Skip to main content

The #1 Way to Stop Memory Loss, Say Experts

Memory loss is a feature of aging that many of us fear. Some forgetfulness is normal with age, but that doesn't mean it's inevitable. There are many things you can do to improve your brain health and strengthen your memory, but one stands above the rest. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


The #1 Way to Improve Memory

Side view of active young female in sportswear doing exercises lunges with dumbbells and watching video on laptop during fitness workout at home

Getting regular exercise is the most important thing you can do to keep your brain healthy, says Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the CNN medical correspondent and author of Keep Sharp. "Exercise, both aerobic and nonaerobic (strength training), is not only good for the body; it's even better for the brain," he writes. "The connection between physical fitness and brain fitness is clear, direct, and powerful." 

Gupta recommends working regular movement into your day-to-day life, whether that's an exercise routine or simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you hit the gym regularly, Gupta suggests mixing up your workouts: The brain likes variety.


Why Exercise Is So Powerful for Brain Health

Smiling African man holds his hands at his head.

"Exercise promotes the release of a powerful molecule called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which repairs brain cells, strengthens their connections, promotes new brain cell growth, and enlarges the size of your hippocampus (a part of the brain involved in the storage and retrieval of memories)," explains Harvard Medical School. "Exercise also increases blood flow to your brain and may protect the brain's system for flushing out toxins."

Exercise is such a booster of brain health that starting an exercise program in middle age can delay the onset of dementia by a decade, research has found. 

Read on to find out other easy ways to strengthen your memory.

RELATED: If You Can't Remember This, You May Have Memory Loss



Woman meditating on her bed

Not only can meditation reduce stress—which is great for overall health, including brain health—research suggests it can strengthen your memory. One study found that participants who were new to meditation improved their memory in just eight weeks of regular practice. 

RELATED: Surgeon General Just Issued This Important Warning


Eat a Healthy Diet

fruit vegetables berries blueberries spinach for smoothie

There is such a thing as brain food. Several studies have found that consuming high levels of flavonoids—a natural chemical plants produce to keep themselves healthy—can reduce brain inflammation, protect brain cells from injury, and support memory. Some foods rich in flavonoids include dark berries, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, tea, and dark chocolate. Another brain booster: omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA (which are found in high amounts in walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds) and DHA (found in fatty fish like salmon).

RELATED: Everyday Habits That Wreck Your Brain


Get Adequate Sleep

woman smiling while sleeping in her bed at home

During sleep, the brain goes through a "rinse cycle," clearing itself of toxins and debris, including the beta-amyloid plaques that are believed to contribute to dementia. So don't skimp on shut-eye: Aim to get seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

The post The #1 Way to Stop Memory Loss, Say Experts appeared first on Eat This Not That.

Eat This Not That

Popular posts from this blog

These 5 Grocery Items Are Cheaper Than Ever Right Now

The grocery industry has been facing major disruptions. The combined effects of the pandemic, climate change, and economic uncertainty over the past couple of years have culminated in a series of supply chain breakdowns. For the consumer, this means supply shortages , shipping delays , and temporary store closures are becoming more commonplace – and all of the added production cost to suppliers is driving up food prices . The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index report for January 2022 was released on Feb. 9, and it tells the story of cost trends for every spending category over the past year. Now the numbers are in, and since January 2021, "food at home" spending has increased 7.4%. Consumers should use this number as a benchmark, Phil Lempert, the consumer behavior analyst and founder behind Supermarket Guru , told Eat This, Not That! "Anything that's substantially less [than the 7.4% increase] is a deal," said Lempert. "When you

When Should I Take Creatine?

Creatine is probably the most well-researched supplement on the market today. Numerous studies have found positive adaptations in strength, power and muscle mass thanks to creatine supplementation—especially when it's combined with resistance training. Although the benefits of creatine are well-known to lifters, the best time to take it isn't common knowledge. Which leads us to some important questions:     Does an optimal time for consuming creatine exist?     If it does, should you take it before or after your workout? According to a new study published in the Journal of Exercise and Nutrition, the timing of creatine ingestion does indeed play a role in getting bigger and stronger. Creatine supplementation before resistance training increases muscular strength and lean muscle mass. Interestingly, taking creatine immediately after lifting weights results in greater muscle growth than taking it immediately before. However, in terms of strength gains, no difference betw

One Major Side Effect of Taking Viagra, Study Says

Viagra, containing the drug sildenafil, is one of the most talked-about prescription medications on the planet. Patented in 1996 and hitting the market in 1998, its primary purpose is to help men achieve an erection. "Viagra is indicated for erectile dysfunction, pulmonary artery hypertension, and off label for Reynauds," Dr. Darren Mareiniss, MD, FACEP , Emergency Medicine Physician at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, explains to Eat This, Not That! Health . "If you don't have one of these issues, probably should not take it." According to the National Institutes of Health , the drug, available as a tablet or liquid suspension, should be taken anywhere from four hours to 30 minutes prior to sexual activity. "Sildenafil usually should not be taken more than once every 24 hours," they note. So what can happen if you take viagra daily? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "L