Natural Ways to Help Memory [Tips and Tricks]




It might be surprising some of the everyday things we can do to help our memory. I did some research and compiled some of them here. Some of the topics I will elaborate on later but you’ll get the drift. Harvard Medical School says that mental decline as we age is one of the most feared consequences of getting older. I know that’s true for me. But there are things we can do to help prevent this and take control. Let’s dive in and look at some holistic and natural ways to help memory.

  1. Healthy Diet – I know, I know. We hear this every day. But what you put in is what you get. A healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and good fats including DHA/EPA (Omega 3s), medium-chain triglycerides (MCT Oil) and grass-fed butter or ghee. And some protein. Grass-fed beef and chicken are the best sources of meat.

Eating lower carb and cutting out gluten is extremely important for brain health. It is now found that gluten causes inflammation in the gut and brain. The link to an article about it is below.

I’ve also read in several places that leafy greens are especially good for brain health.You know how great you feel after eating a delicious salad. I can feel the difference in a short period of time! Fish, nuts and flaxseed have Omega-3 fatty acids that have an anti-inflammatory property that helps slow brain function decline in older adults.

Related Article: Does Gluten Cause Inflammation?

Organize for your memory2. Get Organized! – The less clutter we have in our homes, the easier it is to think. It might be daunting to ‘take it all on’ at once’. Try just doing a few things at a time. If it doesn’t need to be sitting where it’s at, put it away or find a place. Sometimes we need to take a fresh look at a room, a table or a counter and decide if some of the things we tend to ignore really need to be there. Is there a better spot for this? Be present.

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Mayo Clinic also recommends keeping to-do lists and using a special notebook, calendar or planner to jot down appointments and tasks.

3. Sleep – Get enough sleep. Mayo says that we consolidate memories when we sleep so we can recall them easier. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a day. It definitely changes how I function. Read my article on getting to sleep easier here.

4. Exercise! – Exercise helps pump up our blood and increases circulation. Even short spurts of exercise are shown to increase brain function and memory.

Does Exercise Help Brain Function?

Harvard Medical School says:

 Research shows that using your muscles also helps your mind. Animals who exercise regularly increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought. Exercise also spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells (synapses).

5. Keep Your Mind Active – Do crossword puzzles, play online games, learn to play an instrument, take a course in something you’re interested in at your local adult education center, community college or senior center. Maybe you could start your own blog! Learn a new language. Do crafts you enjoy or learn a new one. Volunteer at a local school or community organization. Read.


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6. Socialize – Get together regularly with family and/or friends. This helps to prevent or help depression and stress which affect your memory. In fact, research has shown this is one of the biggest factors in preventing Alzheimer’s.

7. Don’t Abuse Alcohol – Everyone seems to agree that excessive drinking is a major risk for dementia and increases memory loss. Harvard and Mayo say that if you do drink, limit your intake to two drinks a day.

8. Take Care of Your Emotions – Take care of yourself. Good mental health and restful sleep are helpful. While a lack of those doesn’t predict memory issues, they certainly help keep you on track.

9. Avoid Tobacco – ‘Nuff said.

Everything here is natural.. and easy! I think we just get lost in our everyday routines and forget to take care of the little things. I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can incorporate small changes in your routine and help your memory and brain health!

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References:

Harvard Medical School: Harvard Health Publishing (2018). https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/12-ways-to-keep-your-brain-young

Mayo Clinic: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (2019). https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046518

Wong, C., Verywellmind.com (2018). https://www.verywellmind.com/natural-ways-to-improve-memory-89291


10 thoughts on “Natural Ways to Help Memory [Tips and Tricks]”

  1. All very good points.
    Although various studies disagree on the amount of sleep required we all need quality sleep to function.
    I too am a great believer in proper nutrition, exercise, I walk and using your brain often. I believe it’s a case of use it or lose it. Learning something new and having plenty of interests also helps.
    Informative and helpful, thank you.

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  2. Dear Palatia.
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards their perfect brain function and healthy living. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,
    Andrey

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  3. I agree, eat healthy. it’s so important, and eating healthy can be delicious. I know so many healthy recipes and they are simply mouthwatering good 😉 Healthy food is definitely not boring. Exercise is also good, and walking, right? I think a lot of walking is also very beneficial.
    Last year I struggled getting enough sleep, and it was terrible. I have always been a good sleeper, I basically lie down, close my eyes, and I’m gone, but last year I couldn’t do that, and the lack of sleep seriously affected me. I’m glad I am back to my great sleep. Now I go to bed and I fall asleep right away 🙂
    Clutter, yes clutter … I read a book about managing your clutter and it has taught me many things. Clutter does affect your mood, state of mind, your energy, so it is important not to have too much clutter around you.
    I like your article, it has some very good tips. Thank you for sharing this. I needed a little reminder of those healthy habits 🙂

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  5. I truly enjoyed reading this article and It gave me a lot to think about. I have an extra hurdle since I have ECT therapy once a month but I loved how you broke it down into simple steps, doable steps. This site is laid out perfectly and is easy to read. You got me thinking and that’s the sign of a good article. Thank You!

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