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Hold on to your Marbles

by | July 31st 2020 | Blog

Having a slim waist and great skin is all well and good but memory loss can negatively affect our quality of life later on.

While memory loss is a natural part of getting older, it can be very distressing.  I’m not necessarily talking about dementia, although this can be very angst-inducing if there is family history, but more those “can’t remember a damn thing” moments that can strike later in life.

Anything that causes less blood to flow to the brain as well as stress and depression can reduce our ability to store new memories or recall old ones, click HERE to find out more.  So when you see a familiar face but just can’t remember their name, fatigue and stress are the most likely cause.

Great news! There are many lifestyle changes we can adopt to help improve our memories.

Cut down on alcohol, coffee and caffeinated fizzy drinks

Everyone knows that alcohol is particularly linked with memory loss and not just in the “where the hell are my keys!” kind of way. If you are experiencing regular moments like these then see if reducing your alcohol consumption makes a difference as it really does hinder brain cell communication. I am not suggesting you become teetotal, but drinking a few glasses of wine a day is a habitat that is surprisingly easy to give up once you start to experience the improvements.

Surprisingly, caffeine is also linked to poor memory and this is because it increases our stress levels. Over an extended period of time our levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, slowly increase which can hinder the retention of new memories and prevent us from recalling old ones.

For tips on cutting down your alcohol consumption check out our blog post “Drinking Alcohol During Lockdown”

 

Get more Zzzzzzs!

Getting a really good night’s sleep is all-round wonderful stuff. I know that when I’m deprived of sleep I can’t even remember my own name, let alone remembering passwords or to remove the size stickers from my new clothes!

Sleep is the brain’s way of processing events into memories, for more wisdom on better sleep check out the Every Mind Matters Sleep Guide.

Practice Yoga (Just do it, please!)

If you already practice yoga then you will know the absolutely miraculous results it can yield and is probably the best exercise for ironing out wrinkles in our minds.

In particular, the Cobra pose really enhances circulation and can be helpful for the brain.

To learn more about Yoga, head over to the NHS Guide to Yoga where you’ll also find some great free yoga workouts you can do at home.

Get Your B Vitamins

Mounting evidence suggests that  B vitamins, in particular B6, B12 and folic acid, can help slow down memory loss due to ageing. High levels of the amino acid homocysteine could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and these B vitamins could help keep their level in check.

Vitamin B12 can be found in meat and fish. While asparagus, lentils, beans and leafy green vegetables are a good source of folic acid and vitamin B6.

For more information, check out the NHS article Vitamin B Clue to Dementia.

If need be, just take notes..

We cannot possibly remember everything and the pressure we put our poor brains under is extraordinary, so be kind to yourself. If something slips your mind don’t stress, it will only make it worse. It happens to the best of us. And remember (no pun intended!) this is what notebooks, diaries, calendars and iPhones were made for.