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Bi Nod

Bi Nod

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Published by: binodgm on Sep 11, 2009
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Here’s how you can keep your memory sharp...

Some 2,500 years ago, Sophocles observed, “Men in old age learn to be wise.” Perhaps because wisdom is a treasured benefit, people fear losing their memory more than any other agerelated disability. Although its important to maintain one’s physical health as one gets older, it’s equally important to keep your mind active. It’s often said that ‘you are as old or young as you feel’. Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Seema Hingorrany gives you ten tips to keep your memory in good shape: 1) If you want to sharpen your memory, attention span, and learning ability, put on your walking shoes and get going. The more oxygen your brain receives the better it functions 2) The brain is best fuelled by steady supply of glucose. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast can have serious repercussions on your memory performance. Eat plenty of foods that keep your brains sharp and clear, like fruits and vegetables. Foods like blueberries, strawberries and spinach have amazing abilities to improve brain functioning. They protect the brain through their inherent antioxidant properties, but also foods that are rich in betacarotene, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, zinc and B12 are excellent resources that help keep the brain in good health. 3) Skimping on sleep will have adverse effects. Stress is distracting and makes remembering more difficult. People who are often anxious produce high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and research over the past 20 years has indicated that sustained cortisol elevations can damage brain cells and impair mental functions. Getting a good night’s sleep is nature’s way to reduce stress. 4) Did you know your brain is a muscle? And like any muscle, it needs to be conditioned to function at its best. Researchers suggest exercising your brain for at least fifteen minutes each day with activities such as crossword puzzles, card games, learning something new or reading a new author. You can find challenging mental activities such as Sudoku, or a book of math and logic puzzles. 5) Take a break. The brain loves to travel and see new places, meet new people. Travel whenever you can, and see the change for yourself. 6) Understand your own style of learning. People can be visual learners, remembering best what they see. They benefit the most from memory notebooks and signs. Others are auditory learners, remembering best what they hear. They benefit from talking out loud or using a tape recorder. A few people are kinesthetic learners, remembering best what they experience. They will benefit most from writing things down or acting them out. Knowing your strength will help your memory run at peak efficiency. 7) Humans require positive and meaningful interactions with other human beings. A lack of stimulation that is normally obtained from these types of interactions can lead to depression and cause memory problems. In addition to your routine interactions, seek out those with whom you can have positive and meaningful interactions. 8) Alcohol is a depressant and alcoholism damages the brain in ways that can harm your memory. 9) Apart from being necessary for our survival, water also helps to promote memory. Not enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause mental confusion and problems with memory. 10) Good news for chocolate lovers. A Wheeling Jesuit University professor reports that eating milk chocolate can improve your brain activity. Consumption of milk or dark chocolate showed improved impulse control and reaction time. These findings provide support for nutrient release via chocolate consumption to enhance cognitive performance.

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