by Lexi Petronis
Arthur Belebeau I think I've told you guys before that my memory is like a sieve (or maybe I didn't! See? Memory!). So if you're anything like me and could use a brain helper every now and again, this latest research is for you.
Brain Booster #1: the Mediterranean Diet
New research has shown that the Mediterranean Diet--which is high in fruits, veggies, and omega-3s (like in fish and olive oil)--may help preserve memory loss as we get older. The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study discovered that participants who ate more olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids and avoided red meats, dairy and cheese were 19 percent less likely to have cognitive problems by the end of the study than those who regularly ate those foods.
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Brain Booster #2: clenching your fists
If you're somebody who forgets someone's name as soon as you learn it, this could be a cool tip: if you're right-handed, clench your right fist while you're trying to commit something to memory and then later clench your left when you want to remember it again. (If you're left-handed, do the opposite.) This trick may work because clenching your hands activates the side of the brain that handles the function. In right-handed people the right side of the brain controls memory.
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Brain Booster #3: exercise
Two new studies have found that regular exercise--both cardio and resistance--help keep your memory sharp! It's possible that the exercise helps generate new brain cells.
How's your memory these days? Do you have any tricks for keeping on top of things you need to remember--post-it notes? Organizer apps?
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by Lexi Petronis