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4 Keys to Improve Memory

Dr USBSometimes I wish I could just upload names, instructions, and honey-do lists right out of my brain. Plug and play. But other thoughts and distractions seem to get in the way. Here are keys to help get that focus and mental sharpness back.

  1. Omega-3s and Essential Fatty Acids are healthy fats that reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. They’re called essential for a reason – we have to get it from an outside source like fish oil.
  2. Antioxidants are lost under physical and mental stress. Glutathione is a strong antioxidant, and low levels have been linked to Alzheimer’s. If only we could get rid of all that stress…
  3. Regular exercise reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. I’ve talked before about a “10” exercise routine: 10 pushups, situps and minutes of walking (see my Jan blog). Plus the 10 minutes of reading, which is reading on anything that will challenge your brain – not Facebook or Angry Birds! “Use it or lose it” applies to that muscle in your head too.
  4. Multitasking is bad on the brain, and here’s why. Try this exercise: Count out loud as fast as you can from 1-10, then the alphabet A-J. Should take about 2 seconds to do each of these. Now try this: alternate between the numbers and letters (e.g. 1-A, 2-B, 3-C, etc) and see how long it takes. Not as easy, right? Shifting tasks back and forth (multitasking) is stressful on the brain, so memory will be improve if you focus on 1 task at a time!

Write these tips down before you forget. Better yet, start doing these today! Feel free to share this info with your forgetful coworkers and friends.

Michael Corsilles, ND, PA-C