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Memory Spring Monthly

How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Your Brain Health?


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A recent study revealed that middle-aged men who consume more than 36 grams of alcohol (two and a half alcoholic drinks) per day may speed up their memory loss by nearly six years. 
The study, released in the journal Neurology, showed significant, quantifiable loss of cognitive powers akin to premature aging in those middle aged males who consumed more than two and a half alcoholic drinks per day. The study, which began in 1985, focused on 7,513 British civil servants who were members of the so-called Whitehall II cohort.  Every four years, members of the cohort had been surveyed on health habits (including alcohol consumption) and undergone a number of examinations. Testing started in 1997 and was repeated at three intervals, the last in 2009 when the people ranged in age from 55 to 80.


Contributors to Increased Forgetfulness

We all suffer from forgetfulness.  Every day we have our senior moments.  Some days are better than others.  It’s when we get a sense that our forgetfulness is increasing that throws us into a panic. We begin to freak out and believe that we’re on the road to Alzheimer’s.  Calm down! In most cases we’re not on that road, however, it makes sense to begin evaluating what might be contributing to increased forgetfulness.
Here are a number of known contributors to forgetfulness:
Alcohol – It’s commonly known that alcohol impairs brain function.  One or two servings of wine (or other alcohol beverage) per day are considered good for your health, however, chronic alcohol consumption can seriously impair memory functions. If you’re on medications at the same time you’re consuming alcohol, you could be serving yourself a true memory numbing cocktail. 


7 Activities to Improve Your Neuroplasticity

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One of the most popular terms in today’s brain health and memory improvement environment is Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is defined as the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Our brain’s Neuroplasticity allows our body and system to make changes to compensate for injury, disease and respond to other changes in our situation or environment. It also allows us to continue to develop our mind and memory.  Yes, the theory of use it or lose it is true when improving your memory and brain health. 

The increased awareness of Neuroplasticity has created a huge interest in memory improvement solutions.  As a matter of fact, it has created a whole new online gaming industry that is focused on improving your memory and brain health.  In addition, many people have become more deliberate in doing their brain teasers like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other challenges.  


Improve Reading Recall Through Proper Previewing

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Our memory is wrapped around everything  in our lives. One area that most of us struggle with is reading recall (retention). It seems like every time we read something it goes into our eyes yet never sticks in our brain. We end up having to read something multiple times before it sticks. As a result, we burn valuable time and energy. In addition, we never get the retention, comprehension rate, and test scores (if testing) that we need. Proper previewing can help.
Previewing reading material is a simple process that prepares the mind for reading and establishes a framework for reading effectiveness and comprehension. While it takes a little bit of time upfront, you gain huge time savings in faster reading speed, better recall, and improved reading comprehension. Just follow these simple steps for non-fiction books and you will experience significant improvement in a short period of time.