Walk into a room and forget why you came? Can’t recall the name of the new neighbor you just met yesterday? You are not alone. We all forget things from time to time. Yet, memory loss can be a more serious condition. While there is not an iron-clad solution to prevent memory loss or dementia, there are a number of brain fitness tips to reduce our risk and improve our memory function. Try these ten simple tips to boost your memory. Talk with your doctor when you feel you need help.
No. 1: Exercise your body
Physical exercise is still the number one thing you can do for your brain. When we exercise, oxygen and blood flow to the brain increase which helps to support improvements in short-term memory function and retrieval of information. Aim to break a sweat every day.
No. 2: Exercise your mind
Cross-training is the best way to improve memory function. On Monday, dive into a new book. On Tuesday, play 15 minutes of brain games. Try Making Curfew on BrainSpade.com to challenge your visual memory skills. Continue to tackle new challenges for the remainder of the week – card games, board games, or even trying a new recipe are all part of keeping your memory fit.
No. 3: Keep it Social
Maintaining social relationships helps to reduce stress levels and depression, both of which are major contributors to memory decline. Make plans to spend time with friends and family.
No. 4: De-Clutter
Forgetting things can be more of a problem if your home is in disarray. Organize papers and throw away things that aren’t needed. Get in the habit of putting your keys and other important items in the same place each day.
No. 5: Stop Multi-Tasking
Resist the urge of tackling multiple tasks at once. Multi-tasking elevates stress which can hinder memory function. Divide your day into chunks and concentrate for periods of time before stopping to do other things.
No. 6: Turn Up the Music
Studies show that listening to music can improve our ability to recall information. Choose music that lifts your spirits and add that into the mix when you are exercising, cleaning, or working on something familiar.
No. 7: Eat Your Veggies
A diet rich in dark-green leafy vegetables is essential for keeping your memory strong. Find creative ways to add more greens to your diet. Look for green smoothie recipes as a start. Dr. Oz has an excellent spinach smoothie which is actually quite tasty: Dr. Oz’s Green Drink.
No. 8: Spice Things Up
Countries like India that incorporate a variety of spices into their daily diet, show a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses. Look for new recipes and menu options that incorporate spices like cumin, cinnamon and ginger into your diet.
No. 9: Drink Up
Are you staying fully hydrated? Our brain is made up of 75% water. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already a bit dehydrated. If you don’t enjoy drinking water consider dropping in fresh lemon, basil or cucumber. Herbal tea is a great option too.
No. 10: BrainSpade.com
We would be remiss if we didn’t share that our team of clinicians are hard at work developing new brain exercises and brain teasers to keep your mind sharp, challenge your memory, and boost your spirit. Remember to make Brain Games part of your daily routine.