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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[...]

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[...]