Our brain is the most important organ in our body. In fact, our ability to think, feel and understand is a key differentiator between us, as humans, and other animals. One main component of our brain that makes humans such an intelligent species is our ability to remember and retain information: our memories. We have two types of memory storage in our brains: long-term memory and short-term memory.
Short-term memory could include remembering where you put your keys, items on your to-do list for the day, or learning/remembering a person’s name you just met. Long-term memory, on the other hand, is when certain memories and information get stored and recollected over long periods of time – years or decades later. Remembering childhood memories or how to count would be considered long-term memory stores.
As we age, the blood flow to our brain decreases which can impair memory and lead to cognitive decline. That said, however, there are a variety of lifestyle changes to help slow the decline of our memory stores and help our brains function more optimally.
1 Eat more Omega 3s. Omega 3s are found in foods such as fish, nuts and seeds. This nutrient is a fatty acid that helps to fuel and protect our brains from damage. Adding more Omega 3s into our daily diets has been shown to improve overall memory and recall in older adults. Talk to your doctor about adding Omega 3 supplements to ensure you are getting enough in your diet.
2 Get enough sleep. Our brains repair and regenerate while we sleep. If we don’t get enough sleep, our brains won’t have enough time to clear the day’s “waste” and repair the brain and body. This can cause memory loss or even dementia, over time. Be sure to get enough sleep each night and to take steps to obtain quality sleep, too.
3 Incorporate meditation into your routine. A daily meditation practice may positively affect your health in a variety of ways, and increased memory is one of them. Meditation has not only proven to relax your brain and reduce stress, but it has been shown to improve our brain’s ability to hold and process information.
Taking care of our brains is equally as important as exercising our bodies. Try to incorporate one or all the tips above--- to maximize the neural pathways in our brains and keep them performing at their peak.
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