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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

6 Habits To Help You Outsmart Alzheimer’s

In the US today, about a staggering 5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, and that figure is expected to triple by the year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Yikes! Just to clarify, Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative disorder in which plaque and tangles form in the brain, and brain cells become damaged, resulting in[...]

How To Work Your Brain In Your Workout (and why it matters)

We all know that exercise is good for us. It’s about the best thing you can do for your brain and body. But did you know that if you exercise in ways that disengage your brain from actively participating, you’re getting the physical benefits of increased blood flow and oxygen to the brain and the[...]

4 Fascinating Finds You’ll Be Glad To Know About Memories

On the one hand, memories are subjective, almost magical, intimate snapshots preserving the diverse array of colors of an individual’s life. On the other hand, memories are nothing more than a series of chemical and physical changes taking place in the brain, which cause nerves to fire, sending electrochemical impulses to other nerves. While a[...]

How To Manage Anxiety with Mindfulness

This is a guest post by Paige Burkes of Simple Mindfulness. The mere thought of a stressful event sends your heart racing.  Your boss wants to “speak with you.”  You had an argument with your partner.  Your kids are running into trouble.  Your financial situation is less than ideal. The monkey mind in your head[...]

What Is Mental Strength and How To Get It

Mental strength isn’t like having blue or brown eyes, where you’re either born with it or not. It’s a skill that can be learned and developed. Just like physical strength, some people are more naturally primed for mental toughness based on genetics, personality, and experiences. Obviously, you can’t change what happened in your childhood or the[...]

8 Things You Need To Know About Preventing Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most commonly diagnosed neurodegenerative condition behind Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s the 14th leading cause of death in America, and if that wasn’t scary enough, 64% of patients diagnosed die within six years and only 23% of patients living past the ten-year mark are[...]

The Top Brain Posts Of 2015

Just in case you missed any of them, here are the most popular posts from the past year: What’s The Difference Between Feelings And Emotions? Feelings and emotions are two sides of the same coin and highly interconnected, but are two very different things. Understanding the difference and putting into use can improve your life.[...]

How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And Genes

Every minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind. It’s been proven over and over again that just thinking about something causes your brain to release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with parts of itself and your nervous system.[...]

How I Get Through The Holiday Season (When It’s Filled With Painful Memories)

When I start to see the red bows, wreaths, and the twinkly lights going up on houses, which happens earlier every year, I begin feeling this gnawing dread and heaviness in my heart. It’s not just that I abhor all the unhealthy eating, consumerism, and waste that the holiday season brings. It’s that these sights[...]