Water for Longevity & Cognition

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Water for Longevity & Cognition

            If you’re interested in maximizing your brain power and getting every last ounce of productivity out of your day, you’re probably not drinking enough water as you go!  When you couple that with a lot of high-energy, dehydrating beverages like coffee and tea, you are adding extra stress on your body which, in turn, affects the brain.  Aside from achieving better general wellness when you drink enough water, staying hydrated may be one the key ways to fight the battle of aging.                 The latest findings from the National Institutes of Health found that...

How Your Sleep Needs Change

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How Your Sleep Needs Change

                If it seems like you’re getting less sleep in your 30’s, or sleeping more after you turn 50, it’s not just a coincidence.  New research has found that the amount of time spent sleeping changes several times throughout one’s lifetime—and can even be different depending on your geographical location.                 The University College London teamed up with two other research teams from the East Anglia and Lyon to take a deeper look at the findings from a neuroscience research project that’s currently underway where participants are playing the Sea Hero Quest game. ...

Make Time for Music for Cognition

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Make Time for Music for Cognition

                 Listening to music is a great way to reduce stress and improve mood and motivation.  While not everyone has time or the inclination to learn a musical instrument, it seems like some of the most intelligent and cognitively-flexible people we know have had some experience playing an instrument.  What is it about learning music that seems to benefit the brain?                 Comparing learning an instrument to listening to music, a recent study from the University of Bath finds that choosing to learn an instrument has significantly greater results in enhancing cognitive power. ...

Veggies, Fruit, and Tea for Best Memory

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Veggies, Fruit, and Tea for Best Memory

              If you ever needed another reason to eat your fruits and vegetables, the most recent study from the American Academy of Neurology gives us yet another reason we should make vegetables, fruits, and tea a top dietary resolution.                 Memory loss can be a normal part of the aging process, but it can swing into extreme decline when high levels of inflammation and other risk factors are present.  One of the  most important way to combat memory decline and preserve memory while aging is related to diet, specifically a diet high in flavonols. ...

Breath as a Cognitive Tool

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Breath as a Cognitive Tool

               Most of us know that breathing can help slow down the sympathetic nervous system and help us feel calmer by taking several deep breaths when stress creeps up on us, but a recent study finds that the power of the breath extends much further.                 Breathing influences brain functions much closer than previously believed.  Even the distinction between inhaling and exhaling exerts different results on the brain.  Attention to surroundings is higher during an inhale, but outside stimulus is reduced and more focus to the task at hand is present when we exhale. ...

Fun Facts About Brain Freeze

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Fun Facts About Brain Freeze

              When we’re enjoying your favorite cold treat and suddenly struck with that unique type of intense cold in your head, we’re quick to say we’ve got a brain freeze.  Freezing our brains doesn’t sound good; but it’s actually a complex phenomenon which may even have benefits!                 What exactly is a “brain freeze”?  It’s a sensation produced by nerves in the palate of the mouth (specifically the sphenopalatine ganglion) which sends the message to the brain to feel a headache when cold activates those nerve bundles.  This ganglion of nerves is connected with...

Yoga Can Change Your Brain

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Yoga Can Change Your Brain

             While you’re striving to enhance cognition, getting regular physical activity is definitely something you don’t want to overlook.  Exercise fuels the brain with oxygen-giving blood flow and releases endorphins that help maximize the performance of the brain and body.  It’s true that any activity is better than no activity; but if you’re interested in growing your hippocampus, take note of a recent study!                 The hippocampus is the area of the brain which is responsible for learning, memory, and attention.  Many nootropics focus on improving or activating key functions and processes of this brain...

Longevity & Coffee

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Longevity & Coffee

               Coffee may be one of the most under-rated nootropics out there, and it’s certainly had its fair share of controversy for health.  Everything from caffeine dependency to tolerance levels, experiencing withdrawals, jitters, and dehydration, to name a few.  However, some of the unique factors that are present in coffee have given researchers something to think about.                 A recent study from the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found benefits to drinking coffee—even the decaf kind!  It’s long been known that coffee drinkers seem to have less cardiovascular concerns (except if you’re one...

Hack Old Age One Step at a Time

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Hack Old Age One Step at a Time

            We’re always talking about how to hack areas of our health for certain results, and longevity is always an area of focus for biohackers. New and novel supplements are coming out regularly which look promising for keeping cellular health in top condition, mitigating damage to cellular DNA, and even helping chromosomes last longer in the body’s cells. One of the best ways to lengthen your time on earth may not involve any of those at all!             Research coming from the European Society of Cardiology studied the results of...

Micro Breaks for Mega Success

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Micro Breaks for Mega Success

                 The results are in, and breaks are now one of the best ways to ensure that you’re performing at your cognitive best.                 Reviewing 22 previous studies about breaks and productivity over the past thirty years, researchers discovered a pattern between taking frequent breaks and better cognitive function.  These aren’t the typical fifteen-minute breaks allotted per number of hours worked that focus on working large percentages of the day before taking a break.  Instead, these are micro-breaks.                 In the studies, participants performed tasks both in and out of the office and...

The Clean vs. Messy Desk Debate

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The Clean vs. Messy Desk Debate

             They say that the outside environment is a good indicator of the internal environment, but how much of that is true?  New research finds that while it’s easy to say things are always off better organized and tidy, there’s hidden benefits to less organized spaces.                 When it comes to your working desk, less clutter on the desk is a sign of a better worker, right?  Researchers at the University of Minnesota may surprise you with the answers they found when investigating that theory!  Participants filled out questionnaires in different working environments (messy vs....

Does True Grit Equal True Intelligence?

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Does True Grit Equal True Intelligence?

              When the going gets tough, they say the tough get going.  This characteristic can be called anything from courage to perseverance to the commonly-used “grit.”  This is persistence in the face of adversity and set-backs and the ability to keep focused on a goal.  For younger generations not familiar with the adjective grit used in this sense, it’s part of the phrase to grit your teeth—and usually inferred as to grit your teeth, and get on it with it.                 Describing yourself or people you know as being gritty is usually meant as...

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