Let’s face it, your memory stores some of the greatest moments of your life; thus, it’s an incredibly important function of your brain. Maintaining one’s memory should be a priority, especially when it holds key moments to your life. In this article, I would like to give a few tips on how to maintain and improve your memory.
Diet is an important part of memory growth. One fact to know before I continue is that memories don’t decay. Human beings have two types of memories long term and short term. Studies show the Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest diet on the planet. The people who eat this diet rank high in health and longevity and have some of the lowest cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Foods, such as avocados, berries, fatty fish, dark chocolate, eggs, and more, all contain components that help enhance the brain’s memory. White sugar is one of the worst food-like substances for your brain and memory because high blood sugars lead to decreased activity in the hippocampus. This part of the brain is strongly associated with memories.
Vitamins & Oils
Proper amounts of vitamins C, D, E, K and B complex in the diet are linked to memory enhancement. Omega-3’s, which are found in fish oils, creates neurotransmitter activity and increases the number of neurotransmitter receptors. Omega-3 is also a major building block of the cerebral cortex – the part of the brain responsible for memories, language creativity, attention, and emotion. Along with vitamins, essential oils benefit memory as well. They are volatile compounds extracted from plants. As a result, they are rarely taken internally and inhaled instead. Science has confirmed that sniffing rosemary essential oil can significantly improve memory, processing speeds, and alertness. Additionally, peppermint oils increase beta waves, which links with concentration and problem-solving.
Certain brain training activities help work out your brain’s senses. Listening to music, particularly instrumental music, positively impacts memory, focus, attention, language skills, and physical coordination. Doing neurobics, brain exercises invented by Dr. Lawrence Katz, can help prevent memory loss and increase your mental fitness. Through meditating, you can focus your mind on one thought instead of the nonstop flow of thoughts we usually have. Testing yourself can be beneficial to your memory in certain amounts. Research shows that regular, ‘low-stakes’ testing can actually be incredibly beneficial to our learning.
Next time you’re at the doctor, ask them if the Mediterranean diet is something for you or which vitamins would be the most beneficial. If you don’t have a doctor or can’t see your doctor because of your network, contact an agent today! A licensed insurance agent will find you an affordable health plan that allows you to see your preferred doctor.
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