Medical professionals know that one of the most important indicators of good health is the health of a person’s brain. Many of the changes that can occur may be difficult to assess and treat as many may take years to manifest. However, with early detection of these changes and effective management with lifestyle changes, you can restore your memory. Proper nutrition, sleep and exercise can have significant long-term benefits for neurocognitive health.
Symptoms of memory impairment and neuroinflammation include:
- Memory loss
- Brain Fog
- Difficulty verbalizing
- Loss of focus or concentration
About 75% of older Americans report memory problems. Once you reach age 85, you have a 50% chance of developing dementia. The hippocampus is the memory center of the brain. The hippocampus is where Alzheimer’s disease starts. A healthy hippocampus makes up to 700 new brain cells every day.
You are not stuck with the brain you have because you can help your brain grow new brain cells and regenerate itself – this is what is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is a property of the brain that allows it to change its physical structure and its function. There are stem cells in the brain that can continually produce new brain cells. The chemical that is fundamental to growing new brain cells and neuroplasticity in the brain is brain derived neurotropic factor or BDNF. BDNF is natural growth hormone for the brain. BDNF is increased by exercise, various herbs and nutrients.