How to improve your memory

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Are you the type who always forgets stuff? Can you remember the chemical formulas ontaining 1-methylethylidene? How about the date when you first had sex? Of course not. That’s because memory is selective; we usually remember certain things more easily because they’re important to us. But we all have the potential to remember anything we want; it’s just a matter of exercising the brain adequately. Read on to learn how you can improve your memory.

the problem

Instead of launching into a psychological dissertation on the intricacies of short-term memory and long-term memory, let’s just agree that certain important things slip our minds.

For example, everyone — except maybe your chemistry teacher — will forgive you for not remembering the composition of certain chemical formulas. However, you could get into a heap of trouble for forgetting your girlfriend’s name, especially when snuggling in bed. Here are a few things you should make an effort to remember:

  • Names
  • Phone numbers
  • Faces
  • Tasks
  • Appointments
  • Birthdays
  • Conversations
  • The truth (or lies)

For the most part, not recalling these things is a matter of not paying enough attention. As my girlfriend always says, “If you really cared, you wouldn’t forget.” Put some effort into it next time and see how much more you can remember. Also, determine whether you have an audio memory or a visual memory. Once you resolve this question, you’ll be in a better position to learn how to improve it.

the solution

Here are some concrete tips you can follow to develop your ability to remember pertinent information. Continue reading

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Bisexual Chic

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About forty years ago, bisexuality rather suddenly became considered quite stylish in America and much of Europe, a symbol of sophistication and confidence. As gays did a decade or so earlier, bisexuals were “coming out” en masse in the mid-seventies, no longer assigned to the margins of society. “It has become very fashionable in elite and artistically creative subgroups to be intrigued by the notion of bisexuality,” said Norman Fisk, a psychiatrist at Stanford University, thinking it could very well be “a sociological phenomenon.” The feminist movement was no doubt playing a role in the increasing popularity of bisexuality, as was the greater recognition of the “clitoral orgasm.” Widespread use of the birth control pill had also helped to propel bisexuality by encouraging a climate of recreational (versus procreational) sex, this one more legacy of the sexual revolution.

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Brain-penetrating particle attacks deadly tumors

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Scientists have developed a new approach for treating a deadly brain cancer that strikes 15,000 in the United States annually and for which there is no effective long-term therapy. The researchers, from Yale and Johns Hopkins, have shown that the approach extends the lives of laboratory animals and are preparing to seek government approval for a human clinical trial.

“We wanted to make a system that would penetrate into the brain and deliver drugs to a greater volume of tissue,” said Mark Saltzman, a biomedical engineer at Yale and principal investigator of the research. “Drugs have to get to  in order to work, and they have to be the right drugs.” Continue reading

5 super foods for your hair: Eat your way to great locks

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Who doesn’t crave for those thick luscious locks? Healthy shiny hair is the envy of every woman. But due to several lifestyle factors, genetics and wrong diet, our hair becomes prey to serious damage. The only remedy to all your hair problems can be found in your diet. Here are super foods that can manage all your hair worries.

Salmon

Salmon is the complete beauty food. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids; it is a high quality protein food and rich in vitamin B-12 and iron. Omega-3 essential fatty acids provide the required support to the scalp’s health and that’s why no other food can beat salmon in this area. A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids can leave your hair dull looking hair and your scalp dry.

In case you are a vegetarian, there is no need to worry! Add two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in your daily diet and you will be benefitted in the same manner.

Dark Green Vegetables

Vegetables like Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamin A and C, which help to produce sebum in the scalp .Sebum is the oily substance secreted by our follicles of hair which works like natural hair conditioner. These vegetables also provide iron and calcium to your body. Continue reading

Adopt a Brain-Healthy Diet

According to the most current research, a brain-healthy diet is one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol. Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar, to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction.

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Manage your body weight

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for overall good health of brain and body. A long-term study of 1,500 adults found that those who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia in later life. Those who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure had six times the risk of dementia. Adopt an overall food lifestyle, rather than a short-term diet, and eat in moderation.

Reduce your intake of foods high in fat and cholesterol. Studies have shown that high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, HDL (or “good”) cholesterol may help protect brain cells. Use mono- and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil, for example. Try baking or grilling food instead of frying.

Increase your intake of protective foods. Current research suggests that certain foods may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and appear to protect brain cells.

  • In general, dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidant levels. Such vegetables include: kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, red bell pepper, onion, corn and eggplant. Fruits with high antioxidant levels include prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

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