Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Avoiding health problems that can steal your memory

Drawing of the human brain, from the publicati...Image via Wikipedia
I am constantly scouring the net for great information about natural topics.  I just found something in "O" Magazine that is a real eye opener on memory stealers.  And, how many of us couldn't stand an improvement in the memory?  I found that so many of the little stressors in our everyday lives add up to a large impact on the mind and memory.

The article covered five areas that impact mental health. I'd like to share some of the information right here.

Chronic Stress

Prolonged exposure to the fight or flight hormone, cortisol, can actually kill neurons by exciting them to death.  Hmm, does this sound like a day in your life?

How do you cope?  Well, the article suggests that people with the largest social networks had the slowest rate of memory decline.  Family and friends can mute the intensity of stress-and the brain's chemical response.

Cholesterol

If plaque gets lodged inside one of the tiny blood vessels in the brain, it can cause a "silent" stroke.  The harm this can do to the brain tissue could slow the speed at which you absorb new information.

Attacking the problem.  Well, in addition to eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, Eat about 2.4 ounces of nuts a day.  This can lower bad cholesterol by ten points.  Just make sure that you are eating raw nuts.

Sleep Apnea

The hallmark of sleep apnea is loud snoring and exhaustion upon waking. Further, the airway closes or becomes blocked for several seconds at a time.  The result is a dip in the oxygen level in the blood which can cause blood cells to starve.

The fix?  Losing 10 percent of body weight is enough to improve symptoms.  The doctor may also recommend using a CPAP machine while you sleep.  This machine delivers oxygen continuously to keep the airway open.

Hypothyroidism

An underactive thyroiod slow the metabolism which leads to faigue which causes a foggy brain.  One of the symptoms of this disorder, affecting 17 per cent of women sixty and over, is difficulty committing new information to long-term memory.

A common cause of the problem is insufficient levels of iodine, which the body needs in order to produce thyroid hormones, to seek out lots of iodine rich foods such as seafood and dairy products.

Brain rich foods high in B12, antioxidants and EFA

Bananas
tomatoes
Kale
Blueberries
Swiss cheese
Chocolate
Salmon
Brussels sprouts
Apples
Olive oil
Coffee beans
Oranges


Source:

"Feeling Good" Watch out for these memory stealers  Oprah Magazine




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