Diet and Brain Health

A New Year; A New Brain

It was the evening of January 1st, 2019 when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle in his eye that alerted me to… read more

Mediterranean Diet for Depression

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized two groups of participants; one including people who would switch to a Mediterranean diet for six months, and a comparison group of participants who did… read more

Are Greens The Fountain of Youth?

Mama always said to eat your greens, and new research once again confirms that Mama knows best. The American Academy of Neurology recently published a study regarding the chemical composition of those greens and how they can help diminish cognitive decline that occurs as we age. Scientists conclude that of the 960 research participants, those… read more

Intermittent Fasting: You’re Halfway There!

PubMed recently posted a new study on the brain benefits of intermittent fasting. The research, published by Nature Reviews Neuroscience, refers to “intermittent metabolic switching” which can be achieved through periodic fasting or lengthy aerobic exercise. The good news is that most of us are already halfway to achieving such a metabolic switch via nightly… read more

Depression Reducing Diet

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized two groups of participants; one including people who would switch to a Mediterranean diet for six months, and a comparison group of participants who did… read more

Wine a little, laugh a lot

We all know that overindulging in alcohol is bad for the body and the brain. But new research confirms that enjoying a small amount of alcohol can actually provide benefits for your brain. A glass or two of wine at the end of a busy day can do wonders for sweeping away stress, and Scientific… read more

Overeating: Not a brain-smart choice

The newest issue of Physiology & Behavior includes a compelling review of how diet impacts the central nervous system and brain function. According to the authors, “acute intake of hypercaloric diets impairs cognition, even in healthy subjects.” In other words, a habit of overeating impairs brain function, even if it does not result in obesity.… read more

Combating Alzheimer’s Disease

The total direct and indirect costs that dementia causes per year is now up to 818 billion dollars and is expected to rise this year. Alzheimer’s disease cases make up the far majority of all dementia cases, which is causing researchers to push efforts to find causes and preventative measures. New research was conducted on… read more

Brain Power Couple: Creatine and Omega-3

Dietary supplements such as creatine and Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial to a person’s body and muscles, but could they also improve your brain’s health? Research reveals some intriguing effects of these substances on the brain. One study found that using creatine supplements prior to a traumatic brain injury may reduce the severity and… read more

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Eat Your Way to a Sharper Brain by Terissa Miller, MS PSY We’ve all heard it: you are what you eat. But, really? So…I’m a cheesy burrito with salsa and tortilla chips? Despite emerging research that told me otherwise, I’ve snubbed my nose at such silliness. Of course I believe what I… read more

Ketogenic For Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most aggressive and lethal forms of brain cancer causing average survival times between 8 and 15 months. Recent research has shown hope in a new combination of treatment options that could improve survival rates. This combination involves cancer medications, radiation treatment, and a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet… read more