Quote of the week: Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Menopause and a Diminishing Memory
Many menopausal women think they are losing their minds or even fear they are beginning to have signs of early Alzheimer’s disease. Numerous women complain that they are losing their memory and are becoming increasingly forgetful. Concentration was once taken for granted but now seems to be impossible. There is a connection between your memory and your “change of life”. The good news is that you are NOT losing your mind or memory but maybe your keys.
The team from the University Of Rochester Medical Center (which includes Mark Mapstone, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neurology and Miriam Weber ,Ph.D) found that the issue isn’t impaired memory but the way middle aged, menopausal, and or stressed women are able to learn or “encode” new information. What it comes down to is the difficultly retaining information and keeping track of everything due to other menopausal symptoms. The changing of moods from your fluctuating hormones, hectic and fast moving life, and lack of sleep (hot flashes and night sweats don’t help in that department) make it near impossible to keep things straight. When anyone deals with elevated tension and anxiety it is very tricky to remember anything else.
The easiest way to understand is comparing it to a situation of high stress, for example when a doctor tells a patient that something serious may be wrong and gives a lot of detail. Afterwards, the person gets home and can hardly remember what the doctor said. It’s not that the person necessarily forgot what was said; it’s more likely that they never really heard the doctor the first time, because they were so anxious and worried.
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Improve Memory with Blueberries
Blueberry research is booming with stimulating news that this antioxidant-rich fruit, also notorious as the "brain berry," has the capability to protect against short-term memory loss. At just 40 calories and 2 grams of fiber per half-cup, this surprise fruit also has the ability to help lower cholesterol and reduce cancer risk.
Tips for Improving Memory
Regular Exercise- Exercise will increase oxygen to the brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss.
Manage Stress-Cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause damage if the stress is unrelieved. Stress and anxiety also diminished concentration.
Sleep- Sleep is necessary for sleep consolidation. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea will leave you tired and unable to concentration.
Blueberry Bread Pudding
- 1 (16-ounce) French bread loaf, cubed
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into pieces
- 3 cups fresh blueberries, divided
- 6 large eggs
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 (10-ounce) jar blueberry preserves
- Garnishes: fresh mint leaves, edible pansies
Arrange half of bread cubes in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Sprinkle evenly with cream cheese and 1 cup blueberries; top with remaining bread cubes.
Whisk together eggs, 4 cups milk, sugar, butter, and maple syrup; pour over bread mixture, pressing bread cubes to absorb egg mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours.
Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 more minutes or until lightly browned and set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Stir together remaining 2 cups blueberries and blueberry preserves in a saucepan over low heat until warm. Serve blueberry mixture over bread pudding. Garnish, if desired.