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Fasting

Jan 30, 2020 – If you participated in Dry January, you were alcohol fasting. That may have reset your dopamine system. The dopamine system was meant to drive eating and procreation to ensure survival. When we overindulge in alcohol, comfort food, technology, or other substances or activities of abuse, our

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Exercise & Working Memory

Jan 23, 2020 – If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.~ Martin Luther King Jr. A recent study demonstrated that a single session of moderate exercise, such as a

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Exercise & State of Mind

Jan 16, 2020 – Exercise improves brain health in three important ways, it: increases blood flow (which improves the distribution of nutrients and the elimination of waste); raises important neurotransmitter levels (serotonin influences mood; norepinephrine impacts motivation; and dopamine improves satisfaction); and produces the brain cell building block Brain Derived

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Adequate Sleep is Critical to Brain Health & Cognitive Function

Jan 9, 2020 – Sleep deprivation causes cognitive decline including impaired attention, working memory, executive function, and logical reasoning ability. Getting inadequate sleep also accelerates the aging process. A study on the sleep quality and brain atrophy of 147 middle-aged adults found that poor sleep quality was correlated with reduced

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