What is cognitive function and memory?
Memory and cognitive problems can be defined as an inability to focus mentally and utilize one's mental capabilities successfully and on demand.
What are the symptom of memory and cognitive problems?
Symptoms include poor mental focus, poor learning and poor memory, difficulty following instructions, conversation or train of thought.
What causes memory and cognitive problems?
There are many causes of memory and cognitive problems. They range from food allergies, thyroid disorders, mold exposure, candidiasis, gut dysbiosis, diabetes, low blood sugar, amino acid imbalance, heavy metals and plaque buildup causing poor circulation, disruption of fatty acids on the cell membranes, poor diet, stress, hormone imbalances, overload of environmental exposure, especially mold toxicity, other toxins in the environment.
What is the best protocol for memory and cognitive problems?
Stress can be a major factor and one should try to slow down, get adequate sleep (8 hours a night) and take one day off a week to rest, relax, have fun.
The right kind of foods play a major roll. It is important to eat preservative free and avoid as much as possible GMO foods and an SAD (Standard American
Diet). Avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar, gluten grains, corn sweeteners, soda, and alcohol. Eat eggs, whole fat milk, greens, vegetables of any kind. Avoid large fish, like tuna, that have high amounts of mercury, but eat small fish like sardines and mackerel.
What else can I do to improve memory?
Vitamin supplements such as folic acid (vitamin B-9), which supports detoxification per methylation and co-enzyme B complex. The liver is the major detox organ in the body and should be supported. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is especially important in protecting brain, liver, and kidneys from toxicity and free radicals and is the body’s premier detoxifier.
Look for environmental factors that may be affecting memory and cognitive function. Mold toxicity is a major problem. Look for damp, musty smells in a home or basement. It also may be found office buildings. Chemicals in the environment is another major culprit - from PCB’s in plastic to solvents and cleaners, old cans of paint, and garage items. Heavy metal exposure, as lead - found in old houses with chipped paint and in the water supply of old lead pipes, mercury - found in large fish, and uranium - found mostly in deep wells.
How do fats affect memory?
The brain is mostly made up of cells that are neuronal cells. Each neuronal cell membrane is made up of a fatty layer which are composed of phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylserine (PS) and other fatty acids. Phosphatidylcholine, an unsaturated fatty acid, is the major component of the cell membrane, comprising about 50% of the fatty inner and outer cell walls. Unsturated fats, as well as Butyrate a short chain fatty acids, also helps to stabilize the cell membrane, and are so very important for cognitive function and memory.