Memory Loss

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Memory Loss


Memory Loss

While memory loss is a fearful part of life, it is comforting to know that there are several ways it can be combated. A healthy lifestyle coupled with plenty of information is key to preventing disease. This includes memory loss.

In order to understand how to fight memory loss, one must first recognize what factors can cause impairment:

Depression
Extreme Drinking or the use of Drugs
Head Injuries
Improper Nutrition
Insomnia/Lack of Sleep
Menopause
Medications
Stress

Therefore, it is essential to take proactive measures to either entirely prevent, or at least lessen, the potential effects of memory loss.

Keep your Brain Active! — It is important to stay mentally stimulated given that this continuously keeps the brain working. This may include writing, painting, reading, or learning to speak a new language. It might also mean challenging yourself by engaging in fun “brain games” like Sudoku, Jeopardy, Scrabble, or even newspaper crosswords. Challenging brain activities increases neuron growth!

Food – The foods that we consume undoubtedly play a significant role in the way our internal organs function. Nutrients are indispensable in fighting disease and, in this case, memory loss. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, beans, and antioxidant rich foods, such as greens and berries. Latest research shows a direct correlation between diets that include gluten and refined sugars to the increased brain inflammation which leads to disease.

Exercise – Physical activity helps increase blood flow and revitalizes the brain. Cardio vascular exercise helps the new neurons to network for increased brain function. For individuals that need low-impact workouts, swimming is a great option as it is gentle on the joints and serves as a full body activity. Stationary cycling is also low impact and provides great cardio.

Staying informed as well as being aware is the first step to keeping your brain both healthy and alert. In order to prevent memory loss, it is essential to understand what to do and what to steer clear of. We are always available to help you along the way. Stop by or call us any time and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Contact Dr. Linda at 773-385-9432 for more tips on healthy snacking.

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