Getting old can be a very humbling experience. Just like an old car, parts begin to deteriorate. Our vision is not as clear, our hearing not as sharp, hair starts to thin, the waistline begins to expand, the fine lines on our face deepen. And many times our memory seems to dull. Perhaps the thing that bothers us the most is the combination of aging and our brain health. Our recall may not be as quick as it was when we were younger and at times it can get quite frustrating.
When it comes to reclaiming the benefits of our youth, we can wear glasses or contact lenses to improve our vision or even get Lasik surgery. For our hearing, wear low profile hearing aids. Hair, use special products to regrow it. Waistline, exercise and better nutrition. And for those not so fine lines? Again, special products or even the care of a plastic surgeon. But what about declining memory?
Our memory is perhaps our most prized possession. Not only is it an endless photo album of our life, but also what gives us the ability to connect with others and be productive each day. The thought of aging and even losing a tiny bit of our memory is enough to fill us with dread. The good news is that just like the other areas of our self that can be reclaimed as we age, our memory can be, too.
There is increasing evidence that memory loss is not only preventable but perhaps reversible as well. Yes, it is true. Did you know that poor nutrition and insufficient fluid intake strongly affect a person’s reasoning and thought processes? Think about the emphasis we place on prenatal care and the very young. Much of it is regarding brain development and support.
So what can we do, as we age, to support brain health?
- Eat foods that contain DHA such as fish, eggs, and meat.
- Eat foods that contain resveratrol which is found in grapes, pistachios, blueberries, cranberries and dark chocolate.
- Take supplements that support nervous system health.
To learn more about what supplements would benefit you the most, we encourage you to inquire at DCW.