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5 Reasons for Memory Loss: Lifestyle Impacts

February 18, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Mental Health

If you’re suddenly feeling like your short-term memory is giving you a miss when you need it the most, don’t panic. In all likelihood, this short-term memory loss is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.
The good news is that this memory loss is reversible. All you need is to make a few healthy changes to your lifestyle.

Read on to know some lifestyle-related causes of memory loss and how to prevent it:

1. Lack of Sleep:

Not getting sufficient sleep (at least 7 hours) at night can leave you feeling dull and dazed. It hampers your ability to register, remember details and recall.
Ensure that your body gets adequate rest. Sleep at a fixed time every night. While this may seem difficult at first, your body will gradually get used to it. Sufficient and regular sleep will make you more alert and improve recall.

2. Lack of Exercise:

Physical activity is important to keep your brains alert and sharp. This is due to the release of a hormone known as cortisol. A sedentary lifestyle has a negative impact on your mental agility and sharpness.
Get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. Take regular breaks from your work station. This will keep your memory sharp.

3. High Cholesterol:

High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) obstruct the flow of blood to the brain. This reduces the supply of oxygen and other nutrients to the brain.

Therefore, it is important to keep your cholesterol in check – and keep checking it regularly.

4. Sugar and Salt:

Cut down on salty and high-sugar foods. Salt consumption, especially, should be reduced.

5. Lack of Anti-Oxidants in Food:

A diet lacking in vegetables and fresh fruits deprives your body of vitamins and anti-oxidants that keep your brain cells sharp.

Include fruits such as apples and green leafy vegetables in your regular diet. Apples contain iron which is very good for the brain and anti-oxidants that strengthen memory.

These small changes to your lifestyle can prevent memory loss and improve your efficiency at work.

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