20 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Memory

Have you ever wondered how can you improve your memory!?!

Understanding how to quickly improve your memory will improve your daily productivity. Memory is the mental activity of recalling learned and/or experienced information.

There are 2 types of memory:

  1. Short-term memory
  2. Long-term memory

In short-term memory information is stored for a few seconds or a few minutes. Such memory is fragile and is able to hold an average of SEVEN items (phone numbers, credit card numbers, etc.),

In long term memory we store information needed for our lives / jobs / etc. Sometimes, accessing information stored in long-term memory requires a conscious effort to recall: personal memories related to our experiences (episodic memory), factual data not connected to time or place (semantic memory) and skills and performed routines (procedural memory).

The most important areas of the brain for retention and formation of memory are:

  1. CEREBRAL CORTEX – the outer layer of the brain; stores mainly long-term memory;
  2. HIPPOCAMPUS – transformes information into memory;
  3. AMYGDALA – process emotions and imprints memories involving emotions;
  4. NEURONS – form a network into our brains used for communication.

In order to find out how to improve your memory we have to find out which factors influence our memory. One of this factors is the food we consume. The connection between food and memory is extremely complex. Researchers are still trying to figure out how memory is affected by what we eat and how you can improve your memory by following a certain diet.

Still, researchers indicate that the following nutrients stimulate and nurture brain functions and, therefore, can improve your memory:

  • Vitamin B1: grains, sunflower seeds, beans, pork, etc.

  • Vitamin B3: peanuts, mushrooms, chicken, tuna, beef, etc.

  • Folic acids: green leafy vegetables, sprouts, oranges, etc.

  • Vitamin B6: Broccoli, spinach, bananas, etc.

  • Vitamin B12: Animal products

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: these acids are concentrated in the brain and are associated with cognitive function. The best sources of these fatty acids are: fish like tuna, salmon, herring, mackerel, etc.; walnuts, etc.

  • Vitamin C and E, beta carotene: these antioxidants fight free radicals (atoms formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules; free radicals are highly reactive and can damage cells. Antioxidants neutralize them and also improve the flow of oxygen through the body and brain). These antioxidants can be found in berries, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, nuts, citrus fruits, liver, etc.

Bear in mind that nutrients are best assimilated and most effective when they are extracted from food.

When trying to improve your memory, the best 20 ways are the following:

  1. Mindfulness exercises, good thinking habits

  2. Meditate, develop your intuition

  3. Motivate yourself

  4. Play (puzzles, mind games, etc.)

  5. Learn new things

  6. Have a good night sleep

  7. Exercise

  8. Develop your creativity, think clear

  9. Caffeine

  10. Avoid sugar, alcohol, smoking and fats

  11. Eat fish

  12. Vitamin, fiber supplements

  13. Eat less

  14. Consume fruits and green vegetables

  15. Eat food high in antioxidants

  16. Have a consistent and healthy breakfast

  17. Folic acid

  18. Vitamin C and E

  19. Selenium

  20. Creatine

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to improve your memory – just test some of them and figure out what works best for you.

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