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Friday, February 26, 2016

Ways to Boost Memory

Ways to Boost Memory

Have you ever wondered what you could do to improve your memory? There are many things that can help expand your brain power at any age.  Your brain has the ability to form new neuro pathways and to alter existing connections that can increase your cognitive abilities.  Here are a few ways that may help.

  • Eat memory-boosting foods such as vegetables, especially those that re cruciferous or dark leafy greens (broccoli, cabbage, spinach, leaf lettuce).  Berries and cherries, especially dark ones are rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids that may boost memory function.  Healthy fats that contain omega-3 are essential for good brain health.
  • Give your brain a workout.  Your memory is like muscle strength; you lose it if you don’t use it.  The best brain activities to increase memory are ones that break your routine, challenge and engage you.  Something you could try is learning to play an instrument, learn a new language, or a new game.
  • Physical exercise increases oxygen to the brain and increases growth factors, which in turn, stimulate new neuronal connections in the brain.  Aerobic exercise keeps the blood pumping.  Try a short walk or even some jumping jacks.
  • Getting enough sleep impacts memory greatly.  Ninety-five percent of adults need 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Even losing a few hours makes a difference.  Your memory, creativity and critical thinking skills can be jeopardized if you don’t get enough sleep.
  • Having a strong support system and active social life have shown to have a slowing effect on memory decline as studied by the Harvard School of Health.  Try joining a club, visiting friends more often or even adopting a pet.
Source: Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center    

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