Walking into a room and forgetting why you went in there in the first place shouldn’t immediately put you into a panic and make you believe that you’re developing Alzheimer's disease. Memory loss is expected as we age, but it can be preventable or even reversible according to research led by a Nobel laureate in a recent study. The study has looked at human brains that were donated to science, as well as the brains of lab mice, and have pinpointed the molecular defects that cause cognitive aging. The question is how do we avoid memory loss and restore memory?
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
This one is a no brainer (pun intended). Drugs and alcohol have been known to reduce memory with its use over time. Limiting your alcohol intake and avoiding the use of drugs can help eliminate your chances for losing memory.
Get Out and Exercise
Getting up to move and exercise can do a lot for your brain and your memory. Not only does it strengthen the muscles in your body, but it does the same with your brain too. Being active reduced the risks for a variety of diseases and conditions, such as a stroke, a heart attack or Alzheimer's disease, which can eventually wreak havoc on the brain.
Without exercise, plaque tends to build up in the arteries and blood vessels lose the ability to pump blood effectively which reduces oxygenation, not only throughout your body, but in your brain as well. Your brain works only when it is getting nutrients from the oxygen that you are taking in, and in order to do that you have to get up and move.
Play Mind Games
There are many different games out there that are targeted to strengthen your mind. Playing these games, reading, learning and solving problems can be the differences between memory loss and restoration. Try playing Sudoku, solving puzzles and training your brain with Lumosity.
If all else fails, coming together with family and friends to boost your memory and your mood can be that extra key to having a strong memory and avoiding normal memory loss as we age.