“How can I im­prove my me­mory?”

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - B+S NATURAL SOLUTIONS -

ques­tion: My me­mory and con­cen­tra­tion have gone down­hill. Is there any­thing I can do to com­bat this?

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an­swer: There are sev­eral things you can try to boost your me­mory and con­cen­tra­tion.

Empty your mind: Although it’s tempt­ing to keep think­ing of all the things you have to do, it is more help­ful to clear the mind for at least a few min­utes ev­ery day. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tors swear this makes them more fo­cused. The Dalai Lama once said, “I have a busy day ahead, I must med­i­tate twice as long.”

Herbs: There are a num­ber of nat­u­ral reme­dies that can help sharpen the mind. Ginkgo biloba has a rep­u­ta­tion for treat­ing cere­bral in­suf­fi­ciency and we all feel cere­brally in­suf­fi­cient at some point. Other herbs for con­cen­tra­tion and me­mory in­clude brahmi, gotu kola, rose­mary and sage.

Brain food: The brain re­lies on a steady flow of blood glu­cose. With­out this brain food symp­toms may in­clude poor con­cen­tra­tion, fa­tigue, ir­ri­tabil­ity, hunger, nau­sea and dizzi­ness. The clas­sic time for low blood­sugar lev­els is 3pm to 4pm. Jelly­beans will only make things worse. The trick is to keep your blood-glu­cose lev­els con­stant by eat­ing a small meal ev­ery two to three hours. Break­fast is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant and should in­clude some protein such as an egg or baked beans.

Many peo­ple drink cof­fee to keep them alert and that is ex­actly what it does. A cup or two in­creases your ca­pac­ity

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for in­tel­lec­tual work, de­creases drowsi­ness and pro­motes a more rapid and clear flow of thought. How­ever, just keep it to a cou­ple of cups a day.

Mu­sic and the mind: Stud­ies pub­lished in the jour­nal Na­ture showed first-grade stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in spe­cial mu­sic classes saw their read­ing and maths skills in­crease dra­mat­i­cally. Mu­sic that has a rhythm of 60 to 80 beats a minute is calm­ing and re­lax­ing. Co­in­ci­den­tally (or not) the rest­ing hu­man heart has pre­cisely the same rhythm. Try any­thing by clas­si­cal pow­er­houses Pachel­bel, De­bussy and Bach.

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bodyand­soul.com.au For more of Mim Beim’s natur­opa­thy tips visit bodyand­soul.com. au/heal­ing

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