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Memory Spring Monthly

Want to Ward Off Memory Decline? Learn a Language!

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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. 


Improve Your Note Taking to Improve Your Recall


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In our everyday life we spend significant amounts of time in meetings.  Whether the meetings are for work, family, or play they are all congregations where there are issues discussed and in many cases actions agreed upon. Unfortunately, we tend to forget significant portions of what was discussed or presented in those meetings.  Then when someone wants to discuss details of the meeting, we’re at a loss and unable to access the information from our brain. As a result, time, energy, and money are wasted. 
The most effective technique that you have to help your brain store and recall key meeting information at a moment’s notice is your ability to take notes. Effective Note Taking provides your brain with structure to store information in a recallable way.  In addition, the process of listening and taking notes provides repetition for your brain and involves your Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning modes.  


Foods that Hurt Your Memory


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With the holidays upon us, it’s always good to remind ourselves on what foods are good for our brain and what foods hurt it.  Building that awareness helps us make more of the right choices during the holidays. You’re never going to be perfect because there are way too many temptations and who wants to eliminate it all anyway.  That’s just crazy talk!
A few months ago we reviewed 7 Foods that Assist with Brain Function.  This month it’s those foods that hurt your memory. As a reminder, most physicians will tell you that a balanced diet is the best diet to maximize brain health and recent data has shown that maintaining a heart healthy diet is probably the best thing for your brain. 
While the foods on this list are things that most of us already know about, it still makes sense to review them so that we can keep our mind focused on the right foods.  See below for those foods that hurt your memory.


7 Foods that Assist with Brain Function


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If you ask any physician what is the best diet to maximize brain health, most will tell you a balanced diet.  As a matter of fact, recent data has revealed that maintaining a heart healthy diet is probably the best thing for your brain since your heart is the pump that delivers oxygen rich blood to your brain. Notwithstanding, there are foods that have been shown to help with brain function.

Per, here are a number of foods that are known to assist with brain function. 

1) Nuts and Seeds - Besides containing protein and fiber, nuts contain vitamin B, vitamin E, and magnesium which are essential to cognitive function. Seeds contain vitamin E, stress-fighting antioxidants, and magnesium which assist with brain performance.