Focus & Memory
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Whether young or old, focus and memory problems plague millions who depend on this critical brain function in order to be involved, vital, at the top of their game - at school or work or just to relax and enjoy life.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, there is a wealth of information that may surprise you about potential improvements in memory and focus. Thousands have seen the benefits that brain chemistry balance can achieve when it is personalized and supervised.
Memory is affected by many factors such as:
- Chemical or toxic exposure
- Overall brain health
- Medication side effects
Neurotransmitters and Memory
Our memory is facilitated by brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. When these brain chemicals are low or out of balance, memory issues can ensue. A complex synergy occurs and many factors like diet come into play. The brain needs a unique combination of specific, concentrated nutrients to nourish it, as well as good fats (omega-3 fatty acids) to help conduct these neurotransmitters along our nerve connection.
Diet is a major component in memory. Today's popular low-fat diets may contribute to memory problems because good fats are necessary for the conduction of neurotransmitters. Diets devoid of these important fats can have a great impact on brain function. Our brain is mostly fat and our neurons require a fatty layer to conduct the neurotransmitters in order to be active. A low-fat diet can cause memory issues due to this poor conduction.
Adequate proteins in combination with good fats are also essential for good brain health. All proteins break down into amino acids and these amino acids are what create the brain chemicals that are critical for focus. Rotating these proteins is also necessary in order to offer the brain an array of amino acids that are required to create the 200+ neurotransmitters we utilize.
Extremely stressful situations cause depletion of our brain chemicals faster than they can be replenished through diet alone. When this reduction happens, memory issues can occur. Fortunately, this depletion can also be improved through very specific, highly concentrated, supplementation and diet.
Surprisingly, memory can also be impaired (meaning that the brain is not stimulated enough) when stress is inadequate. This situation is often due to lack of movement (circulation) that causes the increased release of dopamine, which is the focus and memory neurotransmitter.
Most depressive symptoms are regulated by serotonin, the mother of all neurotransmitters. If a person is depressed due to low serotonin (and many cases are) then the neurotransmitters, such as dopamine that are created from serotonin, will be inadequate as well. This, too, can cause memory problems.
Chemical or toxic exposure plays a role in memory loss as well. Chemicals (including some medications) and heavy metals can have a dramatic impact on the brain. The brain receptors that allow neurotransmitters to have their activity can be damaged by chemical or heavy metal exposure. Alcohol and illegal drugs can also cause damage to the receptor sites. In these cases, even if there is an adequate supply of dopamine available, the receptors may not be able to work properly and memory and focus issues can occur.
We inherit much of our brain chemistry from our parents. Often, due to the deficiency in the parent, certain brain chemicals that are passed on to the child are low from birth.
It is interesting to note that such deficiencies can affect each person differently. For instance, in the case of serotonin, one family member may experience anxiety as a result of their low level, while another family member could be overweight if their level is low.
When it comes to the neurotransmitters that affect memory, dopamine levels play a large role. Deficiencies in this neurotransmitter generally cause different problems due to age. In a young child, a low level of the neurotransmitter dopamine may cause focus issues. In an adult, it may present itself in the form of poor concentration, lack of focus, and fogginess; an older adult may experience this lack as memory loss. Studies have shown that when the amino acids that create dopamine are removed from a diet, memory issues and spatial relation issues occur.
As we age, we slough off brain cells at a faster and faster rate. Stomach acid begins to decrease around 25 years of age affecting the ability to digest food fully, and this is the amino acid supply we depend on for creating neurotransmitters. That dysfunction coupled with the normal sloughing of cells is enough to create memory issues.
Additionally, most people endure many stressful situations throughout life, consuming their neurotransmitters at a faster than normal rate. It is no surprise that, as we age, stress-related depletion and the decreased ability to digest foods can all contribute to memory problems.
You can do something about it!
As you can see from the preceding information, it is extremely important to have an adequate supply of neurotransmitters, and that the combinations of these important brain chemicals are in the right ratio to effect a change in memory.
While certain foods can help, they are not concentrated enough or targeted appropriately to replenish, rebuild, and balance the stores of neurotransmitters necessary to improve your memory. And, since your brain chemistry is as unique as you are, however you choose to supplement, it must be perfect for your particular imbalances. So, it makes sense that those one-size-fits-all memory supplements do not work to get to the root of the issue.
Restoring neurotransmitter levels and achieving your correct balance can have a profoundly positive effect on memory. You just need to determine what protocol is right for you.