Myths That Could Be Hurting Your Memory
Amen Clinics believes that the brain is the most important part of your body. The brain is the most impressive, complex and remarkable organ in the universe.
If you are like most people, you have probably heard many myths about your brain, like how it is firm and rubbery, when it is actually squishy, soft, think the consistency of Jell-O. When it comes to brain health, it’s important to know the facts. Here are five memory myths debunked.
MYTH #1: You’re stuck with the brain you have.
FACT: That’s not true at all. In fact, Dr. Daniel Amen’s first brain scan looked worse in his 30’s compared to what it looks like today. Through exercise, participating in mental activities like playing ping pong, eating brain-healthy foods, staying away from drugs and alcohol, getting restful sleep and managing stress levels, you can physically change your brain.
MYTH #2: Once your memory starts to fail, it’s too late.
FACT: Although Alzheimer’s can’t be entirely reversed, there are drug-free approaches that can help improve your memory. For instance, a couple of ways this happens is by watching your diet, challenging your brain with new learning, regular exercise, and paying attention to your gut health. Engaging in these healthy activities can actually increase the size of your hippocampus, the part of your brain associated with memory.
MYTH #3: Young people don’t have to worry about memory loss.
FACT: The average age of memory loss is 57, but one study shows that memory loss can start as early as 45. The good news: You can start protecting your memory now. You may think that minor problems like forgetting where you placed your keys are not an issue but believe it or not, these are early warning signs that your memory could be in trouble. Think about this— even though a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 59, it’s likely they started showing noxious brain changes at 30 that could have been seen by a brain imaging scan.
MYTH #4: Alzheimer’s only happens to the elderly.
FACT: 50% of people 85 years old and older are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But that doesn’t mean that these are the only cases. Approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, such as dementia.
MYTH #5: You won’t get dementia if you take care of yourself.
FACT: If you take good care of your brain and body, your risk of dementia can significantly decline. Although, there is no proven way to guarantee prevention of dementia completely. Keep in mind, taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Being serious about brain health has no age limit especially when a better brain means it can help improve your mood, health, appearance, memory and body. You can create a brain-healthy life by learning how to love and care for the most important part of your body…your brain.
Amen Clinics is here to help you understand the brain and provide treatment options that address more than just symptoms. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or visit us online to schedule a visit.