Be Brain Fit http://bebrainfit.com Brain Health and Fitness for Life Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Why Human Brains Have Gotten Ever Smaller http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/why-human-brains-have-gotten-smaller/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/why-human-brains-have-gotten-smaller/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:46:09 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=32900 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 Smaller Brains About the same time […]

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Memory Enhancing Drugs – Do They Work? Are They Worth the Risk? http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/nutrition/memory-enhancement-drugs-do-they-work-are-they-worth-it/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/nutrition/memory-enhancement-drugs-do-they-work-are-they-worth-it/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:24:46 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=8756 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 […]

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Robin Williams and the Growing Epidemic of Depression http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/robin-williams-and-the-epidemic-of-depression/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/robin-williams-and-the-epidemic-of-depression/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:08:55 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=34247 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 […]

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Memory Loss: When It’s Normal and When It’s Serious http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/memory-loss-normal-serious/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/memory-loss-normal-serious/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:43:56 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=4851 If your memory isn’t what it used to be, you may think that some memory loss is just an inevitable part of getting older. If it gets bad enough, you may be worried that you’re headed for dementia or Alzheimer’s. How do you know when memory lapses can be considered “normal” and when should you […]

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20 Medications That Can Cause Memory Loss http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/drains/20-medications-that-can-cause-memory-loss/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/drains/20-medications-that-can-cause-memory-loss/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:21:56 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=15754 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 […]

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Yoga & Tai Chi: Gentle Brain-Friendly Exercises for Everyone http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/physical/yoga-tai-chi-gentle-brain-friendly-exercises-for-everyone/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/physical/yoga-tai-chi-gentle-brain-friendly-exercises-for-everyone/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:39:16 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=17431 Getting physical exercise is essential for keeping both your brain and your body in good shape. Meditation is one of the best things you can do as an antidote to modern life. That’s why some people do yoga for brain benefits, while others do it for the gentle exercise it provides improving strength, flexibility, and […]

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Lyme Disease: A Hidden Cause of Mental Decline and Alzheimer’s? http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/drains/lyme-disease-a-hidden-cause-of-mental-decline-and-alzheimers/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/drains/lyme-disease-a-hidden-cause-of-mental-decline-and-alzheimers/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:02:08 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=29271 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 […]

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Read! It’s the Best Way to Avoid “Summer Brain Drain” http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/mental/read-its-the-best-way-to-avoid-summer-brain-drain/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/mental/read-its-the-best-way-to-avoid-summer-brain-drain/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:23:04 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=29170 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 […]

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Don’t Buy a Memory Supplement Until You Read This http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/nutrition/dont-buy-a-memory-supplement-until-you-read-this/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/nutrition/dont-buy-a-memory-supplement-until-you-read-this/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:56:59 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=11032 The first thing many people do when their memory starts letting them down is to try a memory or brain supplement. We understand because we did the same thing! Ads for memory supplements are everywhere. And some of them can be very convincing. Why the Answer Isn’t a “Memory” Supplement These so-called “memory” supplements have become […]

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7 Cool Sleep Tips for Hot Summer Nights http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/sleep/7-cool-sleep-tips-for-hot-summer-nights/ http://bebrainfit.com/lifestyle/sleep/7-cool-sleep-tips-for-hot-summer-nights/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:08:33 +0000 http://bebrainfit.com/?p=29513 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 […]

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