MEMORY Starts With ‘ME‘ (Protecting Your Memory)
By Hermine Hilton
‘America’s Memory Motivator’
Your MEmory is one of your most valuable assets.And it is up to you to do everything you can to protect it.
Your Physical Health…
…can effect your ability to remember. Strengthening your cardiovascular system should have positive effects on the brain. The brain thrives when there is adequate blood circulation. On the other hand, your brain’s ability to function smoothly is compromised if the blood vessels that deliver nutrients and oxygen to the brain are damaged.
Diet and Exercise…
…are most instructive in protecting your heart and brain. Attention to the right diet can help with hypertension while exercise helps to control blood pressure. And promoting healthy eating and ample exercise helps toward weight control. Weight control is of major importance to your physical health and its effect on your memory. This, because excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions that can affect the brain in a negative way.
A good diet means eating nutritious vitamin laden foods (for example; broccoli, asparagus, avocados, lettuce, tuna, mackerel and fresh fruit.)
While there is no solid proof, these are the foods that nutritionists tell us are the best to promote brainpower.
(So kiss-off the candy bars… and jilt the Jack.)
Also, researchers tell us NOT to overemphasize costly nutritional supplements at the expense of a balanced diet.
Exercise can elevate the levels of certain chemicals in your brain vital to memory formation. Your brain loves physical exercise because it promotes the growth of new brain cells.
(And I bet you thought you couldn’t grow any new ones.)
A brisk one half hour walk about five days a week will do more than keep you shapely. It will relax you, get your circulation going, increase cerebral blood flow, and diminish hypertension.
Senior citizens who walk regularly perform far better and quicker on memory tests than those who just sit around the house. And if you’re up for aerobics it’s a great way to boost your mental powers. All that jumpin’ around is a sure-fire way to get extra oxygen to your energy lovin’ brain. But even light exercises like yoga or just squeezing a stress ball can do wonders.
( So get off that couch…You’re not a potato. )
…is it good for your memory?
The answer to that is a resounding ‘YES’.
So love your bed.
A rested mind can be an attentive mind. And attention is the base of learning. Having adequate sleep allows you to concentrate. Concentration is the bulwark of overall mental performance. Lack of sleep deprives you of your mental prowess. It renders you slow to learn, causes forgetfulness, and incapacitates your IQ.
While sleeping, your brain can practice new skills such as playing the piano, perfecting your golf swing, or learning a language. This happens because sleep is when your brain processes new memories and reactivates the circuits it was using when you were gathering new information. There is also evidence that problems may be solved in the depths of your dreams.
( So grab that pillow and get your head down.)
Don’t Mess With Stress…
…because on the list of causes of memory disorders, Stress & Anxiety rank number#1.
Stress can lead to depression, which is also associated with memory disorders. Stress causes sleep disturbance and difficulty with concentration. It fatigues you and robs you of energy, which leaves you with a lack of interest or desire for focus. And focus is the mainstay and uppermost necessity when collecting and connecting with new memory. Research shows that prolonged exposure to stress can interfere with the function of neurotransmitters in the brain. Stress creates toxins that cause cell damage in the brain’s memory region and therefore interferes with the brain’s learning ability.
Repeated stress actually remodels the brain and causes nerve cells to shrink.
(Better put on some Mozart or Kris Kristofferson and get over it!)
HH The Lady On The Mountain www.hiltonmemory.com
[Hermine Hilton is an international Speaker and Author of “50 Ways to a Better Memory”, “The Executive Memory Guide” (Simon& Schuster), & “Fuhhgeddaboutit!” (How To Stop Worrying About Your Memory), Hermine’s column ‘ABOUT YOUR MEMORY’ appears monthly, online, in The Malibu Chronicle. You may have heard her on Radio or seen her on Television with David Letterman; Charlie Rose; Matt Lauer; Bryant Gumbel; or a host of others. She is the creator of Sonik Memory and the memory motivator for the Fortune 500 Companies from Nordstrom to NASA. Known internationally from the Netherlands to Nigeria, Turkey to Thailand, Italy to Israel, and almost all other points on the planet, she is also known as ‘The Lady On The Mountain’ to those of you in Malibu who drive Corral Canyon.]