Alcohol Shrinks Your Brain’s Main Seat of Memory

By | 2017-08-01T08:00:30+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Lifestyle|

In our last issue, I covered some fascinating research that shows regular (and moderate) Champagne drinking is good for the brain. At the same time, I cautioned that daily drinking still doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. This issue we’ll look at some of the reasons why. There’s a lot of contradictory evidence [...]

Someday Your Doctor May Prescribe a Daily Glass of Champagne

By | 2017-07-27T14:49:48+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Lifestyle|

All Champagne is sparkling white wine, but not all sparkling white wine is Champagne. According to European law, to be labeled a true Champagne, the bubbly must be bottled within 100 miles of the city of Champagne, France and undergo the specific two-step fermentation process known as Méthode Champenoise -- Champagne Method. Champagne is usually made from [...]

A Weird New Twist on Sleep and Brain Health

By | 2017-07-11T04:05:46+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Getting a good night's sleep is important for maintaining brain health. Poor sleepers tend to have a greater build-up of beta-amyloid -- the protein linked to Alzheimer's -- and perform worse on memory tests. The reason, scientists believe, is that sleep activates the brain's waste disposal system, allowing it to clear away debris, toxic proteins [...]

Beer for Better Brain Health?

By | 2017-07-10T16:52:59+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Lifestyle|

New research emerges all the time about the benefits of drinking wine… The findings about fermented grape juice got some folks so excited, they started testing the benefits of beer too. And for good reason: when it comes to amount consumed, beer ranks #3 among all the beverages in the world, after water and tea.1 [...]

A Clove a Day Keeps Alzheimer’s at Bay

By | 2017-06-20T15:15:36+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Lifestyle|

The vegetables in the genus Allium are full of medicinal properties and have been used as such for thousands of years. This group of foods includes leeks, onions, scallions, shallots, and chives. While all these have benefits, there is one that stands out from all the others. It qualifies for that overused term "super food" [...]

The Daily Habits That Fend off Alzheimer’s

By | 2017-05-31T17:29:27+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Lifestyle|

In my years of writing about ways to lower the risk for Alzheimer’s, I’ve covered a long list of lifestyle habits that can improve your memory. I’ve explained how exercise protects the brain. How various nutrients keep neurons functioning effectively. How a better night’s sleep boosts the brain. So what if we took all those [...]

Easy (And Free) Way to Boost Your Creativity By 60%

By | 2017-05-31T17:02:37+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Aristotle did it for clarity of thought while he lectured his students. Virgin boss Richard Branson does this with his associates to help generate ideas. For the poet William Wordsworth, it was an essential daily habit that fired up his imagination. For philosophers, poets, and chief executives alike, walking is a good way to stimulate [...]

5 Common Causes of “Brain Fog”

By | 2017-05-10T03:35:30+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Ever get one of those days where you feel like your brain isn’t on top of its game? I do from time to time. And it’s awful. On one of those days, it’s hard to stay focused on what you’re trying to accomplish. Distractions are impossible to ignore. Your mental powers and your thinking slow [...]

Laugh Your Way to a Better Brain

By | 2017-05-10T03:07:15+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Bertrand Russell, a famous British philosopher, once said, "Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug." Medical researchers, who have named the study of laughter "gelotology," are starting to agree with him. Here are a few reasons why. . . Even though scientists can’t rigorously explain exactly what makes something funny and what [...]

Napping: The New Secret for a Sharper Mind

By | 2017-04-06T15:38:43+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Winston Churchill was devoted to "that refreshment of blessed oblivion." So were Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, P.G. Wodehouse, and many others. In fact, some our greatest philosophers, statesmen, artists and writers swore by it. They liked to take an afternoon nap. The habit may have contributed to their great achievements. Science is now confirming what [...]

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