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What to Know About Restoring or Retaining Your Memory

What to Know About Restoring or Retaining Your Memory

As you get older, it easy to think that your problems with memory loss are because of your age. It may be that you forgot where you parked your car or you can’t remember where you placed your glasses. Maybe its the name of your daughter’s boyfriend or that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. Before you blame everything on a condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s, understand that mild lapses of memory function are normal for everyone, even if age isn’t a primary factor.

Memory Functions

The fear of coming down with an irreversible condition like Alzheimer’s disease has a lot of people panicking when they realize their mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. While age is often an easy place to lay to the blame for small areas of memory malfunction, things like dehydration and low blood pressure could cause you to forget where you laid your calendar or what you were supposed to be getting at the grocery store. Your memory isn’t just about recalling factors or events. The process of memory occurs in three steps: encoding, consolidation, and retrieval. Encoding starts with taking information in, then consolidation happens when the brain encodes and processes the information for storage. Different areas of the brain store information and retrieval happens when a person remembers or recalls information that is stored. Memory loss isn’t just about forgetting information, but also about failing to process or store memory correctly in the first place.

Memory Malfunctions

Unfortunately, natural parts of getting older are dealing with brain aging and memory loss. Time doesn’t have the same effect on your brain as it does a fine wine. Though commonly reported as problematic as early as the 50s, any loss can happen to those in their 20s and 30s. While time is an influence, memory challenges aren’t restricted to this factor. Forgetfulness could be caused by a failure to cement a piece of information when first encountered, maybe because of the distractions in the environment, personal stress levels, or a lack of clarity over the data. Time is also known for distorting memory, reducing the accuracy of events or information that is finally retrieved. The longer it takes to remember the information, the more likely it is that your brain will have altered the image or event creating total forgetfulness after a while.

Memory Factors

The passing of time isn’t something that you can prevent, but there are other factors that could be contributing to your sluggish mind and memory skills. Mental health conditions like depression or anxiety can alter your memory ability, just as can substance abuse problems with alcohol or illicit drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact your ability to focus and retrieve information too. Health problems in other areas of the body can keep your mind from functioning well. Metabolic diseases that affect your thyroid, liver, lung, or kidney failure, diabetes, ADHD, and a Vitamin B-12 deficiency also hurt your processing and retention abilities. If your memory concerns stem from one of these conditions, the good news is that loss can often be reversed or significantly improved with the right protocol.

Memory Makers

Since time is the most dreaded of negative factors impacting memory, many people want a solution that addresses these concerns directly. You can’t stop your birthday from coming, but you can use an anti-aging protocol that relies on peptide therapy to help keep each memory alive and well.  Peptide studies are showing promising results in areas of cognitive functioning, as peptides are messenger proteins that can direct new synapses and connections between the brain and neurotransmitters. This can stimulate and strengthen brain functions, particularly in the area of memory as it can prevent degeneration.

In addition to a supplement,  lifestyle choices can also be made to improve your memory for both short and long-term information. Stress alters that way your brain can process memory, so reducing the amount of stress in your life can help the brain focus its energy on more important things than distractions. Using your brain through hobbies, classes, and social activities will also work to keep your connections strong and reduce lapses, though some will naturally occur. The more you pay attention to your body’s physical health needs, such as reducing blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and increasing your activity levels, the stronger your brain will be. A supply of blood and oxygen to the brain strengthens and improves functioning.


As the years go by, don’t forget about taking care of your brain health. Your mind may never what it used to in the days of your youth, but you don’t have to discount all the potential it still holds.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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