If you’ve ever witnessed the effects of forgetfulness or brain fog, you know just how devastating they can be.
The memory loss, the changes in coordination, the confusion and disorientation can all be very scary.
They can also be very sad for family and friends of those affected.
And one of the most severe forms of brain fog is forgetfulness.
In fact, it’s estimated that someone in the US develops brain fog about every 70 seconds.
It’s also estimated that 23% of people over 65 years of age already have some form of mild cognitive impairment.
That’s the main reason why neurologists who treat brain fog and other common forms of forgetfulness agree that if you want to protect your brain as you age…you absolutely must take proactive steps.
And the sooner you take them, the better off you’ll be.
Even if you’re in the “prime of your life,” you still may not be protected.
So in an effort to help you take a more active role in protecting your brain we’ve put together a list of 9 Habits you can start today.
Steps that will not only help prevent the onset of forgetfulness, brain fog or other forms of cognitive impairment.
These 9 Simple Habits Will Keep
Your Brain Sharp, Focused And Youthful
Here they are:
1. Quit Smoking
We all know that smoking is harmful to your health and it increases your risk for lung cancer. But according to recent clinical studies smokers are also at greater risk of developing all types of forgetfulness. They are also much more likely (up to 79% more likely) to develop brain fog.
If you smoke, now would be a good time to stop.
2. Get More Vitamin B12
New research suggests that Vitamin B12 can help protect you from forgetfulness. In one study researchers found that in their evaluation of 121 people those with lower levels of B12 scored lower on cognitive tests and had smaller volumes on MRI scans.
And according to Christine Tangney, a clinical nutritionist at Rush University in Chicago: "Every single marker of low vitamin B12 was correlated with low brain volume.”
Eggs, meat, fish and all seafood are good sources of B12.
3. Get More Exercise
Regular exercise may preserve hippocampal volume which is the first part of the brain attacked by forgetfulness. Even implementing something as simple as a walking program can improve brain function and limit cognitive decline.
4. Get More Vitamin D
There is a very strong connection between a lack of vitamin D and the development of forgetfulness/brain fog.
In fact, people who were severely deficient in vitamin D were more than twice as likely to develop forgetfulness and brain fog as people who got enough.
In order to get enough vitamin D try and be in the sun as much as you can with your arms and legs exposed. If you live in areas where there is not sufficient sunlight, vitamin D supplementation may be necessary.
5. Get More Sleep
In the journal Science researchers found that lack of sleep may lead to the development of forgetfulness.
Scientists from The Center for Translational Neuromedicine, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Rochester Medical Center discovered that a waste-draining system they call the “glymphatic system” is ten times more active while you’re asleep than when you are awake.
This draining system removes proteins called amyloid-beta, which accumulate into the plaques that contribute to brain fog and forgetfulness.
6. Drink coffee
Do you enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee? If you do that’s great. Because as it turns out, coffee is great for your brain.
In one study drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day at midlife was associated with a 65% decreased risk of developing forgetfulness and brain fog.
Coffee als0 happens to be a strong antioxidant with a great amount of magnesium.
If you’re not a coffee drinker, what are you waiting for?
7. Keep Your Head Protected
Head trauma and forgetfulness are closely related. A study showed that traumatic brain injury can increase your risk of developing forgetfulness by as much as 4 times.
It’s always a good idea to wear a helmet when you ride a bike, go horseback riding, ice skate or ski. You never know when you’re going to need it.
8. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of developing forgetfulness.
Although there are several studies suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption can actually be beneficial to your health, others suggest that overindulging can have the opposite effects.7
9. Work Your Brain
Your brain works a lot like a muscle and the more you use it the stronger it gets. And brain exercises are an excellent way to keep your mind healthy and stimulated.
Activities like reading or doing crossword puzzles can be very helpful as well as any type of problem solving.
Also, don’t be afraid to try something new – learning new things is a great way to keep your brain engaged and your mind stimulated.
You can also try some of the cognitive programs available to challenge your brain in different ways.
These 9 simple habits can help prevent the progression of forgetfulness, brain fog and other forms of cognitive decline.
Feel free to share them with others and together we can help slow the progression of these devastating brain changes.
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