Brain Health

Keep a Song in Your Heart

Keep a Song in Your Heart

Could listening to natural sounds and music improve your health? How about playing musical instruments? Do they offer benefits? Is all music beneficial for healing? We cover some of the latest research in this blog. Group Singing Improves Mental Health. Even for...

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Sugar and the Brain: What is the Real Truth?

Sugar and the Brain: What is the Real Truth?

The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Many refined sugars are “hidden” in processed foods. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6...

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Want to Prevent a Stroke? Check This.

Want to Prevent a Stroke? Check This.

In a systematic review and a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies consisting 317,540 participants, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health studied the association between depression and risk of total and subtypes of stroke participants.((A. Pan, Q....

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Does Your Child Have This Health Advantage?

Does Your Child Have This Health Advantage?

Question: What European monarch was trained as an auto mechanic? You guessed correctly if you answered “Queen Elizabeth”. Yes, indeed, during World War 2, this English princess worked to repair jeeps. During the war, her father, King George V (or Bertie) raised...

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Living Free: Finding Freedom from the Habits that Hurt

Living Free: Finding Freedom from the Habits that Hurt

Habits---we all have them. American author Elbert Hubbard said: “Habit is the great economizer of energy.” He was exactly right. Habits are our friends—when they’re good ones. Habits are routines that help us perform multiple tasks with minimal mental effort. They...

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Four New Ways of Reducing Your Stroke Risk

Four New Ways of Reducing Your Stroke Risk

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. So, what can you do about it besides adopting a good lifestyle program of regular exercise, losing weight if obese, and enjoying a plant-based diet? 1. Eat red...

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Don’t Let Your Brain Shrink!

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...

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