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Memory Spring Monthly

Essential Oils that Improve Memory

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to improve memory and brain function.  The first known users of essential oils for memory issues were the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians. 

Some of the logic around essential oils is that our memories are tied to smells as much as anything. Researchers have learned that memory recall at least doubles when a past event is associated with a smell. That’s why a whiff of a fragrance can send you back in time and carry with it images and feelings associated with that event.  


Want to Ward Off Memory Decline? Learn a Language!

Learning Sign Language - David Fulmer Flickr

New research has revealed that bilingualism has a positive effect on your brain health and cognition.  As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter if you learned a second language as a child or picked it up in adulthood, the data shows that bilingualism can improve cognition and delay dementia in older adults.

While early studies on bilingualism established that it has a positive benefit on cognition development in children, the newer studies are showing that it also has a positive effect on adults. 


The Gut-Brain Connection

Gut - Large Version

It is very hard to imagine that our gastrointestinal tract (gut) has a strong impact on our brain function.  In the not so distant past, the traditional medical establishment believed that the role of the gastrointestinal tract was simply to digest and absorb nutrients and rid the body of unused waste. Research over the past 20 years has helped us better understand the more complex role our gastrointestinal tract plays in regulating our overall health.



Foods that Hurt Your Memory


Monster Burger and Fries

With the holidays upon us, it’s always good to remind ourselves on what foods are good for our brain and what foods hurt it.  Building that awareness helps us make more of the right choices during the holidays. You’re never going to be perfect because there are way too many temptations and who wants to eliminate it all anyway.  That’s just crazy talk!
A few months ago we reviewed 7 Foods that Assist with Brain Function.  This month it’s those foods that hurt your memory. As a reminder, most physicians will tell you that a balanced diet is the best diet to maximize brain health and recent data has shown that maintaining a heart healthy diet is probably the best thing for your brain. 
While the foods on this list are things that most of us already know about, it still makes sense to review them so that we can keep our mind focused on the right foods.  See below for those foods that hurt your memory.