There are many articles and tv programs these days discussing the topic of how to maintain your memory. Unfortunately, it would seem that yesterday’s proven memory boosters don’t always stand up to testing and scientific studies often have to involve large numbers of subjects over very long periods of time. There is good news however, with the following still being advised to maintain our precious memories.
Still a “yes.” Aiming to be as active as you can in daily life means simply that you should try and move as much as you can. Sit less, take the stairs when you can, park further away from the entrance of a store you wish to enter. You should also ensure that you are getting 150 minutes a week of purposeful activity such as walking briskly, playing tennis, riding your bike, swimming or lifting weights. A 2017 report by the National Academy of Sciences determined that fitness may be the best tool we have against cognitive impairment and dementia. There is actually some evidence to prove that regular exercise can improve the health of your brain in as little as six months.
Eating the Mediterranean Way
There is not one single food that is likely to be the cause of, or be the cure for memory problems. Ensuring that you have a balanced and healthy diet that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and olive oil and cutting back on red meat may help keep your brain in good shape. A 2017 study of nearly 6,000 people in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggested that people who ate this way had a 35 percent lower risk of cognitive impairment than people who didn’t follow this diet. It would seem that scientists are discovering that your brain and heart have similar needs so it is basically a BOGO!
Managing Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure may damage small blood vessels in the brain. Research published in the October issue of the journal Neurology found that women sho developed high blood pressure in their 40’s had a 73 percent increased risk of dementia compared to women who maintained a normal blood pressure as they aged.
You may have read over the past years that Brain Games, Vitamins and Supplements and Ginseng were all good for improving your brain power, however, it would appear that the claims associated with the above four are a little misleading.
No doubt as more research is completed there will be more things to add to the list of the things we should be doing, and the things that maybe are not helping as first indicated. Watch this space!