Brain Drains and Your Brain

"Brain drains" are the most important risk factors and health conditions that make it difficult for your brain to be healthy and fit. These include issues like weight management, chronic health conditions, unhealthy behaviors, and environmental toxins.

In these articles, you'll learn how these issues affect brain function, and the steps you can take to manage them better or even eliminate them from your life.

How to Improve Short-Term Memory

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What is short-term memory, exactly? Understand what it is, how it compares to working memory, and the four things you must do to improve your memory … You forgot why you walked into a room. You can’t remember something you just read. You met your new neighbor then immediately forgot her name. If moments like these sound familiar, […] Read more »

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 Smaller Brains About the same time […] 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 »

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 »

Stop Brain Fog: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions

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What is brain fog?  It’s not a medically recognized term. It’s a commonly used phrase that sums up feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and lack of focus and mental clarity. Basically you feel like you just can’t think, which can be very frustrating and even downright frightening. Everyone feels a little fuzzy-headed once in a while, but […] Read more »

Advantame – A “New & Improved” Artificial Sweetener?

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Artificial sweeteners have always been bad news for your brain. They are highly suspected of causing many serious brain health problems including memory loss, brain tumors, and Alzheimer’s. Ironically, they aren’t making us any thinner, either! The US Food & Drug Administration recently announced their approval of a new artificial sweetener — Advantame. Since it’s made […] Read more »

Stop “Menopause Moments” Naturally

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You aren’t feeling yourself lately. You’re forgetful, irritable, and overly emotional. You’ve left your cell phone in the refrigerator again, and are starting to feel like you’re going crazy. You may even wonder if you’re developing Alzheimer’s. If you’re a 50-something  woman, you can almost certainly blame at least part of your brain fog on menopause. […] Read more »