[toc]We all want a good and sharp memory. While good memory helps in excelling in any field, memory loss may disrupt our daily life like forgetting anything which was recently learnt, forgetting important assignments and relying on diaries and organizers more than one’s own memory power, having trouble in completing tasks and performing activities that are familiar and were previously done. Other symptoms of memory loss are misplacing things and getting difficulty in recalling them, forgetting people’s names and faces, running short of words in a conversation, etc.
Our brain starts losing its memory as we start getting old. However, the rate of loss differs from person to person. Further, this phenomenon can start in some people as early as in their 30’s, while others experience it much later. However, the good thing is that it is possible to prevent this from happening. A healthy diet, adequate physical activities, mental activeness and some natural memory boosters can greatly help in deferring and preventing memory loss.
6 Ways To Prevent Memory Loss
A component called thiamine which is a form of Vitamin B1 can be largely responsible for memory build-up. Deficiency of thiamine in the body may make us forget things faster. Although this deficiency can occur in anyone, people who consume alcohol have relatively lesser thiamine in the body.
Pistachio, which is highly enriched with thiamine can prevent memory loss, if consumed on regular basis. Due to its delicious taste and extensive use in food for garnishing, a few nuts can be eaten daily as a snack.
Brahmi is a creeping plant available all over India. Its has been used for ages in ayurvedic medicines as a brain food or tonic, memory enhancement and improve concentration and intelligence. It consists vital nutrients like manganese, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium and A and B bacosides. It relaxes the brain and improve its performance by stimulating the production of a brain chemical called serotonin.
Due to its antioxidant properties, brahmi is used in treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of brahmi are long lasting. However, it may take 3 to 4 weeks to show up significant improvement.
The food values present in almond makes it very effective for improving memory power. The lean proteins present in it helps in improving the cognitive functions of the brain, including memory power.
The zinc present in almonds works as a protective shield against free radicals as well as viral and bacterial infections which can cause serious damage to the brain cells. A form of Vitamin B-6 called pyridoxine stimulates the production of neurotransmitter chemicals, which streamlines the communication between the cells of the brain.
Carrots play an important role in enhancing the brain functions like memory and thinking power. It is a rich source of multi-vitamins and other vital nutrients like sodium, potassium, iron, sulfur, calcium, etc.
A plant compound called luteolin, largely found in carrots, reduces the inflammation of brain cells that causes aging of the brain. Carrots can be eaten in salads and cooked dishes. However, fresh juice is the most effective as it contains the goodness of carrots in large concentration. People with diabetes should avoid carrots.
Stay Mentally Active
According to a research done by Stanford University, up to 30 to 50 percent of memory loss can be improved with the help of mental exercises. Since the brain is a muscle, it requires to stay active. There are a lot of games available on the internet today, that involves workout of the brain.
Besides, playing games that requires a lot of mental exercise like chess, puzzles, reasoning games are good options to keep the brain active. It is also essential to stay physically fit with adequate exercise because a healthy body is necessary for a healthy brain.
A good night’s sleep not only refreshes our body and mind, but also makes our brain more active. It is just like restarting a computer when it freezes. When we sleep, out body takes rests, but our brain remains active. It keeps recollecting information and building memories.
On the other hand, sleep deprivation not only affects our memory, but is also responsible for serious health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, hormonal disorder, diabetes, etc. Our brain stores its long-term memories in its different parts, namely hippocampus and neocortex.The hippocampus replays the events it experiences during the day and the neocortex, in turn, reviews and process them so that they can last longer.
It is important to eat a brain-boosting diet and refrain from food that may be harmful for it. Limit your intake of calories and saturated fats, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Refrain from alcohol, tobacco and caffeine and switch to something healthy like herbal tea and juices.