A good diet, full of wholegrains, vegetables, pulses, seeds, nuts and dried fruit, will provide the nutrients necessary for good brain function and memory. Supplement with zinc, Essential Fatty Acids and B vitamins may be a good option as you work on changing your diet.
Minimising stress and maximising sleep will redress the balance in favour of better memory. If long-term stress has been an issue then give yourself time to recover – don’t expect to see impressive results after a week of easier circumstances.
Reduce caffeine intake and increase the amount of plain water you drink daily.
Improve circulation to the head with regular exercise slots. This doesn’t have to be extreme or intense, but ensure that you get movement onto your agenda throughout the day, whether just a walk along the corridor at work or a quick turn around the block at home. Try Ginkgo biloba to increase blood flow to the head and brain.
If other menopausal symptoms are bothering you alongside memory problems, consider taking a plant oestrogen such as fermented soya isoflavones, which gently supports oestrogen levels to counter some common menopausal symptoms.
If you smoke or take recreational drugs then consider strategies for cutting down and stopping, for the benefit of your memory as well as the rest of your health.
If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or a similar condition and feel that it may be affecting your memory, consider consulting a practitioner for help.
If you are concerned that you may be affected by dementia or associated conditions then consult your medical practitioner as soon as possible.