Forgetting things from time to time is normal, but unusual forgetfulness that gets worse over time can be a more serious matter. Memory loss can be caused by medications, emotional disorders, injury or illness. If you’re experiencing memory loss, see your health care provider to determine a cause.
In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of developing memory problems:
- Lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.
- Get regular exercise. Physical activity at a moderate-intensity may help maintain blood flow to the brain and improve memory.
- Maintain healthy eating habits. Eating more green leafy vegetables and less saturated fats has been shown to help brain function. A serving of vegetables is considered a cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens.
- Reduce stress by maintaining social interactions.
- Keep your brain active. Challenge your brain with activities like reading, writing or learning a new skill.