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A good memory relies on a healthy brain. Here are some simple things you can do to boost your brain health and your memory.
Get up and go!
Staying active keeps your circulation moving. It improves the blood supply to your brain and helps to flush away waste material and toxins.
During deep sleep, your whole body, including your brain has a chance to repair and renew. A study by Washington University found that sleep deprivation accelerates damage to brain cells, whereas deep sleep protects those cells from harm.
Control your blood pressure
High blood pressure can damage the tiny blood vessels in your brain. Unfortunately, high blood pressure often has no symptoms, so you might not be aware that it’s happening. Your GP or local pharmacy can do a blood pressure check and you can buy a blood pressure monitor to use at home.
Eat brain food
Your brain needs the right kind of fuel to function. Eat plenty of fatty fish like sardines, mackerel and salmon. They contain omega 3, which is critical to brain function throughout life.
Better brain function is also associated with higher levels of Vitamin D, which is made in your skin when it’s exposed to sunlight. We don’t always have enough sunlight in the UK, so consider using a good quality supplement to keep your levels topped up.
High blood sugar levels are associated with a decline in memory and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease has been called ‘type 3 diabetes’. So save sweet treats for occasional celebrations and aim to keep your blood sugar stable.
Laugh out loud
Research shows that laughing can boost your memory, lower levels of stress hormones, strengthen your immune system, protect heart health, help you learn better and improve your relationships. Knowing all that, it makes sense to find a reason to laugh every day.
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