Don't feel alone if your brain's memory-power
isn't quite as dependable as it used to be.
Health units report that
workshops involving the brain and memory improvement are full to capacity
soon after they are announced. Not surprising to learn, being that the age
profile of the population is rapidly becoming older.
Recent research has made it evident that there is a good deal you are able
to do to help keep your brain healthy and enhance your memory.
Research tells us that people who use their brains to play games, memorize
famous quotes solve puzzles, read books and take on new
challenges, do much better than people not vigorously using their brains. The brain
appears to require continued challenges to retain or enhance its strength. Recent studies
show that keeping the mind active helps keep the brain working to optimum
performance. It has become apparent that ongoing intellectual challenges stimulate
the formation of nerve connections and help to retain and improve memory.
Psychologists know that prolonged stress can cause amnesia or otherwise adversely affect
memory. Chronic stress as well as depression and anxiety elevates your body's production
of the adrenal hormone cortisol. Chronic stress and cortisol appear to be an ongoing cause
of erosion the hippocampus, the brain's center for memory and learning. Recent research
shows that individuals who had continuously high levels of cortisol, performed poorly on
memory tests and had a notably smaller hippocampus. The hippocampus has a central role in
Try To Keep Physically Active:
Physical exercise is thought to help the brain and memory by improving the flow of oxygen
and nutrients to the brain as well as reducing stress levels. It's believed that exercise
promotes the formation of new neurons and neuronal connections.
Eat A Brain Food Diet:
A brain-healthy diet will help
increase your intake of foods known to be good for the brain and may help protect brain
cells. Consider a vitamin and/or mineral supplement.