Memory Tips for a Younger Brain

This article provides a comprehensive list of many of the memory tips for a younger brain and a sharper mind that you’ve read about in other posts on this blog.

Memory Tips for a Younger Brain

Each week, choose 1 of the memory tips for a younger brain and add it to your routine.

 Protect your brain.

· Avoid toxic substances like alcohol, drugs, nicotine, too much caffeine, toxic fumes and many medications—pain and anxiety are not good for your brain.

· Avoid bottled water. In a study by the Environmental Working Group, 28 toxic pollutants, including fertilizer residue, pharmaceutical drugs, fuel propellants, heavy metals and byproducts of chlorine-based disinfection, were detected in the bottled water that was tested.

· Reduce or eliminate red meat and sugar. A study published in the journal Stroke suggests that a high intake of omega-6 fatty acids (found in red meat) is associated with impairment of cognitive function in men age 69 to 89. Additional studies show that red meat is linked to amyloid neuro-fiber tangle build-up, which is believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

· Avoid trans fats, which are found in fried foods, snack foods and bakery goods.

· Avoid all chemical sweeteners, like aspartame, which has been linked to memory loss.

· Avoid soda. Sodas can leach minerals from the body and generate free radicals, which can damage the brain.

· Avoid food additives such as MSG, which has been linked to cognitive decline.

Feed your brain.

· Drink plenty of purified water. The brain is 80 percent water and needs lots of water, as do all cells in the body.

· Eat a largely vegetarian diet. Research shows that fresh vegetables— especially those rich in antioxidants, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, beets, onions and red bell peppers—and fruits such as prunes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, red grapes and cherries appear to protect brain cells.

· Eat antioxidant-rich foods. Studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association show that people who had highest intakes of vitamin C- and E-rich foods were the least likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

· Eat tryptophan-rich foods like turkey and avocados. A study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry shows that tryptophan depletion is linked to cognitive decline and memory loss.

· Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids such as seaweed and wild salmon, and consider a wild salmon or high-quality fish oil supplement.

Increase blood flow and oxygen to your brain.

· Sleep more. Less than six hours of sleep a night is related to a decrease in blood flow to the brain. Decreased blood flow prematurely ages the brain.

· Exercise to increase circulation and blood flow to the brain. Low body-brain oxygen is linked to cognitive decline.

· Practice deep breathing exercises throughout the day.

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Each week, choose 1 of the memory tips for a younger brain from the list and add it to your routine. Then tell us how you’re doing. Share this list with friends.


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