Your teeth and your brain are both housed in your head, but what does oral care have to do with the health of your brain? That’s the question scientists were trying to answer when they discovered that periodontal disease—an inflammatory condition that eventually leads to the loss of teeth—could kickstart Alzheimer’s disease.
Reap nature’s meditative benefits: Head outdoors for some all-natural, feel-good vibes.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Can you remember when you last spent quality time with some trees and grass? Research has long documented how spending time in the great outdoors (and not just to travel from point A to point B) can have numerous benefits for your overall well-being and mental health, and the field is only growing (no pun intended). A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology in 2018 found that even spending as little as five minutes outdoors was linked to a significant mood boost.
Researchers have honed in on a link between genetics, the gut microbiome, and memory. A new study identified a lactate as a key memory-boosting molecular messenger in mouse models. Mice fed Lactobacillus microbes had increased levels of GABA in their brains.
Smokestacks, chemtrails, and exhaust pipes are typically recognized as necessary side-effects to modern human life, the “cost of doing business” if you will. News and media programming, legislature, and large corporations all normalize and tout these things as benign elements of progress, plenty, and prosperity.
It was not long ago that cigarettes were sold to the American people under the same false bill of goods, as glamorous, progressive and safe. But research increasingly indicates that these smoke-spilling technologies have a lot more in common with cigarettes than just their advertising campaigns — they both degrade health and wellbeing gradually by way of the respiratory system. Increasingly research indicates that exposure to atmospheric toxins in the air are taking their toll on human cognitive health, and suggesting that brain fog may be partially accounted for by environmental smog.
While the most widely known and acutely threatening element of COVID-19 is its respiratory effects, mounting evidence is revealing that COVID-19 may pose both short and long-term health risk to the brain and central nervous system.
“Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a specific type of memory loss that progresses into Alzheimer’s disease at a rate of 12-15% per year, if no preventive measures are implemented.” – Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation
Exposure to household toxicants, including cleaning products and pesticides, was associated with delayed language and cognitive development in young children.
We need to consider the times that naps were taken more seriously.