The average person consumes about 100,000 words of information every day. Whether you are talking to a coworker, watching TV, reading a book or texting a friend, you are consuming information. And while it’s impossible to remember everything you see or hear, you should be able to remember important information. If you can’t, consider the following tips to improve your memory.
Switch From Vegetable Oil to Coconut Oil
Millions of Americans cook using vegetable oil. It’s a relatively mild oil with a high smoking point, making it ideal for just about any meat or vegetable. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with vegetable oil, switching to coconut oil may have a positive impact on your memory. A study cited by University Health News Daily found that coconut oil improved the memory of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Keep in mind, however, that coconut oil has high levels of saturated fat, so if you’re going to use it to cook with, limit your consumption of other foods and beverages high in saturated fat.
Get Your Vitamin D
There’s evidence suggesting that people who don’t get enough vitamin D are more likely to experience memory loss than their counterparts. Vitamin D is known for its ability to promote strong and healthy bones by allowing the body to use more calcium. However, this essential nutrient also promotes a sharp mind by curbing memory loss. You can get vitamin D in one of three ways:
- The sun: About 15 to 30 minutes of midday sun exposure should stimulate the production of vitamin D in your body to adequate levels.
- Supplements: Dietary guidelines recommend about 1,000 to 2,000 International Units (IUs) of vitamin D per day.
- Food and beverages: Countless foods and beverages contain vitamin D, including beef liver, cheese, eggs, fortified cereal, legumes and mushrooms.
Incorporate Move Physical Activity Into Your Lifestyle
The amount of time you spend exercising can affect your memory. Mayo Clinic explains that regular physical activity strengthens the brain and subsequently reduces the risk of memory loss and mental decline. Unfortunately, statistics show that only a mere 5% of adults in the United States exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. People who follow a sedentary lifestyle such as this are more likely to develop diabetes, obesity and heart disease than highly active adults. And if this study is correct, they are also more likely to have memory recollection problems. To strengthen your memory, incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle. Lifting weights, swimming, playing tennis, cycling or even jogging will strengthen your memory by increasing blood flow to your brain while releasing beneficial hormones like oxytocin in the process.
Start Your Day With a Cup of Coffee
Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning may curb memory loss. A study of more than 6,400 women cited by Psychology Today found that participants who drank the coffee were less likely to suffer from cognitive decline than their counterparts. How is coffee able to protect against memory loss exactly? That question remains open to debate, though some experts believe that caffeine is responsible for the beverage’s memory-boosting benefits. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) say that caffeine has an almost instant memory-boosting effect when consumed. The stimulant increases brain activity to make memories “resistant to forgetting.” Just remember to limit the amount of sugar or creamer you add to your coffee. For added sweetness, use a sugar substitute like stevia instead.
Download a Memory Training App on Your Smartphone
There are dozens of mobile apps that are designed specifically to strengthen and improve memory. The next time you’re sitting on the couch with nothing to do, try downloading and using some of these apps. You can search for “memory” on the Apple App Store or Google Play, which should reveal numerous memory training apps. Brain Training, for example, is a popular memory training app that features 15 games to strengthen your memory, including multitasking, math, focus, colors, face recollection, grid recollection, listening memory and more. By playing these games, you’ll naturally develop a stronger memory.
Get Evaluated for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
It’s difficult to maintain a sharp memory if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), this condition is characterized by persistent, long-term fatigue. It’s a relatively common condition, with statistics showing that up to 3% of the general adult population suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of the way in which it saps your energy levels, it can leave you feeling exhausted, both physically and mentally. As a result, you may struggle to remember things. The first step to combating chronic fatigue syndrome is to get evaluated for it. Only then can you can make the necessary lifestyle changes to treat it and improve your memory.
If you believe chronic fatigue is affecting your memory, contact Atlanta Chiro and Wellness today. We offer specialized services to help treat chronic fatigue and other related conditions.Share