We all need to stay mentally on our game these days especially with the stress of 21st-century living. Cell phones, problems with your child’s daycare and being financially stretched are all issues which can have on impact on a person’s psyche. Sometimes it seems the expectation is for you to text your colleague back while you’re in the shower. Complementary medicine and alternative therapies may provide the fix to put your memory back on track.
Essentially it’s about stress. Most of us know it can affect us physically, but mentally is also another area we need to pay attention to. When you’re under stress for a prolonged period of time your area of focus tends to get narrow and we don’t pay attention to what’s around us. The tendency is to forget everyday items in these instances. We lose that situational awareness and it’s a lot like having horse blinders on. So, we end up doing dumb things you normally wouldn’t do. Ever drive off from the gas station and forget your gas cap? How about paying the bill at the dry cleaner and going home without your clothes. I once had a close friend who was going to a job interview and he walked into a newly prepared sidewalk of wet cement. Silly as they may seem these things are examples as to what happens when you’re on cognitive overload.
Also, pharmaceutical medications don’t help. Whether their prescription drugs or the over the counter types they all can affect memory. Antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxers, tranquilizers or pain meds can all impair short-term memory and can cause a variety of other symptoms such as diarrhea/constipation, fatigue nausea, and dizziness.
So how do you get your edge back when slowing down is not an option? It can start with proper nutrition and bringing balance back to your body’s hormonal and nervous system. As useful as drugs are at times there is nothing in there that’s going to fix your body in the long term. A better alternative is to take stock of where your body is currently at and supply it through a complementary medicine program of nutrition, acupuncture, and chiropractic. While proper nutrition can address many underlying deficiencies both chiropractic and acupuncture are inputs into the nervous system. Chiropractic treatment can relieve muscular stress and cut down on the frequency of chronic headaches. Together they can help memory and are useful in improving attention span.
There are a number of foods which can help memory and are essentially brain tonics in themselves. Avocados, blueberries, broccoli, celery, bone broth, coconut oil beets, turmeric, and walnuts are all rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Rich in polysaccharides many of these are also anti-inflammatory as well. Try adding a few when you can. If you can keep your inflammation under control you’ll not only help your memory but slow down your aging process as well.
There are also treatment protocols in acupuncture which can improve memory. Scalp acupuncture on the top of the head is painless is a ‘Tried and True’ alternative when it comes to improving focus and increasing attention span. Such sessions usually run an hour in length with a course of treatments consisting of 5-10 sessions.
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