Source | Linkedin.com | BY:Debbie Hampaton , Creator / Writer at The Best Brain Possible
What’s your earliest memory?
For most people, it’s probably some fuzzy recollection from childhood — maybe around age three or four.
Your memories are an essential part of who you are. Your memories contain every lesson you’ve ever learned, every person you’ve met, and everything you’ve ever enjoyed, hated or loved. Although our memories are oftentimes some of our most important treasures, people unknowingly do things every single day to erase them.
Here are some common behaviors, some of which you probably do daily, that are damaging your memories. The good news is that there are easy ways to avoid them too.
Eating Junk Food
It’s tempting to jump on the junk food bandwagon anytime the fridge is empty or you don’t feel like cooking., but by filling up on junk or fast food, you can damage your memory. There are two primary ways eating junk food harms your brain. First, the lack of certain vitamins in your food can impair your memory and cognitive abilities. Research has determined that B6, for example, can improve cognitive function and the lack of it has a detrimental effect on cognition and memory.
The second diet-related behavior that hurts your memory is indulging in a high-fat diet. Diets high in fat can slow brain function, making it more difficult for you to maintain your memories.
This is probably one of the easiest memory damaging behaviors to change — simply make an effort to eat better. A brain healthy diet would include more lean protein, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t restrict yourself — denying yourself your favorite foods, even if they’re fatty or unhealthy, often leads to diet failure. Instead, try to make healthy choices overall and enjoy your indulgences in moderation.
Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Many people drink alcohol as a way to numb themselves to the problems and stresses of their lives or to simply make themselves more relaxed in social situations. Unfortunately, including a powerful depressant like alcohol in your diet can slow your brain function and increase your risk of brain damage over time.
One study completed by the University of Kentucky found that the effects of heavy alcohol use on the brain are strikingly similar to the damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease — it may even be a risk factor for the development of the condition later in life.
Enjoying your favorite adult beverage is best in moderation to prevent long-term damage to your brain.