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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

Your Brain Shrinks As Your Waist Expands

Numerous studies have documented that as a person’s weight and BMI (body mass index) increases, their brain shrinks in size. Excess weight often leads to obesity and diabetes. These conditions destroy synapses, wither blood vessels in your brain, batter neural pathways, and kill neurons. The result is a smaller brain. One study found that the brains of obese[...]

How To Use Your Mind To Change Your Brain To Decrease Depression And Anxiety

Science has unequivocally confirmed that your life shapes your brain. Over your life, your experiences, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions physically change the form and function of your brain through what is known as neuroplasticity. What Is Neuroplasticity? Every second of your life, every single thing of which you are aware – sounds, sights, thoughts, feelings – and even[...]

How Your Amygdala Hijacks Your Life

Whether you know it or not, many of your decisions and actions are the result of a tiny part of your brain called the amygdala. Your amygdala are very small almond-shaped masses (there are actually two of them) of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobe of your brain. Your amygdala is an ancient limbic system structure primarily[...]

Are You Unknowingly Contributing To Your Brain’s Decline?

At around the age of 60, your brain slowly begins to shrink in volume. The cerebral cortex, responsible for most of your higher level brain function, is most affected. Many parts of the brain which support mental operation and bodily movement experience reductions. Your brain’s white matter decreases. The greatest changes take place in the areas[...]

Three Easy Ways To Calm Your Mind And Improve Your Brain

It seems like everywhere you turn these days someone is singing the praises of meditation, including me. Science has only fairly recently been able to validate the amazing benefits of this ancient practice with technology. The positive neurological and psychological effects of meditation are numerous. Meditation Helps Preserve An Aging Brain – One study found that long-term[...]

The Making Of A Suicide

The following is an excerpt from Sex, Suicide and Serotonin: How These Things Almost Killed and Healed Me: I knew that I was going to have to get drunk to take my life. Even though it was only a little after 10:00 a.m., I started swigging my favorite cheap Shiraz right out of the bottle.[...]

How To Change Your Brain From Reactive To Responsive

Homo sapiens emerged about 200,000 years ago living in small hunting-and-gathering communities. Because they rarely ran into other bands of people and it was often dangerous when they did, their brains learned to be anxious when encountering unfamiliar faces. They had to deal with the hardships of starvation, parasites, sickness, injury, predators, harsh environmental elements[...]

How Dehydration Contributes To Depression

Dehydration and depression are linked in several ways. In fact, one of the symptoms of chronic dehydration can be depression. Because depression is a multi-faceted condition with several causes, involving multiple parts of your body, it would be an overstatement to say that all depression is affected by dehydration. However, in many cases, dehydration could[...]

Why You Can Easily Remember A Face…But Not A Name

It’s happened to all of us. You can recall every detail about the cute boy who had the locker beside you during your senior year of high school. You can clearly see the bright blue tennis shoes he always wore. His crooked smile comes vividly to mind. He had a mole just at the outer[...]