10 Ways to Boost Your Memory
A healthy lifestyle can support your brain health and even encourage your brain to grow new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis.
Listen to music. Research shows that our brains are hardwired to connect music with long term memory. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.
Get a good night’s sleep and take naps. Consistently getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information. A recent study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore found that a lack of sleep may be a contributing factor to dementia.
Feed your brain. 50 to 60 percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking. Skimping on fats can be devastating to the adult brain. Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory.
Eat breakfast and make sure it includes an egg. According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins, which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage, and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.
Exercise – exercising isn’t just for the body, it also exercises your brain. Without nutrients, the brain’s ability to function is compromised. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are excellent activities to increase blood and nutrients to the brain
Do crossword puzzles, sudoku, read, or play cards. Studies have shown that doing any of these activities on a daily basis not only keeps your brain active but also helps to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia. So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book, or enjoy a game of solitaire.
Eliminate stress. Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away at the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory.
Write it down. If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help. You can start a journal, write yourself e-mails, or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.
Learn a new skill or teach someone else. Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve the memory of the material. Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.
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