10 ways to improve your memory and boost your brain

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Research says our brains start to go to mush after 24. If you're struggling to concentrate take a look at these easy ways to keep your brain sharp.

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At the risk of sounding like a zombie, brains are pretty awesome. But too much booze, a lack of sleep and work stress can dull your senses and make everyday tasks tricky.

A new study from the University in Canada has found that our brain's peak at the age of 24, and it is all downhill from there. Swell. career

If you're feeling sluggish, take a look at these easy ways to keep your brain sharp.

Exercise can improve your brain function


Regular aerobic exercise may be the single most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your brain. 30 minutes of exercise each day can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, and boosts blood flow to the brain.

Eating healthy food can reduce confusion


While overindulging can make the brain sluggish, too few calories can cause distraction, confusion and memory impairment. Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as berries, dark leafy greens, carrots and tomatoes.

Brain supplements can have side-effects


Pop into any health store and you'll see vitamins and supplements that promise to boost brain power. But pills such as ginkgo and melatonin are not free of potential side effects, such as high blood pressure, digestion trouble, fertility problems and depression.

Caffeine is good for your brain


Growing research shows that caffeine could protect the brain from Alzheimer's Disease. And it's not just coffee – peppermint tea is proven to promote concentration, while green and black teas help prevent memory loss.

Good quality sleep is essential for your brain


When we sleep and dream, our brain is able to sift through our memories from the day, process and learn from them. When we fail to get enough sleep, proteins build up on synapses, which scientists say can make it hard to think.

Try simple brain training exercises


Practice your mental maths when you're doing the big shop, or when you're on ASOS and adding stuff to your virtual basket.

Chewing gum can improve your memory


According to the University of Northumbria, chewing gum has a positive effect on thinking, memory and other cognitive functions due to an increased delivery of oxygen to your brain.

Learn something new everyday


The brain is like any other muscle - the more you use it, the more you can use it. Neuroscientists recommend taking 15 minutes out of each day to learn something new - from a language to cooking skills.

Increase your social life to keep your brain active


People who maintain strong connections with friends and family are more likely to retain their memory, abstract thinking and language skills.

Know when to see your doctor for advice


System-wide health issues, including Type II diabetes, obesity and hypertension, have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and memory impairments. Speak to your doctor about improving your lifestyle.

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