Category: Brain Health

8 Nutritional Strategies To Increase Your Brain Power

Synapses are microscopic points of communication between nerve cells that are heavily involved in memory, learning, habit formation, and the development of talent and character. A neural circuit is composed of neurons and their synapses. Our lifestyle choices substantially impact synapses and their neural circuits. For example: Recurrent use of a particular neural circuit for learning (i.e. learning a musical instrument) increases the size, number, and efficiency of the involved synapses. Repeated use of a brain circuit results in easier and faster learning, and therefore practice, when done correctly, indeed makes performance perfect.

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Don’t Let Your Brain Shrink!

Both obesity and diabetes cause a clear reduction in brain size without additional contributing factors. The frontal lobes – the CEO of the brain; the hippocampus, so important to memory and mood; the cingulated gyrus, important in adaptability to new situations, are especially vulnerable.

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Physical Exercise Makes You Brighter! How?

From my own personal experience as a slow learner, as a classroom teacher, and a scientific researcher, here is a suggestion for anyone who desires to improve their learning speed: Engage in frequent physical activity often throughout the day. No matter how young or old you are, or how quickly or how slowly you learn, regular physical exercise improves your mental sharpness.

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Will You Be One in Three? Strategies for Preserving Brain Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in March 2013 that by the time they die, one out of three American seniors will have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.  Although dementia might not necessarily be the direct cause of death, it can accelerate the serious decline of one’s health and  consequently contribute to one’s death.  What can you do to reduce your risk?

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