From the age of 20 you lose brain cells and your memory slowly but surely declines. With the tips and tricks below you keep your memory in optimal condition!
1. Good breakfast
A good breakfast is important for a healthy brain. You do not get smarter from a couple of sandwiches and a glass of milk, but you can remember things better, such as facts and a speech to be held later that day.
2. Do not use drugs
Your coordination, your problem-solving ability and your memory: they all deteriorate after smoking a joint . Those who use a lot of marijuana have a continuously reduced memory. Science does not yet agree whether marijuana use also leads to lifelong brain changes.
3. Drink little alcohol
Alcohol is a difficult substance in the food country. Has advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is damage to your memory. Anyone who drinks alcohol will ensure that his or her brain can not store new memories for a long time. And the more alcohol you drink, the greater this effect on your memory.
4. Avoid stress
Short-term stress makes you alert and sharpens your memory. A sudden stress moment you will always be able to remember well, think of a great shock in your life. Long-term stress works the other way around: it reduces parts of your brain, making it harder for you to concentrate and remember things less well. This is still unrelated to all other health problems that cause long-term stress.
5. Go and puzzle
Creating a crossword puzzle regularly in later life can delay your memory loss by a few years. No matter how trained you are. Also good for your memory: dancing, reading, making music, playing games (memory!), Moving and being socially active.
6. Watch out with antihistamines and sleeping pills
Commonly used: anti- allergy medicines (antihistamines) and a good night’s sleep. Research shows that both types of resources can cause temporary memory problems. This also applies to medicines that lower your cholesterol . Fortunately, the problems stop when you stop using the medicine.
During your well-deserved night’s sleep, your brain is working like crazy to store all your experiences during the day in your memory. Sufficient sleep is therefore of great importance for the proper functioning of your memory. On average you need about seven to eight hours of sleep.
8. Eat healthy
Again a classic advice: eat healthy. Healthy eating for your memory means: lots of broccoli and leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and endive. Your memory thrives perfectly. Foods full of folic acid are good for memory, think of peas and lentils. And fish is important because of the omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are good for the development of your brain, and therefore for the functioning of your memory. There are also indications that fatty fish specifically improves the memory of pregnant women .
9. Enjoy your cup of coffee
It is not so much the enjoyment of coffee that improves your memory, but the caffeine that is in coffee. The stimulant caffeine has been proven to improve your memory ‘somewhat’. Caffeine stimulates the brain, among other things. You will not soon forget a good cup of coffee!