10 Ways to Improve Your Memory

 

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Remember when you used to remember

everything?  You can get your memory back.

How do I improve memory? That’s a big question for many people today as more and more people have trouble recovering information from their brain. Technology is a great thing. We get information at the speed of our fingertips. This includes getting directions, calling a person on their phone, or finding an address. Technology has made all this much simpler, but it has had an effect on how we “work-out” our brains. I am showing my age, but when I was growing up, I had phone numbers memorized.  I was able to look at a map, yes, a paper map, and could remember the routes.  I remembered addresses or was able to get out the big old phone book out and look up addresses. Today, kids keep their memories sharpened by playing Mortal Combat on the X-box and remembering the codes to, “rip the spine out of your opponent.”
They say you can’t treat an old-dog new tricks. This is wrong. The brain can adapt to new information, no matter what your age. This is due to Neuroplasticity. With the right stimulation, your brain can create new neural pathways, or wake up neurons along pathways that have become dormant. At any age, neuroplasticity is a possible and wonderful system the brain harnesses. [Click to Tweet].
So let’s look at some ways that anyone can improve their memory:
  1. You can work on those crossword puzzles that are in your daily newspaper, or in those small books you can get at most stores.
  1. Word searches are another exercise you can use to help keep your mind sharp.
  2. The fun game of Concentration is something fun and simple you can do to improve brain power.
  3. Getting the proper amount of sleep, “The truth is that over 95% of adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night to avoid sleep deprivation. Even skimping on a few hours makes a difference. Memory, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills are all compromised.” [1]
  1. Try to keep your stress in check. Over time, stress releases cortisol which can destroy brain cells and affect our hippocampus. This is the area of the brain where new memories are formed and retrieval of old memory occurs. In our clinic, we are able to tell the people who may have memory issues by their cortisol load and circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is your sleep wake cycle.
  1. Have a diet that helps your brain. “Get your omega-3’s. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for brain health. Fish is a particularly rich source of omega-3, especially cold water “fatty fish” such as salmon, tuna, halibut, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring.”[2] Another way to boost omega-3’s is to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Learn something new. Remember when I used the old phrase, “you can’t teach an old dogs new tricks?” That is absolutely false.   Older people are taking it upon themselves to learn new things all the time.  More older people are going back to college. When I was in Chiropractic school, we had a gentleman who was an ambassador, taking classes who was in his sixties. Alfred was an amazing guy. He got his degree in Chiropractic in his mid-sixties.
  1. Exercise, even if it’s a little. “Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by stimulating nerve cell to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage.”[3]
  1. If you’re a computer person, then try the site Luminosity on your desktop or Ipad. It has lots of fun games to help you improve your memory.
  1. Make sure you have a healthy gut. “Your gut is your “second brain,” and your gut bacteria transmits information to your brain via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem into your enteric nervous system (the nervous system of your gastrointestinal tract).[4] There is a close relationship between normal gut flora and brain heath. [Click to Tweet] “Quite simply, your gut health can impact your brain function, psyche, and behavior, as they are interconnected and interdependent in a number of different ways.”[5] Probiotics are also beneficial for your brain health.
So, I hope this helps many of you increase your brain power no matter what your age is. The brain is a remarkable thing, keep using it. Like the old saying goes – use it or lose it!
Dr. David Starkey D.C.
July 27, 2015
www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/24/memory-improvement-tricks.aspx
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