Memory loss can happen to the best of us but there are many things we can do to help our memories from deciding to pack up on us and take a holiday. Sometimes we just need to calm things down in our life and sometimes we need to increase nutrition.
- Reducing/avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs of all kinds – Smoking affects the brain big time because it reduces the amount of oxygen that it receives. All types of drugs (prescription, over-the-counter and illicit) can interfere with our memory.
- Getting decent sleep – Lack of good quality sleep can affect your memory because when we lack decent sleep our brain finds it challenging to receive and bring information together.
- Managing depression and stress – This is also a biggie. When we feel depressed, it can be difficult to focus and our attention span is dramatically decreased. Same goes for when we feel stressed out. Don’t you find it tough concentrating on anything when you’re feeling stressed? I know I do. When we experience stress from an emotional trauma, this can lead to loss of memory also, so it’s always wise to work on clearing any emotional trauma from our past. Practicing meditation and yoga can be a great way to reduce stress and even getting out amongst nature and connecting barefoot to the earth can boost energy & connection and promote calm feelings.
- Getting adequate nutrition – When we don’t eat healthy foods such as good fats, foods that contain vitamin’s B1 and B12 and good high quality proteins, we can suffer from improper brain function. When wanting to make that sure you’re getting enough B1 you can opt for foods such as artichokes, asparagus, butternut pumpkin, coriander, cooked spinach, hibiscus tea, green peas, macadamia nuts, navy beans, organic soy beans (avoid non-organic soy as it is usually genetically modified), sunflower and sesame seeds, trout and wheat germ. When looking for foods that are rich in B12 be sure to include some grass-fed beef or beef liver supplements (if not vegetarian/vegan) and if you are, it can be valuable to include a high quality spirulina that’s been grown in a pollution-free environment.
- Foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, blueberries, hemp and flax seed oils can be great natural brain-boosters. When looking for high quality protein, your best options are organic meats, wild fish, organic eggs and as mentioned, nuts and seeds also.
- Eat high-quality animal fats such as grass-fed ghee and butter and cook with tallow, lard, duck fat. Good fats are important for many aspects of health (including the brain) and the proper functioning of our body. It's of course a controversial topic so click this link to the Wise Traditions blog to learn more.
Can Supplementation Help?
There are plenty of good herbs out there that can help with memory such as:
- Gotu Kola
- Green Tea
- MCT oil
But there is one herb in particular that is getting great praise for it’s wonderful potential memory and other health-promoting benefits. That herb is Rhodiola Rosea.
Rhodiola Rosea (also known as “golden root”) is a root that has been ground down to a fine powder and is usually taken in a capsule form. It can help to reduce stress (which affect memory) because it positively affects the brain’s neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and the way that they act.
Rhodiola is also an adaptogen which means it can help the body adapt to all stress/stressors.
Studies have shown that Rhodiola can boost memory & concentration over extended periods of time, helping to increase the brain’s bioelectrical activity (thus improving brain energy and as a result, a better memory).
Rhodiola is such a versatile herb because it can help other systems of the body such as the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems.
If you or someone you know is suffering from poor memory, depression, stress or the inability to concentrate, this article may be helpful.
MCT oil and the Brain
MCT oil (preferably Organic such as the Perfect brand) is known to help brain health. It has been shown to have positive effects on our neurology and may help with mental clarity, focus and productivity.
It may have positive effects for Alzheimer's sufferers if they're on a ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic diet may help with other common neurological/brain issues such as Autism, Dementia and Parkinson's disease.
Not only can MCT oil have these great potential benefits, but it can also give you sustained and instant energy plus it is very satiating (meaning, that it can help you to feel fuller for longer so you are less likely to reach for snacks).
Try Perfect Organic MCT oil for a greater feeling of vitality and mental alertness.
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