Brain Power: 3 Tips for Improving Your Memory

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By: Donna Ruko | Eve Whitaker Posted: 9:32 PM, Jul 13, 2016

It’s a helpless feeling when you can't remember where you put your keys or parked your car, but it's not something you're helpless about. In fact, Donna Ruko has a list of simple steps you can take to improve your memory! 

1.  Exercise

Time and time again research shows that if you keep your body busy today your brain is less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia tomorrow. How does fitness forestall forgetfulness? Physical activity boosts blood flow to the brain, and that simulates the growth of new grey matter. That grey matter is part of our central nervous system, which is directly responsible for memory. No single activity or exercise can improve your brain function more than others. It works the same for runners, yogis, and iron-pumpers.

2.  Diet

Eggs and leafy greens help the mind recall information. One egg supplies a quarter of your daily value of choline, a nutrient that helps your body produce a necessary neurotransmitter for memory and learning, and leafy greens are packed with nitrates. A recent study revealed that people who consumed lot of nitrate-rich plant food like spinach, lettuce, and beets increased blood flow to parts of the brain responsible for working memory, which helps you with math, and remembering phone numbers.

3.  Sleep

It turns out sleep is also crucial for your brain. As you sleep, your brain gets more blood flow, and what goes on in your brain while you sleep is an intensely active period of restructuring that is crucial for how our memory works.

Now, what we were talking about? Time to eat a salad, hit the gym, and go to sleep!

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