Memory problems are a rising dilemma in the recent era. The results of the research conducted showed that memory exercises and stress reduction when coupled with a healthy diet and regular physical workout improves memory in older adults.
The scientists have proved that memory can be improved with these important lifestyles and one can enhance the efficacy of brain in just a span of two weeks.
At the start of the study the researchers were not sure whether they would be able to get the desired results from their study, but to their surprise it was totally amazing that the volunteers who followed the lifestyle program not only noticed enhanced memory, but this was rather confirmed when they were being put through different memory tests to further back their statements and their memory did improve after following the lifestyles that were put down out for them.
This study was conducted on 34 adults, which was for a total of about 14 days. The plan that was set for the individuals is as follows: These individuals had to eat five small healthy meals per day, which were rich in omega-3 fats from fish and olive oil, healthy whole grain carbohydrates and antioxidants. The purpose of giving five meals instead of three meals was to prevent the decrease in the blood sugar level of blood, which is the main source of energy for the brain.
Then these individuals had to walk briskly along with physical conditioning to help brain circulation, as this is known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They were also asked to perform stretching and relaxation exercises, which decreases the body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol can weaken the memory by decreasing the brain’s memory centers.
These candidates were also given memory training and crossword puzzles and the basic memory training regimen to improve everyday memory skills.
The researchers had taken the PET scans of these individuals right before and after the study to look for the activity of the brain.
The results after 14 days were that the PET scans showed a marked decrease in brain metabolism in an area of the brain directly linked to working memory and other cognitive functions, which suggested that were using their brains more efficiently.
So this study ultimately showed that with getting onto better lifestyles, we can definitely improve our memory as is being proved by seeing the individuals performing much better than before.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! May god bless you with optimum health this year 🙂