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Effective Ways To Improve Memory
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Effective Ways To Improve Memory

Research has revealed that exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells in the part of the brain associated with memory. Scientists from Columbia University Medical Centre, USA, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to observe brains of humans before and after exercise. And they reported appearances of new brain cells after exercise. Even in old age, the brain has still the ability to adapt and change. In fact, some experts believe that the power of your brain is so vast that you will only be able to discover or use fraction of it in your entire life. Exercise not only tones your body and gives you energy, it can also boost your brain power.

Getting enough sleep

Just as you pamper your body with good exercise and healthy nutrition, quality or enough sleep is also important. Study indicated that an average adult needs to sleep not less than 8 hours a day. Test has discovered that higher levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, were present in the saliva of people who had less sleep or people who wake up early. Cortisol is known to manipulate mood and concentration. The common downsides of waking up early are muscle aches, colds, and mood swings. However, those who wake up late were more leisurely and less busy. But if your daily routine demands that you wake up early, taking short naps during the day, when you feel stress, would be a good option.

Spending time with friends and loved ones

Laughter is among the best things that boost memory, and laughter at its best is when spent with friends and loved ones. Sometimes we even lose track of time when we are having fun with friends and family. The children are especially very good at this for they are the masters of playing, laughing, and taking life lightly. Having a lot of friends is an asset. So, don’t overwork yourself. Go out and have fun.

Eating memory-enhancing foods

Just as your body needs good nutrition so does your brain - to enhance memory. Fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful ones, contain good antioxidants that protect your brain cells from damage. Try blueberries, oranges, mango, cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, and so on. Try also green and leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, red and green leaf, Romaine and iceberg lettuce, and cabbage. As opposed to drinking too much alcohol (which kills brain cells), drinking fruit juice will nourish your brain and enhance your memory. Among the top fruit juices are pomegranate, grape, blueberry, black cherry, cranberry, orange, apple, tomato, and carrot juice.

Trying new things

Give your brain a workout by trying new and challenging things. The more you work out your brain the more you’ll be able to remember information. If you need to exercise and lose weight, but haven’t done so in the past, going to the gym or trying out new exercises at home or in the outdoors are very good options. You can also join a new fitness group and meet new friends or try a new fitness program. Just try something new. Your brain needs stimulation to keep it growing and developing.

Enhancing your ability to learn and remember will also improve your memory. Always pay good attention to things that are new to you because your brain can only record quality information if you pay enough attention. Relate new information to what you already know and rehearse information you’ve already learned.


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C4rmen  

Thanks for this read Lemuel :) I tend to get about 7-8 hrs sleep and its generally enough but if not, instead of taking naps during the day I have a few minutes of silently noticing my breathe with my eyes closed. That does the trick!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Wow. I could now recall someone taught me that trick before. It will totally relax your mind. Am I correct? :)

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Indeed, like a reset button.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Nice trick. I want to try that because I ignored it before. But I might daydream (as a result of being new to this trick). hehe... Thanks a lot.

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  about 7 years ago

I never knew there were memory -enhancing foods. Thanks for the info!

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  about 7 years ago
  

You're welcome Shawn. I'm glad I included the memory-enhancing foods here. I'm sure I got more in my notes somewhere. Thanks for the visit.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Good advice. Thank you.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you found it useful.

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  about 7 years ago

I would definitely try to give my brain a workout regularly to see how much I can improve or at least maintain. Thanks for your article.

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  about 7 years ago
  

You're welcome Jesse. I appreciate the visit.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article, Lemuel. I'm certainly going to keep it in mind and do what I can to help my brain. I, too, need all the help I can get.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Georgia. Applying these things will certainly give your brain a good workout.

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  about 7 years ago

This old brain needs all the help it can get. Thanks for giving me some easy options.

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  about 7 years ago
  

You're welcome John. I'm glad I wrote this article and shared it.

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

very educational article

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Barbara.

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  about 7 years ago

Some excellent information here Lemuel, I know I definitely feel worse when I haven't had enough sleep. Interesting statistic about levels of cortisol in the saliva.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Penny. I'm surprised how experts choose salivary cortisol to measure the level of stress here, instead of urinary or free cortisol. Perhaps because it's nearest to the brain.

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  about 7 years ago

I sure needed this one...great information Lemuel

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you

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  about 7 years ago

Awesome article, this is an area that doesn't get enough attention. I HAVE to get up early so I can enjoy everyones articles before the day starts thought!! Thanks Lemuel:)

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hello and welcome. Yeah, the power of human brain is amazing. And it never stops learning. Have a nice day Wayne and thanks for the comment.

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  about 7 years ago
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