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How Mental Health and Chronic Pain May Be Related

When considering a holistic approach to health and well-being it stands to reason that our minds and bodies are undoubtedly connected. When speaking specifically about the relationship between mental health and chronic pain one might argue which came first, the chicken or the egg. The truth is, it’s both, depending on who you are. It might also be cyclical – …

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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease

Do you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? Not only is AD confusing and frustrating for the 5.5 million people who have been diagnosed, but it can also be difficult for caregivers. One of the best things you can do for yourself, as a caregiver, and for your loved one, is to learn how …

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How Depression and Anxiety Relate to Cognitive Decline

As we’ve pointed out, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not caused by one thing, but by a combination of different risk factors: Poor diet, lack of exercise, genetics, and limited brain stimulation. Studies are also starting to show that anxiety and depression may also contribute to cognitive decline. Anxiety affects 3.3 million Americans and depression affects 15 million. Among all …

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How Alcohol Affects Cognitive Decline

There are mixed reviews on how alcohol consumption affects brain health. This post will serve as information and thoughts you can use to help make the right choices for you and for your lifestyle. Some studies suggest that moderate to heavy drinking is not bad for the brain and, in fact, beneficial. Other studies disagree. First, moderate drinking is defined …

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What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known and often talked about disease. And, it is simple yet complicated. It is simple because the outcome, cognitive decline, is easy to understand. It is complicated because it is tough to nail down a cause, therefore making it very hard to treat and prevent. Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is a progressive neurological disease. …

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Lifestyle Activities that Promote Brain Health

We talk a lot about food and how our eating habits have an impact on our overall health, including our cognitive well-being. But what about other lifestyle choices? What are healthy habits we can employ in order to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia? Regular Exercise:  A good rule of thumb for exercise is to schedule 1 hour workouts …

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Some of the Worst Foods for Brain Health

When it comes to unhealthy eating we relate a bad diet to obesity and heart health. We forget that it also has a major impact on our brains. What we choose to eat and how we balance our lifestyles has a huge effect on the health and longevity of our brains. While our body ages and we might not have control over …

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Food for Brain Health

Many of us wish there was one magical food or supplement that could prevent brain disease (or any disease), but there is not. Unfortunately, there are aspects out of our control when it comes to cognitive decline: Age and genetics. You are not completely powerless and it makes sense to do the best you can. An overall healthy lifestyle full …

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How High Fructose Corn Syrup Affects Your Brain Health

It’s no secret, especially within the last 10-15 years that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not good for a healthy body. Unfortunately, the pitfall is that it is still found in so many foods. Most of us know that we will find HFCS in soda, candies and baked goods. But, many don’t realize it’s hidden in foods we might …

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Cognitive Decline

Cognitive decline is an epidemic affecting millions of people every day. We are in a state of cognitive decline when our mental sharpness is impaired, when our wit is not as quick as it used to be. We become  forgetful and slow to mentally react. The earlier stages of cognitive decline are referred to as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The symptoms …