You’re probably slouching right now as you read this — but you might want to sit up a little straighter, because according to research, staying hunched over can actually worsen your memory.
According to Medical Daily, sitting in an upright posture “helps increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain” by up to 40 percent. That oxygen flow can significantly improve your ability to stay focused and help you retain more of your memories.
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“We tend to think the brain and body relationship goes one way. In fact, the passages go both ways. When you choose to put your body in a different mode, it’s harder to drop into depression,” Erik Peper, Professor of Health Education, explained.
So whenever you’re sitting, remember to check your posture because your memory skills (and mood) could depend on it!
Check out our gallery to see the most surprising, yet simple ways you can improve your memory.
Memory Tip 4
Chew some gum.
We know it sounds weird, but in 2013, researchers from Cardiff University in Wales discovered that chewing a piece of gum “can help you stay focused for longer on tasks that require continuous monitoring.” Not a bad time to stock up on some Winterfresh!
Memory Tip 1
Eat more chocolate.
Good news if you have a sweet tooth! Researchers from Columbia University studied a group of middle-aged adults between the ages of 50 and 69. They found that those who consumed high-flavanol cocoa mix each day for three months performed better on their memory tests than those who didn’t.
Memory Tip 5
Avoid walking through the doors.
You know that moment when you walk through the door and you suddenly forget something, so you have to go back? It’s called the “doorway effect,” and a 2010 study at the University of Notre Dame actually proves that walking through doors causes forgetfulness. Of course, you can’t avoid doors for the rest of your life, but just be a bit more careful before you rush out!
Memory Tip 8
Avoid drinking tap water
Staying hydrated is extremely important to maintain good brain function, but it’s important to consider the kind of water you’re drinking too. If the water is polluted by toxins, it can negatively affect your brain health and memory.
Memory Tip 2
Try to learn a new language
Before you rule this one out, keep in mind that you don’t have to be fluent in a second language. According to research, simply learning the basics can exercise the brain and sharpen your memory.
Memory Tip 6
Fix your posture
Are you used to slouching in your chair? You might want to ditch that habit, because sitting up straight can actually boost your memory. Researchers at San Francisco State University found that posture can affect your ability to recall positive memories.
Sitting in an upright posture also increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain by up to 40 percent, which helps improve your memory.
Memory Tip 7
Practice good oral hygiene.
According to a 2013 study by the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry, “people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.” All the more reason to brush and floss on a regular basis!
Memory Tip 9
Keep some rosemary plants in your home
In 2013, psychologists at Northumbria University found that sniffing rosemary improves your memory by up to 75 percent. Participants were better able to recall events that will happen and remembered to do specific tasks.
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Cut trans fats out of your diet.
According to this 2011 study by the Public Library of Science, consuming trans fats can negatively affect your ability to remember. They’re harmful to the brain because they lead to inflammation and slow down the body’s production of Omega 3 fatty acids (which are needed for good brain function). Time to say goodbye to those processed foods.
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