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Memory Spring Monthly

Is it Time to Include a Brain Fitness Program in Your Daily Regimen?

 Brain Exercise

“A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.” -  Alexander Smith
Yes, your memory is your one true treasure. Yet most of us don’t consider what it takes to preserve and extend that treasure. At Memory Spring, we promote an integrated approach to improving memory and brain health which includes Physical, Organizational, Mental/Emotional, and Technical elements.  
While most of us focus a good amount of our time on the Physical element (Fitness/Nutrition), we spend very little time on the Technical element. 


The Gut-Brain Connection

Gut - Large Version

It is very hard to imagine that our gastrointestinal tract (gut) has a strong impact on our brain function.  In the not so distant past, the traditional medical establishment believed that the role of the gastrointestinal tract was simply to digest and absorb nutrients and rid the body of unused waste. Research over the past 20 years has helped us better understand the more complex role our gastrointestinal tract plays in regulating our overall health.



Essential Oils that Improve Memory

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to improve memory and brain function.  The first known users of essential oils for memory issues were the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians. 

Some of the logic around essential oils is that our memories are tied to smells as much as anything. Researchers have learned that memory recall at least doubles when a past event is associated with a smell. That’s why a whiff of a fragrance can send you back in time and carry with it images and feelings associated with that event.  


Want to Ward Off Memory Decline? Learn a Language!

Learning Sign Language - David Fulmer Flickr

New research has revealed that bilingualism has a positive effect on your brain health and cognition.  As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter if you learned a second language as a child or picked it up in adulthood, the data shows that bilingualism can improve cognition and delay dementia in older adults.

While early studies on bilingualism established that it has a positive benefit on cognition development in children, the newer studies are showing that it also has a positive effect on adults.