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Your Brain on Food: The Surprising Role of Nutrition in Mental Health

Your brain is always “on”. It is the command center for all of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your mood and sensations. It is working hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep! This means your brain needs a constant supply of “fuel”. Think of it like gasoline that powers a car, except that […]

Chronic pain lives in the brain

When we think about chronic pain, chances are we think of an afflicted body part: an aching lower back, unbearably stiff finger joints, or a throbbing shoulder. But to effectively treat chronic pain, new research says we should be looking to the brain instead of the body. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is defined […]

3 Fundamentals to neuroplasticity and a better brain – at any age!

Neuroplasticity is a favorite buzzword among psychology and neuroscience circles, promising that you can “re-wire” your brain to improve your health, well-being, and even quality of life. It is an umbrella term that refers to the capacity of the brain to change. It argues that you can teach an old dog new tricks. What is […]

Listen to your head and your heart: Heart Rate Variability 101

Pop duo Roxette said it best: Listen to your heart. Words of wisdom to remember this Valentine’s Day. And, excellent advice when it comes to taking care of your health. In fact, listening to your heart can help you understand what is going on in your head! One biomarker to rule them all It’s no […]

New Year, New You: Get moving for your body and your brain!

With the start of 2017, chances are you’ve made some New Year’s Resolutions. If you did, we are willing to bet that living a healthier lifestyle – things like losing weight, exercising more, or eating out less often – made it on your list. We all know that exercise is good for the body and […]

Top 8 Quick Fix Memory Tricks

Ho-Ho-No…. Can’t remember what’s on your holiday shopping list? You’re not alone, even Santa has to check his list twice! But, if you are having trouble remembering ingredients from the festive cookie recipe you just read, you may be dealing with short-term memory loss. What is short-term memory loss? You can think of short-term memory, […]

Brain training: Bogus or brilliant? Well, it depends…

We have all seen the advertisements: train your brain for better memory, learning, and power! Cognitive training is one of the hottest new trends in self-improvement. And, if you have been misplacing keys or regularly missing appointments, it may be tempting to sign up for these “brain games”. The hope that after a few weeks […]

When stress does more than stress you out

We all deal with stress on a daily basis – that’s part of modern life. But it’s the kind of stress we deal with that makes a difference. Acute stress is your body’s reaction to an immediate threat, like meeting a bear on your weekend hike. This is commonly referred to as the “fight or […]