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How to Boost Your Memory

How to Boost Your Memory
11 Mar 13

How to Boost Your Memory

It happens to all of us: we forget a friend’s birthday or a long-standing doctor appointment. Or maybe we can’t find our car keys or we left the grocery list at home. Wouldn’t it be nice to possess a memory that never fails us?  To live a life where we would always remember someone’s name or what our schedule is without looking at our calendar?  Wishful thinking?  Maybe not.

The good news is there are some important ways to keep your memory sharp by practicing a healthy lifestyle. We all know a healthy brain is essential in maintaining your memory and mental performance. The good news is that scientists believe the human brain has the ability to adapt and even change, and more research on the brain is being done every day. So whether you are a college student cramming for exams, or someone that is simply eager to preserve or improve your memory, these are steps you may want to consider:

1. Get plenty of exercise

Exercising can increase oxygen to the brain and reduces risks that can lead to memory loss such as heart disease, clogged arteries and diabetes. Dancing has been shown to be one of the best ‘brain’ exercises around!

2. Sleep

Get plenty of sleep!  If you are not getting enough shut-eye, then your brain cannot work at its full capacity. You need to experience all the phases of sleep to really rest your brain. Whether you are studying, working, driving, or trying to maintain a full schedule, your efforts will be compromised if you are sleep deprived.

3. Socialize

Be social, because humans are not meant to live in isolation. It is said that relationships stimulate our brains. Interacting with others and leading an active social life has been shown to slow the rate of memory decline, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Take a night school class and learn something new while you are out there!

4. Laugh

We have all heard the saying that “laughter is the best medicine.”  It may hold true for our brains as well. It activates the parts of our brains that are vital to creativity and learning, and stimulate the flow of endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones.

5. Stress

Stress is one of the worst enemies for our brain as it can destroy brain cells and damage the area where new memories and the retrieval of older memories are formed. Try meditation techniques to lessen your daily stresses.

6. Eat Brain Food:

Finally, eat a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a diet rich in vitamins to boost your brainpower. Remember your omega-3 fats, limit calories and drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.

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