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The CDC estimates around 5.3 million Americans are living with some form of Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to double by 2050. [1] Dementia, a generalized term used to describe neurodegeneration, is a disabling issue that have definitive roots in lifestyle and nutritional habits. While genetics may play a role in brain health, it’s lifestyle that is the driving force behind the progression of hereditary variables. A recent study is suggesting pomegranate, a red deciduous fruit rich in polyphenols, may be a potent protector against mental degeneration. (more…)

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Saffron is an extravagant, sweet-smelling spice commonly used in Indian, Turkish, and Persian cuisine and is closely related to turmeric. Its use in traditional health approaches has spanned thousands of years, and modern research seems to back up its commonly-reported benefits. Like any spice, saffron may be a formidable force against internal swelling and irritation in the body. For years, research has also linked this red grass-like spice with mood health, showing it could be a powerful tool against varying forms of depression. (more…)

Food nourishes both the body and mind, offering the nutrition required for keeping the whole self energized and functioning at its best. You might — or might not — be surprised to learn that the brain is actually the first site that receives incoming nutrients. It makes sense, since it is the organ that directs the other organs, cells, and metabolic processes. So what happens if we're nutritionally deficient; can it affect the brain? While nutritional deficiencies do not always exhibit grand mental or psychological symptoms, lesser subclinical indications can […]

Our lives are so hectic that sometimes we look for anything that can help us cope. A busy, stressful life can not only affect you mentally, it can also begin to reduce your body's defenses against disease and invading organisms. While reducing stress levels can go a long way in helping us manage our day-to-day lives, sometimes it’s more than just stress we have to deal with. (more…)

Next to water and air, food is the most necessary thing in our lives. But beyond its status as a necessity, food can be comforting, nourishing, and supportive. It can bring people together and even provide a sense of community. I say "can" because the quality of your food matters and is what makes it either a potent, health-supportive tool or the slowest form of poison... not just for your physical health but your mental health, too. (more…)

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