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Being forgetful is something common among old people, but a study made at UCLA found that 14% of young adults (aged 18-39) complained about their memory.
With the time we spend on our computers and cellphones, forgetfulness only has space to progress and get worse among this group of individuals.
But you can fight it back. How? Let me and Dr. Gary Small show you.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices are major factors in memory loss.
Not having enough sleep, not having a healthy and balanced diet, and not doing enough exercise are some of the causes that lead to bad brain health.
There are some effective and practical ways we can improve muscle memory. According to Dr. Small, he has a method called :
Look, Snap, Connect
Look - Slow down. Take a second to remember what you have to record in your brain. Really look at the details or listen and process the words being used.
Snap - The brain has a natural ability to remember things visually, so leverage that. Take a mental snapshot of what you've just seen or the exact place some important conversation took place.
Connect - Associate these images, these mental snapshots to a relevant detail related to the situation in present.
Exercise as little as taking a 20min walk daily, minimizes the risk of having Alzheimer's disease later on.
Working out on a day-to-day basis creates a scientific thingy, that is referred, in more common terms, as brain fertilizer, which strengthens the connection between neurons and so improves memory.
This one is a no-brainer. Sleeping is key. Insomnia is the enemy of memory.
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Obesity can trigger late-life brain diseases. Dr. Small recommends avoiding processed foods and fast food.
Oxidation is also something that brings wear and tear to the brain, so get some anti-oxidation food into your system such as fish, nuts, and avocados.
Training your brain is the same as working out your biceps or chest.
Dr. Small recomends this exact exercise that will streghten your muscle memory :
Take a piece of paper and a pencil and try writing your first name using your non-dominant hand (i.e., left hand if you are right-handed). Now, take a second pencil and try writing your first name using both hands at the same time. Now, try it with your last name.
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