Memory is a natural ability, as natural as breathing. Memory
lapses are annoying in themselves, but worse is the anxiety that
comes along with the association that they may be a symptom of
some other problem.
While it is usually during middle age that the
powers of recall begin to diminish, age may have little to no
bearing on one's ability to recollect information. Occasional
memory lapses can be a part of any age, however, and maintaining
proper diet and nutrition will encourage the memory to remain
sharp and active during our advanced years.
Types Of Memory
Memory can be broken down into two types: short term and long
Short-term memory, also known as working memory, stores
information that you need to remember in the following seconds,
minutes or hours. An example would be a telephone message that
you are given and must remember until you pass it on.
Long-term memory stores information that your brain retains
because it is important to you. Information of this type
includes names of family and friends, your address, as well as
information on how to do certain activities and tasks. Long-term
memory can be further divided into explicit, implicit and
Memories are facts that you make a conscious
effort to learn and that you can remember at will, information
that you draw on automatically in order to perform tasks, and
facts that are so deeply ingrained that they require no effort
to recall. Examples of this are walking, tying your shoes,
riding a bike and so on. Thing you had to learn but no take for
granted because you memorized how to do them.
Reasons for Memory Loss:
One big reason people suffer from memory loss is an insufficient
supply of necessary nutrients to the brain. The life support of
the body is carried in the blood. It literally feeds and
nourishes every cell of the body. The brain is surrounded with a
protective brain-blood barrier, which allows only certain
nutrients and substances to pass from the bloodstream into the
brain. Blood thick with cholesterol and triglycerides reduces
the amount of nutrient rich blood that can cross the brain-blood
barrier. Over time this can result in the brain becoming
Proper brain function depends upon the substances known as
neurotransmitters. These are the brain chemicals that act as
electrical transmitters in the brain, and allow chemical
messages to travel through the nervous system for body function
to take place. An inadequate supply of neurotransmitters or the
nutrients from which to make them, can result in a biochemical
"power failure", or "short circuit" in the brain. If your mind
goes blank when you are attempting to recall a specific fact or
piece of information, it is likely that a "short circuit" in
obtaining the information has occurred.
deficiencies, amino acid deficiencies and exposure to free
radical damage all contribute to the lack of biochemical
transmitters and the possible misfiring of messages from the
nervous system through the brain. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
can play a role in memory loss, as well as allergies,
candidiasis, stress, poor circulation and thyroid disorders.
Alcoholics and drug addicts often suffer from a great deal of
memory loss, with "blackouts" the result of significant memory
gaps that occur, even though they are conscious.
Symptoms of memory loss may range from a normal memory loss, to
a mild cognitive impairment, to the more severe memory loss
associated with Alzheimer's disease. Individuals who have normal
memory loss associated with poor nutrition, inadequate protein
intake, or early free radical damage sometimes misplace an item,
forget someone's name, or forget to pick something up at the
People with mild cognitive impairment, however, have more
difficulty in specific areas. These areas include memory and
behavioral patterns such as becoming lost traveling to a
familiar location, having more-than-usual trouble recalling
names, finding the right word, or completing sentences,
retaining little information after reading a book or magazine,
showing difficulty in understanding the news or plots of movies
and television shows, loose or misplace objects of value,
become upset or have other difficulties in familiar social or
work settings, rely more on written reminders than in the past
and experience trouble in handling familiar activities, such as
card games or hobbies.
In the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease, new or recent
memory is impaired, and the patient finds it hard to learn and
retain new information. Eventually, older or distant memory also
is lost and it becomes difficult to remember people
and events from childhood, youth or middle age. Next, other
symptoms may appear, including aphasia (difficulty in expressing
thoughts as spoken words), apraxia (difficulty in carrying out
simple, directed acts) and agnosia (difficulty in interpreting
familiar faces or other well known objects).
Lifestyle which support memory function and a healthy mind
Exercise-physical and mental fitness go hand in hand. Some form
of physical activity should be part of your daily routine.
Learning has been proven to maintain mental function in later
years. Challenging yourself, reading regularly and keeping up
with current affairs. Learn a new hobby or language or play
challenging games that exercise your mind.
smoke. It alters oxygen to the brain.
Eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Choose a
diet with plenty of grains, fruits and vegetables and raw foods.
Consume foods that are low in saturated fats and cholesterol.
Consume sugars and salt in moderation. Use alcohol in moderation
or not at all.
Consider having a hair analysis done to rule out heavy metal
toxicity or problems with absorption.
A good Amino Acid complex has been know to help
with memory problems.
Also try Ginkgo Biloba or
Royal Jelly both are said to
rebuild memory and help with concentration.
Always drink plenty of water to help flush out
any impurities that may be causing health problems.
As always, don't drink tap water if you use a public water
system. Buy bottled water, it's safer.
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