The brain is a fascinating and intriguing organ whose primary function is to store your memories. While many of us struggle with low memory power, a recent neuroscience research has lead to some surprising findings. It has observed that voluntarily forgetting something uses more brain power than trying to remember it. Simply speaking, your brain requires to put in more effort to forget something voluntarily. While forgetting something intentionally may not entirely be in our hands, what we can do is try to boost our memory power when it comes to performing simple tasks or recalling names of people or events. Keep in mind that regularly forgetting tasks, people or things can be a serious mental health concern. Forgetting is one of the main symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. If you experience problems with your memory frequently, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor. Meanwhile, you could also try these tricks that will help your brain retain memory better, regardless of your age or gender.

Eat more memory-boosting foods: Remember how we were encouraged to eat almonds as kids with the hope that it would help us ace our exams? Almonds are just one of the many foods that are known to help improve your memory. Walnuts, dark chocolate, salmon and other oily fish, flax seeds, avocado and eggs are just some of the foods that have brain-friendly nutrients including magnesium, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and zinc.

Get enough sleep: It’s not just your physical health that’s detrimentally affected when you sleep poorly. How well you sleep has a huge impact on how your memory functions. Many brain and mental disorders have been linked to poor sleep. A good night’s sleep can help sharpen your memory whereas insufficient or poor sleep can impair your memory power.

Do aerobics regularly: Exercise, especially aerobics, has a positive impact on your brain health. Apart from boosting blood circulation to your brain, exercise can also improve the functioning of the entorhinal cortex, a part of the brain that deals with memory and learning. Whether it is an aerobics class or a spinning session, going for a run or swimming, aerobic exercises are easily doable and highly effective.

Solve puzzles: Are you fond of poring over crosswords, challenging your friends in Sudoku or an expert in solving jumbled words? It is very likely that you have a better memory than many of your friends who don’t do these. Engaging in neurobic exercises like these are excellent for boosting your memory power. Some of the other fun exercises you can do are: writing or performing tasks with your non-dominant hand,  learning a new language, drawing or painting or engage in some form of art and taking a different route to work every day.