Memory Loss? Be Aware of These Memory Stealers
Memory is a storehouse of all important things that are not meant to be forgotten and the life events that we wish to cherish for our lives. And I bet we all wish to have the best memory so that we are not forgetting important stuff. We wish for it to remain untampered and intact.
But, well, the sad news is that just like your gadget’s memory gets infected with a virus, our human memory is no exception! Yes, there are certain viruses of memory stealers as I like to call them that are held responsible for memory loss.
Today I am going to share with you a list of these viruses that are responsible for memory loss so that you are aware and your memory storehouse remains safe.
Memory Stealers to be Aware of
1. Lack of Sleep
With your sleep cycle being disturbed and you not being able to get enough sleep your memory is likely to suffer. If you are unable to meet the ideal sleeping hours (six to eight hours) then your memory might not be able to function to its full capacity. Along with a decline in memory, lack of sleep also reduces our attention capacity and reaction time.
Your smoking habit is likely to leave a negative impact on your memory. Wondering, why? Well, smoking has a direct impact on your blood supply, which further declines brain functions. Some of the functional areas that smoking leaves an impact on include memory and vocabulary. Not only this, but smoking also creates a mental block in processing and relay information.
Advice: Start limiting your smoke count. De-addiction is achievable.
3. A High-fat Diet
Yes, if your daily diet is loaded with high-fat food then it is time to reconsider what should be going on your plate. High-fat diets and memory aren’t good friends! If you are eating food that is high in its fat content then your memory and learning capacity. This includes food items like- red meat, cheese, butter, sweets, salmon, and fried food.
Advice: Include memory-boosting food in your diet.
4. Persistent Stress
Stress contributes to forgetfulness and memory loss. If the stress persists it may also give rise to other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. As a result, there is a change in the level of neurotransmitters and other neural activities. This further affects our ability to remember details, to concentrate, and to stay organized.
5. Germs (Yes!)
The theory here is, the more you are exposed to germs over your lifetime the more the chances of your memory loss (and vice-versa). So, every time you catch a cold there are chances of your memory cells being tampered.
Advice: Work on your immunity so that you can fight off any germs.
6. Certain Prescribed Drugs
Medication too has an impact on our memory. Certain prescribed drugs are linked to memory loss and forgetfulness. These medications make it difficult to concentrate, pay attention, and memorize. Along with this, they lead to confusion and drowsiness. A certain group of medications is found to have an impact on our brain function, such as pain medications, muscle relaxants, antihistamines, and others.
Advice: Don’t leave these potentially life-saving medications. Maintain a lifestyle that will help you curb the dose of your medication.
7. Thyroid Conditions
Many physical health conditions have an ill impact on your memory. But, thyroid in particular is found to have the most deteriorating impact on memory as it has a direct impact on our metabolism. If it is a case of hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland) then you are likely to feel confused and disorganized. And if it is hypothyroidism (an underactive gland) then the chances of you feeling forgetful increases. Either way, your memory is being impacted. You can get it tested and follow a lifestyle that will safeguard you from it.
Advice: If you are already diagnosed with it then bringing healthy lifestyle changes and regularity with medication is recommended.
8. Hot Flashes
We often experience cold and hot flashes! While cold flashes have their own list of ill impact, hot flashes are reportedly found to leave an impact on our memory. You can understand it this way, every time you experience a hot flash, your brain produces steam and fogs it. As a result, you can’t really concentrate or recall (with your memory being fogged). Though your memory is regained as soon as the hot flash subsides, regular exposure can leave its ill impact.
Advice: Find the triggers that give rise to these hot flashes and try to avoid them. However, if you can’t avoid them just practice deep breathing to cool yourself down immediately.
9. Deficiency of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is found to be very important in protecting our brain from forgetfulness and impaired memory. This vitamin maintains healthy nerve cells that are responsible for having our memory intact. Luckily various food items are a rich source of vitamin B12, so we can easily fill in the deficiency of it.
Advice: Consume food items that are rich in vitamin B12.
Ending on a positive note!
The good news is that just like your gadgets have anti-virus software your memory too has anti-memory stealer remedies. That will help you boost your memory!
Now it’s time for you to take care of your memory and safeguard it from these viruses!
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