The Autistic Brain & Autism Awareness: 2019

The Autistic Brain & Autism Awareness: 2019

Are you the parent of a child with ASD? 

If so, you know the challenges, hardships, and heartbreak that comes with such a diagnosis. 

Your child’s future is uncertain. Your future is uncertain. And the present poses many challenges. Having your child wander away from safety is a major concern of many - with almost half of autistic children known to bolt or wander away.

April is Autism Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness about the disorder for those who know little about it in an effort to increase acceptance, and time to band together as one community to provide support for those who live with it and its devastation daily.

This week’s post is all about autism - how autism affects the brain, what science has to say about it, and what nutritional changes you can make to hopefully see a difference.

And as always, I welcome your feedback. Drop me a line and please share and like us on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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9 Key Foods that Reduce Inflammation

9 Key Foods that Reduce Inflammation

INFLAMMATION! INFLAMMATION! INFLAMMATION!

This topic seems to be absolutely everywhere these days. Who in the health and wellness field is NOT talking about the infamous inflammation? 

Some say it’s the root cause of all disease.

Everyone wants to tell you how to kick it to the curb.

Let me give you a rundown on my 9 favourite anti-inflammatory foods. And for bonus points, I'll even tell you which anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds they contain. Read this weeks blog post.

And as always, I welcome your feedback. Drop me a line and please share and like us on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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How Stress Messes With Your Health: The Ugly Truth

How Stress Messes With Your Health: The Ugly Truth

Ahhh, stress. Or as some people like to call it - the "stress mess."

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when your stress levels run high? Does it keep you up at night or literally make you sick? 

If you’ve ever experienced stress (and who hasn’t?), you know what I’m talking about. Because stress definitely messes with your health.

Read this week’s blog post to discover some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress may be messing with your health.

And as always, I welcome your feedback. Comment below or drop me a line and please share and like us on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

I look forward to supporting you!

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Meals and Mental Health: What You Need to Know About Diet and Alzheimer’s

Meals and Mental Health: What You Need to Know About Diet and Alzheimer’s

Looking for ways to protect your mental health as you age?

Poor diet contributes to one in every five deaths globally. Food consumption largely influences health conditions, including those affecting your brain - like Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is one of the health conditions that develop due to poor diet and nutrition.

Keep reading to discover what Alzheimer’s is and how you can protect yourself from it by watching what you eat.

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The Worst Food For Your Brain

The Worst Food For Your Brain

Would you like to guess what may be the worst food for your brain?

Though many foods can be harmful to brain health, one food in particular stands out as being the worst - by far

Let me give you a hint: This food can cause tooth decay, lead to diabetes, weaken bones, age skin, and damage organs. Less known but just as significant, is the fact that it can also cause anxiety, depression, brain fog, neruofatigue, and mood swings. 

Ready to take a guess? Read this week’s post to discover what the worst food for your brain really is and what it can do to your mental health.

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8 Essential Brain Foods for Studying and Staying Focused

8 Essential Brain Foods for Studying and Staying Focused

Looking to improve your concentration when you are studying?

Discover 8 important brain foods for studying which promote concentration and improve brain function.

Whether you're studying for a college exam or preparing for a major presentation at work, you've probably wished there was a way to magically improve your concentration. Especially when there are so many distractions around. 

There may not be a magic pill to improve your concentration, but there are foods you can eat that stimulate brain health and help you focus. 

Next time you're looking for a study snack, reach for one of these eight brain foods for studying.

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Mood-Boosting Kale Cucumber Salad Recipe

Mood-Boosting Kale Cucumber Salad Recipe 

It’s no secret that what we eat can affect the health of our bodies and brains.

It’s also no secret that certain foods can affect our mood.

High-carb foods like donuts, muffins, and granola bars work to make us feel better by boosting dopamine and acting on our brain’s pleasure centres. Unfortunately, getting such a ‘high’ from these foods is not the healthiest way to go.

Luckily, there are healthier alternatives that also work to boost our mood. Even better still, I’ve combined a few of these foods into one healthy dish!

Read on to discover more information along with the recipe.

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Vitamin D’s Surprising Impact on Brain Health

Vitamin D’s Surprising Impact on Brain Health

When we think of "vitamins," we know they're super-important for health.  

But vitamin D is special.

It's difficult to get enough vitamin D; vitamin D is, therefore, a very common deficiency.

So, let's talk about what this critical fat-soluble vitamin is, how it affects the health of your brain, how much you need, and how you can get enough.


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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

I’m sure many of you know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that.

But have you also heard about the "gut-brain connection?” That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the "gut," not only talks to your brain (yes, talks "to" your brain) but is actually its own brain?

Moreover, this “second brain” in your gut influences your actual brain.

Be sure to read the full post to find out how and what this means for your health.

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6 Vitamins Good for the Brain that You Should be Taking

6 Vitamins Good for the Brain that You Should be Taking

The brain is one of your most important organs, so it's crucial to care for it. Check out these 6 vitamins good for the brain to add to your routine.

Your brain is like a jet engine.

It's complicated and uses a lot of fuel to perform at its best. But without it, you'd be grounded.

So what hampers brain function and what kinds of fuel does it need for peak performance?

Certain vitamins and nutrients are essential to keep your brain functioning at 100%. And some vitamins are superstars when it comes to improving brain function. 

In this article, we'll talk about 6 vitamins good for the brain and why you should take them.

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January is Mental Wellness Month 

January is Mental Wellness Month 

What does mental wellness look like to you? It can look, feel, and mean something different to each of us. 

Regardless of what it means to you, there are some common things we can all do to help maintain our own good mental health.

Read on to discover 4 common phases of mental wellness and 7 tips on how you may be able to improve yours.

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Self-Care and Stress Management: Tips for Caregivers

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it

Last week I discussed cortisol - what it is and natural ways to lower it. Cortisol helps us deal with a multitude of stressors and stressful situations. It is important for survival, but too much can cause problems.

What happens if your cortisol levels are always high?

If you live a very stressful life or happen to be a caregiver to a loved one, you need to set boundaries and start taking care of you!

 Read on for ideas to help you better manage stress, especially if you happen to be a caregiver.

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Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

We’ve all experienced stress.

Maybe you live in a constant state of stress with seemingly no way out. 

If you can’t sleep because your mind is constantly buzzing, if you are fired up and cannot turn off your brain, or if you feel so exhausted all the time that you cannot complete even one of the items on your never-ending to-do list, then you understand what I’m talking about.  

If this sounds like you, read this week’s blog post to discover what cortisol is, what too much cortisol can do to our bodies, and most importantly, what we can do to lower it.


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Top 10 Memory Boosting Foods You Should Be Eating

Top 10 Memory Boosting Foods You Should Be Eating 

Did you know certain foods can help boost your memory? 

It's no secret that our memory and cognitive abilities decline as we age. But did you know that your eating habits are just as important to your memory as they are to your waistline?

Many common foods like pasta, processed meats, and white sugar have been associated with impaired memory and serious illnesses like Alzheimer's disease.

If your diet consists of these foods on a regular basis, you should definitely start making some changes that include brain-healthy foods. People with healthier diets are less likely to experience cognitive decline as they age.

And lucky for you, we found the best foods to help you out in that area. So, continue reading this article for our ultimate memory boosting foods list.

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6 Amazing Brain-Healthy Spices to use this Holiday

6 Amazing Brain-Healthy Spices to use this Holiday

The holidays provide great opportunities - to connect with loved ones, to create lasting traditions, to welcome friends, and to spend some extra time in the kitchen.

But just because we may be cooking or baking (and eating) a little more than usual, we shouldn’t forget about the health of our brain. In fact, there are several seasonings often used this time of year that actually support proper brain health.

Nutrients contained within certain herbs and spices can help sharpen memory, improve sleep, balance blood sugar levels, and reduce stress. 

Read on to discover which amazing spices you can use this holiday season and all year long, that both you and your brain will love!


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