Tips for Improving Your Memory   

Tips for Improving Your Memory

Becoming a bit forgetful is a frequent consequence of aging, but it isn't entirely unavoidable.

Misplacing car keys and mobile phones happens to everyone at one time or another. Then you find yourself struggling to remember where you parked your car or what you ate for breakfast. If your memory needs a little sharpening, try these tips.

Brain training

Crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, Sudoku, etc, require cognitive effort, which does help improve memory. Studies have shown that by training your memory with these kinds of brain games or by learning new activities, you can improve your cognitive abilities, even accounting for the natural decline in mental performance over time.

Eat right
You've heard of the term 'brain-food' right? It's not limited to just foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as a healthy diet packed with fruits, vegetables and whole grains is good for the brain, too.
Remember to also keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids: dehydration can often lead to mental confusion and forgetfulness.

Try a supplement
A favourite in traditional complementary medicine, ginkgo biloba has been long associated with improving memory function. However, clinical findings haven't really been able to prove the effectiveness of this herb. Smaller studies have testified to ginkgo's memory enhancement properties, but larger-scale studies have not been so promising.
Still, it wouldn't hurt to try it and see if you notice any difference.

Physical activity promotes good circulation within the body, and that includes the brain. Keep active by scheduling at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every day. You can also include short bursts of exercise throughout the day by taking the stairs instead of the lift, and performing spot exercises at your desk in the office.

Sometimes we don't really pay attention to the tasks we are performing. By focusing on each piece of information, you'll be more likely to retain it. Another trick is to bring up the memory quickly and frequently. For example, when you've just learned something, practise or revise it sooner rather than later. This can help you better store the information in your memory. 

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