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10 Brain Exercises You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Memory

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Do you find yourself forgetting where you put something? Or perhaps you just can't remember the name of that person even though you see them all the time.

If you want to retain your memory then you have to work at it. Your brain needs to be used in different ways to maintain your acuity.

If you're like most people, I’m sure you don’t need one more thing to incorporate into your life. But wait until you see how you can use things you're already doing to improve your memory.

1) Drink plenty of water.

Don’t forget to get enough water. Drink one half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

2) Eat healthy whole foods.

When you eat whole foods you give your brain food that will help it to stay alert. Consider a plant-based diet of at least 80 percent plants — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

For animal-based foods I recommend grass-fed, free-range, antibiotic-free, wild foods including eggs, fish, poultry, red meat and white meat.

3) Work out with aerobic exercise.

Aerobic exercise benefits your body, increasing your breathing rate and ultimately raising heart and lung efficiency. It exercises the memory too.

According to the Medical Dictionary, “Aerobic exercise is any type of physical activity that increases the heart rate and promotes increased use of oxygen in order to improve the overall body condition."

The University of British Columbia conducted a study which found that regular aerobic exercise increases the size of the brain, specifically the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain involved with learning and verbal memory. Various studies show that other areas of the brain, like the prefrontal cortex and the temporal cortex, increase as well.

4)Relax. Yes, relax.

When you are stressed, you release hormones like cortisol that can be harmful to your brain by destroying connections between nerve cells. So take time every day to relax and restore your balance. Perhaps go for a walk in nature, or take a bath with Epson salts.

5) Get good sleep.

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