Do you ever try to remember someone’s name and draw a blank? How about those times when you search high and low for your keys? Or, the times when you have to go back to the room you just left in order to remember what you were doing? These common memory lapses sometimes start us wondering if we’re losing it or developing Alzheimer’s, especially as we get older. Don’t despair. Improving your memory is easier than you think with these four steps.
1. Stay In Shape
Research shows that people with mild memory problems who exercise or walk for 50 minutes three times a week significantly enhance mental function. Improvements lasted more than a year, even though the exercise extended only 24 weeks. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain. The brain consumes a large percentage of the oxygen and food energy you take in. When poor circulation hampers their delivery, memory is affected.
2. Stay in Shape Mentally
People who are involved in challenging work or are otherwise involved in stimulating mental activities reduce their risk of memory loss. Mental exercise builds neural connections and the brain becomes stronger. UCLA researchers discovered people over age 55 who regularly “surfed the Web” had twice as much activity in the areas of the brain involved in complex reasoning and decision making.
3. Get Smart
The standard American diet of processed foods is a recipe for dementia. Processed foods are devoid of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that nourish the brain. Because of inefficient absorption and poor diet, the vast majority of older Americans are deficient in some or all of these nutrients. Choose your foods carefully.
4. Take Your Supplements
Simply correcting nutritional deficiencies can bring dramatic improvements in memory and general health. When it comes to cognitive support, nothing is more important than a good nutritional supplement program. By taking these recommendations to heart, you can enjoy optimal mental and memory function for years to come.
The easiest way to begin to get the suggested supplement recommendations is to take a good daily multivitamin, two or more fish oil capsules and a combination brain/memory formula.
Credit: Altrum News 2010 Volume 4 Issue 1