It’s a normal thought process to start worrying about your memory as you get older. Many people ask themselves, “What can I do to improve my memory?” Having a poor memory can cause frustration and can affect different areas of your life in a negative way. If you feel as if you are suffering from some kind of memory loss, there are many, simple things you can do on your own to benefit and improve your memory.
Decrease the amount of sugar in your diet. Eating too much added sugar in your diet has been linked to cognitive decline. This includes how well your memory functions. Research has shown that diets high in sugar can lead to memory loss, especially short-term memory. Trying to reduce the amount of sugar you eat will not only help your overall physical health, but it can also have a more direct effect on your memory function.
Meditation. Meditation is a great way of managing many health issues, both physical and mental. It helps individuals relax and has been shown to reduce pain and stress. Meditation has also been shown to improve the overall well-being of an individual in a variety of ways. Research has shown that meditation can increase gray matter in the brain, which is a part of brain matter that decreases the older you get and negatively impacts memory function.
Vitamins and supplements. Fish oil is one supplement that not only lowers the risk of conditions such as heart disease and inflammation but can also slow down declining mental function. The beneficial fatty acids in fish oil have been shown to possibly improve memory, especially in older individuals. Making sure your vitamin D levels are normal is something else to consider, as low levels of vitamin D have been shown to be linked to poor memory function.
Managing your sleep routine. How well someone sleeps can affect many parts of their mental and physical health. There have been numerous research studies performed on the links between sleep and memory consolidation as well as memory function. Being sleep deprived leads to having many negative effects on your memory. Making sure you have a good sleep routine and allowing yourself to get enough sleep is vital for your memory and will help your overall cognitive function.
Brain games and exercises. Playing any type of game is a fun activity, no matter how old you are. Playing games that involve word recall or have you memorize things is one fun way to train your brain and improve your memory. You can download different apps onto your phone, install online programs, as well as physical games that you can buy at a store or online to help in exercising your memory.
Physical exercise. Exercise benefits everyone of all ages. Exercise is great for an individual’s physical and mental health. It has also been associated with improved cognitive function and has been shown to decrease the risk of dementia later on in life.
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