Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Memory repair kit

Always losing your keys? or walk in to a room and forgetting what you went in there for? you are  not alone, as we  get older our memory starts to deteriorate. You can do something about it, like a walk in the park which can help short term memory as much as 20%.

so what's the cause? it memory our capacity, as we get older our frontal lobes changes, so making it harder to maintain attention and filter out what's important and unimportant stuff. women suffer memory loss after pregnancy, caused by surging hormones and high level of oxytocin. and during menopause, falling oestrogen levels affect attention, memory and ability to make meaningful connection between information.

what to do:
keep one calendar and make it your best friend, multiple calendar leads to trouble.

practice: play an instrument, learn a new language or do a puzzle, this exercise the brain and improving its functioning.

meditate: it helps thickened the parts of the brain's cerebral cortex that are responsible for decision making.

why your memory is mediocre:
you're too tired: being fatigued means we pay less attention to details. missing just an hour or two of sleep on a regular basis has devastating effect on our memory.

you're stressed: this affects the area of the brain ( hippocampus ) that regulates memories. when too much glucose is released due to extreme stress it destroys cells, and if the area is damaged it can't form new memories.

you've lost the knack|: now that we rely so much on our smart phones, laptops and sat navs, our memory muscles is woefully under-use, says experts.

feed your mind: boost your brain power by consuming more or less of...

Dark green veggies: they're good source of magnesium, which helps regulate the key brain receptors for memory.

oily fish: it's not just a myth! A study proved that eating fish at least once a week can help stave off memory loss.

Fats: monounsaturated fat in avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds keep our brain smart.

Alcohol: studies reveal excessive drinking may cause memory loss, but its never too late, and kicking the habit now will make a difference.

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