TopicReminiscence - Impacting Brain Fitness, Lifelong Learning, Healthy Aging, and Wellness
83 postsTue 17th Apr 2018 - 12:22pm
1. Exercise 3-4 times a week doing aerobic (running, walking, bicycling, swimming, etc) and muscle ProtoGen strengthening with weights, Pilates, yoga. Produces feel-good hormones in your brain, delivers needed oxygen, brightens your mood, and aids in coordination.
2. Feed your brain - things like fish and Omega-3 oils repair worn out brain cells and help preserve memory. B vitamins, especially B12, are crucial to good brain health.
3. Play mind games - things like crossword puzzles, chess, any type of game that requires memory recall will stimulate your brain and help your memory stay sharp.
4. Get enough sleep - Your brain and other parts of your body replenish and repair while you are sleeping. Keeping a regular sleep schedule will help you stay sharp.
5. Avoid smoking or alcohol. Research has shown that smokers and alcohol drinkers develop dementia more than nonsmokers. Alcohol kills brain cells that do not recover.
As I've explained here, some aspects of memory loss are common and just natural nuisances associated with getting older. Some memory loss, however, is associated with serious conditions like dementia and Alzheimer disease. If you, or a loved one, experience any of the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer disease, consult your doctor. With early treatment, dementia can often be turned around and Alzheimer disease can be slowed down greatly.
In Part II we'll look at how prescription and recreational drugs can affect your memory. We'll also look at how certain natural supplements can help stave off effects of aging on your memory and help keep you mentally alert and sharp.