Improve Your Memory and the Magic of B12!
As someone who has been living in a state of peri-menopausal for some years. I understand exactly how tricky life is when your ability to recall, even the simplest of tasks, is hampered. Finding ways to Improve my memory, or more importantly, not letting it deteriorate further, has been incredibly important during this period. Along with this taking B12 as a supplement has been a lifesaver.
It’s started gradually
Memory lapses can be both embarrassing (especially so in a work based environment) and troubling (is early onset Alzheimers upon me?).
Does it take you longer these days to hit on the word you’re searching for? Are you suffering more of those ‘tip of the tongue’ moments or embarrassing exchanges with people whose names you’ve forgotten?
It’s common to experience age-associated memory loss. How many of you walk into the kitchen and can’t remember what you came in for? As we get older, that does happen more frequently, but it’s not an indication that there’s something wrong with your brain.
But don’t panic, as a few memory blips doesn’t necessarily mean your future is one of forgetfulness.
Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 protects neurons and is vital to healthy brain functioning. In fact, a lack of B12 can cause permanent damage to the brain.
Older people have a slower nutritional absorption rate, which can make it difficult for you to get the B12 your mind and body need. If you smoke or drink, you may be at particular risk.
If you address a vitamin B12 deficiency early, you can reverse the associated memory problems. Treatment is available in the form of a monthly injection from some GP’s if you fall below expected, but not all GP’s offer this readily.
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Other Causes of Memory Loss
Here are some of the more common things that can cause memory loss:
Whether you’re experiencing occasional forgetfulness or loss of short-term memory that interferes with daily life, there are many causes of memory loss.
Menopause or Peri-Menopause
Memory loss can be a persistent symptom of the menopause (and quite honestly a pain in the rear) and is often a great source of anxiety and apprehension. Lapses in memory can occur because of the lowering levels of oestrogen in our systems, affecting our short-term memory.
A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with or cause loss of memory. Possible culprits include antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, and pain medications given after surgery.
Both quantity and quality of sleep are important to memory. Getting too little sleep or waking frequently in the night can lead to fatigue, which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.
Depression and stress
Being depressed can make it difficult to pay attention and focus, which can affect memory. Stress and anxiety can also get in the way of concentration. When you are tense and your mind is overstimulated or distracted, your ability to remember can suffer. Stress caused by an emotional trauma can also lead to memory loss.
There are many other causes of memory loss. You will be best placed to visit your GP to discuss this with.
Finding the Cause of Memory Loss
If you find that you are increasingly forgetful or if memory problems interfere with your daily life, schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause and best treatment.
Exercise the Brain
There are a number of exercises that can help you hone your memory today and keep it robust for years to come, even if like me, you’re speeding towards the menopause.
If you’re finding it frustrating, there are some simple tools to improve your recall and speed of thought.
- Listen to more instrumentals. Instrumental music has a positive impact on memory, focus, and attention.
- Playing memory-improving “brain games” will to keep your mind feeling fit.
- Activities such as photography, painting, knitting, woodworking, and drawing are great brain exercises.
- Want to improve your memory? Pay attention. You cannot remember what your brain failed to process.
- Get creative. Write a fiction story, a song, or a poem. Use pen and paper instead of electronics to give your brain an extra boost of memory-staying power.
- To improve memory, eat brain-enhancing foods such as avocado, fresh berries, cold-water fish, fermented foods and those high in omega-3 and vitamins C, K, E and B.
- Learn a new skill. Continued learning ensures your neural connections stay active and strong. Never stop learning.
- Exercise improves blood flow and stimulates nerve cells, ensuring your memory stays strong and healthy.
- Maintain your memory through hydration. Studies suggest as little as 2% dehydration can affect your memory, attention and other cognitive skills.
- To keep your mind sharp, give it time to “rest” and process the day’s events. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
- Science suggests it takes 8 seconds to move facts from short-term memory to long-term memory. When trying to remember important details, focus on them for a minimum of 8 seconds.
- Read more. Keeping yourself engaged intellectually is a great memory booster and keeps you up to date on the latest.
- Learn to speak a new language. Even knowing a few words and phrases of a non-native language is enough to improve your memory.
- Consider learning your favourite song in a different language. You already know the native words and tune. Your brain will work to help you “translate” it. When you combine these two memory boosters, it’s more fun and beneficial.
Board Game Anyone?
- Play concentration. Using regular cards (or fun cards for kids) play a few rounds of concentration. Look at each “face-up” card for 8-10 seconds. Play as usual. This helps you strengthen your memory skills using familiar images.
- Play board games that require moving a game piece and counting the spaces. This helps to strengthen short-term memory.
- Play “Connect Four” or similar strategy-based games. When you survey the playing board carefully and count, it strengthens logic and memory skills.
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