Exercising your mind is as important to good health as exercising your body. Last week we discussed how important exercise, sleep, and eating healthy food are for your memory. We even said a glass of wine could help! Today we continue our tips for boosting memory with even more ideas for building brain strength. Try them out and enjoy the benefits!
- Meditate. Meditation requires concentration and focus, both of which benefit memory. But its power to reduce stress makes meditation a doubly beneficial brain exercise. Over time, stress hormones can destroy nerve endings in the hippocampus (the part of the brain most associated with memory), short-circuiting cell communication that can have a deleterious effect on memory. Daily meditation can help control stress and mitigate its potential impact on memory function.
- Eat fish. Numerous studies indicate a connection between decreased risk of dementia and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and lake trout. DHA helps rid the brain of harmful proteins that can negatively impact memory. Dietitians recommend taking a daily fish oil supplement that contains at least 180 milligrams of DHA.
- Seek out new experiences. Challenging your brain to tackle something completely new forces your memory cells into action. Something as simple as taking a new route to work or trying a new recipe triggers a higher level of concentration as your brain works to retain new information. You can boost memory function by constantly challenging your brain. Learn a new skill, take up a new hobby, visit a museum, watch a documentary, learn a foreign language, learn a new dance step the possibilities for boosting your brain power are endless.
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