We’ve all been there, can’t find where you parked your car? Can’t find your phone? Having trouble remembering someone’s name? If this wasn’t a problem for you before 2020 I can almost guarantee that it is one now.
Due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic we all seem to have so much on our mind we keep forgetting the little things in our daily life.
During the month of May this will be a huge focus for us at Houston Concierge Physical Therapy! We believe in the full body approach to health and wellness and want to start with our minds! Although there are no guarantees when it comes to dementia or memory loss there are some things we can do to help improve daily memory.
Each week we will be focusing on a new tip to help improve your memory. These tips will range in everything from memory boosting foods to workouts for your brain.
Now, let’s get started with everyone’s favorite topic, food!
A healthy diet has so many benefits such as, heart health, reduced cancer risk, diabetes management, and an improved memory. A healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and low fat protein choices such as fish or beans. Always choose “real foods” over processed foods and limit alcohol, sugar, and trans-fat.
Here are some foods that have been proven to improve memory loss.
- Blueberry concentrate
- Lutein (found in kale and spinach)
- Cocoa and chocolate
- Peppermint tea
One of my favorite ways to use some of the foods listed above is to make a smoothie.
Start with a handful of spinach, a few ice cubes, ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ ripe avocado, 1 medium banana, 1 cup blueberries, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and for extra protein try adding a plant-based protein powder. Place all ingredients in a blender and enjoy immediately!
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Mayo Clinic, (March 2021) Memory loss: 7 tips to improve your memory. Retrieved April 23, 2021 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046518