I’ve had a handful of practice members recently ask about improving short term memory. At Transforming Chiropractic I treat every person as a unique individual. Because that’s what they are! Having said that, there are certain actions that everyone can benefit from if they are looking for improved memory. Here are some of them:
1 – Take a high quality fish oil
You hear it all the time. Take a fish oil. There’s a reason you hear it a lot – it works! Fish oil, especially DHA, has been shown to improve many areas of cognition, including memory.
2 – Run
Aerobic training improves memory and other brain function at least in part by improving blood flow but also probably by increasing utilization of beneficial neurotransmitters and hormones. Running is great because it’s low maintenance. Even 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference. Bicycling, rowing, or anything else that raises your heart rate for an extended period are also helpful.
3 – Eat low glycemic foods
Eating high glycemic foods spikes insulin. Insulin increases inflammation in the brain as well as the rest of the body. Decreasing the amount of calories you take in from carbohydrate sources containing grains such as wheat or sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup will decrease inflammation in the brain, improving memory. Not to mention most people will drop some extra pounds simply by making the switch to healthy carbohydrate choices – namely fruits and veggies.
4 – Get a chiropractic adjustment
Chiropractic care is good for so many things, brain function being at the top of the list. Studies have shown chiropractic adjustments to act as a neurologial pattern interrupt. Think of it as a “Health Reset Button”. Not only can you decrease musculoskeletal pain but you can improve all kinds of mental capacities including creativity and memory.
5 – Take the right nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements can provide much benefit if you take the appropriate ones. The best way to make sure you’re taking what you need is to be personally tested. Either through functional medicine testing or through the use of applied kinesiology. If you want to get a start in the right direction before getting tested the following supplements are great for brain function. Fish oil (its bears repeating), N-Acetyl Cysteine, reduced CoQ10, DHLA, and resveratrol.
So there you have it. My top 5 ways to improve brain function and memory. If you want deeper, more individual strategies call me at 952-224-2909 and we can set up a consultation. You can also email me at DrChris@TransformingChiropractic.com.
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