momory boosters

POST COVID
MEMORY BOOSTER

“Brain fog” isn’t a medical condition. It’s a term used for certain symptoms that can affect your ability to think. You may feel confused or disorganized or find it hard to focus or put your thoughts into words.
What is COVID-19 brain fog — and how can you clear it?
What is brain fog?
Let’s start by trying to understand brain fog. Brain fog is not a medical or scientific term; it is used by individuals to describe how they feel when their thinking is inactive, fuzzy, and not sharp.
We all experience this feeling from time to time. Perhaps you couldn’t think clearly when you were sick with the flu or another illness.

What is COVID-19 brain fog?
Many people who have recovered from the critical, life-threatening effects of COVID-19, but still don’t feel that their thinking and memory are back to normal.

• How COVID-19 affects the brain
There are many ways that COVID-19 can damage the brain. Some can be disturbing, such as encephalitis, strokes, and lack of oxygen to the brain. But other effects may be more understated, such as the determined impairment in sustained attention.
In addition to direct effects on the brain, COVID-19 can also have long-term effects on other organ systems. So-called long haulers can have other remaining symptoms including tiredness, body aches, and inability to exercise, headache, and difficulty sleeping. Some of these problems may be due to permanent damage to their lungs, heart, kidneys, or other organs. Damage to these organs — or even just the symptoms by themselves — can impair thinking and memory and cause brain fog. For example, how can you think clearly if you’re feeling tired and your body is aching? How can you concentrate if you were up half the night and awoke with a headache?

• What should you do if you may be experiencing COVID-19 brain fog?
The first and most important thing to do is to see your doctor and share with them all of the lingering symptoms you are experiencing. These should include your brain fog and other neurologic symptoms (such as weakness, numbness, tingling, loss of smell or taste), and also problems such as shortness of breath, palpitations, and abnormal urine or stool.

• What might help clear the brain fog?
• Perform aerobic exercise. People may need to start slow, perhaps just two to three minutes a few times a day. While there is no established “dose” of exercise to improve brain health, it’s generally recommended you work toward 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
• Eat Mediterranean-style meals. A healthy diet including olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, and whole grains has been proven to improve thinking, memory and brain health.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs. Give your brain the best chance to heal by avoiding substances which can adversely affect it.
• Sleep well. Sleep is a time when the brain and body can clear out toxins and work toward healing. Make sure you give your body the sleep it needs.
• Participate in social activities. We are social animals. Not only do social activities benefit our moods, but they help our thinking and memory as well.
• Pursue other beneficial activities, including engaging in novel, cognitively stimulating activities; listening to music; practicing mindfulness; and keeping a positive mental attitude.

Memory boosters

Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, fish, healthier fats and herbs or seeds provide brain-boosting memory function, and include:

Nuts-

-Walnuts- provide healthy fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and higher in omega -3 fatty acids.

-Almonds- increase blood flow to the brain.

Whole grains & legumes – Complex carbohydrates are a preferred brain food, as they provide a slow, sustained supply of glucose. They take longer to metabolize and also are high in folate, the memory-boosting B vitamin.

Fruits-

-Apple, Blue berries- improve learning, motor skills & vision.

-Avacados- monounsaturated fats increases blood flow to the brain.

Vegetables– Dark, leafy green vegetables are known for their disease-fighting antioxidants, such as vitamin C.  Greens also are rich in folate, which can improve memory by decreasing inflammation and improving blood circulation to the brain.

Eggs– contain vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline. Choline regulates mood & memory.

Dark chocolates- reduces inflammation, may help to prevent oxidation in brain.

Reference:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/author/abudson 

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