As we get older, everything ages. Even our brains. But, there are things you can do now to boost that brain of yours and help improve memory function. Check them out!
A combination of healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains and vegetables is key to a healthy brain. A sample breakfast to get your brain going could be eggs scrambled with coconut oil, tossed with kale and accompanied by whole grain toast. Get four to five small meals a day to keep a steady supply of glucose to your brain.
Research repeatedly shows that exercise is not only good for your heart, but it’s also good for your brain. A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that participants who engaged in more than 30 minutes of activity a day actually reversed the signs of age-related brain decline. Another found that subjects with the highest energy expenditure had the lowest incidence of cognitive impairment over 5 years.
Need another reason to drink water? “Water is the most important ‘food’ for memory, because a dehydrated brain is groggy and has poor concentration,” says Carol Dean, MD, ND, author of 365 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Tips, Exercise, Advice. “As soon as you get up and start
your day, drink 2 to 3 glasses of water. This clears out your system, rehydrates your body and your brain.” Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
Use It, Don’t Lose It
Keep your brain working on a daily basis. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Keep a journal – Write your memoirs, poems, stories, etc.
- Practice math – Turn off the calculator.
- Study – Take classes. Learn or relearn something that interests you. Use it or lose it!
- Relax – Relaxation helps clear the mind to make room for memories.
- Read a map – Instead of asking for directions or using your cell phone’s GPS; also take a new way home.
- Repeat things out loud – Hearing helps you (and others) remember.
- Turn off the TV – Strengthen your powers of concentration by removing distractions and avoiding interruptions.
- Use visualization to improve recall – Try to remember by visualizing what a person looks like, what they wore, what your last conversation was about.
- Make lists – Writing was invented as a mnemonic (helpful of the memory) device!