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The hippocampus - a structure in the brain - controls the brain's ability to learn and form memories of day-to-day facts.
But research found that the activity in the hippocampus steadily declines with age. The memory of subjects in their 50s and 60s weakened as subjects recalled events that were up to 12 years old but reached a plateau during older remembrances.
Initially, your memories stay in the hippocampus and the areas connected to the neocortex, the outer part of the cerebral cortex.
As memories age, different brain areas start to manage your memories. The frontal, temporal and parietal lobes are in charge of the oldest memories.
A favourite of most people across the world, french fries come in many shapes and sizes and are loaded with additives to add that irresistible taste. A regular serving of fries has 500 calories, while the same serving of regular potatoes has about 150.
The average American consumes 29 pounds of french fries in a year, and is home to the famous fast-food query: You want fries with that?
Alternative stories of the origin of the famous fry:
For a few years, French fries were renamed as Freedom Fries in the United States, as a way to protest against France’s refusal to give them political support in the Gulf crisis.
This was later restored in 2006, and Freedom Fries became French again.
Add an easy-to-achieve goal to your to-do list. The satisfaction of ticking off a small task is linked with a flood of dopamine.
Each time your brain gets a whiff of this rewarding neurotransmitter, it will want you to repeat the associated behaviour.
Anxiety and stress will sabotage your ability to stay focused. But keeping a record of your thoughts on paper is a wonderful way to to combat stress and anxiety.
There is something about getting your thoughts out of your head and on to paper that provides a window of opportunity and gives you a bit of space to start looking at things from a different view.
Comprehensive and dedicated science exists on the positive mental effects of venturing outdoors and spending time in nature.
Heading out into nature in the morning, then, could benefit your concentration.
Getting the right nutrients in your body first thing in the morning is hugely beneficial when it comes to maintaining focus throughout the day.
Eating a wide variety of wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes throughout the day ensures that blood sugar levels are stable and provides the brain with healthy fats, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These all work synergistically to promote brain health, focus, memory, concentration, and health in general.
Crosswords and other puzzles are a handy way to pass the time, but they’re also incredibly useful in improving memory and brain function.
Your brain loves these kind of small victories, and it can help make life’s larger problems somehow seem easier to tackle. What’s more, those little bursts of joy at finishing a puzzle can help calm your mind, in much the same way that physical exercise can mentally relax you too.
By gaining awareness and not slipping into ‘autopilot’ in your morning routine, you are better able to take care of your needs throughout the day.
This will help you with lowering stress levels. If you’re unsure where to begin, use apps that have a large library of guided meditation practices.
Adding apples to our daily intake can improve various aspects of our health, as they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Originating from a proverb in 1866, the phrase ‘An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away’ was coined in 1913. The original quote was: Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.
Eating an apple lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, inflammation as it contains flavonoids. The soluble fibre reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The antioxidants and flavonoids also lower the risk of various kinds of cancer. It is also proven that a diet which has lots of fruits and vegetables protects us against many types of cancer.
Apples are unlikely to have any downside, though too much of it could have some side effects. It is better to include other fruits in our plate for a healthy, balanced diet.