Ways to Improve Your Memory

Ways to Improve Your Memory

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Indeed having a good memory is good even as we often faced with different life challenges that will require taking wise decisions. Experts make us understand that there are things needed in other to improve the memory and keep the brain healthy, no matter how old you are. Such as the following

 

  • Floss every day - plaque on your teeth is unexpectedly bad for your brain. "The plaque between teeth can cause an immune reaction that attacks arteries, which then can't deliver vital nutrients to brain cells," points out Dr. Michael Roizen, co-author of YOU-The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger. Keep the floss with all the things you use to get ready in the morning, so you are less likely to forget.

 

  • Multitask during a workout - stretching brain and body at the same time can have a real impact on both body and mind. Experts suggest doing double duty revitalizes brain cells. You might try a crossword while riding a stationary bike, listen to books on tape or language lessons while on the treadmill or jogging. If doing two things at once is not your thing, do the mental exercise right after your physical workout when your brain is pumped full of energy.

 

  • Eat brain foods - DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid known to be essential for optimal brain function, can be found in salmon, trout and even fortified options like yogurt. It is good for your brain to try to get all you can from natural food sources. "DHA decreases arterial inflammation and improves repair of the protective sheath around nerves," Roizen explains.

 

  • Play games - handheld or video games aren't just kids' stuff; this help sharpens your memory as well as your problem solving and spatial skills. You can use things like the new 3D Rubik's Cube, handheld games like Tetris or solitaire, electronic games like the Wii or Nintendo DS, even games like Jeopardy or Millionaire on TV, anything that stretches your thinking or is a new-to-you activity will work wonders.

 

  • Get moving - getting your heart rate up three times a week for 20 minutes at a time brings more oxygen to the brain and helps it grow new cells. Walking, cycling or any activity that gets you up and moving on a regular basis is an excellent choice. In fact, exercise like this may be two to three time more effective as anything else you do for your brain according to Sam Wang Ph.D., an associate professor at Princeton University and co-author of Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzle of Everyday Life. Even better news for the too-busy-to-workout crowd? The latest research finds that just one moderate to rigorous exercise session a week can make you 30% more likely to hold onto your cognitive functioning as the years pass.

 

  • Start a club - it can be a book club, a bridge club, regular dinners, in fact, anything that helps you combine strategy and memory offers a challenge to the brain to learn new things, exercising cells, so they don't just die off. Socializing while you play, rather than enjoying a solitary game, adds a level of involvement and challenge that does a whole lot for your brain (not to mention your social life).

 

  • Use your fingertips - any fingertip activity, like knitting, using chopsticks, even rolling a pen/pencil between your fingers helps your brain by boosting circulation. Good circulation serves to eliminate waste products that might prevent much-needed nutrients from reaching your brain. What's more? Studies show that using the concentrated areas of nerve cells in your fingertips directly stimulates your brain.

 

  • Be careful with medications - research has shown that nonprescription sleep medications might cause some "cognitive impairment" in older people. Also, the drug known as diphenhydramine (in many allergy preparations and nighttime pain pills) is known to have an "anticholinergic" effect - blocking communication between nerve cells. Talk with your doctor about the right medication for your needs, and be sure to mention any cognitive side effects,you may experience. Even if you can't make all of these ways to improve your memory, try and include them as part of your life right now; adopt one or two into your routine and see how you feel. Chances are these simple, natural choices will bring benefits to your brain (and body) not only today, but also for years to come.

 

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