Some degree of memory impairment is an ordinary consequence of the aging process. As we age, the amount of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that facilitate memory storage and retrieval, declines.

In addition, we are more likely to unconsciously ignore or discard extraneous information as we get older. However, other factors may cause memory problems, as well. Nutritional deficiencies, high blood pressure, minor head injuries, hypoglycemia, alcoholism, adrenal fatigue, a high fever, depression and stress can also affect memory, due to inflammatory changes and elevated cortisol levels in the brain.

Increasingly, heavy metals and toxins, especially aluminum, are being blamed for the cognitive damage that can cause Alzheimer’s disease and permanent memory loss. People don’t realize, though, that most memory problems can be curtailed with herbal and homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements and memory-training exercises.

Check out these nutrition tips:

· Make sure you diet includes essential fatty acids, B vitamins and antioxidants

(such as zinc, beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins A, C and E)

These nutrients are essential for optimal brain function as they can prevent memory decline and free-radical damage to the brain. Fish, tofu, fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of nutrients.

· Avoid Heavy Metals

Heavy metals, including aluminum, cadmium and mercury, contribute to brain damage.

In particular, aluminum has been correlated to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. It can be found in baking soda, antiperspirants, salt and antacids, and may also be absorbed by the body from aluminum foil and aluminum pots. Eliminate toxins and chemicals as much as possible.

· Take plenty vitamin B12

This vitamin is crucial for mental function and memory.

· Take herbal remedies like Gotu kola & Bacopa:

Gotu kola, a potent botanical is known throughout the Asian world. It has been utilized for thousands of years in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda for its positive effect on memory and focus. It is a strong antioxidant that helps improve cognitive function. Bacopa is an herb long used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, and is widely promoted as a treatment for memory disorders. Bacopa promotes the release of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. You can buy each of these herbs as pills, teas and tinctures.

Tune in next week when we share additional tips on how to prevent memory impairment including mental exercises to enhance memory.

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.