Does it happen to you once in a while that when you enter a room, you forget why you came there in the first place? Occasional carelessness, like being absent-minded and forgetting what you were doing is not alarming. But if it happens to you every now and then, you should start focusing on making your brain stronger.
There are three types of memories. Sensory Memory, Short-term (working) Memory, Long-term Memory. Information processing begins in sensory memory. In the second stage, it moves to short-term memory. The third stage is when it eventually moves into long-term memory. Information that you come across on a daily basis may move through the three stages of memory.
Your brain carries memories that retain information about the tiniest of events in your life. It can retrieve information about a particular topic with ease if it seems to be working fine. However, it should be a warning to you if you have trouble recalling the most basic activities you have done during the day.
Normally we do tend to forget a few aspects of the past as life moves forward. So it is only natural to not be able to remember minor details. That does not mean you have a problem. The real problem arises when you have to confirm from others if they witnessed you doing something because you don’t remember doing it.
What causes memory loss?
Dementia is the most common cause for memory loss.
A form of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Especially in the early stage, it makes you forget recently learned information. Forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids becomes a common practice.
Doctors consider dementia to be fatal.
Other causes for memory problems can include aging, medical conditions, emotional problems, mild cognitive impairment, or other type of dementia.
How can you differentiate between dementia and other factors, such as, ageing?
Signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia are poor judgment and decision-making. Typical age related changes can be the person making a bad decision once in a while.
Another sign of Alzheimer’s and dementia is an inability to manage a budget. Typical age related changes could be a person missing a monthly payment.
Sign of Alzheimer’s and dementia is losing track of the date or the season. Typical age related changes could be forgetting which day it is and remembering it later.
How can you prevent memory loss?
Memory loss cannot be prevented if it has to occur at a later stage in life due to genetics. But sharpening your brain will lessen the chances of it being consumed by memory loss.
Learn a second (or third, or fourth) language to make use of your brain more effectively. Drink raw fruit and vegetable juices. Add vitamin K supplement to your diet. More importantly, reduce stress. Commit to regular exercise. Laugh more.
Last but not the least, run 15 miles per week.
Green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry and olive oil should be added to your diet to put you off the risk, even further.
Smoked meats contain nitrosamines, which cause the liver to produce fats that are toxic to the brain. White foods, including pasta, cakes, white sugar, white rice and white bread should be avoided.
There are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Therefore, keep a check.
Smoking cigarettes and having alcohol on a daily basis are also leading causes of memory loss.
Implement the tips mentioned above into your daily life. They could work wonders for your memory and enhance it over a short period of time. Quit habits that play a negative part in this department.
Play scrabble with your family tonight, to puzzle your brain. Let there be some mental activity, as well as physical, to keep yourself fit. Make your life an affair to remember with your presence of mind at all times.
Challenge your brain by keeping it active.