on the Monday, March 23, 2015
Can’t remember where you left your glasses? Did you forget why you walked upstairs? Advancing age means there is an increased risk for various conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but small memory lapses are often the result of normal age-related changes in the function and structure of your brain. Some studies have even shows that our cognitive skills can begin to decline as early as 27 years of age.
For years, research has shown us that you can maintain and in some cases, even improve, cognitive brain functions. We have compiled a list of simple tricks that you can use to help boost your memory.
Healthy body = healthy brain
Research has shown that treating your body well can increase your ability to process information. Physical exercise has been proven to benefit brain functionality by increasing the flow of oxygen to your brain which reduces the risk of disorders that lead to memory loss. Even simple changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or choosing a car park further away can make a difference.
Just as physical activity keeps your body fit, mental stimulation helps to keep your brain in shape. Stimulating games such as bridge or chess and puzzles including Sudoku or crosswords have been proven to help improve memory.
Change Up Your Routine
Have you ever noticed that you sometimes switch to autopilot while driving the car or walking to work? To switch off autopilot, you need to start shaking up your routine. Take a different route to work or try a new coffee spot. Seemingly small changes can have a huge impact.
Sleep On It
When you’re deprived of sleep, your brain is unable to operate at its full capacity. Creativity, problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills are all affected. Sleep is a critical component of learning and memory and research has shown that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation.
Scientific evidence for the mental health benefits of meditation is growing constantly. Studies have shown that meditation can help to improve a number of different conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. It can also help to improve reasoning skills, learning, memory, creativity, concentration and focus.
Diets which are high in fat have been linked to a decline in normal brain functionality. A healthy died based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish will not only be good for your body, but your brain as well.
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