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Mind

Train your brain

Neuroplasticity is the key to a creative and productive life. How flexible is the brain? How readily can it adapt as a person develops and experiences new environments? How does it deal with aging and the stresses and strains of daily life? It turns out that the brain is a dynamic structure that is flexible and subject to change. This quality is called neuroplasticity. While growth depends on age and other conditions, grooming and growing a brain is the project of a lifetime. Neurons (nerve cells) and glial cells (support cells of neurons) transform through a process called neurogenesis. These cells increase their number and connections throughout your life depending on the stimulation of your environment. The old model of the brain as a piece of clay that is mouldable is replaced by an image of the brain as a living matrix with neurons moving trying to make connections with

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Health

A guide to intermittent fasting

How much should you be eating daily? The professionals give us their take on when—and when not—to eat. Dr. Marita Schauch, Naturopathic doctor The best eating plan I have recommended to my patients over the years has been to eat smaller meals during the day, typically three mains and two snacks. The meals should always incorporate healthy, lean protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates and good fats to maintain balanced blood sugars. Research has shown that eating more often leads to a reduction in total insulin secretion, an improvement in insulin resistance and better blood sugar control. Optimizing blood sugars and insulin has long-term benefits not just on weight but on overall health and prevention of chronic disease. Intermittent fasting is becoming more popular in the health world and although I don’t recommend it for everyone, some of my patients find it useful for managing weight loss and optimizing body composition. One gentle variation

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Mind

How to train your brain

Neuroplasticity is the key to a creative and productive life. How flexible is the brain? How readily can it adapt as a person develops and experiences new environments? How does it deal with aging and the stresses and strains of daily life? It turns out that the brain is a dynamic structure that is flexible and subject to change. This quality is called neuroplasticity. While growth depends on age and other conditions, grooming and growing a brain is the project of a lifetime. Neurons (nerve cells) and glial cells (support cells of neurons) transform through a process called neurogenesis. These cells increase their number and connections throughout your life depending on the stimulation of your environment. The old model of the brain as a piece of clay that is mouldable is replaced by an image of the brain as a living matrix with neurons moving trying to make connections with

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Longevity

Do sex and cannabis go together?

A study from The Journal of Sexual Medicine led by gynaecologist Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn found that marijuana use prior to sex makes sex more pleasurable for women. The internet is full of claims that marijuana can improve sexual experience, yet, scientific data is lacking. So Lynn decided to lead a study at the Saint Louis University medical school after women kept asking her for advice about mixing cannabis and sex. The objective of the study, later published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, was to determine if marijuana use before sex affects the sexual experience, by how much, and what is affected. The study found that “the majority of women…

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