Why The Most Popular New Year’s Resolution May Be More Important than You Think

If I was a betting person I’d be willing to wager that, if you asked around at your New Year’s party last night, you found at least one person whose resolution was to hit the gym more in the coming year. And I’d bet that if you asked them why, they’d mentioned the extra pounds they’ve been putting on. I think my odds of winning would be pretty good, too. Getting more exercise is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, especially after the food-fueled holidays. But there are more benefits to exercising than just losing weight. For example,…

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The Power of a Question and the Support of a Community

Back in August of 2013, we asked a question. Could 2,500 practitioners commit to making three small food changes over 10 days? We called it the Power of 3 Challenge, and we promised that if 2,500 practitioners pledged to give it a try, we would donate $25,000 to feed Syrian refugee children who were experiencing so much trauma and malnutrition (even starvation) in the wake of serious conflict. After the challenge (and if you participated, I want to say thank you very much), we sent the $25,000 to support relief efforts in Camp Za’atari. This camp in Jordan is helping…

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Changing the Brain: The Impact of a Sedentary Lifestyle

We often hear about the benefits of exercise, and how it can even change your brain. But let’s take a moment to look at the flipside – how does living a sedentary lifestyle impact your brain? Researchers at Wayne University School of Medicine wanted to find out, so first, they gathered up some rats. They put half of the rats in cages with running wheels (on which the rats averaged about 3 miles a day) while the other half were kept in a cage with no wheels, and left to a more sedentary existence. After 3 months of either running…

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Boosting the Effects of Exercise on the Brain

Brain science is constantly changing and discovering new, exciting ideas . . . . . . but one thing that seems to keep popping up is how great exercise is for your body, and for your brain. Last week, I told you about a study that focused on the effect that physical activity can have on an aging brain. But, is there a way to get even more out of exercise? Cay Anderson-Hanley, PhD and researchers at Union College in Schenectady, NY put this question to the test. They hypothesized that, although good old fashioned exercise can have a powerful…

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Building the Brain – Can Exercise Help?

As we get older, we tend to place a higher and higher premium on getting healthy, staying energized, and feeling youthful . . . . . . and one effective way to do that is through regular exercise. So if that’s the impact a workout routine can have on your body as you age, what can it do for your brain? This is what Takao Suzuki MD, PhD and researchers at the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan set out to answer when they examined how exercise can affect the brain structure and cognitive function of older adults…

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Optimizing Your Brain: Two Ways to Power Up Your Brain for Better Performance

Could changing the way you eat help you think more clearly, learn more quickly, and make it easier for you to focus? While it’s probably not too surprising to hear that diet and brain health can often go hand in hand, what you might find curious is that some of the things you think about cutting down on may actually be especially good for our brains. In this video clip, Daniel Amen, MD reveals the two things he believes we need to rethink when it comes to good brain health – and it might surprise you. Check it out below,…

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