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Memory Boosters: Cognitive Health Strategies

Unlocking Your Brain’s Full Potential Memory is a precious asset that allows us to recall cherished moments, learn new skills, and navigate daily life. As we age, concerns about memory loss and cognitive decline become more prevalent. However, the good news is that there are various strategies and lifestyle choices that can help boost and maintain cognitive health. In this article, we will explore effective memory boosters that seniors can incorporate into their lives to enhance cognitive function, promote brain health, and enjoy a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle. Engage in Regular Physical Exercise: Physical exercise isn’t just beneficial for the body; it also has a profound impact on cognitive health. Regular aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, or cycling, increase blood flow to the brain, delivering essential oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also stimulates the release of growth factors that promote the growth of new brain cells and improve memory and

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Mind

How to deal with digital exhaustion

Wonder why your brain hurts and you feel mentally exhausted at the end of the day? It’s called Digital Exhaustion and it’s more than just being tired from video meetings on Zoom and Teams or Google Meet every day. It has to do with that, but also with cognitive overload. Or more precisely, how our brains deal with attention. If your job entails spending a lot of time in front of a computer and your switching between this, your mobile and maybe a tablet too, this can impact your productivity through attention overload. Think about how you switch and move between apps, emails, video meetings, notifications and periods of multitasking and focused work. This is called temporal attention, it’s when we’re paying attention to things that are happening, such as emails and video meetings or phone calls. When we’re out and about, working out, hiking or walking and even moving

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Health

A mattress for the ages

As we age, the type of mattress we need often changes and they are critical to good sleep hygiene. And not all mattresses are made equal. Good sleep health is important for our overall health and wellness. That includes pre-midnight sleep (sorry night owls), a good stretch of time where we get REM sleep for our brains, and to give our physical bodies proper rest and recovery time. Edmonton, Alberta based Canadian mattress manufacturer GoodMorning.com believes this so much that they offered us a free mattress to try. If we were impressed, we’d write about it. If we weren’t, just like their 120 night guarantee, we could send it back. We ended up loving it. My partner and I are in our late 50’s. We’re very active. From Nordic Pole Walking to hiking and running, I’m regular with my daily yoga routine and pilates a couple of times a week.

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Fitness

Importance of sleep and wellness

Sleep is an often overlooked aspect of wellness but its benefits are endless. Now, there is research to show that sleeping better could improve your health in the decades to come. A brand-new study done in the journal of Nature Communications shows that getting more sleep in middle age can decrease your risk of getting dementia. Participants who reported less than six hours of sleep consistently, were around 30 percent more likely to develop dementia in their seventies. Wondering how to do it? We’ve got you covered. INCLUDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN YOUR DAY Including physical exercise into your daily routine is one of the most well-studied ways to improve your sleep. Exercise can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep by around 50%. PUT YOUR DEVICES AWAY! Your smartphone and tablets emit large amounts of blue light, which tells our bodies that it’s time to wake up! Not exactly what you

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Health

Safe supplements for insomnia

Having trouble falling asleep? Not getting enough sleep and suffering from stress and anxiety? Here is some guidance on safe supplements for sleeplessness. Sleep is essential for the body to heal and for most people how we feel and perform the next day depends on how well we’ve slept the night before. I personally am not at my best if I don’t get a good night of sleep. So, what can you use for insomnia without creating a dependency on medications or supplements? In my clinic of integrative medicine in San Jose CA, I usually recommend a few supplements as a starting point for insomnia. These tend to be safe for the general public and people taking them need not worry about becoming dependent on them. My top three favourites are theanine, magnesium and 5-HTP or L-Tryptophan. Theanine is an amino acid that helps to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation

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Health

How to sleep well during times of crisis

“You don’t have to have a long-term sleep issue to be sleeping less soundly during this unprecedented time” explains Dr. Wayne Pernell, breakthrough coach, relationship expert, best selling author, and international speaker. “Sleep issues can happen to the best of us amid this much uncertainty. That’s why we need to practice excellent sleep hygiene.” The same way we need to shower and brush our teeth every day, we also need to attend to our sleep hygiene. Below are Dr. P’s tips for how to sleep well despite the uncertainty in the world: · Keep a notepad and pen by the bedside and do a brain-dump. Yes, go old-school. Do NOT pick up your phone. Use a notepad to park your thoughts. · If you wake up in the night, don’t just lie there.  When you wake up, get up.  Wait about 15-20 minutes.  Sit out on the couch or at

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Longevity

4 herbal teas for healing

These four delicious teas are loaded with antioxidants and can help fight insomnia, digestive issues, stomach pain and more. Gone are the days of quick-fix health gimmicks, like believing one magic pill will make you drop 10 pounds or that doing a juice cleanse will solve all your problems. It turns out that women are ditching quick fixes and are becoming more aware of the health choices they make. The Attitudes Toward Healthy Eating 2017/ITC study found that 45% of Canadians are interested in trying the latest foods that claim to boost health, like chia seeds and kale. It seems that the most recent trend is figuring out how to improve one’s health—naturally. One way to create a lasting, healthy habit is to consume herbal teas. Loaded with antioxidants, herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. They come in a wide range of flavours and can

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Longevity

Supplements for sleep, sex and stress

We’ve picked out the best supplements you can take to boost your sex life, get a better sleep and de-stress a little bit better. Not everyone needs supplements and you may not need them all the time either. Sometimes they can help alleviate stress symptoms or get you a better nights sleep when you need to. CanPrev Adrenal-Pro blends essential nutrients and adaptogens to boost your energy while easing stress and fatigue caused by overworked adrenal glands. Take it to enhance both your physical and mental performance and for an overall improved sense of wellness. canprev.ca Preferred Nutrition  Ultimate Anti-Stress, formulated with natural ingredients, supports your adrenal glands and reduces the effects of stress, to relieve nervousness, promote healthy sleep and help calm and soothe. pno.ca New Chapter Holy Basil Force promotes calm and balance and is Non-GMO Project verified—ingredients are carefully reviewed for GMO risk all the way back

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Health

How sleep cleans your brain

We all love a good night’s sleep and nothing feels better than feeling rested and pumped for the day. We know that sleep is important for us too and now new research could show just how important sleep is! When we sleep, we go through several phases starting with light, then deep then REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which many of us are familiar with. Until now, not much research has been done on the deep sleep phase. And what this research reveals is very interesting indeed! Turns out, that essentially, our spinal fluid goes into our brain and cleans out the toxins that get into our brains during the day! The research was conducted by Dr. Laura Lewis of Boston University and her research was released in the journal Science on October 31st. Dr. Lewis studies deep sleep or the non-REM phase. Research believes that during the non-REM phase, the

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