Sometimes, we find it difficult to recall a recent event or the name of an old friend, which could be a sign of aging or, more severely, a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease that can affect our overall well-being over time. Indeed, as we age, our memory inevitably declines. So, is there a way to prevent memory loss?
Hippocampus and Its Role in Memory
Memory loss mainly involves the hippocampus, a vital structure located in the middle of the brain. As its name suggests, this structure looks like a seahorse in the brain. Hippocampus is responsible for rapid learning, stores instantaneous information, and rewrites it into the cerebral cortex to form long-term memory.
After age 50, the hippocampus gradually shrinks at a rate of 1% to 2% per year, and when it shrinks to a certain extent, a decline in memory and spatial orientation may occur, which is a sign of Alzheimer’s.
How to Protect the Hippocampus and Improve Memory?
Fortunately, some hippocampus shrinkage is reversible. Here are 6 ways to help you protect the hippocampus and improve memory.
How can exercise relate to memory? Surprisingly, researchers have found concrete evidence that exercises, especially aerobics, can significantly improve memory. Exercises can increase circulation, bring more oxygen to the hippocampus, and stimulate neural activities. As a result, the hippocampus can work more efficiently in consolidating memory.
2. Don’t worry, be happy
Australian scientists have found that depressed patients have smaller hippocampi than normal people. Therefore, keeping a positive mood is crucial for memory. When you feel blue, try to find some way to cheer yourself up, such as reading, meditating, or talking with friends.
3. Play creative games
Many games have shown positive effects on memory, and some may even improve Alzheimer’s. Traditional mental games such as chess and checkers are good choices. Some 3D video games that require spatial navigation may also improve memory.
Hippocampus consolidates memory most efficiently while you are asleep. Adults usually require 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. An insufficient amount of sleep would damage your hippocampus and impair your memory. Having enough rest is thus an effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s.
5. Have a Nutritious Diet
Nutrition is also essential for the hippocampus. Eating foods rich in lecithin can help improve memory, such as soybeans, nuts, animal liver, and seaweed. Lecithin can supply your body with choline, which is necessary for acetylcholine synthesis, a neurotransmitter that neurons produce to communicate.
6. MicroGen for Hippocampus
HeaWea MicroGen is an advanced portable frequency healing device with a vast database. It can help with most health conditions, including memory problems. To improve your hippocampus and memory, you can search “hippocampus” and “memory” in the HeaWea MicroGen software and find the following programs.
You should use low power mode and low power cable and place the TENS pads on your temples.
While aging can impair your hippocampus and lead to Alzheimer’s, we have ways to protect our memory and brain health. After all, our memory and experience shape us and define who we are. Preserving our memory is to be ourselves.