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Memory Spring Monthly

Jogging Your Memory

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We all have moments in the day where me mentally lose it.  We misplace our keys.  We lose a vital phone number.  We forget a familiar person's name. In many cases we freak out, beat ourselves up, and fear that we are losing it.  Don't worry... here are some tips to help you jog your memory. 
 
1) Relax - Instead of freaking out and beating yourself up (and we're oh so good at that), sit back, take some deep breaths and relax.  Relaxing improves blood flow to the brain and gets those synapses working again. It's all happened to us... we get halfway to work, we finally relax, and we have our epiphany... "It's on the night stand!"
 
2) Relive all experiences that connect with the item - Most of us do an excellent job of reliving what we did with the item previously to losing it. What is really happening is that we're using sequencing, which is a powerful memory tool, to help in the recall process. Sometimes you have to go deeper and relive earlier experiences with the item to effectively jog your memory.
 

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Resistance and Endurance Training are Shown to Improve Memory

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In today's memory improvement environment, much is made over the importance of brain exercises to improving your memory and brain health.  While brain exercises are extremely important, it's also important to include physical exercise in your brain improvement regime.  Physical exercise plays a significant part in memory improvement and brain health.
 
New studies have confirmed the importance of endurance and resistance training in improving your memory and brain health. A recent study was conducted by the University of British Columbia.  They recruited a number of women ages 70 to 80 who had been found to have mild cognitive impairment.  Mild cognitive impairment means that their memory and thinking are more muddled than would be expected at a given age. Mild cognitive impairment is also considered a risk factor for increasing dementia diseases such as Alzheimer's.
 

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What is the Right Diet to Improve Your Memory and Brain Health?

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There is a plethora of information on the internet related to foods and supplements that can improve your memory. While a strong case can be made for many of those recommendations, there is new data showing that the best medicine might be a heart healthy diet.
 
A Recent study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital  showed that women who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on memory and thinking tests than women who ate the lowest amount of these fats. This study supports other data that links heart healthy diets to improved brain health and memory.
 
While there are many theories on why heart healthy diets have an impact on memory performance and brain health, the most commonly held belief is related to cholesterol levels in the body. 
 

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Start an Exercise Program to Improve Your Fitness and Memory

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At Memory Spring we promote an integrated approach to memory improvement and brain health that includes Physical, Organizational, Technical, and Mental Emotional elements.  One of the components in the Physical element is regular exercise.  There’s significant research and data that supports the importance of regular exercise to improving your memory and brain health.  
 
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start an exercise program. Here are some tips from Web MD and Tonya Gutch (senior personal trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center) at starting an exercise program that you’ll stick to:
 
1. Set Specific, Manageable Goals. For example, plan to exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week. And remember to track your progress by writing it down. 
 

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