Why We Crave Sugar When We're Stressed

It can happen fast. One minute, you’re indulging in a small piece of chocolate; the next, you’re surrounded by empty candy wrappers — and still craving more. In America, uncontrolled sugar consumption is a concern because of its contributions to obesity and diabetes. A recent study investigated the psychological basis of sugar cravings during times of stress. Researchers proposed that sugar turns down the stress response in the human brain. As a result, we may be consuming sugar as a quick way to hold back feelings of stress.

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Keeping Your Brain in Shape

Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn’t be neglected. Including mental dexterity exercises into your daily routine can help you reap the benefits of a sharper mind and a healthier body for years to come.

Mental fitness means keeping your brain and emotional health in tip-top shape. It doesn’t mean training for “brain Olympics” or acing an IQ test. It refers to a series of exercises that help you:

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How To Improve Your Memory

Can't find your car keys? Forget your grocery list? Can't remember the name of the personal trainer you liked at the gym? You're not alone. Everyone forgets things occasionally. Still, memory loss is nothing to take lightly.

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Vision and Movement Neurology

The baseball hurtles toward the batter, and he must decide from its rotation whether it’s a fastball worth a swing or a slider about to drop out of the strike zone. Running full speed, the wide receiver tracks both the football flying through the air and the defensive back on his heels. Golfers must rapidly shift visual focus in order to drive the ball at their feet toward a green in the distance.

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Your Gut is Telling You The Truth

Ever had that gut feeling that something is wrong? Ever hated some else’s guts? There’s a reason our guts or gastrointestinal systems are so often used in these phrases. I mean, you don’t really hate someone else’s guts or intestines, do you? Nope. That would actually be physiologically impossible as we cannot see someone else’s guts. Many of these idioms have been in circulation for centuries. They communicated the connect we humans naturally sense between our feelings and our digestive tracts. Now, scientists have proven that there is a real biological connection between the gut and the brain and it’s worth understanding so we know the reasons behind the way we react to certain situations. 

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The Weiner, The Whiner and The Winner.. Which One Are You?

What makes somebody extraordinary? In our day-to-day world we rarely question the status quo. But it's those situations – where our sense of what's right overwhelms our tendency to go along with habit, process, or policy – that give us the opportunity to show our potential. How can some people, in the face of enormous challenges, step up with innovative ideas and actions that take them far and beyond usual efforts.

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Are You a Cortisol Junkie?

Wouldn’t you love to be Neuro Athletic? Can’t you just see yourself saving the day while the bad guy’s ammo bounces off your chest? As cool as that might be there is. major challenge in our way before getting to this stage. That challenge has a name, it’s cortisol and for many people living a normal 9-5 life, you will soon realise that most people are actually cortisol junkies. 

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Increase BDNF to Get a Stronger Brain.

When you exercise, we already know that it does wonders for our mind and our physique but did you know that certain types of exercise actually change the structure of our brain? That’s right!  Another great reason to exercise is that it increases the brains plasticity via a special protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Read this article to learn more about increasing BDNF so you can get more out of your day!

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Hack Your Sleep & Achieve Better Results

So you could say, that sleep is both an art and science? Why is it that so many people have trouble sleeping? Something I have learned over the last decade is that it’s not about quantity it’s about quality. Proceeding this short introduction, I am going to delve deeper into the three phases of sleep and why it is so imperative to understand each phase in order to optimise your life through a better night’s sleep. 

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The Power of h2o: Drink Alkaline, Increase Mental Alertness.

I’m sure you already know that the majority of your body is made up of water. It’s a pretty crazy amount. In fact, depending on size, half to three quarters of your body composition can actually be just water! It’s a bit of a scary thought, seeing how all of it is invisible from the outside. But did you know that water also works to improve your brain health, making it easier for you to perform at your peak?

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