Intermittent Fasting Can Help Promote Good Brain Health

Intermittent Fasting Can Lead To Better Brain Health According to a new study conducted at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore (USA), fasting for one or two days a week can help improve the condition of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have found that stopping almost all food intake for short periods activate protection mechanism in the brain that also works against the effects of neuro-degenerative disorders. The caloric impact in the brain Professor Mark Mattson, lead author of the study and professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver that “reducing your calorie intake could help your brain, but in doing this by reducing your food intake is probably not the best method of...

How To Maintain Brain Health Well Into Your Twilight Years

Whilst there are still area’s of the human brain that remain a mystery, there are few things that we know for certain - like fact that it is possible to maintain good brain health well into our old age. Here are a few tips to keep the brain active and healthy for as long as possible 1. Mental exercises: The human brain responds to challenges and mental stimulation much like muscles respond to training. Simple exercises like crossword puzzles and sudoku a few times a week can go along way in keeping the brain sharp. One of the reasons for a person's brain health to deteriorate after retirement is due to lack of mental stimulation and social interaction. 2. Make sure you have a good Vitamin intake: Vitamin deficiency decreases memory and reduces cognitive ability. Consume foods rich in complex B, which improves concentration and memory....

8 Benefits Exercise Has On Our Brains

Most of us already know that, when it comes to sports, a person's mindset plays a big part in how successful they will be in their chosen sport. Especially, as far as motivation is concerned. However, the relationship is less known in the opposite direction as in how sports benefits the brain Here, are a few benefits that could help motivate you to get off the couch: 1. It makes you feel better emotionally: When you exercise endorphin’s (feel good hormones) are released into the body and this has a direct impact on our emotional state. 2. Natural Anti-depressant: Regular exercise releases tension in the body, resulting in lower levels of stress and depression. 3. Self Confidence: Regular exercise with set goals and milestones improves self confidence and gives a person a sense of accomplishment once these goals are...

Superfoods For Optimum Brain Function

We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we were ‘on our game.’ And as we age, both our bodies and our brains grow old as well. By making smart food choices though, we can preserve our precious gray matter longer and improve brain function. Here are some brainy choices for keeping our noggins in tip-top shape. Blueberries have been shown to shield the brain from stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills. Avocados, though considered a ‘fatty fruit,’ contribute to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, lessening the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke. Deep-water fish, such as salmon is a wise, freshwater fish choice. It’s abundant in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which...

Train Your Brain To Become More Productive

Being more productive in the work place or on your own business is a habit that anyone can develop. You can train your brain to become more productive, all it takes is a little consistency and a dedicated effort. Being more productive is generally the result of being more organized. Doing this can reduce the amount of work related stress you have to endure on a daily basis. Which has a direct impact on your brain health and overall health. Organize your morning Have everything you need for prepared the night before, from the clothes you are going to wear and other important choirs you normally have for the morning. This will ensure that you not rushing around on the morning trying to do everything at once and starting your day off in a frenzy. It's important to try and set the pace for the day. Running out of the house with one shoe in your hand...

How To Help Someone With Depression

Pathological sadness, better known by specialists as depression, affects about 5% -10% of the population, although it is estimated that a much higher percentage of people will go through a state of depression at some stage or multiple stages of their lives. Many experts predict that depression will become a massive epidemic and one of the leading causes of mental disability worldwide. The paradox of the situation is that as more and more people turn to anti-depressants yet more and more people are being diagnosed with depression. Often the first people to detect depression are not physicians but the people closest to the patient as they are the ones who are directly effected by the patients depressive behavior. Seeing someone you care about going through depression can be very distressing and frustrating. Often before anyone actually realizes...

The Two Hemisphere’s Of The Brain

We all know that the brain has two separate hemispheres but many people are not exactly sure what the function of each of these hemispheres are. The left hemisphere is responsible for logical thinking and communication skills. While the right hemisphere is responsible for symbolic thought and creativity, although recent research has been contradicting, proving that there are parts of the right hemisphere for creativity and vice versa. In left-handed people the functions are reversed. The left hemisphere is said to be dominant because of two specialized areas: Broca's area (B), motor cortex responsible for speech and Wernicke's area (W), the cortex responsible for verbal comprehension. The corpus callosum is located deep in the interhemispheric fissure, or sagittal fissure is the structure responsible for the connection between the two...

The Effects Of Natural Light On Our Brains and Bodies

Most people don't realize that natural light has a direct impact on our sleep, mood, memory, learning ability, immunity and overall wellbeing. Light enters the body via the cells of the eye connected to the brain which sends information about it being "day" or "night" to our biological clock, a small area near the hypothalamus. During the day our biological clock secretes hormones required for optimum physical and brain activity whereas when the eyes perceive darkness then it signals the brain to begin producing “sleep” hormones like melatonin. Natural light regulates mood It is known that in winter, a number of people suffer from a lack of energy and motivation, coupled with an excessive need for sleep and attraction to sweet foods. This is known as seasonal mood disorder, highlighted in 1982 by researchers at the National Institute of Mental...

The Brain is Not Effective At Multitasking

According to some, the more you do things at the same time, the greater your success! Even companies look for this capability during recruitment interviews. But in reality, our brains can not cope with several things simultaneously. Multitasking is simply impossible. It's more a question of quickly switch from one task to another. Our brain is most effective when we can completely dedicate ourselves to a task. Do several things at the same time is less effective as quickly perform one after the other. As such, one can attend to several parallel activities such as reading a newspaper while enjoying breakfast. But this only works if the brain places eating on autopilot so we can concentrate on our reading. As soon as you try to concentrate on two things at once, the brain starts to determine which task should take priority. This is also why at the...

The Effects of Stress On Brain Function

When a situation is perceived as unpleasant or dangerous, a general response to stress is taking place in our body. Depending on the situation and previous experience, the individual will adopt a behavioral response to try control the situation. This is commonly knowns as the fight or flight response. From the perception of danger to the secretion of hormones the brain prepares the body to deal with it, putting into play: 1) the limbic system, 2) the hypothalamus, 3) the pituitary and 4) the adrenal glands. They secrete glucocorticoids (such as cortisol in humans, for example) which will interact with serotonin receptors of the brain. When someone experiences a stressful event, blood glucocorticoid levels increase. Stress causes activation of the hypothalamus, which then secretes the hormone CRH (for "corticotropin-releasing hormone"). This...