You lost your keys. Again. You missed a business meeting and even forgot to take your kid to her music class. What is happening to you? You used to be so put together!
Wait … what was I saying? Oh yeah…
Aging and memory loss.
Yep, we get it.
You’re not going crazy; it really is happening to you … and the rest of us as we age. Although we’re not exactly sure why it happens, some studies suggest that memory loss may be due to synapses, or connections between brain cells, weakening as we age. Add in hormonal changes, decreased blood flow to our brains as we age, and that body’s inability to absorb “brain enhancing nutrients” and, well, we’re in trouble.
So, small memory losses are normal, but is there anything we can we do about it?
Your memory is a “use or lose it” tool. That means if it’s not getting enough “exercise” then it could weaken. So, engage in some memory and thinking games like Scrabble, crosswords and memorization games. Also, take a class and learn something new!
Adding turmeric (part of the ginger family) to your diet has been shown as a natural way to improve memory. However, Dr. Oz says that it’s difficult on digestion, so pair it up with pepper.
“Turmeric has been proven to help with memory, but it’s difficult to absorb through your intestines. The active ingredient in pepper called piperine can increase the absorption by 2,000 fold, maximizing the benefits.”
There are natural antioxidants in fruits and also in green tea. Increasing antioxidants helps your brain from getting foggy and rusty. (Plus, those things are just yummy!)
Foods like salmon, tuna, trout, walnuts, and flaxseed are all high in Omega-3 fats, which have also been shown to help memory.
Getting out and about helps your memory because being social challenges your brain. Additionally, it helps lower stress and ward off depression–also factors that affect memory loss.