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Rolling Meadows RadioMD suggests brain health, memory aren't necessarily connected

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David Brimm

The general myth is that as you age, you should expect your memory to diminish. Medical experts, however, believe that it's not natural for brain health to diminish due to aging. The key is to exercise your brain, just as you would your body, to address the aging process.

A good memory in your youth, or even as you age, doesn't mean that you are being mentally productive. The call from medical experts when it comes to your brain is that if you don't use it, you lose it.

"Keep in mind that no matter what your age, you can improve it. And even if you start forgetting things, like where you left your keys, it doesn't mean that you're experiencing a drop in cognitive function -- it might be the result of vitamin deficiency or medication," according to Dr. Decker A. Weiss, NMD, FASA.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, who co-hosts "It's Your Health and It Ain't Rocket Science" radio talk show on with Dr. Weiss suggests that the brain is modifiable and is always changing.

"Don't get fixated on your memory. Your brain doesn't have to remember everything. Multi-tasking, for example, isn't really good for your brain. The key is to focus your mind every day, and take supplements and multi-vitamins," recommends Dr. Lucille.