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Memory Spring Monthly

What Brain Improvement Goals Will You Establish in the Coming Year?

Goal by Giulia Forsyth

The end of the year is a great time for appreciation and excitement. It is a time to recall and appreciate the year's wonderful moments. Yes, those special moments from this year will be locked in our head and our heart. 

 
This is also a time to look towards the future and get excited about our goals for the coming year. Most of us establish goals at the beginning of every year, but how many of us set goals to help our memory and brain health? Well, this is the year that you can start!
 
At Memory Spring, we promote an integrated approach to improving your memory by emphasizing four key areas: Physical, Organizational, Technical, and Mental/Emotional. Here are some potential goals to consider in each area.
 

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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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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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