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Quick, Tasty Brain Food Meals

Quick, Tasty Brain Food Meals

Here are some more brain food suggestions for satisfying, healthy meals that are favourites with readers. Quick Spinach Smoothie Small cup of orange juice 3 - 4 dessertspoons of plain white yogurt Add all the spinach that the blender can handle.   Optional...

How To Use Mind Maps

How To Use Mind Maps

Have you used Mind Maps to help you remember? If not, try one out today. A mind map is a visual thinking tool that ANYONE can do All you need is paper and something to write with. Coloured pencils or pens are great to highlight links or thoughts. It's simple. And it...

How To Improve Your Balance

How To Improve Your Balance

Last year, the UK's Medical Research Council found that 53-year-olds who could stand on one leg for ten seconds with their eyes closed were the most likely to be fit and well in 13 years' time. The ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,'...

Is Red Wine Good for the Brain?

Is Red Wine Good for the Brain?

I want to look after my brain BUT Can I drink alcohol? Is wine good for the brain? Here’s the good news from neuroscientists.  Small intakes of alcohol will protect you against dementia. How do they know? Scientists in the UK analysed data from 23 studies looking for...

Brain Food Recipes

Brain Food Recipes

  First, a list of many healthy foods (names vary in different continents!)    GrandPa Collin's Smoothie This was developed to ensure that the main areas of nutrition are covered and occasionally additional ingredients are added (e.g. zinc, iodine drops if...

Why can I see spots?

Why can I see spots?

The answer is what psychologists call Lateral Inhibition.  The activity of one cell suppresses the activity of a nearby cell. Lateral inhibition illustrates that vision is not a passive process of seeing merely what is objectively there; it also explains optical...

Why can I see two images?

Why can I see two images?

Can you see a saxophone player in this image, or a girl's face? Your clever brain takes short-cuts and decides what you most likely want to see. In this optical illusion, your brain makes a decision between the negative and positive light used to create the image. The...

Fitness in your 40’s Can Reduce Brain Aging

Fitness in your 40’s Can Reduce Brain Aging

"Many people don't start worrying about their brain health until later in life, but this study provides more evidence that [lack of fitness] in midlife may have consequences for brain aging later on." Nicole L. Spartano, Ph.D of Boston University School of Medicine...

Can Exercise Change our Body & Brain?

Can Exercise Change our Body & Brain?

Or do the genes we were born with and our upbringing matter more? To find out, scientists in Finland researched 10 pairs of young male identical twins, checking them every few years from the age of 16. One of the pair exercised regularly and one  did not, usually...

7 Tips for Smarter Snacking

7 Tips for Smarter Snacking

Do you get hungry at odd times of the day?  With a bit of preparation, you can feed your brain as well as those pangs! Go for the grain. Whole-grain snacks such as whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips and high-fibre, whole-grain cereals can give you some...

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