Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Facts, Causes, and Symptoms

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Facts, Causes, and Symptoms

June is a beautiful month!

As the weather improves and greenery surrounds us, we make our way outside to enjoy ourselves! 

Just as it should be!

Summer is the time for outdoor sports like soccer, football, and rugby. It’s time to dust off the bike and inflate the tires. It’s time to insure that motorcycle and fix the leaky cabin roof. Yet each of these activities comes with a cautionary note.

June is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month - a time to enjoy the outdoors for sure, but not be too carefree or careless. When it comes to the health of our brain - we can never be too cautious!

Read on to discover some facts about brain injuries, including causes and symptoms. Then tune in next week, when I’ll discuss how brain injuries are becoming a growing silent epidemic and provide some practical advice on how to help someone who has sustained one.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sugar’s Role in Brain Health and Neurodegenerative Disease

Sugar’s Role in Brain Health and Neurodegenerative Disease

We all know that sugar is unhealthy. But did you know that sugar can negatively impact our mental health?

Ever wonder why when we are feeling down, we reach for a sugary snack to help pick us back up?

Did you know that consuming high amounts of refined sugar can lead to Alzheimer’s disease?

Keep reading to discover how sugar damages our brain and what we can do about it.

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Assess Your Risk for Alzheimer’s: Word Alzheimer’s Day & Quiz

Assess Your Risk for Alzheimer’s by Taking my Quiz

Are you constantly misplacing important items like your keys or wallet?

Do you go to the grocery store to realize that you have no idea what you went there for?

Do you find yourself rereading the same page of a book several times before you’re able to process the words?

Every 66 seconds one American over the age of 65 is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a frightening statistic. And with rates of dementia continually rising, Americans are currently in a brain health crisis. 

Maybe you are at risk and worried about the state of your brain or the brain of someone you love.

Well, the good news is that Alzheimer’s is not an inevitable part of aging, and what you do today, can actually help you protect, restore, and regain the health of your brain!

Almost all the risk factors for dementia are preventable or reversible. In honour of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, there’s no better time to act than right now! 

Read on to educate yourself about the risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s. And be sure to grab a pencil so you can take my quiz to test your personal risk factors for the disease. Then learn what you can start doing today to regain the health of your brain. You are never too old or too young to start improving your brain!


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Top 10 Brain Exercises to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Top 10 Brain Exercises to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Is staving off dementia and keeping your brain in shape important to you? 

Just like you need to work your muscles to stay in shape, so too do you need to work your brain to stay sharp. Read on to learn about the best brain exercises you can do to keep your brain in optimal working order.



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Traumatic Brain Injury: What is it and What Survivors Want You to Know

Traumatic Brain Injury: What is it and What Survivors Want You to Know

March happens to be Brain Injury Awareness Month. As this is a topic near and dear to my heart 💚 I will be dedicating this month’s blog posts to brain health!

I’d like to start off by sharing something personal.

In 2012, the love of my life was struck by a car while cycling and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), among many other injures. Needless to say, this event changed the course of our lives, including being the catalyst that launched me into Natural Nutrition.

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5 Actionable Steps to Balancing Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

5 Actionable Steps to Balancing Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

Do you get tired and have no energy after a meal?    

Do you experience a mid-afternoon energy slump?

Do you have difficulty focusing, get irritable or cranky for no reason?

Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes?

Do you want to prevent such a diagnosis in the future?

If so, read on to discover what a blood sugar imbalance looks and feels like, the problems associated with blood sugar imbalances, and why you should care.

I will also provide practical steps you can begin today, to help control your blood sugar levels naturally.

 

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The Gluten-Free Controversy PART 2 - Why is Everyone Suddenly Allergic to Gluten?

The Gluten-Free Controversy PART 2 - Why is Everyone Suddenly Allergic to Gluten?

Have you noticed increasingly more people are trying to avoid gluten? Have you ever wondered why?

  • Does it seem like everyone around you is suddenly allergic to gluten?
  • Do you wonder if you should give up gluten? 
  • How do you know if going gluten-free is right for you?
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