As we age, we find ourselves worrying more and more about memory loss, attention span, and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, many believe that memory loss is a natural part of the aging process. While memory loss and shortened attention spans seem to become more frequent as we age, there are steps that you can take to help boost your memory and attention well into your older years.
The main reason for memory loss and decreased attention spans is due to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain. Your blood feeds and nourishes your brain and if your diet is lacking vital nutrients, your brain can become malnourished – leading to memory loss and more.
Think of the food you eat as the fuel for your brain – if you do not supply it with the proper fuel, it will experience power failures or short circuits – more commonly known as memory loss. Here are some good habits to exercise to keep your brain in good working order:
- Reduce stress and get plenty of sleep daily. Stress and lack of quality sleep can cause the neurotransmitters in your brain to misfire and not work properly. It is important to get adequate sleep and reduce your stress.
- Keep physically and mentally active. This includes exercising at least 3-4 times per week and using your mind every day. Read a book, do a puzzle, play memory games, or any other challenging game. Physical exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, which helps to provide needed nutrients.
- A healthy diet consisting of raw foods has been shown to help decrease memory loss. Foods high in the B Vitamins are most helpful. Amino acids are extremely important as well. Consider adding blueberries, spinach, fish, brown rice, nuts and whole grains to your diet.
While the tips above will help to improve your memory, many often find that they are in need of supplementation. There are many herbs that have been researched and shown to have significant effect on the brain and memory loss in general. Here are just a few to consider:
- Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb that is closely related to Gotu Kola. This herb increases circulation in the brain and has shown to improve both short and long term memory.
- Garlic has many memory enhancing properties and can be added to your
healthy diet or taken in an herbal form.
- Other herbs that have been used to enhance memory include, rosemary, anise, gotu kola, and ginseng.
The most popular herb used for memory enhancement is ginkgo biloba. Because it increases circulation to the brain and therefore, increases brain function, it is used most commonly to increase memory. This is a powerful herb that is used for many holistic conditions and should be used as directed by your holistic health professional.
You do not need to settle for memory loss as you age – follow the simple hints above and keep your memory and brain active for many years!
Please Note: It is important to consult with your Primary Physician before trying any new holistic treatments that may interfere with any existing health conditions or medications you’re currently taking.
By Tammy Moorehead CHHP, for the 50 Plus Report