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Don't Forget to Exercise Your Mind

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever walked into another room in your house and forgotten why you were going in there? You knew very well what the reason was in the other room, but whatever it was vanished into the portal of the unknown.

While comical in a sense, if it happens more often than not it might be a sign of memory loss. The older we get, the more frequent it seems to occur. It could be caused by genetics, or certain medical conditions that affect the brain. It could also be the result of stress, loss of sleep, or the medication you're taking.

However, there are a few things you can do to help boost your memory.

Workout Your Brain

Try picking up a crossword puzzle and working it, or doing word search puzzles. Both can help challenge your brain. It's like exercise for the mind. Of course, there are other things you can do to bring out the same effect, such as problem solving, playing chess, or mah-jongg. 

Physical Exercise

Exercise can help stimulate the mind, as well as reduce certain stress factors. A brisk walk, running, riding a bicycle, swimming, or hiking can help protect the brain from degeneration.

Meditation

Clearing your mind through meditation has been around for centuries. It can help improve the working memory as well as long-term memory. Practicing meditation on a regular basis is a great way to keep your brain healthy.

Sleep

Just like other parts of your body, your brain also needs a period of rest. Research suggests we get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

You should also reduce sugar intake, such as sodas, certain fruit drinks, and other foods that may contain higher quantities. Watch your caloric intake as well. Consuming more calories than normal could impair your memory -- according to researchers -- and cause obesity and other health-related problems.

If you have questions concerning your mental or physical health, consult with your local chiropractor. Not only are they licensed and trained in helping you seek relief from joint, back or neck pain, they can also help in the areas of nutrition, exercise and mental health as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockford, Ill.

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