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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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!
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.Read More
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.Read More
Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family!
With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday season!
Most of us look forward to time spent with family and friends. Time to enjoy this festive time of year and share our good fortune with others. In fact, many of us have already started celebrating or anticipating the holidays at the very least.
Yet for others, the holidays can be a challenge, often fraught with anxiety, financial worries, depression, and sadness. If you feel overwhelmed or down when this time of year rolls around, keep reading - I’m about to give you reason to be thankful.
Practicing gratitude goes a lot further than saying “thanks” - it can actually improve your brain health!Read More
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?
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 More
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!Read More
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.