Natural Ways to Improve Memory

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Have you ever been in a hurry to get ready to go somewhere in the morning, only to realize you can’t find your car keys? The ability to memorize, recall, and learn new information is important for everyday life. Unfortunately, as we grow older, we may begin to notice small changes. But thankfully, there are many ways to keep your memory sharp as you age.

Some people retain their sharp memories and quick wits into their 90s. This article explains how to improve your memory and brain health naturally at any age.

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What causes memory loss?

Neurological and cognitive health simply refers to your overall health. Although memory problems are often associated with older adults, people of all ages can be affected.

Jim Kwik is a well-known memory and brain performance coach who I’ve interviewed on my podcast. His story begins with a head injury sustained during his childhood that caused him to have problems concentrating, learning, and retaining information. This experience inspired him to learn all he could about improving the brain.

Head injuries can cause cognitive decline, but they are not the only cause. Other potential factors include:

  • brain infection
  • tumor
  • stroke
  • toxin
  • oxygen deficiency
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • certain medicines
  • Intestinal bacterial flora abnormality
  • sleep quality
  • stress and trauma

Anything that causes inflammation in the gut can also cause inflammation in the brain. Chronic brain inflammation can lead to cognitive decline and memory loss.

Symptoms of memory loss

Memory loss manifests itself in different ways depending on the person. However, common symptoms include:

  • forgetfulness
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • repeated questions or statements
  • leave something behind
  • poor judgment
  • Difficulty in problem solving
  • Confusion about time or place
  • difficult to recognize faces
  • social withdrawal
  • changes in mood or personality
  • I can’t find the right words
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks

If your memory problems persist or worsen, you should see a health care professional. Severity can be a red flag for conditions such as mild cognitive impairment, Lyme disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. That said, healthy brain habits can help avoid neurodegeneration.

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