Memory loss and how to get it back
Memory Loss and How You Can Get it Back
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.
- 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. Also, 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 tempeh, organic lean meats, wild fish, organic eggs and as mentioned, nuts and seeds also.
Can Supplementation Help?
There are plenty of good herbs out there that can help with memory such as:
- Gotu Kola
- Green Tea
But there is one herb in particular that is getting great praise for it’s wonderful memory and other health-promoting benefits and that 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.
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.