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How to Combat Memory Loss in University

While we may consider memory loss to be the sole domain of ageing parents or grandparents, it can certainly be a problem for younger generations too. 

The Mayo Clinic lists several factors which can affect our memory, and which university students are likely to experience.  They include:

  • Certain medications
  • Head trauma
  • Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety or depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Our health – both mental and physical – is at risk when we don’t take good care of ourselves or we push ourselves too hard. (Thanks, University!) But there are simple things that we can do to stave off memory loss as well as a variety of other ailments. 

Combating Memory Loss


Don’t roll your eyes! Exercise has been proven to be one of the best (cheapest) ways of combatting and preventing many illnesses. Physical activity encourages increased blood flow throughout your body, invigorating your muscles and – yes, your brain. 

Healthy eating

You are, quite literally, what you eat. So ensuring a constant supply of essential vitamins to your system will keep you physically and mentally strong. 


Your brain is a thirsty organ. 

In fact, an article on hydration and brain power says, “Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate,” says University of Texas neuroscientist Joshua Gowin. “When you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency.” Research has demonstrated that lack of water to the brain can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory, as well as cause a variety of symptoms such as brain fog, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, anger, and depression.”


Sufficient sleep allows your poor overworked brain time to reset, fix what’s broken and rest. Are you getting your eight hours?

More information on maintaining a healthy brain can be found here

Don’t take your lightning-fast, youthful brain for granted. Keep it safe and loved, care for it, or you may lose your mind.