memory

Can Cutting Out Bread Actually Improve Your Mental Health?

    Long time readers of my blog already know, since I blogged about this almost a decade ago, that gluten is a neuro-irritant — meaning it causes inflammation in the brain and has been linked to cognitive decline, even dementia.  I wrote this article for you back in 2014 to help explain how dementia could be considered a gluten-induced condition. More recent evidence suggests that not only does the brain inflammation that gluten causes affect your brain, it might also be affecting your mental health, including causing or worsening mood disorders like depression and anxiety. As someone who has […]

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Try Not To Sit Still For More Than 2 Hours At A Time Today, Here’s Why:

  Today, let’s intentionally sprinkle movement throughout our day.  I’ve blogged for you in the past about how sitting just might be the most deadly thing you do all day.   Sitting for more than a few hours straight increases your risk of lots of different health complications and even decreases life span.  Yuck (but if you want to read more on that you can right here.) On the other hand, it really doesn’t take that much movement a day to boost your health and reap tons of benefits.  Here are three impressive benefits of moving your precious body throughout

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New Study Finally Reveals If Vitamins Help Improve Cognition As We Age

    A new study, published Sept 14, 2022 in Alzheimers & Dementia, is the largest randomized clinical trial on multivitamin use in healthy brain aging.  It’s a three year long trial following annual cognitive assessments on over 2,250 patients that were randomly assigned either a daily multivitamin, a 500 mg daily flavanol supplement (from cocoa extract) or a placebo supplement. What researchers found was that not only did taking a daily vitamin help preserve cognitive function, but it actually helped significantly improve it over baseline (and over placebo) by the third year.  Meaning it didn’t just help prevent cognitive

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Moving Your Body Helps Your Brain Function Better, Immediately. Here’s How

    A recent medical study caught my eye, so today I am excited to share it with you here.   Researchers were looking at how movement helps to boost memory, and found that there are literally immediate benefits to your memory function after exercising just once. Published September 2020 in Scientific Reports, this study finds that one session of exercising (cycling on a stationary bike was the exercise used in this study) significantly improved motor sequence memory — immediately! This is super encouraging, because it was not looking at just the long term benefits from exercise (which of course

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One Simple Thing You Can Do To Protect Your Brain Throughout Your Lifetime

Do you eat fish regularly? Do you take Omega 3 fatty acid supplements? You may want to consider it, because the role of Omega 3 fatty acids in protecting our brain health is becoming more and more robust. Today I wanted to round up my favorite medical studies for you on how fatty acids impact our brain function so you can see why it’s one of my absolute favorite supplements to recommend. Here are my top three reasons why I take fish oil every single day myself:     Protecting Brain Volume:   The medical literature suggests that higher levels

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Movement Immediately Helps Your Memory Improve, Right Then And There

      A recent medical study caught my eye, so today I am excited to share it with you here. Researchers looked at how exercise helps to boost memory, and found that there are literally immediate benefits to your memory function after literally just one bout of exercising. Published September 2020 in Scientific Reports, this study finds that one session of exercising (cycling on a stationary bike was the exercise used in this study) significantly improved motor sequence memory — immediately! This is super encouraging, because it was not looking at just the long term benefits from exercise (which

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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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