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With You in Mind, Issue #36 - December, 2011 – Ideas for Improving Memory
December 09, 2011

With You in Mind, Issue #36 - December, 2011
Ideas for Improving Memory
A Newsletter about the Fascinating Way the Mind Works

In this Issue:
Way of the Mind's Article: Ideas for Improving Memory
Mind Boggling: Tongue Print
Mind Games: Stamps
Mind Tickle, by Mark Twain
What's on Your Mind? Your Questions
At the Back of My Mind - Next Newsletter


Did I write my December newsletter already or am I late? Hard to remember. I'd better read this month's Way of the Mind article on improving memory!
And before I forget, let me wish you a Merry Christmas. Yes, I said "Christmas." Of course, this includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Epiphany and any celebration you may have during this Festive Season but, to me, it will always be Christmas!
So enjoy the year end, eat well, rejoice with or without your dear ones, and see you in the New Year.
As always, don't hesitate to drop me a line about this issue or the previous ones. Back issues can be found here.

Way of the Mind's Article: Ideas for Improving Memory

This article provides ideas for improving memory. I have organized them according to what you can do for the body, and what you can do for the mind. Applying only one or two of them can already make a big difference.

Improving Memory with your Body

Watch What you Eat
Based on recent research, the following foods may help protect your body and brain from the stress of aging:
- Blueberries: reverse several parameters of brain aging
- Wild salmon: rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- Nuts and seeds: high vitamin E content
- Avocadoes, beans and pomegranate juice: lower blood pressure
- One cup of freshly brewed tea: helps with focus
- One ounce of dark chocolate made with at least 70% of cocoa: improves mood
- One cup of coffee per day: improves energy levels, short-term memory, reaction time and capacity to process information

Take Supplements
According to many experts, two supplements can really help your brain. One is ginkgo biloba, which appears to enhance memory in older adults, help reduce dementia and facilitate the blood flow to the brain.
The second supplement is folic acid, which is helpful in case of brain damage. Research reveals that up to 38 percent of people suffering from depression have low levels of folic acid.

Beware of Drinking
Alcohol abuse reduces the count of brain cells related to memory. However, a study of 4,000 French people aged 65 or more found that those who consumed up to – and no more than – two glasses of wine a day were 45 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than non-drinkers. Resveratrol, one of the flavonoids in red wine that is good for blood vessels, is also present in red grape juice, so no need to rely on alcohol!

Read the rest of this article here.

Mind Boggling
Tongue Print
Don't stick out your tongue if you want to hide your identity. Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print! If I ever get tired of analyzing hand prints, I know what I can print and study next!

Mind Games
How many stamps are on the border of a 10 x 10 sheet of 100 stamps?

You will find the solution in the next issue of With You in Mind but you still have time to think about it!

Solution of last newsletter's Mind Game:
With 45 handshakes, there were 10 people at the party.
If you want more information, email me and I will send you a detailed calculation.

Congratulations to Brahm who sent me the right answer. Bravo, Brahm!

Mind Tickle
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. - Mark Twain

What's on Your Mind?
I would love to receive your questions, suggestions or comments. If you have an interesting question, I may decide to write an article about it!

At the Back of My Mind
Watch out for next month's newsletter. I will share ideas on how to stay young.

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Till next time, keep me in mind!


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