As time passes by our capacity to recall information decreases. Research has shown that the hippocampus, the part of our brain responsible for building memory loses 5% of its nerve cells with each passing decade. However studies over the years suggest that the adult brain can still form new, memory-building neural networks in a process known as neuroplasticity. This allows adults to increase their memory capacity even as we grown old. Studies have shown that a few techniques help us achieve better memory. These include:
- Eat Right – Lets start with the basics, it is very important to feed your brain the right kind of food. Dr. Gary Small suggests a good intake of antioxidant-rich, fruits and vegetables, and low-glycemic carbs in order to increase brain health.
- *Exercise *– A good workout supports your brain to work at its highest potential by stimulating nerve cells to multiply. Research suggests that memory boost due to workout is linked to the release of norepinephrine, an exercise induced brain chemical that aids memory.
- Brain Games *– Scientists and researchers have observed that by playing brain games we can delay the decline of the brain. This is because it is believed that if you don’t challenge your brain with new, stimulating information the brain health begins to decline. Brain games are a good way to stimulate your brain on a daily basis, providing your brain with various cognitive*cognitive**
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- *Sleep Right *– Researchers have observed that loosing even half a night’s sleep can erode memory. During deep sleep the brain shifts memories from temporary to longer-term storage. It is also believed that lack of sleep can modify the process of brain growth, thus doctors, scientists and researchers put great emphasis on a good nights sleep.
- *Stop Multitasking *– When we put our mind at multiple things at one time it becomes difficult for the brain to retain all the information, thus making us prone to errors as well as forgetful. Studies suggest that in order to retain information one must be mindful of what they are learning, doing, or of their surrounding in order to focus on the information that is being imparted.
Feed your brain with new information and good food, give your brain and body a good workout, sleep well, and regain your focus to sustain good brain health.