“Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!”
Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to slow down and appreciate the moment and be present. It sounds easy but since many of us live in the virtual world of social media, or we live in the past- thinking about those things that happened to us or live in the future planning or worrying about those that have not happened yet. We seem to be in a constant state of multi-tasking so we’re never fully present to a single task or even to the person standing in front of us.
The brain is the body’s master computer. Although it operates like a computer when it comes to processing information, our brain doesn’t have a “reset” button when it begins to break down.
For the first time in human history, we are living longer than ever before and the rate of growth of the older population is unprecedented! By 2050 it is projected that there will be over 4 million people over 100 years old.
Metal poisoning is much more common than most people realize, and if you're thinking that it doesn't apply to you because you haven't been exposed to any, think again. - Dr Joseph Mercola
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen
Nuts are a great snack not only because they’re a great source of protein but they also have many other great health benefits. Nuts are filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they’re a good source of fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals too!
The holidays bring joy, happiness and fond memories for many people but for others, the holidays can bring the blues. The underlying psychological causes for the sadness may be different for each person but the physiological cause is low serotonin levels.
Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain's chemical messengers.
Dopamine is associated with physical movement, memory, alertness, attention, emotions and perception Think of dopamine as the reward and pleasure center of the brain.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is more common than you think, however it often goes undiagnosed because many people think of this as a childhood issue. Children who exhibit symptoms of ADD are easy to recognize but we tend to dismiss the symptoms in adults as just having too much on our plate or too many responsibilities.
As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.
Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits involved in forming habits. Dr. Elisha Goldstein, clinical psychologist, describes how a mindfulness practice can be used to curb bad habits.
A mindfulness practice is one of the techniques that can be used to train your brain to let go of old bad habits and create new good habits. With brain training techniques such as mindfulness, you’re able to break the automatic response by creating awareness of triggers, thoughts and body sensations that are associated with that habit.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and color the minutest cells of the brain . . .” This is Rudyard Kipling's most famous quotation, and it is from a speech he made to the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1923.
Cognitive decline starts in the 30’s, is gradual and the subtle changes are often not picked up until significant cognitive parameters have decreased. However, getting a brain “check-up” has been shown to be effective when symptoms are addressed early.