It is normal to focus on our bodies when we think about our health. A person with a defective mental condition, cannot be certified as healthy.
A very important aspect of mental health is the memory. Some people even believe our memories define us;
“Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him.” – Mark Lawrence
With a good memory, students get better grades, we would have better social relationships, be more successful in our careers and have increased confidence.
Below are five lifestyle choices we can make right now that may help improve your memory & Prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s
- Get a good night’s sleep
High quality sleep is an important lifestyle of mentally optimized people. Studious Students who have a healthy sleeping culture have been discovered to perform better in exams.
While asleep our brains use that period to process and store in our memory all the information we encountered all day.
A recent health study discovered how sleep helps the brain get rid of the beta-amyloid protein (this protein is strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease) that can build up while you are awake.
- Healthy Eating Habits
The nutrients we take into our bodies impacts our health tremendously. The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain.
Consume more vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, cabbage, berries, and cherries
to help improve memory.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a healthy brain; this fatty acid may help with a better memory in healthy young adults.
- Exercising the brain
The brain’s fitness depends on how often it is utilized and every time you do something new or different, you create new neural pathways that help boost your memory.
A study from The New England Journal of Medicine provides strong evidence that higher levels of education may help more people stave off neurodegenerative diseases
Here are some tips to work out your brain;
Read a book on an entirely new subject, Consider learning a second language, Do Maths in your Head, Working on a crossword puzzle and playing a musical instrument can help build more memory neural pathways.
- Spend time with your family
Social isolation, loneliness and a lack of interaction increase peoples risks of developing dementia.
Sometimes we forget that spending time with family is more important than providing them with the luxuries of life.
Social support from family and loved ones are associated with a reduced risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- Regular Physical Activity
Mankind has developed a sedentary culture (most of us spend most of our day sitting down at work), we don’t get enough physical exercise.
A recent study published in ‘Cell Metabolism’, identified a protein released by our muscles when we exercise that also stimulates nerve growth in the part of the brain associated with memory.
Aerobic exercises like swimming, jogging, and cycling boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
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