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Fighting Memory Loss Naturally

memoryWe have all experienced some degree of memory loss. The mildest form would be something on the order of forgetting why you walked into a room, what you were going to say, or where you put the car keys. A more pronounced situation might be chronic forgetfulness wherein a person has difficulty with daily tasks at home or on the job. At the severe end of the spectrum would be neurological disorders, such as dementia, wherein an individual may not recognize a friend or family member. Even mild memory lapses can be daunting. What are some of the causes of memory loss?

Common Causes of Memory Loss

  • Prescription medications

    Certain medications can contribute to loss of memory and other mental side-effects. For example, antidepressants – Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, etc. – have been linked to a number of severe neurological problems, including memory loss, amnesia, delusion, and hallucination. Other medications, prescribed for wholly physiological reasons – high blood pressure, cholesterol, pain relief – can also be a culprit. But simply dropping a prescription due to its side-effects can be dangerous or catastrophic, so consult with your prescribing physician if you suspect a medication may be contributing to memory loss. In the case of psychotropic medications (antidepressants, etc.), a person can be prescribed several drugs simultaneously – wherein one drug is prescribed in an attempt to offset the effects of another. Getting off these drugs requires a precise, gradual withdrawal process.

  • Alcohol and tobacco

    Alcohol affects the brain and central nervous system, with “black patches” commonly associated with excessive consumption. If drinking is a steady part of your routine, and you have been experiencing memory loss, it’s time to cut way down or quit entirely. Cigarette smoke, in addition to containing nicotine and dozens of other chemicals, reduces oxygen to the brain and has been linked to memory loss.

  • Drug abuse

    Narcotic use – marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, crack, opiates, etc. – can all be at the root of memory loss, whether used “recreationally” or in fueling long-term addiction. Marijuana (cannabis), despite medical or legal status in some states, contains the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a Schedule I controlled substance, classified as a hallucinogenic or psychedelic – with dulled thinking and memory loss being known consequences. Abuse of prescription drugs is now an all-too-common, even pandemic, reality. Conquering addiction – and its attendant pain and disaster – can be the task of a lifetime for an individual. Holistic recovery, such as that offered at Best Drug Rehabilitation, with an individualized program, can be the solution for a drug-free life.

  • Sleep deprivation

    Failure to get sufficient sleep can play havoc on your thinking and memory, as well as cause fatigue and other problems. Scheduling 7-8 hours of sleep per night will go a long way towards increasing mental focus.

  • Head injury, stroke, disease, dementia

    Memory loss can be brought on by brain trauma, stroke, diseases like Alzheimer’s, as well as dementia attributed to old age. Testing, such as CAT scan and MRI, can be done to zero in on the problem. While cures may not yet exist for extreme causes of memory loss, therapies and exercises can be done to help people with these conditions.

Ways to Fight Memory Loss

 

  • Nutrition and exercise

    A poor diet, consisting of processed, fried, or fatty foods with little nutritional value, will cause general fatigue, weariness, and a depressed mental outlook. Proper, balanced nutrition – proteins, fruits, vegetables – means providing vital nutrients to the body and the brain. This, combined with regular exercise, can greatly help mental faculties and improve one’s overall enthusiasm for life.

 

  • Superfoods

    Superfoods are plant-based, organic nutrients that include kale, spinach, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, and barley grass. They also include fruits and nuts high in antioxidants, such as goji berries, acai, and blueberries. A superfood blast in the morning can mean an energized body and alert mind – and also provide a myriad of other health benefits like increased energy.

 

  • Vitamins, minerals, herbs

    Simply taking a daily multi-vitamin, with the addition of a B-Complex supplement, will add to your memory boost formula. The herb Ginkgo Biloba, originating in China, is often cited as assisting memory, apparently by increasing blood circulation to the brain.

 

  • Get organized

    Ever find yourself going off in all directions at once? Do you forget where you put something 60 seconds ago? Time to take care of your area and get organized! Start with your living space and move into your working environment. If everything had a place and you put things back where they belonged once you were done with them, and if you maintained this as a habit, you’d see a sharpening of your mental prowess. Composing a plan for the day, where you mark off each completed task, will also contribute to your newly focused mind.

 

  • Understanding

    When you don’t understand something – particularly when you need that piece of knowledge for your activities or profession – you feel dull and confused. Methods do exist for proper learning. When you truly understand and can use information, feeling dimwitted and forgetful can be a thing of the past – replaced by insightfulness and acuity.

 

Those are a few practical suggestions for improving your memory and living a better, more rewarding life!

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • Walter

    Memory Loss…why did I start typing…(kidding) is a serious thing. I have worked with several people that suffered from moderate to severe memory loss, and there is a lot to be said about it. I know for a fact that there have been times that I have struggled with forgetfulness. I think it is not just selective forgetfulness either. I know that there are a lot of dietary things that can be done for memory loss, and I think that more people should give that the good ole college try before they resort to drugs to handle this. The interesting thing that I think this article points out is the effects that can come from the different drugs in terms of memory loss and the impact that it can have on people. A lot of these drugs that I see out there really do not do a whole heck of a lot to handle this as they are just treating a symptom, and in fact many times it can get a lot worse as a result of the drugs and what they do to the body. If there is a situation where you are having trouble forgetting it would be wise to inspect the different subjects in this article. I know that illegal drugs can lead to this but a lot of the time the prescription ones can be worse. I have also seen what getting a person off of drugs and through a detox program like the one at BDR can do for a person in terms of recovering their memory. It is really something to see this occur. I also know that many people do not lead a proper life in terms of what they eat and this has a bad effect on them as well. I think that there is a lot to be said about this in terms of a subject and how it can have a bad effect. I really like the way that this lays it out to see and I think that there is a lot of good information here to be gained by people.

  • Amanda

    It is really sad to see someone when they are suffering from memory loss. I think that it is nice to see that there are so many solutions to it and simple tasks that can greatly improve the quality of the life of people from doing it. I mean simply going and finding the different super foods can do so much in terms of handling the loss of memory. That is also a big factor is the risk of head trauma. I remember one time when Muhammad Ali came to my school to speak, and he was suffering from head related injuries as a result of his boxing career. That was tough to see as you knew that because of all of the trauma he was battling a condition where his mind was greatly affected. I think there is more to that than people want to believe. I mean you see all of the different sports players out there who are struggling with this, and it is preventable to some degree. I mean sure they decide to go into sports professionally, but at the same time it is sad to see when they are struggling with early onset dementia or some similar neurological condition. I also think the aspect of the psychiatric drugs needs to be given more lip service, as these are powerful mind altering drugs that are being handed out like candy. I hate it when I hear people who are on these, and the side effects that come out of them, as they really do nothing but cover up the problem. I think that there is a great public service that is being delivered from this article and I would like to read more like it!

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