People know the brain as an organ, but what many don't realize is the brain is a lot like a muscle. If you don't utilize certain muscles in your body, they become weak. Just the same, if you don't use specific parts of your brain for cognitive function on a regular basis, they can become weak, which is where memory loss can occur. Memory loss is often thought of as something that happens naturally with age, but the truth of the matter is there are a lot of things you can do no matter what your age to keep your memory, and your brain, in tip-top shape. Here is a look at three things you can do every day to help improve your memory function.
Challenge your brain to learn something new every day.
Learning does not stop just because you are a full-grown adult. There are always new things to learn in the world around you, and learning something new, even if it is something small, can help improve your memory function. Every day, make a commitment to learn something you've obviously not learned about or how to do, such as how to spell a certain word, how to tie a certain knot, or even how to cook a certain food.
Challenge your brain to recall memories every day.
Encouraging your brain to recall certain things is healthy exercise. Therefore, it is a good idea to work on memory recall every day. This doesn't have to be anything too difficult. You could:
- Jot down your grocery list as usual and try to recall it before you pull it out at the store
- Look at a phone number in the morning and try to recall it throughout the day
- Take mental note of certain visual characteristics of a room and try to recall those characteristics before reentering
Challenge your brain to recognize individual food ingredients every day.
This one sounds odd, but your sense of taste is actually a good tool to use to work your brain on a daily basis. When you eat a meal, take the time to roll the food across your tongue and then create a mental list of the different ingredients you taste. For example, if you are eating pasta with marinara sauce, try finding the taste of garlic, tomato, oregano, and basil in every bite. This simple action challenges your brain to recognize certain tastes when normally it would be on auto-pilot while you chew and eat.
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