Memory loss affects millions of people. Whether it is you or a loved one, the emotional and physical impact of memory loss, often called dementia, is tremendous.
It might be occasional forgetfulness or loss of short-term memory but if it interferes with daily life, it can be quite frustrating. The good news is, you can do something about it now!
WHAT CAUSES MEMORY LOSS
Some of the more common reasons for memory loss include:
- Nutritional deficiencies – lack of proper vitamins and minerals can impact the brain and create memory loss. B vitamin deficiencies are especially worrisome. Sugar, processed foods and non-organic foods cause memory loss. Lack of seafood is a major cause of memory loss.
- Medications – antihistamines, antidepressants, pain medications, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants and others negatively impact memory. Statin drugs are the “poster child” for pharmaceuticals that can cause memory loss. Chemotherapy is another common cause. Again, any drug can affect your brain.
- Alcohol, drug or tobacco use – smoking robs the brain of oxygen, drugs change the chemicals in your brain and science has known for years (as have many a drunk person) that alcohol impacts memory.
- Stress or depression – both conditions make it tough to concentrate, focus and pay attention.
- Sleep deprivation – your quality and quantity of sleep impact your memory. Too little sleep or poor sleep interferes with your ability to receive and consolidate information.
- Head injuries – severe trauma to the head, most likely resulting in a concussion, injures the brain and results in memory loss. See your chiropractor regularly, but especially after head trauma.
- Stroke – strokes are noted for causing short term memory loss.
To properly evaluate and treat memory loss, we recommend comprehensive blood testing. Make sure you are tested for heavy metals and mercury amalgams. This will allow your holistic physician the chance to understand what’s happening inside your body, while providing a blueprint for treatment options.
f you are struggling with a drop in alertness, attention span, or memory retention, you may want to try some of these natural remedies:
#1. Ginseng & Ginkgo Baloba
These are renowned for helping with memory retention. (Not for regular aspirin takers, blood thinner medications such as warfarin or for people with high blood pressure.)
#2. Gotu Kola
This is another herb you can use to enhance memory function. While not as readily available as Ginko or Ginseng, it’s an Indian remedy that your herbalist will be able to get for you in tincture form.
#3. Lemon Verbena Tea
Sip this to improve concentration levels and provide some refreshing energy without the caffeine. Grab the leaves of the plant and plop them in some hot water while you sip it down.
There are 4 points on the crown of you head that you can activate to help your memory. They are called Si Shen Cong and they invigorate the mind. Another acupuncture point used by your practitioner would be Liver 8 which is on the inside of your leg right at the crease of your knee. It will be achy and sore but if you apply pressure you will be invigorating and replenishing the blood to encourage memory retention.
This herb can be made into a tea to stimulate brain function by putting a few sprigs on hot water. It is thought that its aromatic nature can help in clearing the mind – great for concentration. Adding it to your diet regularly will have the same effect.
This is an aromatic herb that may provide the same mind clearing activity for you- you can also access this and peppermint as an essential oil and dab a small amount on your sleeve or a napkin to open your mind and reinvigorate your focus.
That’s right it is natures answer to almost everything! Getting more exercise leads to more oxygen in the brain and there fore better function – not to mention it gets your blood moving and fresh blood moving around your body can help you to retain more information.
It may be hard to do but finding time to relax and do something fun can provide your brain with enough recuperating time to get back into some serious studying later. Your mind is a muscle and needs time to settle and regroup just like any other part of your body.