What am I doing in the kitchen if I was going to the bathroom?’ ‘Where could I have put the car keys?’ ‘I don’t remember if I left the stove on!’

Questions we often ask ourselves because of momentary forgetfulness that can sometimes become a problem or at least complicate our day to day.

These small failures in memory may be caused by things that are beyond our control. As Linda Melone in Health explains, it is not a question of serious brain failures but of perfectly justifiable and remediable forgetfulness that may be due to bad eating habits and even to circumstances of our own environment. These are some of the main reasons that may be leading us to have that feeling of short term memory and how we can solve them.

  • Lack of sleep: If you have spent the night awake, or slept only a few hours, “you are less likely to remember the name of your new coworker the next day,” says Melone. The areas of the brain that are directly related to memory and emotional responses are activated when we sleep, and if we do not rest enough they weaken gradually.
  • Certain germs: According to a study published in the journal Neurology, people exposed to germs such as cold sores were more likely to have memory problems than people exposed to fewer germs. Among the more than 1,600 participants in the study, those with the highest infectious burden scored wrong in 25% more of their cognitive responses. The researchers concluded that repeated infections can damage blood vessels, so they could also be linked to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Lack of vitamin B12: In addition to fatigue, loss of appetite, constipation and weight loss, a deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause memory problems. In the case of vegans and vegetarians, the lack of a diet rich in meat may affect their cognitive ability, so if they notice that they have many memory failures it is convenient that they ask their doctor if they need to take any type of supplement to solve this deficiency. Pregnant women, and adults with anemia or with gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, may also need supplements.
  • Smoking: By affecting blood flow, smoking can damage brain activity, affecting the quality and capacity of our memory. An investigation published in the Archives of General Psychiatry magazine for which 7,000 men and women were analyzed, found a faster decrease in brain function in cases of people who had smoked at some time in their lives or were consumers during the study.

We recommend taking Ginkgo Biloba three times a day to help increase blood circulation in the brain and improve blood circulation throughout the body in general.

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