There are a number of things we can do in order to reduce the loss of memory we all experience as we age. Find out how easy it is to keep your brain fit!
Keep Your Mind Fighting Fit
As we age, almost of all of us start worrying that our memories are failing: you may find yourself struggling to recall names, or where you put your keys, and that’s just the beginning. In no time you are forgetting to turn the gas off, struggling to remember passwords, and failing to bring to mind PINs that you’ve been using for years.
Thankfully there are some things that you can do to arrest this decline, and they are in within easy reach of every one of us. While it would be wonderful to be able to preserve our memories and minds forever, that’s not possible, yet, but there are some measures that can be taken to reduce this kind of memory loss to a minimum.
You Are What You Eat
A Dutch psychologist has claimed that chewing is good for your brain, as it improves the amount of oxygen flowing to the grey matter, which in turn leads to increase mental functioning. He pointed out that, since many older people struggle with eating, they are given food that doesn’t require them to chew, which is counter-productive. He has advocated that retirement homes should invest in bulk buys of chewing gum!
While this research needs more investigation before this claim can be proven, there is no doubt that what we eat, and that we don’t overeat, is crucial in terms of memory retention and general brain fitness.
Keep Carbs to a Minimum
Be aware of eating too many carbohydrates generally, and keep your sugar intake low. These two eating habits, in combination with exercise, reduce your risk of diabetes, which is bad for the brain and can hasten the onset of dementia.
Aim for a balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Another study based in the Netherlands has revealed that brain function improves when we ingest lignans, hormone-type substances that are found in plants. Get more sesame seeds, broccoli, linseed oil, cabbage, strawberries and peaches in your diet, starting today.
Take Some Time to Train Your Brain
To help keep your mind sharp, and hold on to not only the details of where you’ve put your things but also to the happy memories that you’ve got from various stages of your life, a little cognitive training is required.
This can take a number of forms, like learning abstract lists of words to exercise your memory, and you will find that your brain-muscle responds in the same way one in your body would. A German study found that after just six months of memory training, strengthened nerve connections start appearing between the participants’ right and left brain-hemispheres.
Similarly, in American research it has been demonstrated that around eight weeks of cognitive training increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain used for both the storage and retrieval of information. The benefits of cognitive training showed that brain function can be improved by as much as 10%, and, when one takes into account that the brain’s decline between the ages of 65- and 75-years is around 10%, this amount is significant.
Hold on to your memories, and treat your mind like you do your body, fighting fit and ready for action!