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Maximizing Your Memory

Is your mem­ory fuzzy? Are you hav­ing trou­ble remem­ber­ing what you went to the store for? It hap­pens to many of us. Age, stress, and depres­sion can wear away at your mem­ory over the years. But you can fight back. There are plenty of sug­ges­tions out there that can help you keep your mem­ory sharp. Here are a few things you can do to com­bat mem­ory loss:

  • Work your mind out: Cross­words and sim­i­lar puz­zles help exer­cise your mind and keep your brain mus­cles strong. They force you to con­cen­trate and think cre­atively and that keeps your brain buffed up and limber.
  • Get enough sleep: Poor sleep can pre­vent the brain from stor­ing mem­o­ries. Get­ting a good, deep night’s sleep can help you avoid forgetfulness.
  • Eat the right things: Diets high in cho­les­terol and fat have been linked to mem­ory loss in advanced soci­ety. Eat­ing right, choos­ing low-fat food options, can help keep your mem­ory like a steel trap.
  • Get out your seat and jump around: Your brain needs plen­ti­ful blood sup­ply to func­tion prop­erly. Phys­i­cal activ­ity will help stim­u­late blood flow to the brain and keep it flush with oxygen.
  • Avoid the toxic stuff: Alco­hol, heavy met­als, and other toxic sub­stances adversely affect brain cells, and the fewer func­tion­ing brain cells you have, the worse your mem­ory will be.
  • Social­ize: Get­ting out face to face with oth­ers keeps you engaged and chases away some con­di­tions that can facil­i­tate mem­ory loss, like depression.
  • Reduce your stress: Stress depletes chem­i­cals in the brain respon­si­ble for mem­ory. Stay­ing stress-free will help you man­u­fac­ture those chem­i­cals and keep your brain hum­ming along.

 

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