Forgetfulness – How much is normal?

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5)Get Organized – If your house is in a mess, you’re more likely to forget things. Jot down tasks, declutter your home and note down appointments. Set aside a particular place at home to keep your keys, and limit distractions. Live by to-do lists, keep them up to date and check off the items you’ve completed. Physically writing down new information actually helps reinforce it.

6)Meditation is Key – All body processes are complete by the age of 24 years. At this age, one is at his prime best. As per a recent study by UCLA Brain Mapping Center, the brain starts to decline in your 20s and continues to decrease both in size and volume. Meditating regularly delays cognitive decline and prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Meditation[a prayer, yoga in particular] produces a positive charge in the brain’s gray matter area, which is important for memory, learning and self-awareness. In addition, meditation has been shown to reduce stress, which can affect memory.

7)Stay Mentally Active The brain of a human being can be linked with the battery of a car. The more you drive a car, the more the battery life improves. Food for the brain is its usage. Challenge it with Crossword puzzles, Sudoku or solve a math problem. Learn a new language, read a section of the newspaper you usually skip, do things out of the ordinary. Stay engaged, because mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape – and might even keep memory loss at bay. People who are cognitively active have better memory as they age.

8) Balance Your Stress – Chronic stress and depression, both contribute to memory loss and the destruction of brain cells. Laugh or Laugh yoga helps. Yes, it’s that simple. Laughter engage multiple regions of the brain and simultaneously reduces stress. Social interaction also helps ward off depression and stress, so look for opportunities to get together with family, friends and work colleagues. When you’re invited to share a meal or attend an event, time permitting, go for it.

 9)Use supplement[s] Fish oil, has also been associated with encouraging the growth of neurons [brain cells] and lowering the risk of dementia. Fish oil contains DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid which helps improve your memory power. Krill oil is better than fish oil and does not leave a bad after taste.Ashwagandha, an Ayurveda medicine, is also helpful in promoting memory since it helps prevent nerve cell damage.

Bottom-line– The brain is an energy hungry organ? Despite comprising only 2% of the body’s weight, the brain gobbles up more than 20% of daily energy intake. So a healthy diet might be as good for your brain as it is for your overall health, and eating right may in fact be more important than you think.

After all, you are what you eat. The brain demands a constant supply of glucose which is obtained from recently eaten carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and greens. When the glucose level drops, it results in confused thinking. The brain is wired to use only glucose as primary source of fuel.In extreme instances of deprivation, the brain will use other substances for fuel i.e ketones. Eat 100-150 gms ofcarbohydrates [prefer complex] per day on a 1500 calorie diet. This will keep a check on your weight as well.

Towards solution, do not slurp on sugary drinks. Instead, eat throughout the day to optimize brain power. Do not eat too much, or too little. Memory superfoods include antioxidant-rich, colorful fruits, green leafy vegetables and whole grains which protect your brain from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are harmful wastes in the body that make us sick. Choose low-fat protein sources such as fish and drink at least 8 glasses of water daily since dehydration can lead to memory loss , confusion and to cap it all Forgetfulness.

 

By: Prof. Surinder
Shaun Kochhar
LPN, FCN, M.Com,
CAIIB, DIM

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