Total Recall: Tricks To Improve Your Memory

It wasn’t so long ago that everyone assumed a failing memory was just a part of growing old. But in recent years, scientific research has shown us something contrary to that belief – memory is actually affected by modern lifestyles rather than just plain old aging.

When you think about it, it’s easy to see why. After all, you can’t expect your brain to be in tip-top shape if you surround yourself with chemicals, toxins, a poor diet, and a stressful and exhausting lifestyle. You are going to have memory problems of all kinds, and they might even end up developing into severe conditions like Alzheimer’s.

However, if you want to reduce your chances of losing your cherished memories, improve your overall performance, and keep your mind as sharp as a tack, there is plenty of good news. Your hippocampus is capable of regenerating until you are well into your 90s, and a few little tweaks to your lifestyle can help give your mind and recall a significant boost. Let’s take a look at some of your options.


Exercise your mind

The human brain is built for testing, and if you aren’t sharpening your mind, it will start to lose its sheen. If you are coasting in your job, have stopped reading books and learning new things, or don’t exercise your brain in any way, it will weaken just like any other organ – or even muscle – in your body. The good news is that it’s possible to improve things significantly with a little effort. Start to train up your brain more often by learning new skills, taking on new challenges, and forcing yourself to make a mental effort. Not only will your memory improve, but you’ll also start leading a vastly more rewarding life.

Exercise your body

Brain training should also include physical training – there is an active link between a healthy mind and a healthy body. Aerobic exercises are great for keeping your blood pumping around your body, which helps your brain regenerate cells. Exercise is also an excellent primer for learning – it gets your mind in active mode and enables you to remember relevant facts and figures. Bear in mind that challenging maneuvers that require coordination and lots of different movements also help you build up your brain’s neural connections.

Get some sleep

One thing many of us are guilty of these days is not getting enough sleep. If you are going to burn the candle at both ends, your brain will bear the brunt of it. The vast majority of people out there need at least 7.5 hours every night, and some even longer – 9 hours is still well within the average range. So, try sticking to a regular sleep schedule, including at the weekends. Avoid screens like smartphones and tablets, too, for at least an hour before bed. Don’t forget, sleep is vital for memory consolidation, and without it, you’ll find that you start forgetting all kinds of events and occurrences that you ought to remember.

Eat the right food

Your diet is also critical to your mind, as well as your body. A proper, nutritious diet promotes the growth of brain cells, boosts brainpower, and also protects against nasty substances actually doing damage to your mind. For example, if you overeat sugar and too many grain carbohydrates, it can actually have a negative impact on your gray matter. Consuming organic compounds like shilajit promotes brain health, also, apparently, as well as a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B, C, and E are all recommended, as is magnesium and Folic Acid.


However, don’t go overboard on the food. Research suggests that one of the best possible fuels for your blood is ketone – not glucose as previously thought. Ketones are in the fat that your body starts to burn when you stop topping up your carbs, and instead start to consume other types of healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil. So regular fasting to allow your body to reset itself can be hugely beneficial to the brain. Try eating all of your meals through a 6-8 hour period, and you will, in effect, be fasting for somewhere in the region of 16-18 hours every day.

Watch some comedy

Everyone says that laughter is one of the best medicines, and science actually backs that theory up when it comes to a healthy brain. How? Well, when you laugh, it is a response that affects the whole of the brain, not just one particular part, which is the case for most of your other emotions. Your rain gets a lot of stimulation when you laugh, so the more you do it, the better. It also takes concentration and intelligence to understand and work out jokes. It helps you be more creative, which then leads to deeper thinking and using more brainpower.

Be aware

Be honest – how aware are you of your current health? If you notice your memory starting to fail you, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting Alzheimer’s or dementia. You could be suffering a small blip – but you could also have underlying health concerns. Heart disease, diabetes, hormone imbalance and many other serious illnesses sometimes interfere with your memory, too. So, don’t put your sudden forgetful nature to one side – make sure you get yourself checked out by your doctor, as it could be something far more severe.

Play brain games

Finally, if you really can’t be bothered to take up any of these ideas, you can still give your brain some important exercise. Brain games are available everywhere online and can be an effective way of providing your memory a boost. Try programs like Brain HQ once or twice a day. According to research, the first 5-6 minutes of using these games is the most important, so there is little need to spend hours trying them out.

Do you worry about a weak memory? If so, try some of these tips and let us know how you get on. Hopefully, they might help your brain retrain and get your memory back on track.

Is Your Job Causing Long Term Damage To Your Health?


No job should compromise your health. Whilst many jobs have health and safety precautions in place, there are still many forms of long-term damage that we ourselves can take action against. Here are a few ways to keep yourself safe at work.

Take a stand

Do you spend most of your job sat behind a desk? A sedentary lifestyle can come with many long-term health problems. Bending over a desk can damage your posture. Constantly relaxing the muscles in the stomach meanwhile can cause these muscles to wear and promote weight gain. The knees meanwhile can also suffer damage from being bent for long periods. An easy way to prevent all this long-term damage is to regularly take a break from sitting down and stretch your legs. Walking around for five minutes at a time every hour could be enough. Some people have even taken the option to buy a stand-up desk.

Save your breath

Various chemicals when breathed in can cause respiratory problems later in life. These include industrial chemicals and flour, as well as more dangerous substances such as asbestos. In such jobs, a safety mask will generally be supplied – be sure to wear this to avoid long term damage to your lungs.

Turn down the volume

Similarly, many jobs can involve exposure to loud noise. This can cause hearing loss later on in life. Common careers that result in hearing loss involve construction, airport work and music venue work. Always wear ear protection where supplied to protect your ears against damage. If you start to experience hearing loss, it could be worth visiting a specialist who may be able to fit a hearing aid and return your hearing to normal.

Kick up your heels

Do you regularly wear high heels to work? When worn on a daily basis, heels can cause many joint problems as well as back problems. This can negatively affect mobility later in life. Take a break from heels and try to wearing them only on special occasions. You can also take actions such as lowering the size of your heel.

Rest your eyes

Most of us spend our jobs looking at computer screens or tills. Whilst there is still growing research into the damage that this can cause, it’s been shown that reading in poor light can cause long-sightedness later on in life. Make sure that your office desk or premises is well lit so that you’re not straining your eyes. If you do require reading glasses, make sure that you’re wearing them as straining your eyes will cause further damage.


Stress is indeed the biggest killer. Cortisol released during stress causes heightened blood pressure and overproduction of white blood cells, which can then lead to heart attacks and strokes. If you work a high-pressure job, make sure that you are getting a break at home. There are many ways to reduce stress including getting a healthy amount of sleep and exercise. Meditation, music and laughter have all been found to reduce stress.  

Putting A Face To Your Hospital Stay


Hospital stays are never pleasant. Whether planned or out of the blue, none of us likes to find ourselves away from home when we’re unwell. When you’re ill, after all, the only thing you want is your bed and home comforts. And, a hospital couldn’t be further from those things you know best.

But, most of us are exposed to hospital stays at some point during our lives. These can be for minor ailments, such as broken bones and chest infections. Or, they could be due to something serious, like a severe accident, or illness which needs treating. Whatever the reason, your stay may become a major source of anxiety for you.

Obviously, the main reason we don’t like hospitals is that they’re not our homes. The constant noise, the smell of disinfectant, and the illness are enough to put us off staying there. But, there’s also a lot of uncertainty when we’re admitted. We’re unsure of the care we’ll receive. We also know that we’ll be meeting a lot of new people, which is not really what we want when we’re not well.

So, to reduce your concern, we’re going to look at the faces you can expect to meet during your hospital stay. Obviously, there will be variations depending on your ailment, but these common characters play a part in any hospital stay.

Ward doctors

While you visit a GP for a regular doctor’s appointment, you’ll most likely be attended by a ward doctor in the hospital. Often there’s no difference between qualifications in these two roles. In fact, ward doctors are often also practicing GPs who have been given that duty for the day.

Ward doctors will visit each patient, looking through their notes and doing a quick check on how they’re doing. They usually do rounds once in the morning, and once in the evening. These will be your chance to express any concerns or ask questions you’d like answering. Bear in mind that ward doctors are extremely busy. They may only have ten minutes to spend with you each visit.

Trainee doctors

We’ve all seen hospital shows where a doctor’s trailed by a gaggle of young students, haven’t we? Well, don’t be alarmed if your ward doctor has just such a following. Trainees gain valuable experience by shadowing a doctor on his rounds. While you may find it disconcerting to be under such scrutiny, remember that you’re doing your bit for future patients. Not to mention the fact that those trainees are likely more afraid of you than you are of them!


Of course, your main point of contact throughout your stay will be nurses. These are the people who will develop a care plan, and be there for you throughout the day and night. Unlike your doctor, there will always be a nurse around. While they may not be able to change your medication, they can make adjustments to keep you comfortable, so never be afraid to speak to them.

The chances are that’ll you’ll come across a few different nurses while you’re there. First, a pre-admission nurse may deal with you. These are nurses who speak to you before you go to a ward. They’ll ask about your medical history, and start developing a care plan from the off. Then, once you’re on a ward, you’ll meet your ward nurses. These are the nurses who will install that care plan and will help you towards recovery.

Though, even within wards, there are varying kinds of nurses, all with different levels of responsibility. There will be a head nurse, who has taken their qualifications further, either at university, or using something like these 100% Online RN to BSN Program. These are the nurses you should look out for if you want to make any major changes. For the most part, though registered nurses will be your first port of call.

Ward clerks

The chances are that you’ll also come into contact with ward clerks during your stay. These are the people who take care of the little things that mean a lot on the ward.For the most part, they’re responsible for laundry and cleaning. They often also take on a repair role within the space. While such individuals won’t play any part in your recovery itself, they are another face which is worth adjusting to. Not to mention that you need to keep them happy to ensure you get the best sheets and pillows!


If you’re having an operation, you will also get a visit from your surgeon at some point before surgery. For the most part, this visit will consist of a ten-minute consultation, during which they draw any necessary marks for surgery, and talk to you about any concerns. This can be daunting, but take heart that meeting with your surgeon can go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. Knowing you’re in capable hands is the best way to make surgery more bearable. Plus, this gives you a chance to ask any questions which are plaguing you. Last minute reassurances will be a huge help.


Those in for surgery will also meet their anesthesiologists when they go down for their operation. These are the people who will be responsible for your anaesthetic. The chances are that they’ll do simple checks, such as weighing you and taking your blood pressure. That way, they can ensure they get the anaesthetic correct. They’ll also work towards putting you at ease as you prep for surgery.

Other patients

And, of course, this breakdown wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the other patients. These are likely to become your primary source of comfort, as they’re in the same boat as you. If you’re on a specialised ward, the chances are that you’ll be surrounded by people with the same issue as yourself. This can be incredibly comforting, as you can all exchange notes and take strength from each other. Even on a generalised ward, a ward mate camaraderie is likely to occur.

How to Cope With a Low-Calorie Diet and Keep Your Sanity

Low-calorie diets are tough. By limiting the number of calories you consume, you effectively force your body to burn stored energy from fats in order to function. It’s an effective way to lose weight, but it can also be incredibly difficult, disheartening and easy to fail. This is because you’ll be limiting your caloric intake by up to 75% of what you typically eat. This will cause you to have less energy, you’ll be irritated on some days, and your cravings will shoot up.

Coping with a low-calorie diet isn’t easy, but with these tips, you’ll be able to stick with it in order to lose weight quickly and safely.


Always see a doctor first

Never start a low-calorie diet without first consulting a medical professional. This is because you may have underlying health problems that could cause an issue with your dieting plans. This will result in decreased health and could lead to significant complications if you aren’t careful. This is especially important if you already have pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Work together with your doctor to determine how many calories you will need, or use an online BMI calculator such as to determine how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Reduce it by up to 500 calories at first, then focus on getting that many calories per day.

Consider your nutrition

Low-calorie diet plans such as the HCG diet found at come with extra supplements to ensure that your body is getting enough help it needs to burn off the extra fat, but also to keep your body healthy with all the nutrients it needs. If you have the means to hire a dietitian, they will prescribe you with the correct nutrients you need in the right dosages to make this easier.

Clean up your diet

If you’re eating less food and taking in fewer calories, then make sure you eat nutrient-rich foods to ensure that you’re getting enough energy and minerals to sustain your body. This can be harder than it sounds because it requires intimate knowledge of the food you eat, but a calorie counter can help because it usually displays the nutrients you get from everything you eat. It may also help to read labels to see how many nutrients you’re getting from the food you are eating.The calories you take in should always be packed with nutrients, so make sure you clean up your diet and only focus on nutrient-rich foods.

Distract yourself

Lastly, make sure you’re trying to distract yourself as much as possible. If you’re sitting at home and not keeping yourself busy, then it’s easy to let your mind drift off and start thinking about food again. Invest in a new hobby, speak with friends and always keep yourself active so you don’t sink back into thinking about food. Distractions are the key to breaking bad habits and staying focused on your low-calorie diet.

Your Health: The Little Things That Mean A Lot!


It’s surprising to think that a lot of us don’t pay attention to the little things in life. There are so many things that have a bigger impact on our lives then we will tend to think about. And while the common expression is “don’t sweat the small stuff,” the truth of the matter is that these small things, when built up over time, can have a major impact on our health and outlook on life. The problems we all face on a daily basis can cause extreme anxiety, but the fact is we are used to this level of stress in the modern world, that’s not to say that this is any good for us at all!

Minor Ailments

As we get older, we can begin to feel little aches and pains that can prove to be a bugbear on our life, and in many ways, it will feed into our negativity. We can spend a lot of time struggling through life with back problems, joint issues, or persistent headaches that we don’t do anything about. It’s worth taking time to address these little issues, rather than masking them, which is what a lot of us tend to do as we age. It’s a lot easier to put a brave face on, rather than take the time to focus on the problems and fix them, at least that’s what we are led to believe. The fact of the matter is, a lot of minor ailments such as joint pain can be rectified by a good diet, or with the right supplements. A lot of us lack in the right nutrients and minerals, and so these little issues can be sorted out by adding a good supplement. A lot of bone problems can be treated with a good supplement that’s high in magnesium and calcium, and you can find plenty of good quality ones online, AlgaeCal plant calcium has been shown to help reverse the effects of osteoarthritis, meaning a lot of people can have a more fulfilling life without these issues. A great supplement, combined with a rich and varied diet, rather than sticking to our usual foods, will help us reap the benefits.

The Effects Of Negativity

We’ve all encountered someone with a negative frame of mind, and we know how frustrating it can be if someone’s stuck in in mindset that is toxic, not just to them, but to us all! And it’s worth thinking about this for yourself. You may not spend much time focusing on how defeatist statements can impact on others because you think it’s all in relation to yourself, so you’re not harming anyone else. But when left to fester, the overall impact it can have on your loved ones can lead to relationship problems, not to mention a major issue with communication. Negativity is a big ball of emotions that need to be unraveled at some point in your life, and if you are suffering from this, there are ways to reset the balance. There are therapies like CBT, but there are also ways for you to change your mindset in your life. Negativity is something that can manifest itself in many ways, but it can be fixed.

We all struggle with issues that we may not consider to be important, but you need to remember that these little things can build up over time, making it harder to deal with when we’re older. By tackling these issues now and recognising the effect they have on us, we can age with grace and a better mindset!

A Helpful Rant About Body Image Problems


Body image problems need to be tackled; they can make you miserable and lead you to unhealthy behavior. But how do you actually go about tackling body image problems? And why do these problems crop up in the first place?

There are two mains ways that the media can end up affecting your body image in a negative way; one is spoken of a lot, but the other is a bit more subtle and pernicious. The first relates to the plethora of media images that contribute to an idea about a very limited “ideal” of beauty. For women, this may mean images of slim women with big breasts. For men, it may be super-tall, muscular, ultra-macho images. When these become the standard by which you define beauty, then this can have negative effects on your body image.

The second and less obvious problem relates to the response to these images. Many critics would condemn these ‘models’ as not being representative of “real women/men”, or label such looks as “unrealistic and unattainable”. This is a problem unto itself; the fact is that there are plenty of people out there who do look like that (obviously!), and that those sorts of bodies are, by and large, attainable with hard work. This can have a negative effect on those who do look like this and people who want to look like this (something you shouldn’t feel bad about!).

In any case, these outlooks are too limited in their own ways. You shouldn’t let media images shame you or control you, but you should be careful when listening to overzealous critics, who often do their own sort of body shaming by condemning those who are slim or muscular. Many would label being overweight as “realistic” and condemn those who say that being overweight is unhealthy; this, of course, is taking things too far. If you want to improve yourself by losing or gaining weight, or putting on more muscle, then go for it. Don’t let yourself feel inadequate if you don’t look equal to the models often used in commercials; they get paid to look that way and maintain that image, after all!

Even looking into options like cosmetic surgery isn’t something that should be condemned off-hand, the way a lot of critics would have you believe. Again, it’s your body. It’s certainly something you should research if you feel unconfident about something; for example, there’s no harm in checking out FAQ’s on fat transfer for breast augmentation if you’re interested. It really depends on how badly your body image problem is affecting you, and what the root of that problem stems from. If you’re listening to others and taking action based solely on their opinions, then you could end up making a big mistake.

A problem with your body image doesn’t mean you’ve been manipulated by the media. It could relate in a serious way to your health or severe and understandable problems with self-confidence that stem from irregularities during natural body development. At the end of the day, you should only consider a body image problem unhealthy if you’re not listening to yourself while all these opinions are circling around you.

Getting Out Of That Weight-Loss Rut!

There’s nothing worse than spending time honing your healthy eating and fitness regime, only for it to stop working. There is a lot of hard work that goes into losing weight and it’s not just how many times you visit the gym. You likely would have completely changed the way you eat, the way you drink and even the times of day you eat. It’s a huge overhaul on how you view your food mentally as well, so when you get caught in the weight loss rut, it can feel like running straight into a brick wall.


The one thing to remember is that losing weight has its pitfalls. While you’re resetting your entire system, and cranking up that metabolism, your body can get used to the change. Getting into a plateau tells you that your body is entirely too comfortable with the changes you’ve made, so it’s time to shake things up a little. It can be tempting to cut your calories further and work out harder than before, but this isn’t the healthiest way to get those last pounds off. If you find after a few weeks you are stuck in a rut with your weight loss and have stopped making progress, then check out our tips to overcoming a weight loss plateau.

Adjust your calories. Your metabolism drops as you lose weight, so the calorie level you started out eating wouldn’t be appropriate as you get smaller – there’s less of you to fuel, you see! As you lose weight, adjust the number of calories you take in to keep up.

Eat quality food. When you’re counting calories to lose weight, it’s easy to fill up on junk food just because it’s within calories. Stop doing this and focus more on whole, healthy foods so that you can fill your calorie quota with foods that boost your metabolism and energy.

Change your workout. You may have been doing the same running program on the treadmill for weeks now, and while running is a great way to tone up and lose fat, it can get pretty tedious. Speak to a trainer at the gym and get a new workout program mocked up so you can follow something different.

Sleep is so important for weight loss. Sleep deprivation can lead to emotional eating and stress. If you are sleeping a decent length of time at night, your hormones are reset and you can manage the day. You can still enjoy a Skinnytea detox tea the next day to help boost that metabolism and wake you up but ideally, try to get a full night. Your sleep will also affect your energy for a workout – make those hours count!

Don’t graze on the kid’s food! It’s a tempting thing, to clear up that last half of a sandwich off the plate and into your stomach, but no! A nibble here, a nibble there and bam, you’ve just added an extra couple of hundred calories to burn off.