Here are some: Helpful Brain Changes
Depression Could Change The Wiring Inside Your Brain?
Thanks to Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, they discovered a link between Depression and the structure of the White Matter in our Brain, (responsible for connecting Grey Matter and making sure our emotions and thoughts are properly processed) which will help the amount of: 300 million people Worldwide that have difficulty with Depression (leading cause of disability) of all ages!
This study also became extremely valuable with, suggesting new ways to treat and manage Depression if we can work out how these White Matter changes affect mood and anxiety!
During this the Researchers used, 3,461 different Adult’s data that was stored within the UK Biobank database. A technique called diffusion tensor imaging was used to map areas of White Matter in the Brain, which is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that gives Scientists a way of modelling the fibers in the Brain in a much better detail than ever before!
What happened was that, the scans could reveal that the White Matter Integrity and the quality of the White Matter was reduced in people who reported symptoms of depression, while in those with no symptoms the White Matter Integrity appeared to be normal.
One of the Team Members of the Study: Ms. Heather Whalley stated: “This study uses data from the largest single sample published to date and shows that people with depression have changes in the white matter wiring of their Brain".
So, this difference that was discovered might be the result of patterns of Brain activity brought on by Depression, which could open new ways of predicting the risk of depression because there is an urgent need to provide treatment for Depression and an improved understanding Depression's impact on the Brain and finding ways to put a stop to it!
Depression CAN get better with the right attention and care!
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According to a previous research study, that was released by the University of California, Los Angeles during May of 2013 through 2015 the Health Experts established the association between ingesting Healthy bacteria and enhanced Brain functions.
During this study, there was a total of 100 individuals between the ages of 18 to 55 that were randomly assigned to obtain three studies. These individuals were tested before and after the study using a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) scan, which discovered that once Probiotic Yogurts were obtain their Stress Response was reduced significantly and in addition they also discovered that the altered Brain functions can be seen in both a resting state and an active state.
The next study was made to see if any boost was provided to the Mental Capabilities and Health from Probiotic Yogurt, which the testing located that with Probiotics recorded significant improvements in Mental Capabilities and Mental Health!
The last test was used to study the Depression and Anxiety, which a breakthrough discovery was located that renewed hope to Brain Injury Survivors!
What occurred was, they were able to recognize how Severe Brain Injuries tend to lose fundamental Neurobehavioral and Social Functioning Changes that impair the ability to adjust to situations, but Patients/Survivors that obtained Yogurt had the most improvement in their Cognitive Functions that opened stepping stone doors for effective treatments of Brain Injuries utilizing Probiotic Yogurts!
So, other than Probiotic Yogurt offering general health benefits thanks to these studies they have also shown that consumption can help to improve Cognitive Performances and that Individuals who consume more yogurts are known to be better at Managing Stress while patients with a history of Brain Injuries can benefit from this healthy habit!
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Thanks to a recent study, by: Ms. Martha Clare Morris and Colleagues at the Rush Medical Center in Chicago they discovered that after looking at over 500 random Residents, show a positive benefit to Brain health from eating Fish!
What was found is that, as we age, our brains lose DHA (omega-3 is naturally found throughout the body and is most abundant in the brain, eyes and heart) that is a critical lipid in the Brain! But, thanks to Fish consumption it helps boost our DHA for all ages!
So, since Fish is a major source of Brain Food and there thankfully has been a final answer that has been searched by Researchers over a century ago, WE need to eat more regularly of all forms!
Thanks to a recent major Study of Bike Helmet Use around the World, held by Australian Statisticians: Mr. Jake Olivier and Prudence Creighton from the University of New South Wales, they were able to put together data from more than 40 separate studies of Bicycle Crashes and Falls. Even though Crashes and Falls occurring on a Bicycle are rare, they can however cause a wide range of injuries from Minor to Permanent Disability or even Fatality from Childhood to Adults.
Within taking the time to conduct this Study of Helmet effectiveness, they finally could locate a very large answer related to the Protective effects.
The Protective effects determined that Helmet use was associated with dramatically reduced odds of Head injuries on more than over 64,000 cyclists by nearly 70%, which discovered that there is an estimating 85% and 88% reductions in Brain injuries, from Helmeted compared to un-Helmeted.
So, since Helmet use is associated with a wide reduction from: 51% of Head injuries, 69% for Severe Head injuries, and 65% of Fatal Head Injuries don’t you think that ALL ages need to be wearing a helmet?
Did you know what the super power of Smiling really is?
Thanks to recent study at Uppsala University in Sweden, Researchers discovered that individuals who Smile are more likeable, courteous and even competent!
This finding is reason enough to smile at every single Person you see, for lifting your Facial Muscles into a Smile is also contagious!
A Smile is so powerful is because, it all comes down to changing your Brain! What takes place is that, your Brain is aware of the activity and keeps track of it. Each time a smile takes place, you throw a little feel-good party in your Brain (The feel-good Neurotransmitters Dopamine, Endorphins and Serotonin are all released) that also ends up activating the Neural messaging (benefits your Health and Happiness).
Furthermore, the more You smile the more effective you are at breaking the Brain’s natural tendency to think Negatively because Happiness is a work ethics that requires our Brain to train just like an Athlete! The more we train, the easier it becomes to Think, Do, Be and Live Positively that will boost your Productivity, Creativity, Attention span and Cognitive abilities!
So, thanks to this discovery it makes you understand how, the more you love the Life You Live and focus on the Positive perspectives then Your Life will love You right back!
Have You Heard how Pizza Influences the Activity of Your Brain?
Thanks to a recent study at the Turku PET Centre, Researchers discovered that Pizza is not only delicious and potentially a healthy choice, but the phytonutrients in the Oregano that gives pizza its characteristic taste might be helping you to think more clearly!
This study was conducted with over 20 Healthy random Individuals that measured Global Brain activity through Electrocardiography (ECG) (allows the measurement of Brain activity levels), and Evoked-Related Potential (ERP) (that focuses on Brain response to stimulus).
Generally, there are Five types of Brain waves that are recognized: Theta and Delta waves (associated with Dozing and sleep), Gamma waves (higher mental activity including problem solving) Alpha waves (quiet relaxation) and Beta waves (alertness and concentration).
After focusing on how a higher peak indicates greater Mental energy, this study presented the results of a clinical trial showing the effects of Oregano extract on Brain wave activity that showed a higher response to stimulus after Oregano increased mental capacity and can help improve your memory by boosting Your Brain Power!
So, WE need to enjoy the power of pizza not only to our Guy but most importantly our Brain by staying Calm and eating more!
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Thanks to several breakthroughs over the recent years at the National Institutes of Health in Brain science, there has been a discovery on how to have the power to increase our Brain size!
By obtaining this process, it will change your life in so many ways, from increasing Memory to harnessing the power of your Brain to create new Neurons. Here are some helpful Tools!
Yoga helps change Your Brain Chemistry in Positive ways, for it helps build more robust levels of gray matter in brain areas involved with pain modulation. Yoga’s enhancement of Neuroprotective properties not only spare the Brain from gray matter loss, but it also will build up Gray Matter volume in certain regions of the Brain. This is important because, losing Gray Matter can lead to Memory Impairment, Emotional Problems, Poorer Pain Tolerance and Decreased Cognitive Functioning.
Juggling helps increase hand/eye coordination, but what’s going on inside your Brain while juggling is incredible! Juggling doesn’t just increase your Brain’s Gray Matter, but it also boosts the part of the Brain that contains nerve cells’ bodies and helps a part of your Brain that enhances Cellular Connections Grow.
Mediation can cause measurable Brain changes in areas involved with Memory, Compassion and Stress. By practicing Mindfulness Meditation (becoming aware of what is true moment by moment; to be present and turn attention to what is happening at that moment in a nonjudgmental way.) for just eight weeks, it will cause changes your Brain in a way that even MRI scanners can detect.
Learning to play Music literally increases the size of your Brain, with the biggest impact occurring in Children taking up music before the age of 7. When Brain circuits are involved in Musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training that is leading to Memory and more extensive connectivity. Some of the Brain changes that occur with Musical training reflect the automation of task (much as one would recite a multiplication table) and the acquisition of highly specific sensorimotor and Cognitive skills required for various aspects of musical expertise.
Having Healthy Omega-3 fatty acids circulating in the Body is linked to bigger Brains. People with twice the levels of omega-3s DHA and EPA than others had about a .7 percent larger Brain volume. With a higher omega-3, it also boosts a 2.7 percent larger Hippocampus. (This part of the brain involves memory.)
Cardio helps increase Brain volume in regions of the Brain linked to age-related Brain structure and function decline.
Practicing Intermittent Fasting can beneficially thicken certain parts of your Brain while boosting Brains functional ability, by increasing the production of Brain Neurotropic growth factor (a protein that promotes neuron growth and protection) that will be making us more resilient to Neurological Stress.
Our Brain is just like a Muscle and will get stronger when we embrace challenges, so let’s Grow our Mindset by practicing these helpful tools to unlock our noggin since Practice makes Progress not Perfect.
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Thanks to Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine, they have found that less fit Middle-Aged Adults saw loss of Brain volume after 20 years!
For their study, Researchers looked at over 1,500 people from the Framingham Heart Study, or FHS (a project of the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute and Boston University). The subjects were age 40 on average and did not have Dementia and were given a treadmill test.
Two decades later, Researchers looked at the same group (consisting of just over 1,000 People), minus any who had developed high Blood pressure. Each group was then given MRI Brain scans and Those subjects who saw their Blood pressure and Heart rate surge the most during the treadmill test were more likely to have smaller Brain volumes starting in a minimal of just two decades later!
“We found a direct correlation in our study between poor fitness and Brain volume decades later, which indicates accelerated Brain Aging because on every eight units of lower physical performance was associated with reductions of Brain volume equal to one year of accelerated Brain Aging.”-Study Author: Nicole Spartano of Boston University School of Medicine.
So, thanks to this Study ANY form of exercise is extremely helpful in continuing our Brain health no matter how little or long it takes place. Let’s do ourselves and others a big favor by motivating them to join us in a Physical and Mental activity daily instead of poorly taking the time correctly!
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Most of us don’t think twice about it, but chewing has implications for our Brain Health!
Thanks to a study by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, When the random selected participants were put through several tests, those who were chewing gum had a 10% faster reaction times compared to those who weren’t.
By using functional MRI scans, the researchers found that chewing affected eight parts of the brain! These areas are involved in executive function (actions) or motor-related functions. Chewing stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which stimulates part of the brain responsible for alertness. And we know that chewing increases heart rate, which in turn increases blood flow to the brain.
“Those areas seem to light up more when people chew gum.”- Dr Duncan Banks, a director of the British Neuroscience Association
Thanks to this study, People who chew more gum can increase productivity because chewing gum has been discovered to help improve performance when people are struggling to pay attention!
So, take time to get more use of any sort of Gum since by making this take place your Brain will start to get going!
Have You Ever Wondered, What Happens To Our Brain When Reading More?
Reading is such an immersive experience that brings our Brain even more alive. What happens is that, it creates it’s own images and ideas that you lose yourself in a novel that is a virtual reality kind of experience!
Thanks to recent study at Harvard University, there has been evidence that discovered how our structure of the Brain physically changes through reading! Our Brain when reading is Active: growing, changing, making new connections and different patterns that is depending on the type of material you are reading.
Also, thanks to this study they were able to identify some of helpful tools as in:
Brain creates photo’s automatically as we read whether intending to or not. With this occurring, it is the reason why getting emotions when reading or film adaptations.
Different types of reading provide different experiences for our Brain with different benefits. Reading for fun can increase blood flow to different areas of the Brain while ready to study can give your Brain a workout across multiple cognitive function areas!
Reading improves our attention span. Books has a beginning, middle and end that is beneficial for our Brains by encouraging us to think is sequence. The more we read, the more our Brain is able to link cause and effect. Reading out loud gives more capacity to expand your attention span.
When reading, our Brain changes physically by the white matter in the language area increasing and can make us more empathetic to others in real life along with how they are feeling.
They area of the Brain linked to receptive for language (the left temporal cortex) and where the neurons make representations of sensation gain a heightened connectivity when reading in the evening
Thanks to this study our Brain does permanently change by energy levels, mood, energetic and more. So, next time you choose a book from the shelf or a download do yourself a favor and think about what you will be reading since that can impact much more than you realize!
Did you know that when whistling, it causes our Brain to work out covering over 12 different areas and will boost our cognition along with our mood?
Incase not there are many parts of the Brain used when whistling, which are in the temporal lobe (Central Sulcus, Post Central Sulcus, Terminal Branch Sylvian Fissure, Gyrus Supra Marginalis, Wernicke Area, Superior Temporal Sulcus, Inferior Temporal Sulcus, Interior Temporal Gyrus, Middle Temporal Gyrus, Superior Temporal Gyrus, Slyvian Fissure, Heschl’s Gyrus External Part), here is what is exactly happening!
First, you must hear or remember the song.
To hear and interpret the sound, your auditory cortex will receive the sound in different areas based on its pitch. Now, you have the intention to whistle or the song to whistle to in your head.
Second, you should control your lip muscles and "tell them" to purse.
The primary motor cortex helps control lip muscles.
The supplementary motor area helps control the planning of whistling since it's a complex motion and its initiation if you've heard the song before. The posterior parietal cortex models what you're about to do based on visual and other sensory inputs.
Third, you must blow air through your lips and move your tongue accordingly.
The primary motor cortex in the cerebral cortex has a tract down to the spinal cord, which has another cranial nerve,the glossopharyngeal nerve, that fires on the respiratory muscles and forces you to blow air out of your mouth to whistle.
By doing these steps you can be whistling and your brain will start to get an enormous exercising work out throughout the 12 different parts of the brain involved in whistling and the more energy your Brain uses the higher level of cognition is boosted!
So, enjoy what happens when you hear a song and decide to whistle or remember a song and decide to whistle!
Did you know that: Eating nuts may make your Brain function better?
If not, thanks to a recent study published in The Official Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology was able to find a direct connection between a variety of nuts and Brain health.
During this study to located what eating nuts had on brainwave activity, the Researchers connected EEG machines to nine different regions of random multiple participant’s heads while monitoring their Brainwave activity. These participants were eating: Cashews, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios, and Walnuts. The results were amazing!
What took place is that, with the participants recorded such a higher level of frequencies that the researchers claim they were associated with deep meditation, empathy, healing, as well as neural synchronization, enhanced cognitive processing, recall, and memory.
Thanks to this selected study, the Researchers were able to conclude that: eating nuts regularly will highly benefit our Brain health by improving attention span, memorization, and boost our Brain in much more areas!
So, let’s go ahead and start eating well because it is a form of self-respect that is not just a short term diet since it is a LONG TERM lifestyle and Brain change!
Did You Know the Power that Chocolate has on the Brain?
Thanks to recent study by: Georgina Chrichton a Nutrition Researcher at the University of South Australia, she had discovered that individuals eating chocolate correlated with a wide variety of positive health outcomes, and the treat’s effect on the Brain and Behavior.
During the analyses, Chrichton had cognitive tests taken place from a random selection of 300 individuals that had not eaten chocolate over a week against those whom had been enjoying the treat at least once a week.
The outcome was loaded with significant positive relationships between chocolate intake and cognitive performance!
What was located is that, not only eating chocolate is strongly connected with multiple Brain boost as in: Memorization, Visual Scanning (is the ability to use vision to search in a systematic manner, such as top to bottom and left to right) and Visual Tracking (defined as efficiently focusing on an object as it moves across a person's visual field), Abstract Reasoning (ability to quickly identify patterns, logical rules and trends in new data, integrate this information, and apply it to solve problems) and the Mental State Examination (a structured way of observing and under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, mood, affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition and insight.), but also this magical treat helps get more blood to the Brain, assists in reducing Cognitive Age Related Dysfunction and improves a wide number of Brain functions!
So, instead of just rushing off to stuff your face with this magical sweet of Brain Power, let’s start eating small amounts of it without ANY guilt if you don't substitute sum for a normal balanced healthy diet already, because eating chocolate is like a big hug from all over the inside especially our Brain!
Have you ever understood how sleep is extremely good for memory?
Thanks to a recent study from Dr. Scott Cairney at the University of York, they discovered how important sleep is and that it enhances our Memorization by helping Neurons form very specific connections on Dendritic Branches that may facilitate our long-term memory!
From this study, they used a random selection of individuals that were separated in to two different groups. These groups had a series of test done with, a group who had slept between a session for around 30-60 minutes against those who had not.
What was located is that with the group that slept, had a large amount of strength in both their memory of the original location as well as the new location. This finding, helped demonstrate how sleep benefits all the multiple representations of the same experience in our Brain!
So, no matter the amount we need to rest our mind by take a period through the day or certain amount per week because after learning something it helps encourage the Brain cells to make connections with other brain cells by strengthening both old and new versions of an experience!
If you don’t sleep well you won’t learn well.
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Thanks to a recent study, Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the Brain and a noticeable difference in Behavior!
During this study by: Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, at the: German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, had a large group of Volunteers that were randomly selected to help understand the Cognitive and Neural effects of Physical and Cognitive activity across the lifespan.
These individuals that participated, were assigned an eighteen-month weekly course of learning constantly changing dance routines of different genres (Jazz, Square, Latin-American and Line Dance).
It was amazing, what the groups showed after because there was a large increase in the Hippocampus region of the Brain!
These changed that were discovered are important because, this area can be prone to age-related decline and also plays a key role in Memory and Learning, as well as keeping one's Balance.
So, let's start getting more into dancing since is a powerful tool to set new challenges for Body and Mind!
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Thanks to a recent study at the: Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, Eating green, leafy vegetables daily may have the ability to beat back aging in the brain, possibly allowing our minds to act a decade younger!
During Martha Morris' study, she analyzed the diets and Brain activity of nearly 1,000 randomly selected participants. Each of these participant were tracked for an average of 4.7 years, followed by each year the participants filled out a questionnaire about: how many servings of leafy greens they ate daily. This questionnaire also involved thinking and memory skill tests
After examining the results, The difference between the two groups was the equivalent of being 11 years younger in age!
So, by adding a daily serving of green, leafy vegetables to your diet, ends up being a simple way to foster your Brain health, because Brain health needs to be critical!
Have you ever wanted to learn effective ways to pump up your Brain?
Well here are over 15 helpful tools to take a targeted approach to pumping up your mental muscles!
Meditation boosts your Brain power from every angle: It helps you de-stress, it increases your memory, and ups your ability to focus. It can also help your Brain in a way to have better control over processing pain and emotions
By using your left hand (to write, to brush your teeth, etc.), you boost activity in that right hemisphere, which can improve your creativity scores nearly 50 percent
Spending time in Nature lowers stress levels and improves mood
20 minutes of a Resistance Exercise can boost your episodic memory performance and/or your long-term memory about specific events
Amino acid found almost exclusively in Green tea leaves blocks the binding of certain chemicals to stress receptors in your Brain
Manipulating tumbling blocks(Tetris, Sodoku) for a few minutes a day can expand your Brain’s stockpiles of Gray matter, which contains most of your Brain’s Neurons
Jogging a few days a week improves ability to juggle different tasks by 30 percent
Getting a nap of 40 minutes, improves memory because any form of sleep transfers new memories to your Melon's Neocortex, where they’re stored more permanently, improving your ability to recall them
Swiping on a smartphone can actually strengthen your Brain: The thumb dexterity you develop using a touchscreen increases the activity and size of certain areas of your Brain
Exercising harder has a 32 percent higher levels of a Brain-derived protein (BDNF) in the body, to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.
Drink Water to Speed Reaction Time because Water is so important for survival that your Brain’s “Drink something!” warning system, which fires up when you’re thirsty.
Eat Sage for Better Recall:eating the herb in almost any amount does the job.
Change Your Routine to Boost Brainpower: the same mental tasks over and over again reinforce your brain’s synaptic connections related to those activities. To counteract this effect, switch up your routines—everything from your workout to your day-to-day activities.
De-stress to be Less Forgetful: most memory loss is stress related because the Brain sometimes has trouble moving from one thing to another and back again.
Eat Vitamin-Rich Foods for Better Memory:
Almonds- have high levels of vitamin E, which reduces Cognitive impairment.
Blueberries- are rich in flavonoids which improve spatial memory in your Brain’s ability to retain the environment around you and antioxidants, which lessen the inflammation that contributes to memory problems.
Chocolate- has rich antioxidant to help boost cognitive function, reduce the risk of dementia, and improve performance on Brain teasers.
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Thanks to recent studies at the Neurochemical Pathology there has been answers to help getting your Brain geared up to Think, Act and Be: Better!
Thanks to this study, there was not only the discovery of how the Essential oils don’t just help you bring back Memories of special points in time or places, but also how some different types of the Oil's help with Alertness, Future and Past Memories, Calming the Brain and other mental benefits based on the chemical compounds called Terpenes(small Molecules that are absorbed into the blood stream through the nose or lungs.) Terpenes are so small that, they can easily cross the blood-Brain barrier, which means they can be absorbed by the Brain, impacting its Neurological processes!
So, if you combine the effectiveness of the Essential oils with the magnanimous power of YOUR OWN Mindset, then you get an instantaneous lift, a rapid clearing of the fog and so much more!
Here are a list of Oil's and what they assist with, so enjoy and get started asap to: Think, Be and Live: Positively Successful!
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Thanks to Dr. Richard Williams from RMIT University along with Professor David Disbet at The Australian National University, they have created a “Hydrogel Scaffold” that heals damaged Brains!
This Breakthrough offers a BIG new hope for treating Brain Injuries and their damaged tissue since the Brain cannot repair itself.
For example: TBI’s result in a devastating long-term damage as the response to the injury prevents growth, but Thanks for Dr. Williams: “It is critical that you find a natural way to stop the inflammation and scarring, yet encourage healing.”
During this study Working with a Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company: Marinova, the researchers put together a natural anti-inflammatory polysaccharide (sugar molecule), which is found in seaweed with short peptides (small proteins) and were able to create the Hydrogel Scaffold that matches the exact same structure of a Healthy Brain Tissue! The seaweed stops the scar’s and the Scaffold lets the cells grow.
The team’s next step was that, they injected the Hydrogel Scaffold into a damaged Brain, and you would not believe the remarkable results! What took place is that, “The Hydrogel Scaffold was shown to support the wound, prevent scarring and also was able to finally improve healing that Incredibly this process had a positive effect on cells a long way from the wound!
“This potentially allows an entirely natural, biomaterial approach to treat the damage caused by Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke(ABI) by allowing the Brain to repair itself.”-Dr. Williams
So, this breakthrough finally provides a visual that the Brain is likely to regrow when injected with the hydrogel, radically modifying how our Brain’s will react to ANY Injury!
Making Sense of the Nonsense:
Thanks to a study by Dr. Travis Proulx a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Dr. Steven Heine, a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, now suggest that nonsense may sharpen the Brain to sense patterns it would otherwise miss!
Our Brain has evolved to predict, and it does so by identifying patterns when those patterns are broken down. For example: when a hiker stumbles across a chair sitting deep in the woods, as if dropped from the sky. Our Brain will then grope for something let alone anything that makes sense!
During this process, it may retreat to a familiar ritual, like checking equipment, but it may also turn its attention outward. Yet, during this process it may come across other hidden items that will grab our attention since the urge to find a coherent pattern makes it more likely that the Brain will find one.
During this study: Dr. Proulx and Dr. Heine, had 20 randomly selected College Students read an absurd short story. After this segment, each student studied a series of 45 different strings of six to nine letters.
For example: X, M, X, R, T, V, etc.
Later that day, there was a test on those strings and choosing what the Students assumed they had seen before from a list of 60 strings attached. The results were amazing! What took place is that the test’s stand measured of what Dr. Proulx and Dr. Heine called: Implicit Learning: Knowledge Gained Without Awareness.
These selected Students had no idea what patterns their Brain was going to be able to sense or even how well they were performing, but they did surprisingly well! The test resulted with the Students selecting about 30 percent more of the letter strings and almost twice as accurate in their choice than comparing to a group of Students who read a coherent/logical short story.
“The fact that the group who read the absurd story identified more letter strings suggests that they were more motivated to look for patterns than the others, and the fact that they were more accurate means, we think, that they’re forming new patterns they wouldn’t be able to form otherwise.” – Dr. Heine
So, by performing this Brain-imaging study of people working out with an unsettling dilemma, it was able to provide that activity in an area called the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) (which functions in part to signal the occurrence of conflicts in information processing) spikes significantly! Researcher’s will continue to explore what more activation is recorded along with greater motivation to seek and correct errors in lives and most importantly, help people with an explicit learning!
To accept nonsense, requires a serious interest in life.
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Our Brains and Bodies have been under review, and the link is very incredible! Thanks to: Dr. Claire Steves from the Kings College in London who led the research could discover that the stronger our leg muscles are is linked to how much better our Brain is during the Ageing process!
This study had over 300 identical twins based over a ten-year watching period while exercising compared to healthy cognitive ageing.
As a result, from walking, running, ANY leg exercises and standing longer the individuals who did so were able to obtain stronger mental abilities and maintained the most about of Grey Matter in the Brain (includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control) ten-years later during follow ups.
So, since the legs contain the largest muscles in the body as they are very important to Fitness and help assist to keep the Brain fit as age progresses we need to adjust lifestyle changes to boost our physical activity that may help keep us both Mentally and Physically Healthy!
Caring for the Mind is just as important as crucial as caring for the Body, since one cannot be healthy without the other!
Try Taking a Cool Shower: does a great job at getting us motivated and it definitely “wakes up” our brains.
Listen to Some Energetic Music: For those who really want to wake up feeling charged, create a CD or playlist that is motivating, inspiring, or that has a quick tempo.
Get Plenty of Sleep: It can be very difficult to have a great morning every day if you aren’t getting adequate sleep the night before! Each person needs a different amount of sleep: some individuals are able to run on 5 hours effectively, while others need over 8 hours. Either way, be sure you are meeting your individual sleep requirements. Getting plenty of sleep the night before allows you to wake up easier in the morning, and truly take advantage of your mornings.
Have Fruit Juice with Breakfast: Whether you are a fan of either coffee or green tea, fruit juice is yet another alternative. Having a hearty glass of Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Grape Juice, Pineapple Juice, etc. will be a great way to start up your brain in the morning. All of these juices contain healthy amounts of sugars, nutrients, and vitamins that will lace your Brain cells with plenty of energy that they will be able to utilize throughout almost the entire day to communicate with one another.
Set an Alarm Clock: Most people set alarm clocks in order to wake up in time for their work shift or school classes. Whether they know it or not, setting an alarm clock is suggested to ensure a productive, mentally stimulating morning.
Wake up to the Smell of Freshly Brewed Coffee: Waking up to the smell of coffee is easy to accomplish if you enjoy drinking coffee. There is even some research that suggests just from the aroma of coffee, Brain activity will increase along with your physical energy level!
Consider Drinking Green Tea: If you aren’t the type of person who likes to drink coffee, you may want to consider drinking some tea instead! Green Tea and other teas have been proven to be great for your Brain, because they boost activity and provide you with healthy nutrients that will stay in your body throughout the entire morning!
Turn on the Lights: Get a Dose of Sunshine! It makes it increasingly difficult to fully wake up or stay awake when you feel as if you are in a dark cave! Turn on some bright lights in the morning and let light shine in through your windows. A good habit to get into is opening up the blinds on your windows, which is a great for boosting Brain power and activity.
Get Some Fresh Air in the House: Open up some windows in the morning! Sure it may feel a little bit chilly, but you can bet that it will make you want to wake up. Fresh air flowing through the house feels very soothing and revitalizing in the morning.
Utilize the Power of Your Brain Waves: Many people aren’t yet aware of the great brainwave entrainment software that is on the market or what it can do for them. Let’s just say it is a phenomenal way to get your morning started.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast: Eating a healthy, hearty breakfast is one of the single most powerful ways to prepare both your Body and Brain for the rest of the day.
Start the Day with Physical Exercise: When you start the day with exercise, you start the day with power. We already know that exercise is a great activity for your Mind and Body. It boosts energy levels, and leaves people feeling replenished, happy, and mentally clear.
Consider taking vitamin supplements: Taking vitamin and mineral supplements each day is definitely not a bad thing – especially if you aren’t quite sure whether or not you are getting an adequate amount of vitamins via your diet. They are good for the Health of your Body, Brain, and have been scientifically proven to be Healthy.
Visualize – See the Big Picture: Each time you plan out your day, it helps if you visualize. Close your eyes and use your imagination. Focus on picturing each and every task in which you hope to accomplish today. Visualize your life and how you’d like it to be. Feel free to use positive affirmations or goal statements to help boost your energy. Using visualization is a powerful way to start each morning. It is a phenomenal mental exercise that prepares you for all of the upcoming events in your schedule.
Add a Meditation Routine to Your Morning: Many people find it very helpful to include a meditation routine in their mornings. Research has shown that people who meditate each day for at least 15 minutes enjoy increased energy, mental activity, calmness, and alertness than those who don’t meditate.
Do a Crossword Puzzle: There are many great mental exercises that you can perform each morning that will help keep your brain fit. Crossword puzzles, Sudokus, Brain Games, and solving math problems are all great ways to improve your mental quickness and dexterity each morning
Thanks to recent study by: Dr. Ted Dinan, a leading expert in the interface between Biology and Psychiatry and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cork, Ireland discovered how, in addition to the Brain in your head, embedded in the wall of your gut is your Enteric Nervous System (ENS), which works both independently of and in Conjunction with the Brain in your head!
This form of communication between the two, runs both ways and is the pathway for how foods affect your mood.
For example, fatty foods make you feel good because fatty acids are detected by cell receptors in the lining of your gut, which then send warm and fuzzy nerve signals to your Brain.
However, this gut-brain connection is far more than just comfort food or butterflies in your stomach. They have also discovered how, a person's Stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of Anxiety, Stress, or Depression. “Wherever there is Mental Distress, there is Digestive Distress, the Brain is not always the cause of Mental illness because the low levels of inflammatory process in the Body underlie Depression, Anxiety and other Mental and Cognitive Disorders. And healthy bacteria can regulate inflammatory process in the body.” - Dr. Ted Dinan University of Cork Ireland
Even though this study will continue to be developing it just shows, how both our Gut and Brain are connected.
So, let’s make sure to take better care of our “Two Brains” because a Healthy Gut is the Key to a Healthy Brain!
Did you know?!
One of the greatest powers of the human mind is, its ability to focus on one thing for an extended period?
Everyone is always, looking to improve our concentration to perform better at work/school, to ace our exams, to increase reading comprehension, or and most importantly to simply make everyday life easier!
But, the problem is that if there is not the ability to focus, then we may end up thinking that it is just the way our Brain works and that there’s not much that we can do about it.
I would like to share with you some helpful tools that can help ANYONE develop their ability to concentrate, which helps our Brain shine!
Below are some easy ways to improve your concentration and focus that will help you overcome distractions and get rid of the clutter that effect your ability to concentrate!
Prepare Your Brain. Before a task, calm your brain down
Understand Where Your Focus Needs to Be
Unplug and take breaks for at least 30 Minutes
Grab Some Coffee and/or the right amount of Caffeine to boost your Brain power- improves concentration, mood and alertness
Eat the right food for your Brain (vegetables, fruit, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients- Fish or Coconut Oil), to keep these simple principles in mind.
Improve dopamine- boosting supplements: physical exercise, Ginko Biloba (Brain Herb), Tyrosine: amino acid coverts into dopamine, fruits, vegetables, coffee and Protein diet
Mediation- improves concentration, focusing, memory, sleep, stress reduction and greater creativity
Chew Gum- boost accuracy rates and reaction times while increasing the ability to concentrate and focus
Eat Mints- just like chewing Gum
Doodle- helps you concentrate, grasp new concepts and retain info
Memory notes- helps make new information more interesting and likely to stick
Sleep- low level of sleep makes it harder to concentrate
Stay hydrated- drinking water is easiest way to improve memory and concentration since Brain is 75% water!
Knocking on the door of life, standing up- moves energy up to your head to promote clear thinking and calm a racing mind
Do not forget to breathe: our Brain needs oxygen and the cells can only live a few minutes without it
Did You Know?
When you are considering lifestyle changes that always will include Brain health, one of the most important aspects to consider is something that we do not get enough of, which is sleep!
During the time of sleep, there are primary stages. These stages are: Rapid Eye Movement (Brain waves demonstrate characteristics that are like waking sleep, a combination of alpha, beta, and desynchronous waves), which is when we dream and a deep sleep also known as stage four.
With the stage of deep sleep and REM, those are the parts of sleep when consolidation of information takes place. For, sleep quantity and quality have a major role in what and how well we process and remember information!
So, consider this a permission slip to get a good night sleep because it helps clear waste from the Brain, supports learning, memory and helps the Brain recuperate after a long day.
Prioritizing good sleep, is good self-love!
Did you know?
Thanks to a recent study by the Researches at Neurobiology of Aging, they were able to determine that: Coconut creates Ketones, which helps boost Brain power!
What takes place is the Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) that is provided within Coconut’s help improve: Cognitive functions, instant energy to Brain cells, Ketones broken down by the liver to be sent to the Brain and assistance with Memory problems.
With this new research, it showed that Coconut oil also can supply the Brain with a very clean source of energy(increases the phospholipid and omega-3 fatty acid (EPA & DHA) content in the parietal cortex of the Brain) that prevents unwanted short-term symptoms and is effective at preventing and can be treating Neurodegenerative disease states!
So, when you have time start to locate some of this natural medicine that is considered to be one of the best fuels for a healthy Brain function at any local store or online because it is the healthiest oil and product on earth!
Did you know that: by having just two daily servings of vital nutrients is enough to reduce brain age by 11 years?!
Thanks to a recent study let by: Professor Martha Clare Morris a Nutrional Edpidemiologist of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago discovered that:
Eating green leafy vegetables could reduce brain age by around eleven years.
For example: Vitamin K in foods like mustard greens, spinach, kale, collards folate, beta-carotene, lutein, brightly colored fruits and vegetables have been linked to slower Cognitive decline for the first time thanks to her study.
What took place is that, this study was involved with 954 different adults for over five year. The Researchers found that people who ate just two simple servings per day of leafy vegetables resulted with, having much better Cognitive powers than those who ate none at all.
“Losing one’s memory or cognitive abilities is one of the biggest fears for people as they get older. Since declining cognitive ability is central to Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “Our study provides evidence that eating green leafy vegetables and other foods rich in vitamin K, lutein and beta-carotene can help to keep the brain healthy to preserve functioning.” – Professor Morris
So, let’s remember to eat to focus on adding these helpful tools to our meal to produce a powerful “Mind Diet” because food is fuel not therapy and to be healthy we need to eat healthy!
Did you know that: Mediation may lead to volume changes in Key areas of the Brain?
Incase not, the positive effects of Mindfulness Meditation have such a huge impact on increases in the regional Brain gray matter density!
Thanks to recent study at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology located that: within Mediation it can be used to regulate the Alpha Rhythm, Sensory perception and more!
For example: when an individual anticipates a touch, sight or sound, the focusing of attention induces a lower alpha wave height in the Cortical Cells that would handle the expected sensation.
In return, Mediation will be turning up the volume of those cells that helps awareness, memorization, empathy and will turn down the volume on distracting information, control our thoughts, reduce feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, confusion, pain, can provide a calm and peaceful mind balance that gives us a more creative response, slows you down to notice all the beauty around you and reduces stress, which these may be helping the Brain deal with an often-overstimulating World!
"It is fascinating to see the brain's plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the Brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life."- Dr. Britta Hölzel, PhD,
So, let’s get started in being the difference by starting to Meditate because, acting with intention is the key to active Mindfulness Meditation!
Did you know that, there are mental benefits of getting a massage?
Thanks to recent professor the University of California San Francisco: Dov Michali, he discovered how when receiving a massage, it has effects on the sense of relaxation and all the other general well beings!
This study was with random participants that received a total of eight massaged over a period of 4 weeks. After this time frame, the participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) to assets their stress levels.
There were such amazing results, for there were lowered levels of Cortisol (stress) and Epinephrine and Norepinephrine (fight or flight reaction to stress),Serotonin
(mood, hunger, sleep and promotes well-being) and Dopamine (reward system). The reduction to these levels result in a lower heart rate and a lower blood pressure, for that is what is needed for a sense of relaxation.
When receiving a massage of any form not only has the opposite effects on Cortisol, Serotonin, and Dopamine levels, but it decreases Frontal Right Lobe activity in the Brain and increases activity in the left!
So, let’s start taking time to quite the negative committee that meets inside our noggin and make a massage a regular part of our well-being routine because a massage is not just a luxury it is a way to a healthier and happier life!
Did you know that, being a loner for the right reason can have surprising advantages?!
Thanks to recent studies from Dr. Julie Bowker: The Department of Psychology at the University of Buffalo, they were able to discover that spending time alone is very helpful and linked to increase Creativity along with other Cognitive skills instead of being unhealthy!
Social withdrawal is related to anxiety, fear and a large production of negative outcomes, but if the withdrawal is linked without any of these features then it is linked to a powerful Brain boost!
During this study, there were over 290 young adults that were randomly selected and the findings were so impressive that the random participants showed a large value in being able to think and be more creative and easily develop new ideas! Therefore, thanks to the new findings linking to creativity and cognitive boost, Psychologist are beginning to better understand the different motivations for social withdrawals and that unsociability may be better characterized as a potentially beneficial form!
“When people think about the costs associated with social withdrawal, often they adopt a developmental perspective.
During childhood and adolescence, the idea is that if you’re removing yourself too much from your peers, then you’re missing out on positive interactions like receiving social support, developing social skills and other benefits of interacting with your peers.
This may be why there has been such an emphasis on the negative effects of avoiding and withdrawing from peers.”- Dr. Bowker
So, instead of thinking that drawing out of because of fear, anxiety or any negative aspect we need to change the focus to understand the powerful use of spending time alone!
Did you know: listening to Music benefits our Brain?!
Thanks to a recent study by: Baycrest Health Sciences, they discovered how, listening to music can reduce anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, memory, increase some cognitive functions, enhance learning and concentration, ward off the effects of Brain aging and much more since the nutrients that is provided to the whole area of the Brain!
During a random selection of over 400 individuals, the discovered how, listening to music triggers the Brain’s nucleus Accumbens, which is responsible for releasing the feel-good neurochemical dopamine, which is an integral part of the pleasure-reward and motivational systems and plays a critical role in learning.
Music has the power to improve specific higher Brain functions and really can make you smarter. Brain scans reveal noticeably more symmetry, larger areas of the brain responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination, and more developed callosum. The corpus callosum is the band of nerve fibers that connects the two sides of the brain to each other, allowing communication.
Brain is hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. Specific brain regions linked to autobiographical and episodic memories and emotions are activated by hearing familiar music
Music therapy can improve health outcomes in a wide variety of populations, from premature infants and children with autism, ADHD or developmental and learning disabilities, to people with emotional trauma, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, acute and chronic pain, depression, Parkinson’s disease, and much more.
So, we need to take more time to enjoy music since Neurons in the Brain fire in sync to music that enhances this ability, and much more of our personal advantages!
Did you know that: Playing Music can improve your Brain more than any other activity?!
Thanks to a recent study at the University of Montreal, Musical training can change Brain structure and function for the better!
This study was covered over 15 month period of a random selection of 32 Musical and Non-Musical volunteers.
What the Researchers have found is that, the anatomical change in Musicians' Brains is related to the age when training began. It shouldn't be surprising, but thanks to the long term comparison researcher they were able to locate that, learning at a younger age causes the most drastic changes along with even those with moderate Musical training preserved sharp processing of speech sounds and is able to increase resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.
There was even more discovered on how playing Music strengthens your Brain's health and strength, here are some examples:
1. Strengthens bonds with others. This shouldn't be surprising. Think about your favorite band. They can only make a record when they have contact, coordination, and cooperation with each other.
2. Strengthens memory and reading skills. The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University states that this is because music and reading are related via common neural and cognitive mechanisms.
3. Playing music makes you happy. McMaster University discovered that babies who took interactive music classes displayed better early communication skills. They also smiled more.
4. Musicians can process multiple things at once. As mentioned above, this is because playing music forces you to process multiple senses at once. This can lead superior multisensory skills.
5. Musical increases blood flow in your brain. Studies have found that short bursts of musical training increase the blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain. That can be helpful when you need a burst of energy. Skip the energy drink and jam for 30 minutes.
6. Music helps the brain recover. Motor control improved in everyday activities with stroke patients.
7. Music reduces stress and depression. A study of cancer patients found that listening and playing music reduced anxiety. Another study revealed that music therapy lowered levels of depression and anxiety.
8. Musical training strengthens the brain's' executive function. Executive function covers critical tasks like processing and retaining information, controlling behavior, making, and problem-solving. If strengthened, you can boost your ability to live. Musical training can improve and strengthen executive functioning in both children and adults.
So, let's get out there and enjoy the power of playing Music since it will alter the Brain waves in a way that improves ability to rewire itself and compensate for injuries or diseases that may hamper a person's capacity to perform tasks and much more!
Did you know?!
Every day, your Brain has the opportunity to grow new cells and form new neural connections if you will be providing what it needs!
Thanks to recent study at the Cambridge Neuroscience, they discovered how two parts of the Brain are involved in collecting and storing personal experiences, which are the: Hippocampus collecting short-term Memories while the Cortex retains long-term memories.
With these areas, our Brain continuously has the ability to gain change and grow, which provides it to get better, throughout our lifetime! This process is called Neuroplasticity.
So, whether you want to be a better student, maintain your competitive edge at work, or stay mentally sharp as you age this improvement can be gained by treating your Brain like the powerful machine it is and give it the highest quality fuel!
Get started here with our: “Mind Diet”
Improve your memory with the right foods of our: “Mind Diet”
At least three servings of Whole Grains each day
One dark green Salad and one other Vegetable each day
Berries at least twice a week
At least a one ounce serving of Nuts each day
Beans or Legumes at least every other day
Poultry at least twice a week
Fish at least once a week
Five glasses of juice or Purple grape juice each day
No more than a table spoon a day of Butter a day
Fried food only once a week
Pastries and Sweets less than five times a week
These selections along with Low carbs and Proteins promise, such a great memory improvement, attention span and slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline!
Did you know that Watching Tv compared to Reading Books changes Neural pathways?!
Thanks to Researchers at the Ohio State University, they have devoted innumerable hours to studying how TV affects our Brains differently than Reading and the discovery was amazing!
As you know, TV was always referred to as: “Screen Time”. But, now with the new age, “Screen Time” reaches to: TV, Smartphones, Tablets, E-readers, and Computers and more, which affects our Brain’s neural pathways, both in the short run and permanently.
During this study, Amy Nathanson the lead researcher tested over 107 Preschoolers and their Parents to see how television impacted a child’s theory of mind.
What they noticed was that, the more a Child watches television or was exposed to television, even if it was playing in the background, the weaker their understanding of their parents’ mental state.
So, if the television was on near the child, it impaired their theory of mind, which is defined as the ability to recognize their own and another person’s beliefs, intents, desires, knowledge and watching too much TV could alter the composition of the human Brain!
After this discovery, the researchers continued and studied over 276 children between the ages of 5 and 18. They could notice that, the more time spent in front of the TV, the thicker the Frontal Lobe region of their Brains developed, which is the same area that is known to: Lower Language Processing and Communication.
The Researchers suspect that, it is also why the volunteers had a lower verbal IQ. But that wasn’t all; the hypothalamus, septum, sensory motor region, and visual cortex were all enlarged which these are where emotional responses, arousal, aggression, and vision are processed.
So, the end results was that increased TV exposure for children under the age of three is linked to delayed language acquisition, which sets them up for years of playing catch up in school and when it comes to school.
Children who sit in front of the TV for two or more hours a day are more likely to have greater psychological difficulties, which include hyperactivity, emotional and behavioral problems, and social conflicts with peers in the classroom!
After this discovery, the volunteers changed to Reading. The Researchers found out that, 15 percent of readers do so to escape and explore their inner imaginations. Meanwhile 26 percent of those who read a book said they enjoyed learning, gaining knowledge, and discovering information.
But aside from pleasure, reading strengthens the Neural pathways like any muscle in your body!
No matter if it is even at a young age, Children who are read to by their parents develop five enhanced reading skills, which is an: Advanced Vocabulary, Word Recognition in spoken words, Ability to Connect Written Letters to Spoken Sounds, Reading Comprehension, and the Fluency to Read Text Accurately and Quickly.
Despite all these benefits though, it’s estimated that around 42 percent of college graduates will never pick up another book after they earn their degrees. But, remember that just because their Brains are technically finished developing doesn’t mean they don’t need to read any more!
This study revealed that, books can stimulate changes in how the Brain is connected, which causes the reader to have lingering feelings from the story, such as: a heightened sense of excitement from reading a page-turner because: Stories shape our lives and in some cases, help define a person.
So, let’s get out there and enjoy opening new books since our Brains are made to be attracted to novelty that has been proven to improve our memory, learning capacity, emotional stimuli and spikes our Brain activity!
Did you know that there are Brain benefits of Children's Dinosaur obsession?
Thanks to a Cognitive study conducted in 2008 at the: Indiana University they discovered that, with a conceptual domain like the subject of: Dinosaurs it helps Children develop an: increased knowledge and persistence, a better attention span, deeper information-processing skills and much more!
What took place is that:
during the cycle of: three separate studies they discovered that, older children with intense interests tend to be of above-average intelligence!
For example: with a Dino obsession, it can be a kid's way of taking in a new subject in a way that feels familiar to them: through the business of having fun. With these studies, they located how there is almost a third of all children having at least one obsession at some point, which is typically between the ages of 2 and 6 (though for some the interest lasts further into childhood). And while these studies have shown that the most common intense interest is vehicles -- planes, trains, and cars -- the next most popular, by a wide margin, is Dinosaurs!
Today, Kids can rattle off the scientific names of dozens, if not hundreds, of Dinosaurs! They can tell you what these creatures ate, what they looked like, and where they lived. They even know the difference between the Mesozoic-Cretaceous periods, and much more.
So being that, a kid's primary occupation is to play, they're going about their job of playing through the lens of things that they're interested in learning about, which is a big confidence and cognitive booster making them better learners and smarter in the long term!