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New York Times #1 best-selling author Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He lectures worldwide on the important roles of nutrition and other lifestyle choices in brain health. His book - Brain Maker - , reveals the powerful role of probiotic gut bacteria in brain health and is filled with practical, user-friendly advice that will pave...
August 4, 2020
Our brains are incredible living processors, working day and night to keep our bodies functioning and in touch with the world around us. Despite all they do, many of us take for granted how amazing our brains actually are. We’ve uncovered seven ridiculously cool facts that showcase the extraordinary human brain. 1. For Such a Small Organ, the Brain Uses -A Lot- of Energy - The human brain only weighs...
July 14, 2020
Sugar can be downright divine. Just thinking about all the sinful, sticky, gooey possibilities can get our mouths watering. Humans and animals alike are -programmed- to love the sweet stuff, but too much of it may trigger a nasty spiral that can be difficult to escape. Excessive sugar consumption can cause changes to the brain similar to those caused by drug addiction, leading to cravings, binges and...
July 1, 2020
It’s the latest craze among the burned out and overwhelmed, with numerous headlines praising its benefits. The idea behind it seems sound: unplug and take some quiet time to counterbalance all that stimulation and instant gratification we’ve been programmed to seek out. But does a “dopamine fast” really reset your brain? - What Is a Dopamine Fast? - The “-dopamine fast-” started in San Francisco and...
June 24, 2020
Are you drinking enough water? Dehydration can have -serious effects- on a person, affecting multiple systems in the body. But the long-term effects it can have on the brain are particularly scary. Research has shown dehydration can cause impaired performance, depressed mood, memory problems and structural changes to the brain that can be visualized on an fMRI. Over time, those changes, which include...
May 13, 2020
How old is your brain? Depending on how you treat it, your brain’s age and your physical age could be two vastly different figures. About 15 minutes a day of this one simple practice could make the difference between having an aging brain and having the brain of a 25-year-old. Research has shown meditation can alter brainwaves and benefit brain health. People who meditate may preserve areas of the...
May 12, 2020
Being creative is more than just fun; it’s actually good for us. Creativity might feel a little different for everyone, but its effects are universal. Being creative can make you happier and more productive, expanding your horizons and possibly even restructuring your brain. It may also be especially beneficial for the mental wellbeing of young people. Let's look at the benefits. Creativity Makes Us...
April 23, 2020
Ever think back on a rash decision and wonder what the heck you were thinking? Everyone succumbs to an impulsive move now and then, some more than others, but the question is, why? Whether it's the impulsive move to eat that whole piece of cake or the decision to skip work and go get some sun, impulsive behavior all stems from the brain. And maybe if we can understand it, we can control it. Everyone...
March 18, 2020
Reading a good book can provide entertainment and relaxation, but it also turns out that it can be good for the brain, too. Reading changes the way we visualize and process information, ranging from identifying important facts to allowing us to better recognize people's faces. Since -reading is relatively new- in the grand scheme of things, with humans only inventing the act a few thousand years ago,...
March 11, 2020
During the past 5 to 10 years, there has been a flood of research looking into the effects of different nutrients on brain function. One such study-,- published last year, investigated preventative strategies for cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. The researchers concluded that DHA from omega-3 fatty acids, along with an antioxidant, can theoretically...
September 9, 2019