Memory is defined in psychology as the mental ability of an organism to maintain, store and recall information. As you age, you may feel like your memory is gradually losing its ability to store as much information as before.
Although this is a natural occurrence, but there are some simple ways and activities that can help you not easy to lose grip when it comes to remembered things and also improve your memory as well as your brain function.
- Stay Physically Active
Being physically active is not only keep your body healthy but it also enhancing your brain power. You don’t have to do heavy workout or sport, simple exercises such as walking, running and cycling can be as effective to improve memory and brain function.
- Stay Mentally Active
Just as physical activity, mentally stimulating activity take an important role as a memory enhancer as well. Researchers at Stanford University, US, found that memory loss can be decreased by 30-50% simply doing mental exercises such as do crossword puzzles, playing chess, read newspapers or books, learn a language, and take alternate routes when driving.
- Eating a Healthy Diet
A healthy balanced diet rich in brain nutrients, such as Omega-3, Vitamin B Complex, and antioxidants, can help keep your brain in optimum condition. You can get a bunch of benefits from fruits and vegetables as they contain many vitamins and minerals that can protect you against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related deterioration of your whole body.
- Breathe the scent of Grass
After years of research, neuroscientists at the Queensland University, Brisbane, found that the smell of fresh grass trigger two parts of the brain, amygdala (which deals with emotions), and hippocampus (associated with memory). As a result, breathing the scent of fresh grass can help relieve stress and improve memory.
- Chewing Gum
Believe it or not, chewing gum indeed can improve alertness and enhance your memory. This is based on the results of two studies reported in the journal Appetite in 2002 and 2004. These studies indicated that people who chewed gum during a lesson test gives better results. This condition is likely because chewing gum can increase heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain.
Although many people are debating the benefits and dangers of caffeine, but no one can deny the effect of caffeine on alertness and memory enhancer. Some studies conducted in the last 5 years showed caffeine can improve short-term memory and protect women from memory loss. In order to get an optimal benefits, taking it in moderation. This is to avoid the side effects of caffeine.
- Get Enough Sleep
Your body needs a rest from a hard day’s work. Sleep is very important to restore your overall body function, including your brain. Build and maintain a consistent sleep schedule and routine. This will train you to fall asleep and wake up more easily.