The notion that memory loss and aging go hand in hand doesn't have to be true if you take the necessary steps to keep your mind sharp. Of course, "senior moments" and other instances of forgetfulness are common and doesn't mean that your memory is failing you. 

What you put in your body and how you treat it can have a significant effect on your memory and overall well being. 

Keeping your memory sharp
Daily stress can prevent you from retaining the ability to focus and recall moments from the past. By managing your stress you can prevent memory impairment and fight back against the feeling of extreme anxiety. Stave off stress by doing things such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga.

Sleep always has been and always will be an important part of keeping your brain healthy. When you go to sleep each night it gives you brain a chance to catch up and restore itself from the day's events. Not everyone has an easy time falling or even staying asleep due to insomnia, but there are medications and sleep-schedule modifications that can help.

Smoking isn't good for your overall health and it can have an impact on your memory. According to Harvard Health, smokers have a higher degree of age-related memory loss as well as other problems associated with memory than those who do not smoke. Smoking more than two packs of cigarettes a day can nearly double your risk of developing dementia. 

Too much alcohol can increase your risk for memory loss and dementia, and those who suffer from alcoholism will find more difficulty with performing tasks that use short-term memory. Korsadoff's syndrome is another disease associated with memory loss that is caused by long-term alcohol use combined with a vitamin B1 deficiency. The alcohol's toxic effects on the brain often triggers sudden and dramatic amnesia. 

Everyone knows that hurting your head can lead to brain damage and memory loss. Head trauma is a major cause of memory loss and increases your risk of developing dementia later in life. Car accidents are the most common cause of brain injury so be sure to wear a seatbelt when heading out. 

Flossing before bed is not only good dental hygiene but can prevent your gums from becoming inflamed and causing bad bacteria to enter your bloodstream and make its way to the brain. Bacteria in the bloodstream can lead to cognitive dysfunction and have an effect on your memory.