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Published January 27th 2013
Your memory is precious - use it or lose it
Do you find yourself forgetting little things? Do you sometimes walk into a room and then can't remember why or forget where you put the car keys. It happens to us all at some stage.
There are many reason why the memory begins to fade and luckily there are many ways to improve it.
1. Stay Active. Studies have shown the if you stay active and do a little exercise each day it can actually improve your memory and overall brain function. A healthy body means a healthy mind.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep. If you don't get enough sleep your brain can't function properly. Learn to relax and don't stress out, stress can actually kill off brain cells.
3. Play Memory Games. Memory games are a great way to give your memory a boost. Try some word-finder or cross-word puzzles or if you like computer games there are lots of memory games available. If you do these puzzles or play these games regularly, you will soon notice an improvement in your memory.
4. Laugh. They say Laughter the best medicine. When you laugh your body releases endorphins which are good for your body and your brain.
5. Socialise. Spending time with people is a kind of brain exercise. Chatting, having fun, talking on the phone or even spending time with your pets can have many good cognitive benefits and slow down the rate of memory decline.
Foods to Help Your Memory.
Eating the correct types of foods can also help to improve your memory power. Foods that are rich in Flavonoids, Glucose, and Antioxidents have been shown to improve memory functions.
1. Blueberries. Blueberries contain anthocyanin which is a known memory-boosting chemical and which can also assist with an overall healthy brain function.
2. Apples. Apples contain high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant which has been found, in recent studies, to help protect against Alzheimer's disease.
Healthy Fruits and Vegetables by Axtmörder
3. Caffeine. Caffeine has been proven to protect intellectual skills in older women, so drinking coffee or tea (or green tea) can be good for your memory.
4. Fish. Eating foods that are rich in Omega-3 fats can reduce the causes of memory loss. Fish and sardines and salmon are rich in Omega-3 and can aid in boosting your memory.
5. Onions. Onions contain fisetin which stimulated the brain pathways associated with long-term memory.
6. Spinach. Spinach has a high folic acid content and is believed to protective against Alzheimer's disease and age-related memory loss.
7. Whole-Grain Cereal and Orange Juice. Both of these are rich in folic acid which can contribute to better memory and faster information processing.
8. Grapes. Red, purple, and black grapes all contain quercetin and anthocyanin, these are well known for their memory boosting qualities.
9. Nuts. Nuts are rich in Vitamins E, B6, folate, Omega-3, Omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants, all of which can boost your brain power and improve your mood.
10. Leafy Vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients, which are necessary for healthy brain function.
Your memory is a very important part of you, it may fade in time but you need to keep it sharp as long as you possibly can.
These are just a few suggestions to give you a bit of a memory boost and there are plenty more. Give some of them a try and see if you can improve your memory.