Being able to live life to the fullest requires that you maintain your memory. For as soon as your memory begins to slip away from you, your family and friends will also begin to fade off into the distance, as your relationships with them just won’t be the same as they once were. This is not to say that you will lose them, but the quality of those relationships just won’t be the same anymore.
But not only is your memory essential in helping to maintain your relationships, it is also important for doing your job more efficiently, as well as for doing everyday chores around the house.
Therefore it is important that you take good care of your brain so that you can improve your memory and retain it into a ripe old age.
Eating your foods raw is one of the most important things that you can do for your memory, as raw foods contain all the vitamins and minerals that your brain needs in order to be healthy. Cooked foods on the other hand, have a lot of those nutrients cooked out of them, and thus they are not near as beneficial to you as when they are raw.
Eat organic foods whenever possible, as that will ensure that you are not ingesting any harmful chemicals that are often sprayed on conventionally grown produce. These chemicals are toxic to the body and when not eliminated, they can cause memory loss.
On top of that, organically grown foods contain up to 40% more antioxidants and nutrients than conventionally grown foods. Thus your body will not have to work as hard to obtain the nutrients that it needs in order to remain healthy.
Green foods such as dark green vegetables and herbs are very beneficial for the brain as they are high in valuable nutrients and fiber, which helps to clean the body from the inside out.
In addition, the aroma alone of many herbs such as rosemary and sage can help to improve your thinking ability. Ginger is not a green food, but it too is very beneficial in helping to stimulate the mind.
Purple foods such as blueberries, acai berries and grapes are loaded with antioxidants that help to remove harmful toxins from around the brain cells. This is very important, as the toxins can cause the brain cells to die off prematurely, which results in memory loss.
Healthy fats are also essential in helping to protect the brain from free radicals and toxins, so that it can remain strong and healthy. These fats are found in avocados, coconuts, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil as well as flax seeds and flax oil.
Plenty of Fluids
Do not forget about your fluids, as they too can help to wash away harmful toxins as well. Green tea is said to be an excellent detox tea, as well as ginger tea, lemon water or just plain water.
Physical exercise helps to increase the blood flow to the brain, which in turn helps to protect the brain cells. In addition, exercise helps to keep the body calm, which is also essential for being able to remember things.
Mental exercises are just as important as physical exercises, for the more you exercise your mind, the stronger it will become.
Some of the best exercises that you can do for your mind is to start memorizing things such as random phone numbers, your shopping list or poetry. Word problems, sudoku and crossword puzzles are also great ways to exercise your mental muscles.
Maintain Your Weight
Being overweight or obese can cause you to lose your memory. This is because the extra fat cells can build up in the arteries, which reduces the amount of oxygen and other nutrients that the brain receives. As a result, the brain cells begin to die off prematurely, which results in memory loss.
Eating a proper diet, and engaging in regular exercise can help you to lose or maintain your weight.
Not getting enough sleep can hinder the way that your mind processes and retrieves information. Therefore getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is essential.
Stress also interferes with the way the mind processes and retrieves information. It can make it difficult for you to concentrate enough to memorize new information. Meditation and yoga are great ways to help you to reduce and eliminate stress from your life.
Being social is a great stimulant for the brain. It not only exercises the brain, but it also reduces stress, makes you feel good and relaxes you when you hang out with like-minded people.
Being organized can help your memory as well, as it helps you to avoid chaos. Find a home for every item on your desk, in the living room or kitchen and then remember where each item belongs. This will not only help to improve your memory, but it will save you a lot of time in the end, as you won’t have to search for things anymore.
If you smoke, quit, and if you don’t, then refrain from those who do, as cigarette smoke slows down the circulation in your body. As already mentioned above, poor circulation can cause brain cells to die off prematurely.