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6 Steps to Improve your Memory

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By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 02:13 PM

It is no secret that memory will fade over time. That's why it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and eat the proper foods.

Here are six steps to improve your memory:

1. Watch what you eat: Doctors recommend a variety of foods to help boost memory. According to Cleveland Clinic Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Michael Roize, foods such as fish, blueberries, brown rice and tomatoes can boost your brainpower. He points out that "almost any fruit or vegetable" is a good step for improving your memory.

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2. Get connected with friends and family: People who interact with other people have better memories. The Journal of Aging Research showed that in over 15 years, regular interaction with social networks helped slow cognitive decline.

3. Lower Stress: Chronic stress can be a memory buster. According to CNN, University of Iowa researchers found short term memory in rats was lowered after they were exposed to the stress hormone. Other research has shown that long-term anxiety can reduce long-term memory, as well. It's important to always reduce triggers for stress. 

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4. Try Meditation: According to the Association for Psychological Science, stopping to practice "mindfulness" can help boost memory. Using physical and mental strategies to keep your mind on a task or get back to a task after being interrupted, can potentially help improve memory.

5. Exercise: The effects of moderate aerobic exercise on memory can be powerful. Harvard Health Newsletter reported that several studies have shown the benefits of aerobic exercise on the brain. It can even grow the areas of the brain associated with memory and learning. A half-hour of exercise a day, which equates to 150 minutes a week is recommended.

6. Build a routine: A structured environment which includes tasks completed in the same order every time will help improve memory. Calendars, schedules and clocks with written daily activities can also help.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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