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Memory loss can be caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, Metabolic imbalances; hormonal deficiency ( Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, decreased circulation secondary to atherosclerosis, or a combination of these causes. Each case must be evaluated individually.  A combination of Bio-Identical hormone therapy, detoxification, ozone therapy, chelation therapy, nutritional therapy, and metabolic therapy might be needed. See our Fountain of Youth program.

What is memory loss?

Memory loss or cognitive decline refers to the inability to store, retain, judge, and recall information.  It is a condition that affects several people and the severity varies in degrees.  Memory loss is often characterized by brain cell damage which involves the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques in the brain.  This condition can take a toll on your personal relationships, quality of life, work compatibilities and many more.

What causes memory decline?

Cognitive decline has been attributed to several factors including the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, stress, hormonal imbalances, the high toxicity of heavy metals, tobacco smoking, low energy, depression, alcohol use, insomnia, and hypothyroidism.  Diet issues like vitamin deficiency can also lead to a decline in memory functioning.  Other risk factors that can increase your chances of memory loss include genetic predisposition, age, stroke, and diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Naturopathic approach to treat memory loss

Naturopathic doctors recommend natural treatments to prevent, treat and manage memory loss.  As part of the naturopathic medicine, NDs recommend:

Exercises

Brain exercises play a key role in preventing and slowing down cognitive decline.  Some of the brain workouts that can aid in boosting brain functionality include learning how to do new tasks, like learning a new language, to play a new instrument or trying a new sport.  Alternatively, engaging in completing complex tasks like crosswords and puzzles can aid to develop and strengthen brain functioning.  When doing these tasks, it is paramount to focus on the task at hand and avoid distractions.
Similarly, physical exercises like jogging, walking, running and cycling can help improve brain functioning by increasing oxygen and nutrient flow to the brain. These exercises also help to reduce cortisol hormone thus boosting your mood.

Proper diet

Diets rich in antioxidants like blueberries and other nutritious fruits, leafy greens, and other dark-colored plant foods help to promote optimal brain functionality. Proteins too can also improve brain health and memory. Additionally, be sure to pay attention to Vitamins like B12.  When optimizing your diet, consider diet plans that help maintain proper blood sugar balance and reduced inflammation.  Supplements and food are ideal for therapeutic nutrition. Some of the methods to curb mental inflammation is the use of herbal supplements like resveratrol, curcumin, and Bacopa monnieri.

Sufficient sleep

Insomnia is among the top risks of memory loss specifically Alzheimer’s disease.  What makes it worse is that the medications that are often used to treat insomnia can lead to cognitive decline.  Rather than using artificial medicines, naturopathic doctors recommend herbal remedies like blue-light-blocking goggles and hydrotherapy.

Manage your stress

Repeated stress, especially from day-to-day hassle can slowly impact on your ability to think.  You should not let a stressfull lifestyle control your life. Some of the naturopathic ways that can help you manage stress include mindful meditation, journaling, listening to music and gardening and more.

Socializing

Social interaction prevents and slows the development of dementia. When you interact with others through conversations, playing together and more can help reduce stress and improve your mental health.  When you spend too much time alone, your brain tends to slow in terms of recalling and even thinking. Find time to interact with friends and family to improve your memory functionality.

Conclusion

Memory loss or cognitive decline is a disorder that affects both old and young.  There are several contributing factors and the most prevalent ones include over-reliance on drugs, lack of exercises, sleep, hormonal issues, age, and poor diet among others.  To improve your brain health and reduce memory loss, ensure you get sufficient sleep, exercise, socialize, reduce stress and eat healthy.

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