How You Can Be Mentally Sharp for Life

Your brain is designed to last a lifetime (if you treat it right).

path to brain health and fitnessWhether you're young or old ... whether your thinking is clear or foggy ... whether your memory is sharp or not ...

You can take simple, practical steps starting today that will help you think better and remember more.

The key to mental sharpness lies in the things you do every day. Small changes in daily habits have big payoffs.

Be Brain Fit can be your first step to a lifetime of brain health and fitness.

Why Human Brains Have Gotten Ever Smaller

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It’s widely believed that the human brain continues evolving to get bigger and smarter, but this is a myth. The average human brain (relative to body size) has been getting smaller, not larger! In the last 10,000 – 20,000 years, the average brain has shrunk the size of a tennis ball. Domestication Leads to Brain Shrinkage About the same time […] Read more »

Memory Enhancing Drugs – Do They Work? Are They Worth the Risk?

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Taking memory enhancing drugs to improve learning capacity and recall has led to an interesting debate. Athletes are considered “cheating” if they use steroids — is using drugs to gain an intellectual edge any different? Some people say that using drugs or supplements to enhance memory is no different than drinking coffee, a socially accepted “drug” that […] Read more »

Robin Williams and the Growing Epidemic of Depression

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Robin Williams’ suicide shocked the world. It seems unfathomable that someone so manically funny, who brought so much laughter into our lives, could be plagued with depression. As his beloved alien character Mork might have said … “Does. Not. Compute.” Outwardly, it appeared that he had everything to live for — loving family, adoration from fans, respect of […] Read more »

20 Medications That Can Cause Memory Loss

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Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized. Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1)  Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect. The Top 3 Types […] Read more »

Lyme Disease: A Hidden Cause of Mental Decline and Alzheimer’s?

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Deer ticks. Lyme disease. These words might be enough to keep you indoors this summer. First discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, this disease is now found in all 50 US states and on every continent except Antarctica. Last summer the Center for Disease Control announced that the current rate of Lyme disease was found to be ten times higher […] Read more »

Read! It’s the Best Way to Avoid “Summer Brain Drain”

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It’s a well-known phenomenon that many students forget a significant portion of what they learned during their summer break. Teachers call this “summer slump,” “summer slide,” or “summer brain drain.” Some kids are set back as much as three months during their vacation. Studies have repeatedly found that students who fared the best were involved […] Read more »

7 Cool Sleep Tips for Hot Summer Nights

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Getting enough sleep is always hard for the nearly 41 million US adults that struggle with chronic sleep loss. But sleeping well during the hottest months provides many additional challenges.  If you sleep six hours or less each night, you may find yourself cranky, irritable, and accident prone. Insufficient sleep can seriously impair your ability […] Read more »