The Beverage That Helps Prevent Alzheimers Disease

Good news for coffee lovers.  A recent study shows that coffee may help prevent the onset of Alzheimers Disease.  This doesn’t mean that you can drink a highly caffeinated beverage like Red Bull or tea instead and expect the same preventive power as coffee. When caffeine was isolated, it did not have the same effect alone.  Apparently, the caffeine interacts with an ingredient in coffee not yet identified to stave off the disease process.

Coffee contains an unidentified ingredient which interacts with caffeine to prevent Alzheimer's.

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Chronic Stress and Your Brain: How to Reverse Negative Effects

What kinds of things stress you out these days?  Bills?  Work?  Family?  We know that chronic stress puts serious wear and tear on our bodies over time, but research is now showing us what chronic stress does to the brain.  This is worth reading because it may explain some of the “brain farts” we all tend to have when feeling stressed out.

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Dieting, Omega 3s, and Your Brain

If you’re female, you’ve probably been on a diet at some point in your life.  Sadly, they never seem to work.  If they did, we would all have been on one diet in our lives.  Many women have no idea how dieting affects the brain or how important fat is to the brain.  Let’s put it this way:  your brain is comprised of 80% fat.  When you lose too much fat from dieting, you also lose part of your brain.

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Motherhood Dementia

Has your brain gone down the hopper?  Do you ever go to the grocery store and return home without your much needed pomegranate poptarts?  I do and would like to thank the online grocery shopping department at Lowe’s Foods for improving the quality of my life, but this isn’t the topic for today.

Many women wonder if they’ve developed adult onset ADHD at some point during motherhood, but the cause often differs depending on age. Here the most common reasons that attention can wax and wane before age 35 (on average):

1. Multitasking-Forget it. Multitasking divides your attention and makes everyone less focused and therefore, less effective. Women are capable of multitasking thanks to our unique ability to use several different parts of our brain at once.

2. Anxiety-Anxiety makes our thoughts jump around and promotes divided attention. Relaxation techniques, exercise, and meditation are the best, healthy ways to decrease mild anxiety.

3. Sleep deprivation-Research has shown that sleep deprivation can cause lapses in attention and impaired judgement similar to alcohol intoxication. Snooze to improve your higher cognitive functioning skills.

After age 35: Perimenopause/Menopause

Our brains are dipped in varying amounts of hormones during different life stages. Female hormones have obvious roles in reproduction, but many women don’t know that these hormones significantly affect mood and concentration. Here’s how:

Estrogen-This hormone has antidepressant effects and promotes concentration and attention.

Progesterone-This hormone has mood stabilizing, calming effects. It lowers anxiety and irritability. As noted on The Oprah Show yesterday, an excess of progesterone can also cause depression. Too little can promote high anxiety and irritability.

Testosterone: Increases sex drive, motivation, and initiative. Young women who model and are below healthy weight can develop relative testosterone surplus due to decreased estrogen and progesterone levels. This can cause aggressive behavior, a boy lie figure, hirsutism (hair in places you don’t want it), and other health concerns.

Hormonal imbalances should be considered if you feel unusually blue, anxious, or scattered. Consider this possibility if you feel you fit the above descriptions and see a physician.