How To Prevent Amnesia and Improve Your Memory {7 Easy Tips}

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Why Am I Losing My Memory?

Losing your memory is an alarming, scary and frustrating situation not only for yourself, but also for the people around you too. It can also be a symptom of the onset of Alzheimer's disease or Dementia which are brain degenerating conditions that will cause a slow but steady decline in memory, thinking, reasoning and cognitive skills affecting your daily activities and the quality of your life.

It may be quite normal to be forgetful once in a while, but when you are forgetting things more and more regularly and this is beginning to form into a regular pattern, then the red flags must be raised and remedial actions are to be taken immediately before the problem takes on a bottomless downward spiral.

So do take notice when memory lapses are becoming more often such as that you have forgotten to bring your car keys out yet again, forgotten to take your pet dog out for its evening walk time and again or that you have already bought your groceries, but found yourself in the grocery store yet again or that people around you are always commenting that you have a bad memory. If this is happening to you, then you could jolly well be suffering from amnesia and about time you seek help from your medical professionals.

Some memory losses develop slowly over a period of time whereas others can and do happen very suddenly. Whereas some types of memory losses are reversible while for some others, the patients have to live with it for the rest of the person's life.

Most people will develop some form of memory losses as they grow older with age. It was in our twenties when some of our brain cells begin die off gradually and our bodies start to produce lesser and lesser amounts of the chemicals needed for the maintenance of a healthy memory system.

In most people, these minute memory losses and lapses do not usually affect their ability to carry on with the normal course of living. At least not at the moment just yet. So preventive action must be taken before the memory erosion becomes more acute and the brain begins to degenerate at a much faster rate. This will be the moment when trouble starts. You wouldn't want that to happen, won't you?


The good news is that there are ways in which you can prevent memory losses or at least retard the declining mental process and here are some ways in which you can arrest memory degeneration and make better improvements to it instead.

1) Get More Sleep - Do get enough sleep and more whenever possible. Frequent sleep deprivation can affect your cognitive abilities and memory retention ability. Numerous studies have shown that when you are sleeping, your brain is also sorting out and storing new memories like a computer software update. After all your brain is a super computer, isn't it?

Therefore when you are not getting enough sleep, your brain will have difficulties to retain and recall information as effectively as you normally would have. To add to further woes, no amount of so called "catch up" sleep will be able to recall back those lost memories since they were already permanently deleted from your brain's trash folder and are no longer in the its filing cabinet.

2) Be Socially Active - Start mingling with more people more often and make more friends. Join social clubs and be engaged with their social activities regularly. Meet up and chat with your friends as often as you can. You can also meet up with people in a church or places of worship of your choice.

When I said meet more people, I certainly don't mean chatting by computer or phone apps, but physically catching up with them. This is because when you are talking and interacting with people, your brain is managing several functions simultaneously.


You will need to follow and understand what others are saying, logically decipher what was being said to you and then you formulate and articulate a logically cognitive response to the other person. You are actually exercising your brain functions and processes when you are doing these things unconsciously. In other words, your brain is hard at work in receiving inputs, analyzing them and then responding by presenting outputs.

As such your brain is being trained in recalling past experiences, circumstances, facts, logic and going through the process of thinking and this will boost the recollection of thoughts immensely as your brain digs deep into its rich archives to bring out those memories in response. So you are constantly challenging your memory and exercising it and therefore keeping your brain active, nimble and sharp. 

3) Use Your Memory Actively - It is as simple as if you don't use it, you will lose it. So play jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles or any problem solving puzzles often to stimulate the power of recollection and thought analysis. Take different routes to your usual destinations so as to make your brain recall which route and direction to take. Learn how to play a musical instrument or learn a foreign language to force your brain to absorb new information and store them in its memory bank and then to retrieve the information efficiently when they are needed to be used.


4) Eat Healthily – Eat healthily with a balanced diet and with plenty of fruits and vegetables so as to provide good nutrients to your brain as well as your entire body. Choose low-fat protein like fish and lean meat over the fatty meat. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol as alcohol affects your brain function negatively as it can kill off your brain cells. Heavy drinkers often suffer from brain degeneration conditions and some even severely.

5) Regular Exercise – Exercise improves blood circulation throughout your body and to the brain. Go for brisk walks, climb the stairs instead of taking the escalators or elevators and even do some weightlifting to build muscles.

Research has shown that regular exercise can lead to a more robust memory and much better cognitive functions. It is a know fact that regular aerobic exercise can significantly increase the volume of the brain's hippocampus. The hippocampus a component of the limbic system and is a major player in the consolidation of information stored in your brain's archives. So exercise more to boost your brain power!

6) Remove Stress And Anxiety - Stress and anxiety can cause havoc and mayhem to your memory. One way to avoid stress is to laugh more often. Laughter not only reduces stress, but also boosts your short-term memory. So watch more lighthearted funny comedies and start laughing. After all, laughter is the best medicine, isn't it?

Go for leisurely walks in your neighborhood parks and gardens, take in the fresh air and enjoy the nature. Take up yoga, Taichi or meditation classes to release stress. If you can afford it, go on pleasurable vacations to scenic or natural locations to take in the new refreshing sights, smells, and fresh air. The idea is to just let your hair down and do anything that can take away your stress and anxiety.

7) Take Supplements - Take health supplements to nourish and improve brain health such as omega-3 fish oil, Resveratrol, Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin D, Creatine and so on. There is also an all natural brain nourishing supplement developed for the purpose of memory retention and improvement known as the Brain Pill.


The Brain Pill is a powerful mix of active ingredients scientifically formulated to enhance better blood flow to your brain. It sends the vital nutrients to the brain in order to keep the flexibility and nimbleness of the mind and thought process, so that you can have a sharper and quicker mind. Consumers of the Brain Pill has reported having better memory retention, sharper cognitive skills, quicker memory retrieval, sharper focus and freshness in thinking.

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1) What are the types of memory losses? - There are many categories of amnesia. Here are just a few of them.

a) Childhood amnesia or Infantile Amnesia - This is when the patients cannot recollect their childhood days and activities. This condition occurs usually as a result of aggressive child abuse when they were just kids or some functions of the brain that were not well developed during their growing up years way back then.

b) Transient Global Amnesia - This is when the patient forgets almost everything in his life. However, the patient probably can remember who he or she is and is also able to recognize people they know.

The good thing is that transient global amnesia is quite rare and is quite unlikely to be repeated again once the memory comes back to the patient. Since it is transient, the memory loss is only temporary and most patients get their memory back within a day or in a few days.

c) Anterograde Amnesia -  This occurs when the patient can remember events and things from the distant past, but forgets events and things that has happened recently. He or she may also have difficulties in learning new things and creating new memories.

d) Psychogenic or Dissociative Amnesia - This condition is also sometimes known as functional amnesia. The patient completely forgets most or all information about himself or herself. The patient may even forget his or her own name, personal history and friends and may even take on an entirely new personality and identity believing and acting like he or her is indeed someone else.

This disorder usually comes from a reaction to severe stress or psychological trauma such as in a war, traumatic accidents or major disasters. The person may have suffered the stressful incidents himself or just simply just being an eye-witness to the traumatic events that happened. Is this a real life case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

e) Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) - When a patient is diagnosed with MCI, it will mean that he or she is losing memory more rapidly than what is thought to be normal memory loss from the aging process. However, the patient will still be able to do things normally as the condition is not serious enough to curtail the person from day to day activities since it is a progressive memory loss in stages.

On the other hand, the patient may have his or her language ability compromised. Cognitive abilities such as judgmental ability and logical reasoning may also be eroded. Sometimes
 the MCI condition will evolve into the Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

f) Dementia - This is a condition of severe memory loss and brain function degradation that can seriously affect a person's life. It is usually caused by the brain cells dying at a  faster rate than normal and thus the intellectual ability is severely curtailed. The condition can develop into a situation when the patient is like an invalid unable to socialize or even taking care of himself or herself.

2) How do I prevent myself from losing my memory? - You can prevent or at least slow down the loss of memory by leading a healthy living lifestyle such as stopping smoking, avoidance of alcohol, drug abuse and at the same time reducing the risk factors that can lead to the development of amnesia such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Being more physically active and having a regular exercise program helps your blood circulation to the brain and keeping it healthy and sharp. Having a well balanced meals with plenty of leafy vegetables will supply enough nutrients to the brain.

Always keep the brain active like reading, playing thinking games like crossword and jigsaw puzzles, learning new skill sets such as learning to play a musical instrument or a new language etc in order to stimulate the brain cells and thus preventing it from degenerating.

3) What are the herbal supplements that can help me to boost my memory? - The herbal supplements that are about to be mentioned in the answer are recommended by Chris Kilham, often also referred to as The Medicine Hunter.

Schizandra is a type of berry found in Northern China and certain parts of Russia but is being made into supplement form which is widely available. There are quite a few clinical studies done showing that the schizandra berry supplement enhances the memory, thought process, thought sequencing, information retention and the increase of mental clarity. 

Besides having a positive effect on your mental health, the active ingredients of the berry are also said to have positive effects on a person's cardiovascular health, immunity system and higher energy levels for physical functions and activities.
​ There are even claims that the schizandra berry can even help to prevent certain types of cancers, however there are no conclusive evidence on this aspect.

Another herbal supplement to improve your memory power is the humble American ginseng, which has proven to have memory enhancing properties. The main active ingredients in the American ginseng root are the ginsenosides which is useful in combating inflammations. The ginsenocides has also shown in studies conducted to improve spatial learning and hippocampus functions. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that regulates learning, memory archives and cognition in the thinking process which will thus help to prevent erosion of the memory and even improving on it.

The Rhodiola Rosea herb can be found in the mountain ranges in parts of Asia and Europe. It is also known as the Arctic root and is now consumed as a supplement for many health benefits such as relieving stress, fatigue, depression and improving brain functions and have an amazing ability to enhance the memory, thought sequences and processes as well as the ability intensify focused concentration.


7 tips to improve your memory and stop amnesia

Causes of amnesia diagram

The chart below shows you some of the reasons how people can lose their memory.

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About The Author - Chris Chew is the health, fitness and grooming consultant to the Mister International Organization, which is the owner and producer of the Mister International and Mister Singapore Pageants. He is presently sitting on the advisory panel of Personal Trainers In Singapore and is himself an experienced and certified Master Trainer.

Chris is also the Director of food health and hygiene for food and beverage establishments such as Kingdom Food Group of restaurants.

This article was researched and presented here by Chris and is meant to be helpful to the readers. It is not meant to diagnose or suggest any treatment in lieu of your medical professional's advise.

Chris is based in the cosmopolitan tropical island nation of Singapore and is still training his clients for fat loss, muscle building and general physical fitness in his free time and he can be contacted


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