Keeping your memory sharp and your brain healthy are critical components of overall health and wellness. There are many factors that can contribute to memory loss, such as toxins, mold, metals, Lyme Disease, and hypothyroidism. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent and treat memory issues, all while taking a functional medicine approach. Read on to learn more about how to improve your memory and brain health!
Staying Sharp: How To Improve Your Memory and Brain Health
What Contributes to Memory Loss?
Long-term exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead, mercury, and pesticides can have a negative impact on the brain. Studies have shown that exposure to these toxins early in life can have lasting effects that may not show up until later in life and can contribute to the development of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Mold is another environmental trigger that can cause altered memory and neural and behavioral issues, according to a recent study. Living or working in conditions that expose you to these toxins can put you at risk for developing serious cognitive deficits and lead to brain health decline over time.
Certain conditions such as Lyme disease and hypothyroidism may also contribute to poor memory and have other negative impacts on brain health, leading to symptoms such as impaired focus, disorganization, and decreased mental sharpness.
A poor diet filled with refined sugar, saturated fat, and processed food and low in nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, along with a sedentary and stress-filled lifestyle, can also serve as a perfect storm for declining brain health.
How Can I Improve My Brain Health?
You can get tested for toxin, mold, and metal exposure, as well as for autoimmune diseases that could be causing mental decline. At Pursue Wellness, we use functional testing through urine, blood, or hair, which provides a full picture of your health status. Once we identify the potential causes, we can start treating them through a variety of functional medicine techniques, such as herbs for liver detox, diet and lifestyle modifications, and detoxification through sauna therapy.
Proper nutrition is also an important part of keeping your brain sharp. Here are some of the best foods to incorporate for optimal brain health:
- Berries: low in sugar and packed with antioxidants to prevent DNA damage
- Oily fish (like salmon): lower in mercury and rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Leafy greens: full of brain-boosting nutrients such as vitamin K, folate, and beta carotene
- Nuts and seeds: omega-3 powerhouses, with a bonus boost of fiber and protein
- Coffee and tea: studies have shown that caffeine can have beneficial effects on cognitive function
Along with a balanced diet rich in brain-boosting superfoods, there are other important lifestyle factors to consider. High stress and poor sleep habits can have negative effects on the brain, so check out our blogs on reducing stress and improving sleep to learn more. Getting regular exercise to increase blood flow and working your brain through puzzles, crosswords, reading, and other activities will also help preserve memory and improve brain health. Learn more about how to prevent dementia and improve brain health here.
While there are many factors out of your control that may contribute to memory loss and poor brain health, it is possible to reduce your exposure or treat your symptoms by eliminating toxins, improving your diet, exercise, and sleep habits, and using functional medicine techniques that look at the body as a whole.
Book a free discovery call with Cindy or Kerah at Pursue Wellness, where we can help identify potential factors that could contribute to memory loss. Interested in purchasing trusted, practitioner-grade supplements as well? Check out our Fullscript account here.
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