Posts Tagged ‘Stress & Mood-Balance’

The BEST Maca Coconut Flour Pancakes!

  Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Paleo Friendly!   Serving Size: Serves 1  |  Prep time: 10min  |  Cook Time: 15min   Haven’t heard of Maca before? Maca originally comes from a plant, known scientifically as Lepidium meyenii, and is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. Maca is known to provide numerous health benefits, such as enhanced learning and…

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7 Natural Ways To Increase Your Body’s Serotonin

    Article At-A-Glance: Serotonin is a powerful neurotransmitter that is involved with a host of processes within the body. Serotonin is one of your ‘happy chemicals,’ and helps regulate your mood. Some research indicates that serotonin levels may impact bone mineral density. Serotonin is a precursor to the sleep hormone melatonin. Signs of a…

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What Exactly Is Cognitive Function? Plus 5 Ways To Improve Yours!

  At some point you’ve likely heard the term ‘cognitive function,’ but you might have wondered, ‘what does it really mean?’ A good starting point is understanding the word cognition. Cognition comes from the Latin word cognoscere, which means ‘to get to know.’ Cognition refers to your ability to perceive, react, make decisions, and respond…

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The Link Between Sugar & Brain Health

  The brain is an energy demanding organ that is fueled by glucose. Have you ever wondered how brain function is impacted by excessive sugars from the standard American diet? Excessive sugar can impair our cognitive function, mood and even our self-control.  Sugar can also have an addition-like effect on the brain, impacting our ability…

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6 Ashwagandha Benefits: The Indian “Super-herb”

  Article At-A-Glance: Western researchers are starting to recognize some of the many ways ashwagandha benefits the body. What was once part of an ancient tradition is gaining acceptance in the modern health community. For thousands of years, ashwagandha has been considered an herb that promotes vitality. Many now believe that ashwagandha benefits sleeplessness, cognitive…

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Your Smartphone Could Be Negatively Impacting Your Brain…

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  Article At-A-Glance: Although practically indispensable in today’s society, smartphones may be negatively impacting our brains. Constant ringing, texts, and alerts can create a state of ongoing stress in our brains. Some research concludes that excessive screen time may be linked to lesser cognitive development in young children. Over-reliance on cell phones may affect memory…

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How Gratitude Can Help You Sleep Better

  Article At-A-Glance: Not only is gratitude correlated to happiness; it also may promote deeper and more refreshing sleep. Gratitude has a demonstrated effect on the body, activating the brain’s sleep center and boosting the neurotransmitter serotonin. Gratitude rituals before bed may impact sleep quality, and quiet the mind. To reap the benefits of gratitude…

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What Are Neurotransmitters And What Do They Do?

What Are Neurotransmitters And What Do They Do?

  Article At-A-Glance: Neurotransmitters are messengers that tell us how to think, how to act and how to feel. Neurotransmitters communicate between neurons (nerve cells) The seven major neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, GABA, norepinephrine, adrenaline, acetylcholine, and glutamate. There are natural ways to boost positive neurochemistry.   What Are Neurotransmitters And What Do They Do?…

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Finding ‘The Flow’ May Unlock Your Brain’s Potential

Finding ‘The Flow’ May Unlock Your Brain's Potential

Article At-A-Glance: A “Flow State” is a psychological term for when you are lost in the moment and performing at a high level. Although Flow Psychology is a new field, researchers find that flow states can boost creativity, productivity and mood. Scientists have discovered ways to intentionally ‘hack’ into your flow state. These are called…

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The Effects of Love on the Brain

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Article At-A-Glance: Love is talked about constantly in culture, but few realize the powerful effects of love on the brain. Love activates hormones that drive us into a state of euphoria and in some cases reduced functionality. Research shows that the impact of love on the brain can be addictive. Love can activate brain regions…

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