Improve your memory with the right Diet

September 27, 2011

The ancient Greeks used to say ‘’a healthy mind in a healthy body’’. This axiom and motto should accompany all of us in our daily activities and actions. We can achieve this with the right diet, physical and mental exercise.  Memory is a function of the brain that needs to be safeguarded for many reasons, one of the most important ones being the fact that with good memory we achieve good quality of life.

Below you will find 9 advises, methods and suggestions that will help you improve, sharpen and maintain your memory.

  1. There are certain foods that have been identified as foods which help memory more than others. Broccoli, peas, bananas, oranges, legumes, nuts, whole wheat pasta, bread and green leafs vegetables are the foods that will provide the right nutrition for memory.
  2. Mind your sleep. Depriving yourself from the right amount of sleep harms your memory, reduces your quality of life, reduces productivity,  makes you more accident prone, increases tension and causes ups and downs in your psychological desires and mood and creates tension in your interpersonal relations. All of the above have negative effects on memory.
  3.  Aerobic exercises and daily fast paced walking increase the size of the brain and help and protect your memory. This enables you to maintain your memory at good functioning levels till the old age.
  4. Your brain like your body needs exercising for many reasons and in order to achieve different goals. The two best ways to exercise the brain and especially the memory part of the brain are the study of new foreign language and/or the study and practice of musical organ. The choice of the organ is up to you and you do not have to reach to professional levels if you do not have the talent.
  5. Luck of vitamin B12 results to the atrophy of the brain with a consequential reduction and in some cases loss of memory. The foods that are rich in B12 are the liver, red meat, fish, molluscs and milk. Fish and low fat milk are basic components of the Mediterranean diet.
  6. Even though it is better to consume them fresh, canned fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring, anchovies and tuna, are nutritionally beneficial to the heart and the memory function of the brain because they contained the needed nutritional food, omega-3 fatty acids.
  7. The vitamin that protects memory the most is folic acid. Folic acid can be found, in reasonable quantities, in beans, cereal, asparagus, oranges, strawberries, vegetables, avocado, and bananas.
  8. You should learn not to ignore taking care of your memory. Prevention and the maintenance at the proper function level are better than cure. You need to get a good night sleep, take a short knap in the middle of the day, drink tea, green or black tea does not make a difference for the retention of memory. You should also eat fresh fish, fruits, and olive oil. You should maintain your temper and control your stress level.
  9. As people get older the thyroid symptoms and problems increase. It is recorded that about 10% of the old age people, men or women, have some sort of thyroidal problem. It was found that such a malfunction affects memory. The treatment of this disease improves the memory functionality bringing it to the normal levels.

It is obvious from the above that diet and fitness contribute to the preservation of the memory to desired levels, leaving it intact of the passage of time. It is therefore important to eat well following the right diet and include in our daily routine, physical and mental exercises for the body and brain respectively.


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