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The Gut-Brain Connection

Article at a glance Our brains and guts are intimately connected and both can have profound health effects on the other. Gut microbiota are key players in communication between the gut and the brain and can have significant influences on mental health from brain microstructure to mood. Diet is a critical modifiable factor that regulates gut microbiota and several nutrients have proven to support gut microbiome and brain function, including Omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, prebiotics, and polyphenols.We often talk about having a “gut feeling” or describe a nervous experience with “butterflies in our stomach,” but these occurrences are not just figures of speech. Emotional fa...

10 Brain Boosting Hacks in 90 Seconds!

Below are 10, easy-to-implement, brain-boosting hacks that 4 time USA memory champion (Nelson Dellis) tries to include in his daily memory training, studying, and reading sessions. Wake up early - Reduces distractions as well as boosts productivity. Be a bit hungry - Produces hormones that promote memory. Exercise - Increase the size of your hippocampus. Chew gum - Can improve mental performance by 25%. Learn something new - Changes the chemistry in your brain and trains you to learn faster. Set a timer and focus - Focusing for short times bursts allows for deeper work. Add an element of risk - Increasing risk amplifies focus and enhances performance. Eat brain foods - Blue...

First Impressions to Remember

Making a first impression is something you never get a second shot at. Wouldn't it be nice to have certain things under control and 100% unwavering whenever you meet someone important? There are simple things you can start with: working on that firm handshake, learning how to maintain strong and direct eye contact, and mindfulness techniques to minimize stress.But one of the most important skills you can also easily work on is: remembering names.Nothing is as powerful as remembering someone's name. When someone's name is used, a few things happen. For one, the person you're speaking to becomes attentive. You instantly grab their attention by using their name. Secondly, it radiates a sense of...

Break Up With Bad Habits To Reach Your 2020 Resolutions

Article at a glance Habits are anything that we routinely do without thinking about it. Just like negative habits can be “wired” into our brains, the brain can be “rewired” for healthy habits as well. To successfully eliminate a bad habit, you need to replace it with a good habit that provides a similar reward. New Year’s Resolutions, so easy to make, but for many, difficult to keep. Despite all of our good intentions every January, many of us struggle to keep these promises for a full month (let alone a full year). The average person makes the same resolution  10 times over without success. So, what’s standing in between so many of us and our elusive goals? Bad habits!&n...

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Article at a glance Many of us never imagine that our lives could be impacted by a brain injury, yet, every 9 seconds someone in the United States sustains one. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow to the head or penetrating head injury that can disrupt normal brain function. TBIs can range from a mild injury with temporary symptoms to severe damage with permanent and life-altering disabilities. Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America leads Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s Change Your Mind Campaign is a platform to de-stigmatize brain injury and support those who have been affected. While we can’t prevent all TBIs, we can continuously learn more about b...

What is the Blood-Brain Barrier?

Article at a glance Human brain cells are fragile, yet they play a crucial role in the body's function and wellbeing. Maintenance of these cells is essential for life and cognitive function. The blood-brain barrier regulates the brains microenvironment by controlling what molecules and nutrients can enter and which can't. While there are some lifestyle factors that can disrupt the blood-brain barrier, there are also some that can preserve its integrity. The brain is the hub of sensory and intellectual activity, and although it makes up a small percentage of the body, it plays a crucial role in the body's functions and overall wellbeing. The brain, like an exclusive club, has i...

Food For Thought - Five Common Food Additives To Look Out For

Article at a glance Consumers should be worried about more than just calories when choosing food products as science has begun to discover the harmful effects of food additives in common ingredient lists Food labels are great tools and allow consumers to control what they consume and ultimately influence their brain health. Reading food labels can be tricky, and nowadays, with consumers becoming more health-conscious, some manufacturers have begun to use misleading verbiage on their labels so people buy products that might not be in their best interest. To avoid being deceived, don’t stop at the front of the package, be sure to take a good hard look at the food label too. ...

Superfoods For Your Brain That Are Already In Your Kitchen

Article at a glance While you should be wary of some of the hype around superfoods, some nutrients have been found to have profound health benefits to our brain and body. Curcumin, green tea catechins, resveratrol, and Omega-3 fatty acids are all nutrients that have been clinically proven to support our cognitive structure and function. Our brains might be tiny, but they are mighty and consume 20% of the energy that we get from food, so feed them right. The concept of superfoods has become popular in recent years and the media have taken full advantage of this. Although you shouldn’t believe all the hype, some nutrient-dense foods can provide incredible health benefits and ar...

Health Matters with Bryce Wylde On Brain Health

There’s no question that brain health has become top of mind to many people. Why? More research and findings are beginning to correlate the connection between a good quality of life and overall brain health. What’s interesting is the close connection to diet and how important it is to obtain adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids for overall brain functionality and cognitive health.Guest speaker, Bryce Wylde, a leading innovator in functional medicine in Canada, had the opportunity to speak on the Health Matters radio show about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids. Listen below as Bryce goes into detail about the different kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, their role within the body, and how...

Five Ways Physical Activity Can Positively Affect Your Brain

Article at a glance Many benefits of exercise are already well known, yet only one out of every five adults in the U.S. achieve the recommended amount. With emerging research on brain function and neuroplasticity, exercise is proving to be a powerful tool for enhancement of cognitive function and prevention of cognitive decay long term. Exercise can upregulate neuroplasticity through increasing neurotrophic signaling, upregulating neurogenesis, reducing inflammation, mitigating the stress response, and increasing antioxidant activity.  Exercise can do more than slimming your waistline. It can benefit your brain. You may already know that exercise is good for you, but you might...
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