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Memory loss affects millions of people; especially women they get into their later years. Studies show that almost two-thirds of Americans who suffer Alzheimer’s disease are women. In addition, women in their 60s have a higher chance of contracting Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer (1 out of 6 v. 1 out of 11). But it does not have to be this way. Getting older does not have to equal losing memory. Here are 6 tips on how to preserve your memory.
Play puzzle games
When was the last time you did a crossword puzzle? How about Sudoku? Playing puzzles, brain games and memory exercise games help exercise your brain; therefore leading to improved memorization skills.
Eating brain foods
Certain foods are conducive to brain health. They help boost brain function, including your memory. Which ones are they? Glad you ask! Here is a list of them:
- fatty fish
- leafy green and cruciferous veggies
- skinless poultry
- raw nuts
- berry fruits (e.g., blueberries, raspberry)
- oils (e.g., olive oil, canola oil)
- dark chocolate
- red wine (Note: drink in moderation)
- black coffee
- whole grains
Take a brisk walk
Walking has so many health benefits for the human body. One of them is boosting memory capacity. How so? Studies show that cardio exercises such as walking and jogging can help increase the size of the brain; thus, increasing white matter and neuron activity within the brain.
Mediate to relax your brain
“Ommmm!” Mediation is a great way to relax your brain. A relaxed brain allows better preservation of memory. Mediation allows you to reflect on the day or week that you had or about to embark on. Also, mediation helps you gain mental clarity. You only need a few minutes of quiet, alone time to successfully mediate. Just relax, close your eyes, take a deep breath and mediate.
Maintain balance of iron levels
The number one nutrient that most women are deficient in is iron. Iron helps the neurotransmitters essential to memory function properly. Low iron levels contribute leads to memory loss. Don’t believe me? A study showed that women with low iron levels missed as twice as many memory questions in comparison to women with adequate iron levels.
Do one thing at a time
As a modern woman, you are probably jugging 1000 tasks at once. From working to care of the family, you have several duties. That is understandable but multitasking affects brain health long-term. Make an attempt to start doing one thing at a time. Otherwise, you start forgetting what task to do in the first place.
These 6 tips should help preserve your memory. Just “remember” to re-read this article occasionally to make sure you stay on track.