Why Your Brain is Behind

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Why Your Brain is Behind

             Just like any other incredible piece of computer technology, your brain needs to hit the refresh button once in a while.  Taking frequent productivity breaks, making sure to keep the blood pumping with walks, (running), or meditation are all familiar ways of hitting that magical refresh button, so it might surprise you to know that your brain is refreshing itself without any conscious effort from you—about every 15 seconds!                 These aren’t the same type of mental health breaks we force on ourselves for a personal refresh, however.  Instead, it’s the only way the...

Putting a Name to the Face, Easier

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Putting a Name to the Face, Easier

              If you have trouble remembering names, you know how awkward it can be when interacting with someone whose name has completely slipped your mind.  Overloaded as we are with constant information, your brain may not be able to retain that information; but unlike other smaller pieces of information, forgetting someone’s name is one of the worst social faux pas!                 According to a new study from Northwestern University, you can save yourself the embarrassment (or the appearance of just not caring) with a simple method involving sleep learning. Sleep learning has been used...

Blocked? A 10-min run is all you need!

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Blocked? A 10-min run is all you need!

                Writer’s block, creative block, or just plain burnout leaves us all feeling lethargic and hopeless when our brains just don’t seem to cooperate with the goals at hand.  We know that taking breaks can boost productivity, but sometimes taking more time away from the situation is so counterintuitive that it’s easy to forget this tip.                 If you don’t like spinning your wheels while you wait for your brain to refresh, ten minutes of moderate running could be all you need!  In a recent study, the increased blood flow and the activation of the brain functions necessary to propel...

Your Brain & "Flow"

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Your Brain & "Flow"

               Going with the flow, being in the zone, or becoming one with the flow.  It’s been the subject of discussion in ancient philosophies from the Taoists to the Stoics.  While no one can give you exact instructions on how to achieve it for yourself, the basic explanation of being in “a state of flow” can be explained as a complete merging with whatever you’re doing; the dishes, the basketball game, the painting, or just living.                 Some of the reasons why people turn to nootropics is to help them find this state of...

Ancestral Carb-fueled Brain Growth

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Ancestral Carb-fueled Brain Growth

              No matter what diet is trending--whether it’s paleo or keto—brain health and big brains are in!  With mineral deficiencies in the soil (we’re looking at you, magnesium), people cutting down on environmental costs for eating livestock, or the rise of plant-based food, we’re living in a brand-new era where food is regarded as medicine more and more.                Many people are turning back to how their ancestors ate in an effort to mitigate some of these factors and to incorporate more whole-food based nutrition into their plans. ...

Internet Keeps Aging Brains Sharp

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Internet Keeps Aging Brains Sharp

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?  It turns out, you can—and using technology is important even in the retirement years.                 In this instance, we’re talking about people rather than dogs.  As the technology gap widens and leaves many older generations behind from understanding how to utilize the likes of computers, the internet, or Snapchat, technology is easily brushed off by older people.  Sometimes it’s because they just don’t see the function of having such technological systems; other times it’s a lack of someone being able to teach them how to use it or make it financially feasible...

Talking to Someone Saves 4 Years of Brain Aging

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Talking to Someone Saves 4 Years of Brain Aging

               Would you say you’ve got a good program going to preserve brain health?  Taking vitamins, supplements, nootropics, engaging the mind, reducing inflammation through the diet?  Even if you’re doing all this, or more, there’s something out of the box that you should take note of:  a solid support system.                 Researchers have found that having a solid support system with someone you can count on to listen to you talk about any problems you’re having improves the resilience of the brain and can reduce brain age by 4 years.                 This isn’t just...

The Skinny About Cognition & Carbohydrates

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The Skinny About Cognition & Carbohydrates

              Brain fog is a real part of dieting for many people, especially those who choose to start a very low carb diet.  Low carb diets have many benefits but switching from a diet heavier in carbohydrates to a keto or low carb regimen can be difficult in the beginning!  It’s called the keto flu for good reason, as the body switches from using glucose as fuel to ketones, bringing with it all kinds of malaise.  Even if you aren’t cutting out carbs entirely, sluggishness and brain fog can make it seem impossible.                ...

The Secret to Attention That Lasts

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The Secret to Attention That Lasts

            Are you setting aside time for work and time for breaks to boost your productivity?  Among other brain hacks, time management can be a powerful tool for keeping yourself motivated and getting through work in the classroom or the boardroom.  That’s only half of the equation for sustained attention:  a new study finds that feedback outperforms setting goals for yourself.                 Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington find that regardless of the circumstance, the best way to keep yourself focused on the task at hand may be to receive feedback.  Participants in...

Is Smart Tech Dulling Our Brains?

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Is Smart Tech Dulling Our Brains?

               Despite evidence that technology is competitively impacting our attention spans, a scholarly paper released this past July challenges the idea that it’s making us less intelligent.  Cognitive offloading into digital spaces frees up the brain to focus on the endless stream of information coming to us; but if that only frees up mental energy to switch to the next technological stimulus, is the tech changing how our brains work?                 Professor Chemero from the University of Cincinnati argues that you don’t need to worry about the use of a smartphone impacting your cognitive...

How to Use Your Pure Points in the Rewards Program

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How to Use Your Pure Points in the Rewards Program

Around here, we don't do anything ordinarily when we can do it extraordinarily, which is why we're pleased to offer our one-of-a-kind Rewards program that gives you points for purchases, referrals--and well, once a year just for being born! You can check out the growing list of products offered here, and if you're logged in as per the instructions below, it will tell you how many points you've got left to earn, too! Here are detailed instructions to help you on your way to getting all your freebies.   #1. Log into your store account or select the rewards icon on the...

Count Your Cognitive Blessings--Or Teeth?

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Count Your Cognitive Blessings--Or Teeth?

              By now, you’re becoming aware of the fact that in order to have tip-top cognitive function, you can’t rely on taking care of your brain alone.  We’ve talked about maintaining heart health to have better cognition, how exercise is necessary to boost memory, and now there’s a link between dental health and age-related neurodegeneration that’s got our attention!                 Research from New York University has found a link between how many teeth you have in your senior years and your risk for developing a neurodegenerative condition.  Older individuals missing teeth were found to...

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