Just about everyone will encounter this. It has to be dealt with and not ignored, or sooner or later it will affect your health and well being.
Memory enhancing foods include cherries, blueberries, grapes, green tea, legumes, leafy green vegetables and tomatoes.
Herbs that help with fatigue and stress — and also enhance memory are rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and turmeric.
Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, provides protection against brain diseases and memory loss. It has a pigment that gives turmeric its signature yellow color, and is a potent weapon against inflammation and plaque build-up in the brain.
Rosemary is wonderful for memory and doing tedious “mental work.” A few sniffs of rosemary will refresh your brain and give you a “lift.”
Peppermint is fantastic for quick thinking and problem solving. It refreshes as well as invigorates.
Sniff the dried herbs or add them to little cloth bags or sachet bags. Carry them with you as you go about your daily routine. Use the bags as aroma therapy to calm frazzled nerves. Lavender is also excellent for calming and helps with fatigue. A tablespoon or two of the dried buds in a little sachet will help you sniff your way to calm.
Omega-3 fatty acids help with healthy brain function. In particular they protect against brain damaging free radicals that come from toxins in the air. Good sources for omega-3 fats are almonds and walnuts. 1/2 teaspoon of walnut oil sprinkled on salads or cooked green vegetables helps with healthy brain function and short-term memory loss. These nuts are loaded with fiber and protein as well. Have one serving (which is 23 whole almond kernels or 14 walnut halves) 3 or 4 times each week.
Omega-3 fatty acids in small amounts also boost memory and aid in reducing fatigue.
Other sources of omega-3s include flax seeds, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, spinach, kale, collards, sardines in olive oil, fresh salmon and fresh orange roughy fish fillets. Try to incorporate these into your diet several times each week. It’s not that hard to do! Try a fresh spinach salad sprinkled with chopped walnuts and grilled salmon, or fresh kale and orange roughy. Put sardines on that whole wheat cracker. When making yourself a green smoothie, add a tablespoon of chia seeds before blending. A healthy, functioning brain is less likely to be depressed or fatigued. Speaking of which, ten minutes of sun each day will help with seasonal depression also known as “winter blues.” The sun will also help with opening the pineal gland, and will do it gently. Morning sun is best.
Vitamin E supplements do more for the treatment of memory loss than any other supplement. Vitamin E may help with decreasing cognitive decline. Follow directions on the package.
Blessed be, sweet ones.
~ Meadow Walker
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