A decline in cognitive function and memory is an unfortunate symptom experienced by many people. In the fast pace of our lives the amount of stress people endure daily it is no wonder that some people struggle.
Memory is the ability to store, retain and subsequently retrieve information. The brain is a muscle and stimulating certain areas of the brain helps the neurons to keep firing. Many studies have shown that by challenging the brain and using memory training exercises – crosswords, puzzle solving, memorising the shopping list – can exhibit a beneficial effect. It is because these improve the activity of the neurons and brain centre (the hippocampus, amygdala, the striatum, or the mammillary bodies). It is this area in the brain that deals with memory retention (long and short term memory). Also daily meditation practices can be implemented to help the brain to effectively feel relaxed and to create new neuro-pathways for development.
Diet tips to improve the memory
- Drinking herbal Green Tea may help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. It is believed that the herb provides the nervous system with more antioxidants thereby reducing degradation of the nerve fibres
- Consume plenty of nuts (especially walnuts) as they contain essential fatty acids which are needed for brain and nervous system communication
- Eat more foods containing oligomeric procyanidins (OPC’s) which act as free radical scavengers to keep brain tissue healthy. Foods which contain OPC’s are grapes, blueberries, berries, red wine, olive oil (raw not heated) and pomegranates
- Ensure adequate hydration. Dehydration causes the brain to shrink and mimics many symptoms related to Alzheimer’s Disease and memory problems
- Add lecithin to your porridge, smoothies, muesli or Bircher muesli. It is a food which can protect nerve fibres (due to the Phosphatidylcholine component of Lecithin enhancing the endogenous production of Acetylcholine)
- Increase spinach, garlic, vegetables, vegetable juices due to the high levels of polyphenols contained in these foods
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