How to Treat Memory Loss Naturally

How to Treat Memory Loss Naturally

Minor memory loss is often a normal part of life, but this doesn't make it any less troubling. While you can’t always reverse memory loss, there are tons of things you can do to support your brain and prevent further memory issues. Even better, these tricks are completely natural and easy to do every day. If you’re still concerned about memory loss, then it’s best to follow up with your doctor for further treatment.

Method 1 of 3:
Brain Stimulation

You can actually exercise your brain the same way you’d exercise your muscles to make them stronger. Regular use and stimulation keeps your brain sharp and helps prevent memory loss. Some simple daily activities can do the trick for you.

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Socialize as much as possible. Regular socializing with others helps prevent depression and other mental issues that could cloud your memory. [1] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Studies even show that social people enjoy better brain health and memory than isolated people. Do your best to make time for friends and family to give your brain the support it needs. [2] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Even if you can’t see people face-to-face, regular phone calls or video chats can help. You could also grow your social network by volunteering or joining local organizations to meet new people.
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Start a challenging new hobby. Anything that makes you concentrate gives you a brain workout. Practice your hobbies daily, or start a new one to really challenge your brain. [3] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Some ideas include playing an instrument, drawing, making crafts, playing sports, learning a new language, or trying any new skill.
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Play brain-stimulating games. There are all kinds of games and apps that can challenge your brain and improve its function. Pass the time with these activities to keep your brain in top shape. [4] X Research source Check the app store for brain-stimulating games that will improve your memory in a fun way. You don’t need a computer to play challenging games! Chess, checkers, sudoku, and crossword puzzles are a great, low-tech way to boost your brain function.
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Read as much as you can. Reading is an excellent brain-stimulating activity. If this isn’t part of your daily schedule, then try to spend some time each day reading. Even 20 minutes can be a big help! [5] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Any reading is good, but it’s best to read more challenging material to give your brain more of a workout. If you’ve never visited your local library, this is a great time to start!
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Use all of your senses as much as you can. The more senses you use, the more stimulated your brain will be. Try to do activities that include multiple senses as much as you can to keep your brain engaged. [6] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Taking a hike, for example, is a great way to stimulate all your senses. You’ll see great sights, smell fresh air, and feel the wind or grass against your skin. Some hobbies, like sculpting, are also good ways to stimulate multiple senses.
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Include physical exercise in your schedule as well. There’s a strong link between regular exercise and improved memory. Exercise improves blood flow to your brain and keeps it healthy. Try to get 150 minutes of exercise each week for the best results. [7] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Any physical activity counts. You could go to the gym, run, play basketball, or work around your home for some great exercise. You don’t need to become a marathon runner to experience these benefits. Just a daily walk will do the trick too.
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Method 2 of 3:
Diet and Nutrition

Your brain needs fuel, just like the rest of your body. Following a healthy diet and cutting out unhealthy foods is a great way to support your memory, and might even prevent memory loss in old age. Here are some easy diet tips to give your brain the nutrition it needs.

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Get plenty of omega-3s. These fatty acids are especially good for supporting brain health. [8] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Try to get 1.1-1.6 g each day for optimal health. [9] X Research source Oily fish like salmon and tuna are the main sources for omega-3s. If you’re a vegetarian, you can also get omega-3s from flaxseed, seaweed, leafy green vegetables, beans, and walnuts. Just 1 tbsp (15 ml) of flaxseed or canola oil, 1 oz. (28 g) of walnuts, or 3 oz. (84 g) of oily fish has all the omega-3s you need in a day.
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Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells from damage, including your brain cells. Most fruits and vegetables are packed with these nutrients, so include plenty in your daily diet. [10] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source As long as you follow the official guidelines and include at least 1 1/2 cups (192 g) of fruits and 2 cups (256 g) of vegetables each day, you should get all the antioxidants you need.[11] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source Green tea is also high in antioxidants, so a regular cup could give you a nice nutrition boost.
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Cut cholesterol, sugar, and saturated fat out of your diet. These can clog your arteries, raise your weight and blood pressure, increase inflammation in your body. This is all bad for your memory, and might even damage your brain over time. Cut back on these unhealthy foods as much as you can. [12] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Particular things to avoid include greasy or fried meals, fast food, and sugary desserts. Red meat might be tasty, but it’s high in fat and cholesterol. It’s also known to increase inflammation in your body and inhibit your memory.[13] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
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Avoid “brain supplements” unless your doctor recommends them. There are all kinds of supplements out there that claim to boost memory. In most cases, there is no research backing up these claims, and most won’t provide any nutrients that you can’t get from food. Unless your doctor tells you to take one of these supplements, it’s best to avoid them. [14] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source
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Method 3 of 3:
Lifestyle Changes

Besides nutrition and exercise, lots of other activities can support your brain health. By incorporating these steps into your daily schedule, you can stimulate your brain and prevent further memory loss.

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Get plenty of sleep. Your brain needs rest, just like any other part of your body. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to keep your memory sharp. [15] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
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Reduce stress to keep your mind clear. Stress clouds your mind and makes your memory worse. It can even damage your brain over time. Do your best to keep your stress under control so it doesn’t harm your memory. [16] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Relaxation exercises like meditation and deep breathing are great stress-reducers. Practicing your hobbies and doing things you enjoy is also a great way to relax and get rid of stress.
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Quit smoking and drink in moderation. Both of these activities put chemicals into your body that could harm your brain over time. It’s best to avoid smoking altogether and only drink in moderation. [17] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Some research shows that a small amount of red wine, like 1-2 glasses per day, might actually improve memory. However, don’t start drinking just for this reason—you can get similar results from plain grape juice.[18] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source
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Medical Takeaways

Like with any other part of your body, your brain needs nutrition and exercise to stay healthy. While you might not be able to reverse memory loss with these steps, you can definitely sharpen your brain and prevent further memory issues. If you still experience memory problems, then it’s best to see your doctor and follow their directions for further treatment. If you do have a memory-loss condition, then your doctor will probably prescribe medication to help control it.[19] X Trustworthy Source Alzheimer's Association Nonprofit organizaton focused on supporting those affected by Alzheimer's and promoting research on the disease Go to source

Method 1 of 3:
Brain Stimulation

You can actually exercise your brain the same way you’d exercise your muscles to make them stronger. Regular use and stimulation keeps your brain sharp and helps prevent memory loss. Some simple daily activities can do the trick for you.

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1
Socialize as much as possible. Regular socializing with others helps prevent depression and other mental issues that could cloud your memory. [1] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Studies even show that social people enjoy better brain health and memory than isolated people. Do your best to make time for friends and family to give your brain the support it needs. [2] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Even if you can’t see people face-to-face, regular phone calls or video chats can help. You could also grow your social network by volunteering or joining local organizations to meet new people.
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Start a challenging new hobby. Anything that makes you concentrate gives you a brain workout. Practice your hobbies daily, or start a new one to really challenge your brain. [3] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Some ideas include playing an instrument, drawing, making crafts, playing sports, learning a new language, or trying any new skill.
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Play brain-stimulating games. There are all kinds of games and apps that can challenge your brain and improve its function. Pass the time with these activities to keep your brain in top shape. [4] X Research source Check the app store for brain-stimulating games that will improve your memory in a fun way. You don’t need a computer to play challenging games! Chess, checkers, sudoku, and crossword puzzles are a great, low-tech way to boost your brain function.
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Read as much as you can. Reading is an excellent brain-stimulating activity. If this isn’t part of your daily schedule, then try to spend some time each day reading. Even 20 minutes can be a big help! [5] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Any reading is good, but it’s best to read more challenging material to give your brain more of a workout. If you’ve never visited your local library, this is a great time to start!
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Use all of your senses as much as you can. The more senses you use, the more stimulated your brain will be. Try to do activities that include multiple senses as much as you can to keep your brain engaged. [6] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Taking a hike, for example, is a great way to stimulate all your senses. You’ll see great sights, smell fresh air, and feel the wind or grass against your skin. Some hobbies, like sculpting, are also good ways to stimulate multiple senses.
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Include physical exercise in your schedule as well. There’s a strong link between regular exercise and improved memory. Exercise improves blood flow to your brain and keeps it healthy. Try to get 150 minutes of exercise each week for the best results. [7] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Any physical activity counts. You could go to the gym, run, play basketball, or work around your home for some great exercise. You don’t need to become a marathon runner to experience these benefits. Just a daily walk will do the trick too.
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Method 2 of 3:
Diet and Nutrition

Your brain needs fuel, just like the rest of your body. Following a healthy diet and cutting out unhealthy foods is a great way to support your memory, and might even prevent memory loss in old age. Here are some easy diet tips to give your brain the nutrition it needs.

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Get plenty of omega-3s. These fatty acids are especially good for supporting brain health. [8] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Try to get 1.1-1.6 g each day for optimal health. [9] X Research source Oily fish like salmon and tuna are the main sources for omega-3s. If you’re a vegetarian, you can also get omega-3s from flaxseed, seaweed, leafy green vegetables, beans, and walnuts. Just 1 tbsp (15 ml) of flaxseed or canola oil, 1 oz. (28 g) of walnuts, or 3 oz. (84 g) of oily fish has all the omega-3s you need in a day.
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Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells from damage, including your brain cells. Most fruits and vegetables are packed with these nutrients, so include plenty in your daily diet. [10] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source As long as you follow the official guidelines and include at least 1 1/2 cups (192 g) of fruits and 2 cups (256 g) of vegetables each day, you should get all the antioxidants you need.[11] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source Green tea is also high in antioxidants, so a regular cup could give you a nice nutrition boost.
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Cut cholesterol, sugar, and saturated fat out of your diet. These can clog your arteries, raise your weight and blood pressure, increase inflammation in your body. This is all bad for your memory, and might even damage your brain over time. Cut back on these unhealthy foods as much as you can. [12] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Particular things to avoid include greasy or fried meals, fast food, and sugary desserts. Red meat might be tasty, but it’s high in fat and cholesterol. It’s also known to increase inflammation in your body and inhibit your memory.[13] X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
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Avoid “brain supplements” unless your doctor recommends them. There are all kinds of supplements out there that claim to boost memory. In most cases, there is no research backing up these claims, and most won’t provide any nutrients that you can’t get from food. Unless your doctor tells you to take one of these supplements, it’s best to avoid them. [14] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source
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Method 3 of 3:
Lifestyle Changes

Besides nutrition and exercise, lots of other activities can support your brain health. By incorporating these steps into your daily schedule, you can stimulate your brain and prevent further memory loss.

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1
Get plenty of sleep. Your brain needs rest, just like any other part of your body. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to keep your memory sharp. [15] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
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Reduce stress to keep your mind clear. Stress clouds your mind and makes your memory worse. It can even damage your brain over time. Do your best to keep your stress under control so it doesn’t harm your memory. [16] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source Relaxation exercises like meditation and deep breathing are great stress-reducers. Practicing your hobbies and doing things you enjoy is also a great way to relax and get rid of stress.
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Quit smoking and drink in moderation. Both of these activities put chemicals into your body that could harm your brain over time. It’s best to avoid smoking altogether and only drink in moderation. [17] X Trustworthy Source Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School's Educational Site for the Public Go to source Some research shows that a small amount of red wine, like 1-2 glasses per day, might actually improve memory. However, don’t start drinking just for this reason—you can get similar results from plain grape juice.[18] X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source
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