Who doesn’t want to improve memory?

Boosting memory is a boon no matter where you find yourself in life – with strong memory, you can ace those exams, or fly through that crosswords puzzle, or be a tremendous conversationalist by being able to tap into all of those hidden recesses of your minds for obscure facts that you thought you’d never have to dredge up again.

Memorizing is the key to learning, and learning is the key to life.

So how do you improve your memory, exactly? Here are some tips:

1. At the risk of sounding simplistic, “use it or lose it”. It’s a fact that using your brain to solve complex problems, such as found in math, science, business, music, art, and puzzles) and by actually practicing to memorize things really does strengthen your neural network and intellectual capacity.

2. Meditate daily. Ironically, studies show that purposeful and focused downtime helps with brain function.

3. Exercise Regularly: Treating your body the best you can will increase the ability to process information & recall it. Physical exercise will increase oxygen to your brain as well as reduce the risk of other disorders that lead to memory loss like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, which is beneficial to your quest. It may also enhance the impact of helpful brain chemicals that protect brain cells.

4. Put A Cap On Stress: the stress-induced hormone, Cortisol, damages the hippocampus, the structure deep in the brain which plays the largest single role in processing info as memory.

5. Sleep Well: If you are depriving yourself of sleep you are not working at your brains full capacity. The areas effected are the problem solving abilities, the creativity as well as critical thinking. Sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, and will improve your ability to concentrate during the day.

6. Eat Well: a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and unsaturated fats can improve memory. Certain nutrients stimulate and protect brain function, such as B vitamins (especially B6, B12, and folic acid), which protects neurons and help make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Good sources include dark leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, soybeans, black beans, citrus fruits, melons, and strawberries. Also, take in antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, which fight free radicals that can damage cells and also will improve the flow of oxygen to the brain. Good sources are sweet potatoes, tomatoes, berries, spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, citrus fruits, liver, and green tea.

Some exercises are said to stimulate the brain & aid in the certain processes, one of which is improved memory. One of these exercises is the cross crawl during which you raise one leg while raising the opposite arm & looking away from the raised arm. Next you go back to a standing position then reverse the leg & arm as well as which way the head is turned.