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Reading: The Perfect Food for Your Brain

Reading is not only fulfilling to your head, but it is also nourishing.

You can do a lot.

You can take a lot of fish oil supplements.

Eat plenty of turmerics.

Invest in a language class, or in puzzle books, or have an exercise in a week.

As you see, there are countless numbers of things to do to improve your memory and brain functions.

According to a market research report, brain training is expected to reach $8 billion by the year 2022. However, the cheapest, most time-tested, and easiest way to sharpen your memory is found right in front of your face. We call it READING.


It is not surprising to note that reading is excellent for your brain.

There are plenty of reasons why most moms always tell the kids to turn the TV off and get a great book. It is so amazing how such as ordinary activity can improve your brain.

Let me tell you more.


The significant impact of reading happens in the area of your brain associated with language reception. It is the left temporal cortex. Processing the written materials from letters to words, and to sentences, and stories snap the neurons’ attention at the moment they start to work in transmitting all this information.

The same happens during the time that we process the spoken language. However, note that the very nature of reading is to encourage the brain to work hard and harder, and better.


It is typical that whenever you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives a unique pause button for comprehension and insights. By the fact, when you watch films or listen to tape recordings, you do not press pause. It is true with any oral language.

The benefits of reading continue even after you put down the excellent book you are reading. A study at Emory University found that some of these persist for five days which we call as shadow activity, almost similar to muscle memory.


It is surprising that the language part of the brain gets a workout from reading, and there is more.

Reading synergizes the region that is responsible for motor activity; the central sulcus. Our brain is a very exuberant play and actor.

When reading as physical about activity, the neurons that control the activity also get busy. Say, you are not actually riding a horse, but while you are reading, your brains act as if you are. More parts of your brain get a workout. It is even better if it is overall performance.


Reading is not created equal. A preliminary result from a study conducted at Stanford University indicates that close literary reading gives a particular workout to the brain. The MRI scans of the people who are reading Jane Austin’s novel manifests an increase in the blood flow to the areas of the brain that control both cognitive and executive function as compared to the limited effects that come from leisure reading.

I have learned from a Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University who studied children ages eight to ten who were diagnosed to be below average readers found that a hundred hours of remedial reading improves the quality of the brain. The brain of these children began to rewire in a way that benefits the entire brain and not only the reading, centric temporal cortex.


For my final word, this is one thing for sure. The ability to read is something that needs to be nurtured especially that unfortunately, this form of reading is rarely nurtured, sustained, or concentrated.

Without the sustained exercise of the reading muscles, our brain loses the ability to control intricate processes that allow us to read deeply.

The solution is to set aside at least an hour or two, and just read.


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