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NUTRIENTS AND ACTIVITIES TO HELP MAINTAIN GOOD MEMORY
Poor memory is commonly associated with aging. Seniors are more prone to forget details such as names and places or things they meant to do just minutes ago. That’s because as years go by, there is a decline in our body’s capacity to produce the chemicals and nutrients needed by our brain cells to keep us mentally alert. The good news is, there are ways to keep our memory crisp and fresh. Remember grandpa or your neighbour who could still engage you in a conversation despite being advanced in age? They are testament to the fact that senior citizens can maintain good memory and cognition. But one must observe a healthy lifestyle and get into the right kinds of activities to keep the brain alert.
Take natural food and supplement. To address normal age-related forgetfulness and absentmindedness, eat sufficient amount of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. For your choice of brain supplement, choose the all-natural BrainMaster which provides the vital natural nutrients from Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi), Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6, which all combine to work towards memory recovery.
BrainMaster® can be likened to brain vitamins. It jumpstarts the brain to enable it to work more efficiently. It works on increasing blood flow to the brain by oxygenating it.
Various research studies have shown that brain exercises help in preserving mental acuity as a person ages. These include puzzles and brain teasers. The key is to solve puzzles that challenge you. There are also mental games that you can play like naming all people you know, adding numbers mentally, or memorizing mobile numbers of people on your phonebook. Another way to keep your brain constantly alert is doing things differently from the usual. For instance, brush your teeth or move the computer mouse using your non-dominant hand. Falling into routines can contribute in developing memory problems.
Engage in physical activities. Scientists say that a healthy human being is a human doing. Physical exercise like walking or doing chores is also an effective brain exercise. Movement and exercise increase breathing and heart rate so that more blood flows to the brain. A strong and healthy blood flow is an essential component of memory. Studies of senior citizens who walk regularly showed significant improvement in memory skills compared to sedentary elderly people.
Interact with people regularly. Most important of all is to regularly interact with other people. Dr. Alan Mazurek, a neurologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital, emphasizes the value of human interaction. If you’re talking to someone, you’re thinking of responses, how to follow-up. The constant back-and-forth that the interaction stimulates is most helpful.
The brain is the powerhouse and control center for all physiological and cognitive functions. It contains billions of neurological connections that work together to carry out complex functions. The brain controls unconscious physiological activities such as breathing, pulse, and digestion; and conscious activities such as thinking, reasoning, and feeling.
The brain is a very complex, sensitive organ that needs to be properly nourished and constantly stimulated in order to function properly and retain flexibility much like an athlete. Over time, the build up of toxins from pollutants, drugs, residues and other sources inhibits proper circulation. Unless properly cared for, the brain receives less and less of the vital nutrients and antioxidants it needs to function properly. When the brain is not functioning properly, memory loss and a whole host of problems ensues.
A normal human brain weighs about 2% of the total body weight. It grows up to 75 - 80% of the adult size within the first two years and full size at the age of 6 years. But the brain shrinks as you grow older. The shrinking starts in adulthood and continues at an average rate of 2% per decade. This means that at 80, your brain will be 12% smaller than at 20.