None of us may want to admit this, but memory is a big part of our lives, so big that it affects most of our daily routine and functionality. Memory is known to be the byproduct of knowledge decoded, encoded and stored in the brain cells. In hindsight, memory is our ability to remember the things that happened in our lives. Ever wondered why you tend to remember tooth brushing seconds after waking up or putting clothes on after taking a bath. Truth is, that is part of your memory. A memory that creates routine. A routine remembered so often that it has been considered auto pilot.
Over time, a person starts loosing the capability to retain all memories and information in the brain. Older people tend to remember fewer things than the younger ones. However, we have to point out as well; younger people may experience premature memory loss. This may be due to stress and other related causes. This may also be associated with foods taken or avoided by the person. This article will tackle different foods and food groups that we should take or avoid to improve our memory.
Studies show that memory loss is associated with protein and plaque buildup in the brain. Most of the end products of our food today contain toxins that will cause brain inflammation and therefore impaired cognitive function. Among all brain cognitive functions, memory will be most affected by these changes.
Foods to avoid memory loss:
1. Processed dairy product: Dairy products could contain calcium and protein combination. These elements greatly contribute to the plaque buildup in the brain. Common examples are cream, milk and cheese.
2. Processed meats: Processed meats contain a substance called nitrosamines that cause the liver to produces fats that are extremely toxic to the brain transmitters.
3. White Foods: White foods usually cause an increase in insulin production. This increase in insulin production will send toxins to the brain. Examples are rice, pasta, cakes and white sugar.
4. Saturated Fat: Recommended intake of saturated fat should not exceed 4 grams a month. Saturated fats increases fat buildup in the inner linings of the brain.
5. Sugar: Sugar in the body hastens arterial ageing as this causes protein to function improperly.
While these foods should be avoided to prevent memory loss, there are some foods that improve a persons’ memory. The brain needs a correct amount of these foods to function properly. These in turn will improve all cognitive functions of the body specifically the memory.
Foods to improve memory:
1. Fruits: Fruits contain just enough sugar to fuel brain functions. More so, some fruits contain vitamins and nutrients that increase blood flow to the brain.
2. Vegetables: Just like fruits, vegetables contain vitamins and nutrients that increase blood flow to the brain, which improves memory as part of the brain’s cognitive function.
3. Whole grains: Whole grains are steady source of energy in the form of glucose. It releases glucose slowly to the bloodstream keeping the brain fueled for cognitive functions.
4. Foods rich in Omega 3: Omega 3 is known to be an essential fatty acid that is necessary for good brain and heart function.
5. Nuts: Studies show that nuts contain Vitamin E that helps avoid cognitive decline.
You truly are what you eat. Well certainly not in its’ entirety. In this case, unless struck with cognitive illness, memory can be well taken care of. We need to frequently remind ourselves that to take care of our precious memories we must take care of ourselves