4 ways to improve your memory

Whether you are trying to cram for classes in college or remember when you placed your car keys, chances are pretty good that you could benefit from some ways to improve your memory.

Sure we have all heard about supplements that you can take to boost your memory and whatnot. I’m not a doctor, so those could work and they might not.

I was reading an article in Shape magazine recently on improving memory. In the article it was mentioned that a study was recently conducted overseas where 4 simple things, that were not supplements, showed a 65% increase in people’s memory. Here are those 4 things…

1.Memory Training Brainteasers – Do some crossword puzzles and memory exercises that stress verbal skills throughout the day. Doing this type of thing throughout the day instead of just at one point during the day yielded better results.

2. Eat a healthy diet –  Try to eat five meals each day, which include foods rich in omega-3 fats, low-glycemic index carbohydrates (e.g., whole grains) and antioxidants. Eating five small meals throughout the day prevents dips in blood glucose levels and glucose is the primary energy source for the brain. And a tired brain means your memory isn’t working to capacity.

3. Exercise –  Even something as minor as brisk walks each day and some stretching exercises is better than nothing.

4. Reduce stress – You can use stretching and relaxation exercises to manage your stress. Stress causes the body to release cortisol, which plays an important role in memory preservation. Cortisol has been found to shrink the memory centers in the brain, which results in impaired memory.

For more tips on improving your memory, check out How to Improve Your Memory from WikiHow.