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Seven Easy Ways to Boost Your Memory

Memory Booster #1. Take the stairs

Exercise benefits your head as much as the rest of your body, a growing number of studies indicate.

Memory Booster #2: Change your wallpaper

When doing routine things, the brain runs on autopilot.  Shake up what you see and do every day.  Take a different route home from work. Brush your teeth with your nondominant hand. Buy, borrow, or download a book that makes you think about new ideas.

Memory Booster #3. Steal some zzz’s by daylight

It’s while you’re sleeping that your brain sorts, consolidates, and stores memories accumulated during the day — that’s why eight hours at night is so valuable. But a mere six-minute nap is as valuable as a full night’s sleep to short-term recall.

Memory Booster #4. Take a mental “photograph”

Memories aren’t just stored in one spot in the brain; bits of data are processed and stored in different areas. To help make the memory of an incident last, take a “snapshot” of it while you’re in the moment, using all your senses. Look around and think about what you see.

Memory Booster #5. Eat less

After only 12 weeks, healthy volunteers (average age 60) who reduced their daily calories by 30 percent scored 20 percent better on memory tests,University of Munster (Germany) researchers reported. The possible reason: decreased levels of insulin, created when the body processes food, and of the inflammation-associated molecule C-reactive protein. Both factors are linked to improved memory function.

Memory Booster #6. Stop and sip a cup

Green and black teas have a protective effect on memory, possibly by influencing enzymes in the brain. The caffeine sparks concentration, too. And people who drink moderate amounts of coffee at midlife — as many as three to five cups — have lower odds of developing dementia in late life, Finnish and French researchers say.

Memory Booster #7. Eat your green vegetables

There’s no such thing as an “anti-Alzheimer’s diet.” But people who are deficient in folate and vitamin B12 have an increased risk of developing dementia.  Great vegetable sources of folate include romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, mustard greens, parsley, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and beets.

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