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Experiencing memory fog? Eat your veggies

Many of us as we get older begin to worry about our recognitions of other people especially names and events in our lives that may have been from this morning or last week. Here is a little quiz to check to see how you are doing.

Be honest with yourself. After all, this is all about you. Our brains are miraculous so if you experience many of these symptoms, take heart that you can do something to improve your brain power. Sometimes it is just stressful circumstances that can up the ante of our forgetfulness – like multitasking and undertaking too much.

Is your memory deteriorating?

Do you find it hard to concentrate and often get confused?

Do you sometimes forget the point you’re trying to make?

Does it take you longer to learn things than it used to?

Do you find it hard to add up numbers without writing them down?

Do you often experience mental fatigue?

Do you find it hard to concentrate for more than one hour?

Do you sometimes meet someone you know quite well but can’t remember their name?

Do you often find you can remember things from the past but forget what you did yesterday?

Do you ever forget what day of the week it is?

Do you often misplace your keys?

Do you ever go looking for something and forget what you are looking for?

Do you enter a room and wonder why you went there?

Do your friends and family think you’re getting more forgetful now than you used to be?

Do you frequently repeat yourself?

 

4 or less: Your memory and concentration on good.

5-10: You are starting to suffer from brain drain.

Over 10: you are experiencing significant memory and concentration impairment.

Our brains need a ton of nutrition, especially the right kinds of fats since brain cell membranes are made up of fatty acids and the majority of our brain composition is fat. Fats provide a lot of energy and our brains are so active they require a full load of nutrients.

Brain power increases with ingestion of essential fatty acids and the nutrients found in whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. Selecting “rainbow foods,” the most colorful foods in fruits and vegetables, provide the densest nutrient boost. Juicing and making smoothies often and adding fish oil, or ground flaxseed oil providing those essential Omega 3 fatty acids will nourish your brain and improve thinking processes. Also it is important to hydrate well each day and get enough rest. A tired body leads to a sluggish brain.

I am reading a great book now called The Mind Map Book authored by brothers Tony and Barry Buzan. It is all about utilizing one’s brain in the most creative and expansive ways. Our complex brains want creativity as well as logic and lots of nutrition. By just increasing fruits and vegetables, you will be fulfilling some of your brain’s “bucket list” in our very toxic environment.

Eat your veggies. Grandma was right.

Krystle Shapiro, MSHN owns NewTritionally Yours! nutrition education and classes. She can be reached at (208) 290-6760.

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