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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Get Happy: How To Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

Get Happy: How To Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

Are you one of the 21 million Americans who struggle with a mood disorder?

Some mood issues can be attributed to low levels of serotonin in the body. Luckily, there are a number of natural ways to increase your serotonin levels.

Read on to discover some things you should consider when trying to increase your serotonin levels naturally.

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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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Coffee’s Role in Neurological Health: The Benefits of Coffee for your Brain: Part 2

Coffee’s Role in Neurological Health: The Benefits of Coffee for your Brain: Part 2

Last month I dove into the world of coffee. Media attention over the last few years has left everyone’s head spinning. Is it helpful or harmful to health? Is it friend or foe? 

This week, we’ll take a closer look at the role coffee may play in the health of your brain. More specifically, can it prevent or delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases?


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The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

If you've got kids in sports, you should educate yourself on the dangers of football. Here's a look at how football concussions affect your brain.

Ever had "your bell rung" or "dinged your head"? 

Sounds trivial, right?

Wrong! A concussion is never trivial. Researchers now consider a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to be cumulative. This means that the effects of injuries may not be seen for many years and that the total of all injuries can be devastating.

Pediatric neurologists have long advocated protection of children's heads with proper helmets for bicycle riding, skateboarding, skiing and other sports. But what about football? Is there any danger with the advanced helmet technology today?

If you have children in sports, educate yourself about the dangers of football and traumatic brain injury.

Read on to learn more.


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Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

As a continuation to last week’s blog post about mental health and in an effort to continue education and awareness, this week’s post will focus on foods for optimal mental health and natural ways to deal with a mental health issue or prevent one from occurring. 

We are all affected by mental health problems at one time or another. We can all feel depressed, stressed, frightened, or unsafe at various times. More likely than not, these feelings pass. For some people, however, they can develop into a more serious long-term problem.

Should this happen to you, what can you do about it?

Read on to find out what foods you should be eating and what else you can do. 

Read the full post here.

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World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018 

The thought of “mental health” often makes us uncomfortable. It has traditionally been seen as a taboo subject that people don’t often talk freely about.

Why is this? Why is mental health often swept under the rug and only spoken about behind closed doors?

The outdated and unfounded stigmas surrounding mental health are the driving forces behind World Mental Health Day.

On October 10, 2018, the World Federation of Mental Health presented “World Mental Health Day” with the intention of raising awareness about mental health. To do my part, I’ll be discussing various issues surrounding mental health in a two-part blog series that starts today.

So if you’re struggling with your own mental health, keep reading this week’s post to discover more about mental health along with treatment options and next week’s post to learn about neuronutrition for mental health, so that you can bounce back and regain a healthy mental state.

Let’s open our minds and our hearts to those living with mental illness and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to break down stigmas and learn more about mental health.

Read the full post here.

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Neuronutrition for Optimal School Performance

Neuronutrition for Optimal School Performance

Is your child falling behind in school?

Is your teen unable to concentrate in class?

Are you concerned that your child may have a learning disability?

Are you a college or university student constantly stressed, fatigued, and feeling out of control?

Now that the school year is well underway, you may have noticed that your child is suffering in the classroom or lagging behind his peers. Perhaps he’s hyperactive and cannot sit still long enough to allow new material to sink in. Maybe your teen’s teacher(s) have contacted you about concerns with behaviour issues or inattention. Or maybe your worried about your college student’s poor eating habits while constantly burning the midnight oil.

If so, read on because the right nutrition can make all the difference!

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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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