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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

Five Ways To Grow New Brain Cells

It used to be believed that you were born with all the neurons you were going to have.  It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the birth of new brain cells, called neurogenesis, was observed in the hippocampus in the rat brain. Even then, scientists were skeptical that neurogenesis happened in humans. It wasn’t until the[...]

When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom, There’s Nowhere To Go But Up

No one gets out of this life unscathed. We all have a tragic story – or five or way too many – to tell.  Unfortunately, enduring the loss of a child, surviving a bout with cancer, going through a messy divorce, or being the victim of violent crime are all too common. When trying times do[...]

Why You Should Let Your Brain Go Wild

In today’s hurry up, high stress, bad food, sit-all-day societies, we’ve gotten far removed from the way our bodies were biologically designed to live. As civilization has rapidly evolved over the past centuries, the eating, physical activity, sleep and other habits of humans have drastically changed. Our bodies haven’t kept pace with the modern lifestyle[...]

How Learning And Memory Happen In your Head

Why is it that I can remember the words to some random song that was popular decades ago, but I can never remember what the article said about the foods with the most pesticides that I just read yesterday and a dozen times before that? Memory is a strange thing. How Something Gets Filed In[...]

Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease

Depression has grown to epidemic proportions. In 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. According To the CDC, about one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. For more startling[...]

Help Depression By Healing Your Limbic System

Your limbic system is an ancient collection of brain structures located deep within the brain. The limbic system is the emotional part of your brain and processes your sense of smell, stores highly charged emotional memories, and affects all sleep and appetite cycles, moods, sexuality and bonding. Depression is primarily a result of poor communication[...]

How The Chemicals In Your Head Contribute To Depression

Depression isn’t clearly understood in the same way as many other brain disorders. We know what the symptoms are, and a diagnosis is made based on a person displaying a collection of these. There’s no blood test or brain scan that can definitively make a diagnosis — only a mental health professional can do that.[...]

How A Bad Mood Can Be Good For You (and how to get over it)

Not all good moods are good for you. Seriously. There are actually circumstances under which happiness can be unhealthy.  Similarly, bad moods aren’t all bad. Being a grump for no good reason — and with good reason — happens to all of us. It’s a normal part of being human. The internet is full of[...]

How Yoga Eases Depression and Stress

I have a confession to make. I’m a “yogaholic.” I’m literally addicted to yoga. If I go too long in between classes, which is like three whole days for me, my mind and body crave it. After class, when one of us leaves our water bottle in the dressing room or flubs our words, we[...]