You can eat all the brain foods and take all the memory supplements you want and still have a bad memory.
How is this possible?
It all stems from your daily habits. No matter what good things you do, if you don’t work with your body to provide optimum functioning of your brain, you’ll be unsuccessful. This is why so many people who have addictive disorders and those are suffering from memory disorders due to menopause or other health-related causes are discouraged when taking memory supplements.
They’re putting all their faith in memory supplements – doing one good thing – while they continue to do five or more destructive things for brain tissue. You can see how +1 is not equal to -5.
To get the most out of your memory supplements, you have to examine your daily habits that may be counteracting the good you are doing.
Here are five destructive habits that are known to kill brain tissue and leave you with that memory loss, slow processing speed, and poor decision making that you really don’t want.
Alcohol is a known brain toxin yet many of us continue to drink far more than we should. Monitor your drinking and ask yourself what’s more important, a drink with friends or having a brain filled with creative ideas and inspiration for the rest of your life.
Are you a quart low on water? Do you make excuses for not drinking water? If so, make the change this month. Drink at least two quarts water a day and evaluate your memory supplement benefits.
Not eating enough vegetables and fruits
Vegetables and fruits contain carotenoids, polyphenols, flavonoids and antioxidants as well as medicinal constituents that keep you healthy. Your brain needs every one of these components if you want brain health.
Not eating protein foods at meals
If you’re not eating adequate protein (fish, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, eggs, dairy), it means you’re eating too many carbohydrates and fat. A diet high in carbohydrates will cause blood sugar fluctuations that affect your brain negatively.
Two hours after you eat a high carbohydrate meal, you can expect to crash mentally, losing concentration, becoming fatigued, develop food cravings, and even feel moody.
Protein also is the source material for neurotransmitters.
Sugar causes your body to release larger amounts of insulin than normal. This affects your brain negatively. Insulin regulates acetylcholine production, a neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory.
Healthy habits such as avoiding alcohol, getting regular physical activity, preventing diabetes, eating a good diet and not smoking were associated with better cognitive function and verbal memory. Which of these five habits can you change today?