When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
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.
Research has made it abundantly clear that the CNS and immune system not only communicate but in fact interact and rely on each other in intricate and complex ways. It is clear that maintaining a strong immune system is vital to supporting not only brain function, but also preventing disease. By the same token, maintaining optimal brain health and proper stress management are also clearly essential to toning and aiding the immune system, and preventing any of its complex cells from becoming too numerous, or their functions going awry. Together, these two systems interact in a holistic way to keep one well throughout the lifetime. Thus it is essential not only to view this iteration through a holistic framework, but also to treat it via a holistic method or practice such as yoga, which not only supports brain health and immune function, but which serves to bolster the whole body system, for an intelligent defense against injury or disease.
Intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular strategies for losing weight, and it’s touted as having many physical health benefits. But what does it do to your brain? Let’s take a deep dive into the research to find out what “time-restricted eating” really does to your brain.
Emmy Lymn discusses how yoga can provide benefits beyond just the physical, and how it can additionally leave a positive impact on the brain.
Let’s explore how stress negatively impacts your health and some steps you can take to prevent it.
Researchers say brain pathways begin to erode in late 40s, but can be repaired through dietary changes
Researchers report a low carb-based diet may help to prevent or reverse signs of early brain aging in middle-aged people.
Blood flow is critical for life. It transports nutrients, including oxygen, to every cell in your body and flushes away toxins. Even though your brain, which weighs about 3 pounds, makes up only 2% of your body’s weight, it uses 20% of the oxygen and blood flow in your body. Anything that impairs blood flow or damages your blood vessels hurts your brain and your mental well-being.
Do you know how many milliliters of blood is delivered to the brain per heartbeat, or whether you experience pain during brain surgery? Researchers explore five things you probably didn’t know about the human brain.