One day, while surfing the net, I came across a page which asked the following questions: Do you sometimes forget where you placed your cellphone, your eyeglasses or your wallet? When you go up in your room to get something, do you tend to forget what are you gonna getting there once you are there up? Do you tend to borrow something from your neighbor then forgot that you borrowed something?
Martin Reilly, an author who writes massively about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, often sends me notes in my email inbox, fellas.
Recently I had a client come to me complaining of feeling mentally sluggish as of late. He wasn’t experiencing any major mental illnesses at all, but he just felt like he wasn’t quite as sharp as he used to be.
He was getting older as he was nearing the age of 50, but he felt like he still had a lot of good years ahead of him. Why was he forgetting things all the time? And why did it feel like it took him longer to process information and ‘get’ things that would have come quickly before?
He was doing everything right. His diet was in check – he was eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and he was also making sure he exercised on a regular basis. In fact, he was one of the fittest guys I knew.
Let me share with you a few of the not so normal things I suggested he try. As it turns out, after just a few weeks of putting these into action, he was seeing excellent results and was already feeling better about his brain health.
That’s right, flossing. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, let me tell you this again: you should be flossing daily.
While obviously flossing is one of the basic requirements for good dental hygiene, the fact is that your dental hygiene and gum health can impact many other elements of your health as well.
If you are not maintaining good dental hygiene, it can set you up for a higher risk to experience other ill-health conditions as well such as arthritis, heart health related issues, and cognitive decline.
So get out that floss tonight and make sure that you are flossing those teeth. While you’re at it, give yourself a good rinse with mouthwash as well for added protection.
Writing By Hand
In today’s day and age, most of us hardly ever pick up a pencil. Instead we are simply typing at our computers or typing on our Smart Phones. Who needs to write anything down anymore?
As it turns out though, writing things down can help with brain function and especially memory. When you write something down by hand, you are far more likely to remember it compared to if you were to just type it into a computer screen.
Essentially, it helps to solidify it in your mind. While it may take a bit more time and then you will have to keep what you are writing down in a journal of some sort, this really can help to boost your overall memory capacity.
If it’s something important that you want to ensure you remember, definitely do consider jotting it down in a notebook – even if you type it into your Smart Phone as well. Do both and you’ll really be covered.
Breaking Your Routine
Most of us have routines that we really tend to enjoy. Each and every day, we are doing the same thing, for the most part. Most of us know this as ‘life’.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is break free of your routine. When you do the same thing over and over again, it’s like giving your brain permission to be lazy. It knows the drill – thus it can essentially turn off, so to speak. When you add a twist to the day – do something new, you force your brain to wake up. Now it has to process things differently and begin taking action again.
This can help you maintain cognitive processing speeds better as it’s essentially like exercise for your brain. And, chances are, it’ll also help boost your interest in life again. If you’ve been in the same rut for a while now, there’s a very good chance that you’re feeling pretty bored.
Dr. Mark Hyman says there are 9 main causes of memory loss and they are: pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, low thyroid function, depression, deficiencies in B vitamins especially vitamin B 12, omega 3 fat deficiencies, mercury or other heavy metal toxicity, vitamin D deficiency, high cholesterol and unique genes that predisposes you to nutritional or detoxification problems.
Once these are identified, Dr. Hyman advises the following to control memory loss and prevent dementia:
Balance your blood sugar with a whole foods, low glycemic diet
Exercise daily — even a 30-minute walk can help
Deeply relax daily with yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or just deep breathing
Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement
Take an omega-3 fat supplement
Take extra vitamin B6, B12 and folate
Take vitamin D
Treat thyroid or low sex hormones
Get rid of mercury through a medical detoxification program
Hope these things help, fellas.