We use calculators for even simple calculations, we do not entertain ourselves with puzzles, crosswords (but watch TV- a total ‘mind less’ activity that doesn’t engage your mind at all except for those ‘sensible enough’ quiz programmes). There’s a simple rule – “use it or lose it”- when we are not using our memory, we are losing it!
At younger ages, we do not realize the importance of food. But just think, if a car doesn’t run due to lack of fuel how can your body and mind run with nutrients’ deficiency? Mind too needs its share of fuel and that is not junk foods in anyway.
Have you ever thought why you are able to repeat the whole story of that movie you watched last week (with minor details, remind you!) but could not recall what your professor taught you in the class today morning? Its just because you pay attention to movie and not to the lecture of your professor (and then you blame your poor concentration and look everywhere for tips to improve memory!)
- Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand
- Do “neurobic” exercise (aerobic exercise for your brain) like showering and getting dressed with your eyes closed.
- Enroll yourself on a course in a subject you don’t know much about
These were only some examples, think of some other exclusive memory exercises tailored to your needs.
It increases oxygen to your brain; reduces the risk for disorders that might result into memory loss; enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells; and manage stress.
It is necessary for memory consolidation. Sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea make you tired and unable to concentrate during the day. Get medical help if you suffer from serious sleep disorders.
It increases the risk of vascular disorders that can cause stroke and constrict arteries that deliver oxygen to the brain.
- B vitamins, especially B6, B12, and folic acid (sources: spinach and other dark leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, strawberries, melons, black beans and other legumes, citrus fruits, soybeans.)
- Antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and beta carotene (sources: blueberries and other berries, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green tea, nuts and seeds, citrus fruits, liver.)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (sources: cold-water fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, halibut, and mackerel; walnuts and walnut oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil)
Senior persons should have dietary supplement for B12 and folic acid.Omega-3 supplement can be had by people of any age (if they don’t like eating fish.) However, nutrients work best when they are consumed in foods.