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How Can You Improve Your Memory?

Early sobriety can be frustrating. It takes some time for the mental fog to lift. We may notice that our memory seems to be less sharp than it was before. This is not uncommon– addiction makes significant changes to the brain that affect cognitive functioning, including memory. Fortunately, our memory will improve the longer we stay sober. If we want to improve our rate of brain healing, there are a few healthy and natural steps we can take.

One of the first and most effective steps we can take is to make changes to our diet. What we eat has a direct effect on our brains and cognitions. Dr. David Perlmutter, in a 2015 Mind Body Green article entitled 20 Foods to Naturally Increase Your Brain Power, explains that there a variety of things that can help improve memory and cognitive functions that are “validated by scientific research that you should consider from both the perspective of maintaining and preserving brain function and helping restore memory and other parameters of brain activity.” He suggests wild salmon, blueberries, turmeric, eggs, walnuts, leafy green vegetables, avocados, and a variety of other foods rich in antioxidants, choline, and vitamins.

Another effective way to improve memory is through meditation. Meditation stimulates brain regions associated with memory, including the hippocampus and frontal lobe. According to the EOC Institute, “By flexing your memory muscle in meditation, your information storage mechanisms multiply, ensuring that your brain retains the ability to store new memories now, and as you age.” Meditation has been shown to improve cortical thickness and increase grey matter in the brain.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is exercise. According to Heidi Godman in a 2014 Harvard Health Letter entitled Regular Exercise Changes the Brain to Improve Memory, Thinking Skills, “researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.” The more we exercise, the more pronounced the effects will be.

Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, features miles of pristine walking trails and outdoor activities. We also feature an indoor gym with yoga and other choices that support the healing of your mind, body and spirit. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, you know all too well how this disorder can wreak havoc in the life of the individual as well as family and friends. Get the help you need by calling Resilient House today: (833) 242-6431