No matter whether you are young or old, most of us have experienced a moment like this: somebody was introduced to you at a party, but just as turned your head, you forgot this fellow's name. If you are a senior, you probably excused yourself: Oh well, I'm old, it is natural that my memory is declining.
Scientists however have discovered that the human brain has the ability (neuroplasticity) to adapt and change, even into old age. It means, with the right stimulation, our brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways.
So what stimulation or things are good for your brain/memory? Here are some tips from HelpGuide.org:
- Physical Exercise can not just help you maintain a healthy weight, delay and prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems, but even more - it can increase oxygen flow to your brain and reduce the risk of disorders that lead to memory loss
- Healthy Relationships: research shows that having meaningful relationships and a strong support system are vital not only to emotional health, but also to brain health. In one recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health, for example, researchers found that people with the most active social lives had the slowest rate of memory decline
- Stress Management: one of the brain’s worst enemies is stress. Chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones
- Nutrition: a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and “healthy” fats can not only provide lots of health benefits, but also improve memory. The following are helpful for your brain,
- Get your Omega-3s
- Limit calories and saturated fat
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Drink green tea
- Drink wine/grape juice in moderation
- Brain Training: anything new, challenging and fun that can give your brain a workout will do the trick
Need more information to empower yourself? Check out some books from the Toronto Public Library by following the links below:
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