Your Brain On Mother Earth

  There is a beautiful relationship that our brain has with the energy of mother earth. This helps support everything our brain helps us to do — from enhancing our mood to maintaining a healthy weight to deepening our restorative sleep.   Most people believe that our circadian (day/night) rhythm is dependant on sunlight to set that pattern for us, but scientists have actually known since 1970 that the earth’s energy field has as much, if not more, to do with our sleep/wake pattern than even the sun. Here’s how:   Researchers built two underground isolation chambers that completely cut […]

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Disrupted Day/Night Rhythm Increases Mental Illness Rates

A new study shows that disruption of a normal day/night rhythm takes an enormous toll on your mental health. Do you have a circadian rhythm disturbance?   You might if you are restless or active during the night, or are inactive for long periods during the day. That’s all it took to significantly increase odds of mood disorders, cognition issues, and decreased over all wellness. If you feel this might be an issue for you, read on.   The Study: Published May 15, 2018 in Lancet Psychiatry, researchers analyzed data from over 91,000 people wearing wristbands to record activity for

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3 Reasons To Take A Nap With Me Today

    I’m writing this to you as I recover from emergency surgery a few days ago — my appendix ruptured! Yikes! It was my first time riding as a patient in an ambulance! That was absolutely no fun.   So today, as I try to slow down and recover instead of push myself too fast, too soon… …I’m writing about the power of taking it easy, and why it is medically necessary to take some down time once in a while. Taking the time to rest each day isn’t a luxury, even though we often treat it as such.

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I Had No Idea This One Neurotransmitter Changes Everything We Know About Aging

Serotonin is historically linked with depression — and poor sleep as well — since serotonin is the precursor to melatonin and folks who are low in serotonin are likely low in melatonin too. (Which sucks because as I blog about here, folks struggling with depression are only likely to have the depression resolve if they are sleeping well.) But today’s medical study truly blew me away, because it reveals that serotonin isn’t just linked with depression and sleep, but with cognition.   In fact, this study suggests that the decline in cognition and memory issues as we age isn’t simply

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Lithium In Our Drinking Water?

Many recent studies have come out lately showing just how important the mineral lithium is to our health. And I’m all for whatever natural solutions we can find to preserve health… but not this one.   I’ll give you details below on studies that show that long term lithium use is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, and this is on top of previous studies that show that lithium may actually lower our over all lifetime risk of cancer. But adding it to the water supply, instead of just recommending lithium supplementation? Uh… no. I’m not good with that.

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Sauna To Protect Your Brain

  Now this is a medical study I can really get behind! Woot! I LOVE HEAT. And I love love love anything that boosts circulation — like grounding, sauna, steam room, hot baths, sleeping with a hot water bottle, massage, exercise…   …it just feels intuitively right to get your blood flowing, don’t you think?   Turns out there are lasting benefits to getting your brain circulation boosted through heat specifically… having regular sauna bathing decreases risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease! Researchers had previously discovered that men who used a sauna two or more times a week had significantly

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Recovering Memory In Dementia — One Simple Trick

New research shows that in Alzheimer’s patients, long term memory can be regained through listening to music!   Listening to music that is familiar to the dementia patient from their past reawakens long term memories about who the person is, who their family is, and the context of their life. This has huge implications in quality of living, in social interactions and even in activity levels. If you play music that holds special meaning to a patient experiencing memory loss, you are very likely to help them recover context and depth and recognition in the form of long term memory

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