ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: Everybody loses some degree of memory as they get older, as they slow down.
ANNOUNCER: It's true that memory lapses are a normal part of aging. But a healthy lifestyle may keep those senior moments to a minimum.
ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: Your brain is connected to your body, so anything that affects your body and your brain can impact memory. Some of the biggies are high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis of the blood vessels--in terms of diseases of the body, diabetes, sugar, damaging the brain.
ANNOUNCER: Good nutrition can help keep the brain sharp.
ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: There are study after study that the same things that prevent heart disease also prevent dementia--our rainbow diet of different colored fruits, vegetables, spices, herbal teas as the key drink, herbal teas in particular, is a critical builder of memory.
ANNOUNCER: Some studies suggest that exercising your mind by reading or doing brainteasers can help memory as well. But what about physical exercise?
ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: Blood flow increases, exercise releases important chemicals that rest the brain and give it a chance to reboot.
ANNOUNCER: Finding ways to ease stress and enjoy life may also give your memory a boost.
ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: Vacations are great for memory and then there's pets and there's better love life and better relationships with your children and family and they're all great for memory.
ANNOUNCER: If memory loss is interfering with your day-to-day life, it's important to see your doctor.
ERIC BRAVERMAN, MD, ANTI-AGING EXPERT: If it's very severe, there are medicines that speed up the brain and help memory.
ANNOUNCER: But if you just want to keep your mind in shape as you age, start with shaping up your lifestyle. Thanks for joining us on today's Once Daily.