How do we know if we are losing it a little bit or becoming senile?
People start to worry over silly things. A friend of Rosalie's kept forgetting things and couldn't seem to find her words. She started to think that she was getting Alzheimer’s and she was scared. The reality is that a lot of it is just due to her lifestyle.
Many of us are guilty of it. We rush around too much, don't eat well, don't get enough sleep. If someone has a concern, they should always get it checked out to ensure it is not something more serious. For 90% of people though, they just need a lifestyle tune-up.
Is stress a contributing factor to memory loss?
Yes. There are lots of things in life that can be stressful on someone: children, caring for elderly parents, computer crashes, traffic jams, daily hassles. Sometimes you go into a room and forget why you went in there. Yes, definitely stress can contribute to making you forget things.
What can you do nutritionally to improve your memory?
Everyone needs to eat well, you need to feed your brain.
Fish is a great food to incorporate into your diet. It contains lots of antioxidants that will stop the "rusting" in your body.
Your diet should be rich in fruits & vegetables-7-10 servings/day. The best ones to select are dark in colour, like blueberries and dark green leafy vegetables, as they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants helps your brain to function.
Ensure you get enough protein in your diet. Vegetarians especially need to ensure that they are getting enough protein and B vitamins, particularly B12.
What supplements can you take to help improve your memory?
In addition to the herbs and supplements Dr. JJ mentioned earlier to improve memory earlier. Rosalie also recommends the B vitamins are co-factors that help make neurotransmitters in your brain.
Dr. Hoffer with the American Schizophrenia Association and Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine at www.orthomed.com has done a lot of research on brain health, and mental illness. You'll find a lot of information there on how we can improve our physical and mental health using the proper nutrients.