"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us."
– Oscar Wilde
Is it time to improve your memory? Are you misplacing your car keys or wallet too often, only to discover them in them in your pocket or purse? Statistics show that as many as 1 in 3 adults over the age of 60 will experience memory problems. As we age, our brains lose some of its gray matter, which is responsible for muscle control, seeing, hearing, speech, emotions, and memory.
But memory problems aren't limited strictly to people over the age of 60; even young adults may have recall problems, as well. An article published by ABC News found that people in their 20s are now experiencing memory loss. The good news is that you can strengthen your memory by making some basic changes to your lifestyle.
Improve Memory by Eating the Right Foods
Diet plays a key role in memory and cognitive function. Certain foods that are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, for instance, promote a healthy mind while subsequently reducing the risk of Alzhemier's and other forms of dementia.
Here are some of the best foods to support memory and cognitive function:
- Olive oil
- Beans and legumes
- Fish (salmon, tilapia, Mahi-Mahi, etc).
Improve Your Memory by Cultivating a Happier Mindset
According to a study published in the journal Behavior Brain Research, people who are clinically depressed have greater trouble remembering things. The study's lead researcher explained that depression and memory both occur in the hippocampus region of the brain. When a person becomes depressed, his or her hippocampus is less active, which can potentially lead to memory problems.
To learn more about depression and its symptoms, check out our previous blog post here.
Improve Your Memory by Playing 'Brain Games'
You've probably seen them advertised before: brain games like Lumosity that require cognitive thinking and recollection skills. Some people may brush them off as just another gimmick, but there's strong evidence indicating that they do in fact work. According to Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus at the University of California, playing brain games for at least 20 minutes per day may have a positive impact on memory recall.
Improve your Memory by Having Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D is responsive for nerve growth in the brain, leading some researchers to believe that it may also play a role in memory. Ideally, you should soak up 15-20 minutes of daily sunlight for vitamin D. If you are unable to achieve this amount, a supplement may be used in its place.
Improve Your Memory by Staying Active
Need another reason to get up and exercise? People who live highly sedentary lifestyles are more likely to develop memory problems than people who are physically active. Exercise stimulates the brain, encouraging its nerve cells to reproduce while also protecting them from damage. Furthermore, exercise causes these nerve cells to produce special proteins called neurotrophic factors, which are a precursor to many other beneficial chemicals, some of which have been linked to cognitive function and memory.
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