Memory loss is a terrifying prospect to many, possibly because of what appear to be rising rates of dementia in the general population. Fortunately, you can take steps to safeguard this important part of your life.
First, though, let’s start with a discussion of how memory works. Most people seem to think that memory is direct recall of events; however, research shows that memory is often pieced together and re-created at the time that it is called upon. This is important because it means that memory is not static; it does not reside in our minds unchanged. Dr. Mercola writes,
“Research using brain imaging has revealed remarkable similarities in the patterns of brain activity when you’re remembering a past event and imagining a future one.
“In fact, the exact same areas are activated during these two mental tasks, and researchers believe the reason for this is that you use memories to piece together an imagined picture of the future.
“What this means is that as you develop the ability to remember the past, from around the age of 5 onward, you also develop your ability to reflect and imagine the future.”
What this also means is that, by disrupting specific memories, a person can re-order ideas and beliefs that a person has because the disruption in the remembering process makes it difficult for the mind to recreate these memories later.
Interestingly, factors that can impact interruptions in the remembering process can include:
- a processed food diet
- lack of exercise
- sleep disturbances including chronic lack of sleep
Notice that most of these are completely within a person’s control, so that reducing the exposure to these factors would seem to logically lower the risk of memory problems as a person ages.
In addition to the above issues to avoid, to lower the risk of dementia, Dr. Mercola recommends eating real instead of processed food, replacing refined carbohydrates with healthy fats, eat a diet rich in folate, optimize Vitamin D levels in your body, avoid and eliminate mercury and aluminum fromn your body, avoid flu vaccinations, and challenge your mind daily, and intermittently fast.
Keeping a healthy mind and memory is possible, but you have to take action to do so.