Myths about Memory
1. Is memory loss a natural part of aging? No! While conventional wisdom tells us it’s just a natural part of aging, science now tells us otherwise. It’s normal for anyone to forget the occasional appointment or name but severe memory loss is most definitely not a natural part of aging.
2. Have only old people serious memory problems? False! Memory problems can emerge in your 30s or 40s. The key is to take care of your brain, your memory and your total health before it’s too late.
3. Are senior moments an just annoyance? No! Memory loss can get in the way of every day life. Inability to concentrate can hamper your ability to do your job or enjoy hobbies or even relationships like you used to.
4. Is there anything that can boost memory? Yes! There are many well-researched and time-tested solutions to protect your brain and memory, safely and naturally, without having to worry about side effects.
How does brain work?
Your brain only weighs about three pounds, yet it is your most important organ. Its three main parts, the cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem, are nourished with blood and oxygen with each heartbeat.
The real work of the brain goes on at the cellular level. Your brain contains more than 100 billion cells, and among these brain cells, nerve cells, called neurons, are the most important. These neurons specialize in transmitting information by sending out signals to thousands of other cells at the rate of 200 miles per hour. Some neurons help us think, learn, and remember, while others are involved in our senses – hearing, speaking, smelling – or in our ability to move our bodies.
These neurons branch out to connect more than 100 trillion points, which scientists call a “neuron forest.” Neurons connect to one another at synapses where a tiny burst of chemicals called neurotransmitters is released. It’s at the neuron and neurotransmitter level that serious memory issues start to occur. And you can see why. With so much going on, a lot can go wrong.
Five simple exercises to keep your brain fit for life
1. Mix it up – Like an unused muscle, your brain can atrophy, so stimulate it with something new. Take a new route to work, read a poem, or rearrange your desk.
2. Exercise – Healthy body, healthy mind! Exercise increases blood flow to your brain, giving it more oxygen and nutrients. It also strengthens the connections between brain cells and helps form new ones.
3. Eat Brain Foods – A balanced diet of omegas, vitamins and minerals is crucial to maintaining a healthy brain. Choose brown rice, oatmeal and whole beans along with spinach, bell peppers, cabbage and squash for energy and antioxidants. In the last few years there’s been a lot of talk about brain health and Omega 3. Fish sources like salmon are an excellent source as are plant based omegas from flax or chia seed.
4. Try Supplements – Supplements containing Ginkgo have been traditional favorites, but there are other memory boosters too. Phosphatidyl Serine helps lower stress levels so you feel more alert and focused. Green tea delivers antioxidants that support brain health as well.
5. Play games – Games requiring you to “beat the clock” require you to think fast. There are plenty of fun online games that challenge your brain, so take a few minutes each day to play.
Slow Aging at the Cellular Level
The good news is, you can help boost your memory at the cellular level, naturally. One of the biggest surprises of recent years is data now suggests memory loss is due to a decrease in blood supply to the brain – that is poor circulation. A healthy blood supply is key to keeping your brain fueled and functioning properly.
A few good natural options include Ginkgo Biloba, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, CoEnzyme Q-10, and the B Vitamins. For example Ginkgo Biloba boosts your mind on several levels: it improves short-term memory, sharpens your mental powers and protects your brain like nothing else. If you’re concerned about senior moments, brain fog or fuzzy thinking, you owe it to yourself to act today. Memory loss is not inevitable.