As we age, we find that our short term memory is less reliable and that we can quickly forget the purpose of tasks we start. Although forgetful moments can be humorous for some, for others it can be nerve-racking experience, especially when diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia run in the family. So, is there a way to help safeguard against short and long term memory loss or reduce the chances of developing dementia? By properly fueling your brain with the nutrients and rest it needs, you will most definitely be taking a step in the right direction.
Brain Boosting Foods. The food you consume can play a large part in the memories you retain. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, helps to fuel the brain with the nutrients it needs to function optimally. To ensure you are eating foods rich in Vitamin E, add items such as nuts, nut butters, seeds, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli into your daily routine. Omega 3 foods, such as nuts, seeds, fish and seafood, are also a great way to ensure that your brain is fueled with DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). DHA assists with the functioning of neurons in the body and promotes optimal brain performance and memory.
Memory Supporting Supplements. Unfortunately the processed foods we consume can be deficient in the necessary vitamins that we need for our body and the brain to function at its peak. For instance, a deficiency in Vitamin B12 can lead to fatigue and memory problems. If you suspect you may be deficient in a particular vitamin, consider taking a multi-vitamin or seeking the aid of a health care practitioner who may be able to better identify when a deficiency may exist. Alternatively, if you are just looking to support that lagging memory, you can always try, ginkgo biloba or Asian ginseng which is popularly consumed in tea form.
Adequate Sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation “Sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories—strengthening connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another.” Rest is critical to our brain’s performance and maintaining our short and long term memories, so don’t feel guilty if you decide to “hit the hay” a bit early. You may find those forgetful moments will diminish and that the memories you want to hold onto will be easier to retrieve.