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Memory Spring Monthly

Increase Mindfulness to Improve Your Memory

Mindful woman by homethods

Staying focused in today’s high tech social media environment sometimes feels impossible. There are so many pressures to get things done, and with every email, instant message, text, social media notifications, and every other beep and buzz our smart phones make, so many distractions. Add that to the regular interactions with the people in our lives, and it’s a wonder that we can focus on anything. In essence, instead of ADD ( Attention Deficit Disorder) most of us have BSOS (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome). 
 
The constant lack of focus makes it a struggle to remember anything. Recent studies have revealed that mindful attention can beneficially impact motivation and episodic memory, including helping with educational and occupational performance.  
 

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Reduce Intake of Refined Sugar to Boost Your Memory!

Sugar - By Gunilla G

Refined sugar! We've all heard that it's bad for us and that we should reduce our intake of it. But, did you know that there’s an increasing amount of data revealing that diets high in refined sugar have an adverse effect on our memory and brain health? It does!

 

In the U.S. we are high consumers of refined sugar. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 156 pounds of refined sugar per year. The Centers for Disease Control puts the amount at 27.5 teaspoons of sugar a day per capita, which translates to 440 calories—nearly one quarter of a typical 2000 calorie a day diet. You might not believe it, but refined sugar is found in almost everything that we consume.

Refined Sugars Versus Natural Sugars 
 

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Want to Maintain Your Memory? Brush Your Teeth!

 Kid Brushing Teeth - Noah Fans

Most of us know that it’s important to keep your brain challenged and eat right to stave off memory decline. But did you know that it is just as important to maintain good oral health?  Yes, there’s an increasing amount of data that supports a connection between oral health and memory. The data suggests that taking care of your teeth and gums can protect your brain and memory.

In one study, researchers followed 1,053 randomly selected individuals aged 70 to 79 from the Health ABC Study. The researchers performed cognition tests at baseline (year one) and again at years three and five. Comprehensive oral examinations were conducted at year two.
 

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Want To Improve Your Memory? Work on Your Sense of Smell!

What a Smell by Vikram Sorathia

The holiday season is almost upon us. Soon the air will be filled with all those wonderful smells that bring back so many memories. As a matter of fact, scientists have found that our memories are so connected to smells that odor evoked therapy can be a great tool for helping people improve their memory. 
 
According to Amanda White, psychiatry research technologist at Penn State College of Medicine, our sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than for any of our other senses.  People with full olfactory function are able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example.  This often happens spontaneously, with a smell acting as a trigger in recalling a long-forgotten event or experience.  
 

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