The cartoon that I have selected above for this post has a double meaning. Your brain/mind is like the operating system of your computer. We all know how messed up our computers can get at times. We’ll, our brains/minds can also get messed up by a number of interfering/damaging factors – resulting in compromised brain computer memory.
I know that memory loss is no laughing matter. My mother suffered from serious memory challenges – dementia – in her late 80’s. Our hope as a family was always that it never got to the point where our mother didn’t know us. A fall in her 80’s where my mother broke 6 ribs, combined with her having no recall of the incident and prescribed limitations imposed due to the injury – has presented additional care challenges.
Memory loss is a sad reality that many people have to face as they watch their parents age. Many people even younger are experiencing memory issues. So what is going wrong? Do people who live in the ‘blue zones‘ of the world experience the same degree of compromised memory?
Memory involves three processes: encoding, storage and retrieval. These processes are carried out by various parts of the brain. Obviously something is going ‘wrong’ in the brain – resulting in compromised memory.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPROMISED MEMORY?
- Body/brain pollution resulting from toxic substances (additive, preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides)
- Compromised blood brain barrier
- Heavy metals, like mercury, lead and arsenic that humans are exposed to as a result of air pollution, drinking contaminated water, foods grown in contaminated soils and contaminated personal care (hair dyes), cleaning and building products.
- Diet high in inflammatory foods
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Compromised blood brain barrier
- Sleep deprivation
- Health conditions
- Brain damage
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT COMPROMISED MEMORY?
- Protect your body from all factors with the potential to compromise memory (see list above)
- Implement detoxification strategies to eliminate body pollution
- Drink good quality water with a full range of naturally occurring minerals that can bind to and remove harmful toxins and heavy metals from the body.
- Utilize self-help strategies and tools (herbs, customized visualizations, nutrition) to improve brain/body health and function
- Maintain life balance
- Eat a well balanced diet high in nutrients and free of inflammatory foods.
- Essential oil therapy has provided good results in the holistic treatment of cancer and mental conditions like depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learn more at http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1305.
Scientific studies on Melissa oil for Alzheimer’s has provided positive results. In latest human trials, aromatherapy using rosemary is an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia and may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s disease patients, due to its free radical scavenging activity. Essential oil therapy is an important holistic therapy to add to your ‘well-being toolbox’ to help in your pursuit of ‘symptom free’ status. Check out the neuroprotective ‘memory protection’ essential oil recipe that I use.
Wishing you and yours optimum memory as you age!
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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.
Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca
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