity by talking to your doctor first.

All of the ones below come backed by scientific research: 

• Ginkgo Biloba 

• Omega-3 fatty acids 

• Caffeine

• Creatine 

1.4 Start doing regular aerobic exercise 

Aerobic exercise seems to be more effective. Exercise twice a day for 45 minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed. You should preferably couple this with meditation after you exercise. 

This is good for your waistline, too, and fitness, in turn, can enhance your mood. The more endorphins you release in your workout sessions, the more active your brain is and the better you'll feel. 


1.5 Sleep when your brain actually wants it 

Some people are in their prime thinking zone at 9am in the morning. Some at 9 pm. Even others at 2 am or whenever they've completed their third cup of coffee. Since everyone is different, sleep when your brain needs it. 

Aim to get a solid 7-9 hours of sleep a night, too. When you're tired, your brain can't work at 100%. It cuts down what it believes it can, sort of putting location mode, and only does what it absolutely has to to keep you alive and breathing. Constant inadequate sleep also prevents your brain from developing to its full capability and can direct to several mental and physical illnesses down the line. 

2. Practicing Your Skills

2.1 Read more 

Genetics aside, education is a big factor contributing to your IQ. Try learning up on the sciences, such as mathematics and physics. Sciences boost your understanding of the world, which in turn improves comprehension, vocabulary, spatial and mathematical abilities, and logic. 

You can try MIT OpenCourseware, which offers notes, syllabuses, and tests from over 1800 official MIT courses. You can also go for Coursera, KhanAcademy, or even YouTube. 

2.2 Do word puzzles and problem-solving games 

To stave off dementia and to keep your brain churning away at high speeds, make sure to do puzzles and games regularly - which means (in this day and age) more time on the Internet and your phone! 

The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Stanford-Binet do not measure intelligence in a single, simple form. Rather, they have a set of problems that measure your ability to process things quickly, understand what you are told, and recognize sequences. 

2.3 Take the tests over and over 

Just like that chemistry test you had to take four times in high school to pass, IQ tests aren't all that different. They have the same basic structure and types of questions over and over. Therefore, the more you take it, the better you'll do. 

The tests you can take for free online aren't like the actual tests you might take through a career center or a psychiatrist. If you want your real IQ, you'll have to take the real thing. There is generally a fee, so always try your hardest. 

2.4 Get new experiences 


When you do the same thing day in and day out, the brain sort of goes on autopilot. It stops taking in stimuli, comfortable in its surroundings. When you have new experiences though, the brain wakes up and takes it all in, revving up for a change. So instead of popping in that DVD tonight, find a museum, a show, or a new place to check out to keep your mental clock ticking wildly. 

Even just visiting a new place or trying new food is a good experience. You're widening your knowledge, making yourself better informed for future decisions. However, the more different they are, the better. Consider it an excuse for an exotic vacation! 

2.5 Teach yourself something new 

Actively learning new things helps your brain learn and may help you make connections that before were not possible. Learning a new skill such as how to play chess or lacrosse, how to juggle, or anything you've never done before for that matter - may help your brain in ways you never even dreamed of. Learning another language is a great way to get the brain working on new pathways. Not only does it fire up centers in your brain that aren't being used, but it's real-world applicable and impressive to boot.

 3. Changing Your Diet 

3.1 Eat plenty of protein for breakfast 

Protein can increase your brain's production of neurotransmitters and increases norepinephrine and dopamine levels in turn - all of which increase your alertness and problem-solving skills. 

This is especially important for breakfast to get you ready and raring to go for the day. Sugar for breakfast just leads to a crash in a couple of hours, slowing you down, and leaving you even hungrier than before. 

3.2 Snack on dark chocolate 

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and loaded with flavonols. It's also high in magnesium, vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E.3 It's a powerhouse of antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. This makes sure our bodies stay healthy and strong. 

Not too much though, of course. Anywhere between 1 and 5 ounces a day is good. 

3.3 Get more vitamin B 

This little nutrient increases blood flow to the brain. You can find vitamin B in green, leafy vegetables, whole wheat, meat, eggs, and cheese. Just be sure that you don't get too much either! Talk to your doctor about the appropriate amount for you. 

Folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin are all part of the structure of vitamin B. When you get vitamin B, you get a powerhouse of goodies all in one. 

3.4 Avoid processed and junk foods 

Many studies have shown that a healthy diet is linked to a higher IQ, especially in children. To keep your brain firing on all pistons, stay away from junk food like cookies and chips and processed food - do the cooking at home to help your brain and your budget. 

Vegetarians have higher IQs on the whole, by about 5 points for both sexes. To get the extra boost, make "Meatless Monday" a regular thing throughout the week. 

3.5 Consider fasting intermittently 

IF, or intermittent fasting, has been shown to lead to increased brain power and a higher level of functioning. IF is where you don't eat for 16 hours, and eat plenty for 8. It may or may not mean caloric restriction, depending on how you do it. 

You can also use this technique to manage your weight. Many fast intermittently and see great results in terms of weight loss. Just make sure you're doing it safely - fasting isn't for everyone (the elderly, expecting mothers, young children, etc.). 





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