Memory: The essence of being yourself
How would you define memory? In simple terms, one would say that it is the process of maintaining or storing information over time so that future actions can be influenced. To add to the simple definition, ‘memory is the faculty of brain by which data or information is encoded, stored, and retrieved when needed’. In the absence of remembrance of past events maintaining relationships, using language in communication, developing and remembering personal identity would be quite impossible.
When loss of memory troubles you, it is often described as forgetfulness or amnesia. Amnesia is a deficit in memory caused by brain damage or disease. The brain holds information in different types of memory. Your sensory memory will hold sensory information for less than one second after an item is perceived. The ability to remember that what an item looked like with a split second of observation is due to sensory memory.
Another type of memory is working memory or short-term memory. It allows one to recall what happened in a period of several seconds or a minute without rehearsal. The capacity of short-term memory is limited. It can be increased by the process of chunking. For example, it is harder to remember a 10 digit phone number if you go number by number but if you break them in three groups or chunks, it would be comparatively easier as (982)(546)(6789).
Due to limited storage in sensory memory and short-term memory, the information is not retained indefinitely there. Therefore, long-term memory is required to store larger quantities of information for potentially unlimited duration. Sometime, long-term memory can retain things for your whole life span. The capacity of long term memory is immeasurable.
Memory gives one a sense of identity. A person with good memory can apply the retained knowledge for a longer time as compared to a person with a shorter memory span. A good memory always gives you an upper hand in life. Walking into a room and not realising what you came for may sound funny sometimes but when this happens on a regular basis, it is disturbing and harms confidence and self identity. Let us delve into some of the aspects that can affect your memory negatively:
- It’s because you haven’t slept well for long!
Memory loss and forgetfulness develop when you do not get enough sleep for a long time. A lack of quality sleep causes lots of health problems including memory loss.
- Your thyroid gland may be needing assistance!
Your metabolism is controlled by your thyroid gland. When there is hypothyroidism, your metabolism slows down and you become sluggish and there is accompanied negative effect on memory. You may feel confused and disorganized.
- Stress, anxiety and depression!
These factors have a depleting effect on your memory. Not everyone with depression may suffer from decreased memory. But when one does suffer, it is difficult to cope up with.
- Probably it’s the alcohol you consume!
Alcohol abuse can interfere with short-term memory. The effects on memory last even when the effects of alcohol have worn off.
- Deficiency of vitamin B12 can be a reason!
With lack of vitamin B12 and lowering absorption of nutrients with age, there may be slow down in the memory sphere of your brain.
- Over-the-counter conventional medicines are a big NO unless absolutely needed!
Many prescription and over-the-counter medicines may be hampering your memory. If you are experiencing forgetfulness after a recent medicine, speak to your doctor and get the prescription changed. Only use chemical medication when it is advised by a doctor and is absolutely necessary.
Climb the ladder of Memory!
It is not difficult to maintain good memory. With the help of certain diet and lifestyle changes, one can definitely get a memory that can make him/ her remember things for longer.
- Physical fitness leads to mental fitness – Exercise!
Exercise not only improves physical fitness but also improves mental fitness. Physical and mental fitness go hand in hand. It is found that people with good lung function tend to have sharper memories. Exercising regularly also helps in reducing risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and stroke, the illnesses which are responsible for causing memory loss.
- Be careful of your diet!
A balanced diet is a key to healthy memory. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates through whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and omega- 3 fatty acids through walnuts, mackerel, chia seeds, flaxseeds, canola oil can be a good deal for your memory. Your diet in no way should promote excess calories in your body.
- Keep a healthy support network in your life!
The two ‘Fs’ i.e. friends and family can determine the course of your life. If either of them leads to negative thoughts or self-doubt, it is good to maintain a safe distance. Go to classes which you enjoy or do your favourite activities at home like dancing, singing, and cooking. Read regularly if you like as it sharpens your brain. Keep people which motivate you positively and are there to listen to you in your bad times close to you.
- Plenty of refreshing sleep gives plenty of good memories!
One should aim for seven to nine hours of proper sleep each day. Developing a proper sleep cycle is a must. Try to keep your bedtime and wake-up time same on all days. Completely switch off from all kind of artificial light at least one hour prior to sleeping. Drinking a glass of warm water or caffeine free tea before bed can help in achieving good sleep.
- Keep learning new things!
There is a strong relationship between your level of education and your mental function including memory. The more education you receive, the stronger your mind and memory become. Education is not limited to books, it wanders over practical spheres of life too.
- Get as much help as you can naturally from herbs!
There are herbs like gotukola, holy basil, tagar, shankpushpi, St John’s wort, vach, gokhru, Ashwagandha, jatamanshi, cumin and curcumin that can fight with the causes of memory loss. These herbs come in a single package of Stresaway Tablets.
Product of the month: Stresaway Tablets
The composition of Stresaway Tablets helps you in achieving a good memory in every way. Each herb has its own way of improving memory span.
- Gotukola: The herb is known for boosting cognitive function and decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. It is found to work even after a stroke. It protects formation of amyloid beta that decreases memory and causes Alzheimer’s disease. By easing insomnia, it promotes proper sleep which in turn boosts memory.
- Holy basil: Tulsi counters metabolic stress, normalizes blood sugar, reduces blood pressure and lipid levels, fights depression and has positive effects on memory.
- Tagar: Also known as valerian, it inhibits breakdown of GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid which results in a feeling of calmness and tranquillity. A calm mind remembers more.
- Ashwagandha: Ayurveda has been blessed with it as it upgrades physical health and simultaneously improves mental functions including memory. It is antioxidant, neuro-protective, anti inflammatory, antidepressant, anxiolytic and modulates immune system.
- Shankpushpi: This herb boosts memory and boosts intellect. It can also help in treatment of degenerative conditions of brain such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Vach: Known as Calamus, vach promotes a healthy brain, sharpens memory and enhances awareness and improves communication and self-expression. It also treats insomnia.
- Gokhru: It has anti-depressant properties and thereby helps in boosting memory in depressed conditions.
- Jatamanshi: Jatamanshi improves memory retention and enhances learning abilities in young and aged adults. It can reverse amnesia, a form of memory loss, induced by medicines such as diazepam. It also improves memory which had depleted due to stress and aging.
- Cumin: Due to significant amount of iron in cumin, it supports memory and cognitive function in many people. Because of its antioxidant properties, cumin also mitigates stress and anxiety.
- Curcumin: Extracted from the root of turmeric, curcumin acts as an antidepressant and anxiolytic herb. It fights inflammation and prevents damage from free radicals so that your nervous system performs better and the memory sphere remains safe. It also fights against the deposition of amyloid beta plaques.
Your memory is the glue that binds your life together. Your ‘today’ is due to the memory you have till date. Somebody rightly said, ‘To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.’ Hence, improving observation, concentration and memory is essential. Stresaway Tablets help you in doing that!
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