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We often get to hear advices on what should we do for our physical growth and development. But did you know that there are some things we can do to improve our mental make-up, or, in other words, grow our brain cells?

Well, the best part is that most of the things that help our brain cells grow have to do with our daily habits.

Here is a list of four essential habits you need to kick in to give your brain a boost.

1: Calorie cut-down: This is perhaps the most heard advice when it comes to improving one's health, but there seems to be no escape. Not only is binging on lesser calories beneficial to you for maintaining a good physical well-being but it also improves your mental health. Experts opine that consuming less calories generates a kind of stress in your body, which is actually good as it stimulates brain to grow cells. You just need to cut down the calories by 20 to 30 percent for achieving an improvement in your mental health.

2: Sipping Green Tea: Those of us who are health conscious may be perhaps already drinking green tea. However, for those who aren't, having green tea may be beneficial to you in more ways than you can think.

Green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, helps improve the cognitive function through the generation of brain cells. Green tea has also been proven to combat degenerative diseases and memory loss.

3: Blueberries: Blueberries have been shown to improve the blood supply that helps in the growth and formation of new cells. A substance called anthocyanin found in blueberries is linked to increasing neuronal signals in the memory areas of the brain.

4: Sex and other aerobic exercises: Studies have shown that the sexual experiences help to promote neurogenesis, or the growth of brain cells, in the hippocampus (part of the brain associated with the memory and regulations of emotions).

Other various forms of aerobic exercises such as running, which sets your heart racing, may also help in the improvement of the mental health. Moderate exercises are particularly known to help dementia patients.

(Source: Medical Daily)