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How To Naturally Boost Your Memory

Sometimes your memory might not feel as good as it once did; you’re constantly forgetting to grab some groceries from the supermarket, or mixing up appointments – nothing too big.

This doesn’t mean you have to resort to extreme measures to refresh your memory! Try just a few of our tips on how to boost your memory the natural way – through your diet.

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Chinese sage

This powerful plant contains vitamins and minerals that are used to treat people suffering in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Sage has been used for over 1000 years as a natural alternative to traditional western medicine.

Avocado

Delicious avocados are easy to incorporate into your diet and can be found at any green grocer or supermarket. Packed with healthy monounsaturated fats which actually increase blood flow to the brain, they are the perfect pick-me-up if your mind is feeling a bit groggy.

Dark chocolate

The darker, the better! Dark chocolate is known to reduce inflammation and oxidation in the brain, which diminishes the chances of any neurological diseases. Just a few pieces a day could really change your life, and the way you think.

Apples

Doesn’t matter if they’re Fuji, Pink Lady, or even Granny Smith varieties, apples are a great afternoon snack if you’re feeling under the weather. Apples in general help to fight Alzheimer’s which is the leading cause of neurological illness in Australia.

Green tea

Just one cup of green tea a day is enough to decrease high levels of protein in the brain, which can potentially build-up and cause memory loss. If you don’t like the bitter taste of green tea, just one teaspoon of honey will make it so much sweeter.

Blueberries

Blueberries help to delay any age-related problems which can directly disrupt healthy brain function, motor skills, and even vision. Keep a pack of blueberries in your freezer so they’re always fresh for you to snack on.

Rosemary

Essential oils such as lavender and rosemary are important if you want to get your memory back on track. Although it might be one of the most expensive options on the list, rosemary also helps to improve your mood and keep your brain focused on the tasks ahead.

Olive oil

Foods which are high in Vitamin E are packed with antioxidants which help protect nerve cells in the brain. Cook your food with olive oil or sprinkle it over your salad to keep your brain feeling active and healthy.

Extra tips

Avoid trans fats

Too many fatty foods packed with trans fats can actually destroy your brain one bite at a time. Keep to a balanced diet, and refrain from eating too many sweets which are only harming your body.

Enjoy leafy vegetables

Packed with antioxidants which are good for your entire body, leafy vegetables should feature in your diet at least once a day. Enjoy a fresh salad, sandwich or stir-fry and cook your meals from scratch as much as you can.

Avoid saturated fats

Saturated fats don’t look or sound too appealing once you realise they have absolutely no nutritional content. If your diet still relies heavily on these meals, try and substitute them for a healthier alternative before going cold-turkey.

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November 8, 2014

Foods To Feed The Brain

They often say that you’re only as young as you feel, but what if your brain feels sluggish and your memory seems to be getting worse, making you feel a lot older than you actually are? The good news is that there are certain foods you can eat which should help to slow these signs down and perhaps even improve brain function.

Here are some of the best brain foods around:

Blueberries

They may be small but these tiny fruits pack a lot of punch when it comes to nutritional value and some might say that they are the best brain food that money can buy. Blueberry compounds are easily absorbed into the blood and their huge number of powerful nutrients can improve brain function and protect the brain from oxidative damage. They can also protect the brain from free radicals, inflammation, aging and radiation, so eat up!

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and in many studies has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain, cognitive function and verbal fluency. If you’re looking for something to awaken your brain in the short term then consider reaching for some dark chocolate which has more caffeine than milk or white chocolate.

Brown rice and whole grains    

Whole grains including oats, millet, some breads and cereals and quinoa contain essential vitamins and folic acid that help improve memory and circulation. They can also prevent the amino acid homocysteine from building up in the body which can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Also, the carbohydrates found in whole grains release energy slowly, meaning you’ll be mentally alert throughout the day.

Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E has been shown to stave off cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly, so consider eating a handful of nuts each day to keep your mind sharp. Cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seed and flax seeds are all great sources of vitamin E. This vitamin can also help prevent the blocking of blood vessels and reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Oily fish

Consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids found in some types of fish could prevent damage to brain cells so tuck into salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines to reap the benefits. The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish have also been linked Alzheimer’s and memory loss so by eating more of them you could reduce the risk of developing these diseases.

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August 26, 2014