Increasingly, we are seeing people in clinic complaining of ‘brain fog’, poor concentration and/or poor memory.
One day, you might spend a good 5 minutes looking for an item, frustrated because you put them ‘somewhere safe’, but you can’t for the life of you remember where that haven was. All of us has walked into a room before and forgotten what we needed to do in there.
These changes are gradual and it gets to a point where we become reliant on our phones to help us remember our appointments (or simply what day of the week it is) and lists so we don’t forget the basics, like milk, when we go shopping.
There’s a variety of reasons behind why our brain is not as snappy as it once was: Stress is a big one! Lack of sleep, high blood pressure, certain medications, or possible thyroid issues can also contribute to the ‘Dory moments’ everyone can relate to.
There are a few natural remedies which may help improve memory and concentration.
Sage has had recent studies showing that it can improve memory.
Rosemary is another herb that has similar properties and its action have also been shown to improve concentration and memory. In fact, it has been widely regarded as the ‘go-to’ herb for memory performance for years.
Ginger helps stimulate peripheral circulation (which sends blood to the extremities), so consuming it in either infusions or salads, etc can give the brain a boost.
Another herb that’s notable for improving peripheral circulation is Ginkgo biloba. It’s also rich in vitamins B5, B6 and B12 so not only can it contribute to normal intellectual performance, it also decreases tiredness and fatigue.
Nuts contain all sorts of goodies such as protein, healthy fats, fibre, natural sterols, antioxidants and many vitamins and minerals. Nuts are also, in general, rich in phosphorus which helps to maintain an active memory.
Cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc strengthen the memory due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds that delay cognitive deterioration caused by aging.
Exercise is great for ‘clearing the head’ as the endorphins released are great for stress relief. It also improves the oxygenation of blood which gives the brain more juice.
Don’t forget (lol!) – if you don’t use it, you lose it!
Reading, mental exercises, meditation and even talking to yourself, helps keep the mind stimulated and facilitate memory function.
Whilst the above are some simple ways of improving memory function, there may also be certain deficiencies or hormonal imbalances that would need to be addressed, so be sure to speak with one of our practitioners. Our staff can be contacted on (02) 6021 0557.