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Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - AN­JALI MUKERJEE, NUTRI TION­IST

Dis­trac­tion, lethargy, dizzi­ness, headaches and emo­tional dis­tur­bances like para­noia, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion are all signs of a fail­ing mem­ory. How­ever, you don’t need to worry, or go for any med­i­cal treat­ment un­less the prob­lem is se­vere. Your mem­ory can ef­fec­tively be im­proved with the right life­style choices.

The brain’s main func­tion is to com­mu­ni­cate with its own cells. And the qual­ity of your diet has a huge ef­fect on its health and func­tion, in­clud­ing your mem­ory. Most mem­ory re­lated prob­lems can be pre­vented or re­versed with some sim­ple changes in your diet and ex­er­cise rou­tine. Here are some tips:

Con­sume a wide va­ri­ety of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles. They con­tain vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and a range of phy­to­chem­i­cals, which pro- tect the body from mem­ory im­pair­ment.

Re­search sug­gests that in­creas­ing the in­take of Vi­ta­min B, es­pe­cially Vi­ta­min B6 and B12 can help en­hance mem­ory abil­i­ties.

Get­ting enough Vi­ta­min C and E may also help im­prove a fail­ing mem­ory.

In­crease your di­etary in­take of mag­ne­sium (green leafy veg­eta­bles, nuts, whole grains, soy­bean, milk, and seafood) to make sure you are get­ting ad­e­quate lev­els for op­ti­mum func­tion­ing.

Cut down on the in­take of sat­u­rated fats. Pro­cessed or junk food, and sug­ary foods, not only de­plete Vi­ta­min B from the body, but also cre­ate sugar level fluc­tu­a­tions, which af­fect nor­mal brain func­tion­ing, thus re­duc­ing men­tal alert­ness.

When you ex­er­cise, the blood flow to your en­tire body in­creases, thus, mak­ing you feel more alert and en­er­getic. Ex­er­cis­ing is also a good stress-buster.

Re­search re­veals that gingko, the old­est liv­ing tree species, has a promis­ing ef­fect on a wide range of prob­lems re­lated to mem­ory loss and im­paired men­tal func­tion­ing. It im­proves over­all men­tal health, de­ci­sion-mak­ing abil­i­ties and also con­trols anx­i­ety.

An­other herb called gin­seng helps boost one’s mem­ory, learn­ing abil­ity and men­tal func­tion­ing.

Re­search re­veals that gingko, the old­est liv­ing tree species, has a promis­ing ef­fect on prob­lems re­lated to mem­ory loss

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