Brain

Health articles related to brain function and how it is impacted by diet, exercise, sleep, stress, micronutrients and metabolic health.

Essential fatty acids

Reduce Omega 6 Fats to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the underlying cause of all the chronic conditions we have today and that includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases like arthritis, MS, Crohn’s, and celiac, neurological issues like Alzheimer’s, dementia, mood disorders, and anxiety.  Inflammation is also the cause of the aches and pains associated with getting older, slow recovery of muscles …

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time is money, money soothes, sleep

Deep sleep essential for proper immune function

Sleep is essential for life.  I think the most important factors for a healthy body are eating (healthy whole food), sleeping and exercise.  Poor sleep quality and duration are associated with decreased immune function, increased stress hormones (that suppress the immune system), mood disorders, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. In a normal night, we …

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GABA and anxiety

GABA – our anti-anxiety neurotransmitter

GABA stands for Gamma Amino butyric acid.  GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that decreases the stimulatory effects of excitatory neurotransmitters.  Without inhibition, our brain would be constantly over-stimulated and that would feel like anxiety and to some extremes, panic.  GABA is the most calming neurotransmitter we have.  Glutamate is one of the primary stimulating neurotransmitters …

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tea theanine

L-Theanine in Tea has Beneficial Effects on our Brain

After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.  It contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine that has several beneficial effects on our brain because it increases the levels of some hormones and neurotransmitters that make us feel good. Theanine increases molecules that affect mood Serotonin – makes us feel calm …

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Minimizing the impacts of chronic stress. How to decrease cortisol

Stress has a significant impact on how our body functions.  Short term stress can actually be beneficial, for example, exercise is interpreted by the body as acute stress, we produce cortisol and epinephrine (adrenalin) and increase blood sugar, heart rate, and blood pressure.  Then when the acute stress is over, the body regenerates cells and …

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Lion's Mane mushroom

Lion’s Mane mushrooms shown to have extraordinary health benefits

Lion’s Mane is a type of mushroom that has been shown to have some extraordinary health benefits.  It is Hericium erinaceus, also known as Yamabushitake, but most commonly called Lion’s mane.  A review article published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2015 reviewed 139 primary research papers that describe the myriad of …

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cortisol is made in the adrenal glands

How chronic stress can impact your health

One of the main stress hormones is cortisol and it can have a huge impact on your health.  75% of North American adults report that they have physical or emotional symptoms of stress.  It is a significant factor in chronic health issues like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders, and dementia. Cortisol is a …

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happy brain

Are you making enough serotonin?

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes us feel calm and good.  It is commonly called the happy hormone but it doesn’t technically make us excited happy; that feeling comes from a combination of serotonin and dopamine.  When we don’t have enough serotonin can feel the following in varying degrees: Depression Loss of interest in things …

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