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    The Importance of A Morning Routine

    These days during quarantine, it can be easy to find yourself slacking off from your productive daily routine. Motivation is shot. Every day feels like Groundhog Day and sometimes you find yourself questioning why you should even bother sticking to your routine. Or hey — maybe you never had a routine in the first place.I find that in times like these, having routines help provide you with the structure you need to deal with the potentially mind-numbing repetitive days ahead. Keep at them, and you’ll find yourself in a better mood as well as being more productive.WHY BOTHER“How you do anything is how you do everything.” To me, it starts with that simple line. What you do to start your day is...

    Five Strategies To Help You Work From Home, The Right Way

    Article at a glance COVID-19 has forced many of us to work from home for the very first time. Staying motivated and focused can be difficult with the distractions that home can bring. Keep a schedule, create a dedicated workspace, keep frequent communication with your teams, curb distractions, and take frequent breaks are ways to stay structured and productive. We are fortunate to have the technology that allows many to work from home with or without a global pandemic. This time can be an excellent opportunity to broaden our skill set and work more effectively. Around the globe, companies have rolled out mandatory work from home policies since COVID-19 has reached "p...

    Celebrate Your Brain During National Women's Health Week

    Article at a glance- National Women's Health Week is a reminder for women to make physical and mental health a priority.- Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to support women's brain health through every stage of life by improving mood and cognitive performance, as well as decreasing risk for cognitive decline.- Along with a brain-healthy diet, there are several other lifestyle factors that support women's brain health throughout life.The 21st annual National Women's Health Week kicks off this Mother's Day and serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. It's well known that a balanced diet is a cornerstone of healthy l...

    The Impact Of Highly Processed Foods On The Brain

    Article at a glance We live in an age of super-sized super-fast foods loaded with artificial flavours and added sugars, and while many know this is bad for the waistline, they might not realize it is also bad for the brain.Added sugar has been found to stimulate regions of the brain associated with reward and craving and meets the criteria to be considered addictiveExcessive sugar intake can impair memory, decrease neuroplasticity, and increase the risk for mood disorders.Proven ways to help silence that sweet tooth and protect your brain include eating naturally sweet foods like fruit; avoiding triggers; exercising; eating more protein; getting adequate sleep; and practicing stress managem...

    How To Get Back Into Reading

    After the 2019 USA Memory Championships, I finally had a lot of time to myself. One of the things I wanted to get back into was reading. For the previous three or so years, I had fallen off the reading wagon. I could not get myself through any books. I’d have one or two books sitting by my bedside table. I’d pick it up at 11:00pm right before bed and be so tired that I’d literally read the same page over and over again. It almost took me a year to finish one book in particular. The problem was, I love books and there were so many books I wanted to read. So, I needed to change that. Around the same time, I happened to watch a YouTube video that talked about how to read more in...

    Are you experiencing the equivalent of a “Coronavirus Concussion”?

    Are you experiencing the equivalent of a “Coronavirus Concussion”? Mood is a mysterious aspect of human experience, a diffused emotional state that appears as separate from and underlying sharper emotions such as anger, fear or grief, and also separate from and underlying conscious thought. Yet clearly mood interacts with these other aspects of consciousness. We have a hard time saying much about moods except that they’re “good” or “bad”, “negative” or “positive”, yet negative moods are associated with negative thoughts and negative emotions and sometimes negative performance. In their most extreme form, they can constitute mental illness. In many respects, mood appears to be...

    Tips To Take Care Of Your Mental Health During Isolation

    Article at a glance During times of isolation, there are ways to care for our mental health that is still in our control. Research has found that exercising, staying connected, getting adequate sleep, consuming healthy brain nutrients, and cleaning up your living space, are all things that we can be doing during this time to support our mental health.  We may not be able to control this pandemic, but we can still monitor what we do in our homes to support our brain health.  Coronavirus has affected all aspects of life on all corners of the globe. The constant news and social media updates seem never-ending, people are confined to the...

    Not All Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Created Equal

    Article at a glance Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for health, and while there are many types of Omega-3 fatty acids, three of them have gained the most recognition and should be understood as distinct molecules with different impacts on health. All Omega-3 Fatty acids should be understood as distinct molecules with different impacts on health. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for the growth, maintenance, and wellbeing of our overall brain health. The easiest way to determine if you are meeting your DHA and EPA needs is with an Omega-3 index test. Since the “low fat” craze that swept the nation decades ago, research has helped dietary fats regain an important pla...

    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. Emoti...

    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 -...

    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 ra...

    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.&...

    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 clu...

    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...

    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 h...

    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,...

    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...

    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 ben...
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