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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

Serotonin’s Role in Depression and Willpower (and how to make more)

Serotonin is a neurochemical that does so many different things in your body that it’s really tough to nail down its function precisely. Your brain’s prefrontal cortex, which primarily controls your personality and executive functioning, relies heavily on serotonin. Your overall mood is greatly influenced by this neurochemical and like Goldilocks, levels need to be[...]

The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think

Science has confirmed, without a doubt, that your brain is shaped by your life. Your experiences, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings literally, physically change the form and function of your brain, a concept known as neuroplasticity, from the day you’re born until the day you die. We all come into this world with the same basic[...]

Brain Healthy Tips From The Cat

It occurred to me the other day, that my cats demonstrate impeccable brain health etiquette. Well, not so much the laying around all day, every day part. OK. Let’s suffice to say that the cats collectively exhibit some behaviors that are indicative of good brain health, some of the time. In any event, they always[...]

How To Use Mindfulness To Prevent Depression

Most of us welcome sadness and pain about as much as a root canal — without Novocaine. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and just no fun at all, but let’s face it, negative emotions are an unavoidable part of life. When coupled with all the other things life throws at us, they can often lead to depression.[...]

How What Goes In Your Mouth Affects What Goes On In Your Brain

It’s a relatively new scientific discovery that the bacteria living in your gut influence your overall health and according to a growing body of research, impact your mental health too. But the close relationship between what goes in your mouth and what goes on in your brain is nothing new. In animals, brain sizes increase[...]

How Your Mind Shapes Your Brain

Every second of your life, every single thing of which you are aware – sounds, sights, thoughts, feelings – and even that of which you’re not aware – unconscious mental and physical processes – can be directly mapped to what’s happening in your brain. Over time, patterns emerge and actually shape your brain’s form and function. What you do, experience,[...]

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[...]