Single sessions of moderately intense exercise help boost memory in older individuals, reveals study

Single sessions of moderately intense exercise help boost memory in older individuals, reveals study

( Natural News ) Regular exercise has been linked to numerous health benefits, but its connection to semantic memory is largely unexplored. Researchers from the University of Maryland found that a single session of exercise has positive effects on parts of the brain associated with memory . They published their findings in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Exercise helps improve memory Several studies have backed the health benefits that exercise has on the brain. One study from the University of British Columbia revealed that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus , the part of the brain that handles verbal memory and learning. Other studies have observed improvements in the prefrontal cortex – the part in charge of decision making and social behavior – among individuals who exercised every day. In the current study, the researchers wanted to find out the effects of acute exercise on semantic memory . Acute exercise refers to short exercises of moderate to high intensity. Meanwhile, semantic memory refers to long-term memories associated with words, names, and information not related to personal experience. The researchers gathered 26 participants for the study. They were all healthy older adults, whose ages ranged from 55 to 85. The clinical trial was split into two sessions. In the first session, they cycled on a stationary bike in moderate intensity for 30 minutes. In the second session, they simply rested for the same length of time. After exercising or waiting for 30 minutes, the participants performed the Famous and Non-Famous name discrimination task during fMRI scanning. In this task, participants identified famous names and non-famous ones. The researchers monitored brain activity the entire time, paying special attention to areas associated with memory. Discover how to prevent and reverse heart disease (and other cardio related events) […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): 11 proven ways to tackle this surprisingly common condition

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): 11 proven ways to tackle this surprisingly common condition

As the weather grows gloomier and gloomier and the daylight hours steadily decrease, many of us will be beginning to feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder. Whether you’re struggling to get out of bed even more than usual, not feeling motivated to work, or only feel interested in eating a jacket potato in front of the television, you’re certainly not alone. The colder months have left many people feeling sluggish and gloomy, which could be an indicator of winter depression. Officially known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), this winter depression is thought to be caused by reduced exposure to sunlight during the autumn and winter months. This can cause a sudden drop in mood, leading sufferers to feel less active, have a lack of interest in life and wanting to sleep more. But when spring arrives, those symptoms virtually disappear. So as we languish in the middle of the winter period, we take a look at the best ways to overcome SAD. From switching your morning coffee for light exposure, to snacking on popcorn, these tips can easily help you brighten your day. Instead of buying your regular morning coffee, why not save up for a SAD lamp for your desk at work? Caffeine in coffee and energy drinks further suppresses the levels of serotonin, the chemical that regulates brain functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, and memory, which can already be low due to a reduced exposure to sunlight. You can counter this drop by using full spectrum light bulbs, supposedly developed for residents of arctic regions who have extremely long, winter nights. These special lamps emit white light emulating the sun’s spectrum of wavelengths. Researchers at more than 15 medical centers and clinics around the world noticed that an exposure to white light showed a marked […]

Five easy ways to wind down before bed

Five easy ways to wind down before bed

And resist that nightcap. Alcohol may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it’s bad news for the quality of your sleep, with REM sleep (vital for learning and memory) the worst affected. It’s also a diuretic, meaning you’re more likely to wake in the night needing the toilet if you booze before bed. Avoid. 3. Perform a relaxing bedtime ritual An enjoyable bedtime routine can relax you both mentally and physically. With repetition, your body and brain will come to recognise its steps as a sign that it’s time to sleep. Your ritual could involve taking a warm bath or shower, meditating, talking to your partner or family, writing a diary, reading a book or listening to music with the lights turned low. So what kind of music is best for sleep? In 2015 the composer Max Richter set out to answer that question by writing an eight-hour piece designed to accompany a good night’s kip. He consulted a neuroscientist about sleep phases and how the senses operate within them, and learned about the types of sonic backgrounds that are appropriate for each stage of the sleep cycle. The resulting piece, "Sleep" (which premiered on BBC Radio 3) makes extensive use of repetitive sonic patterns and low frequencies, both of which are thought to induce the deep, "slow wave" sleep vital for consolidating short-term memories and for structuring information within the brain. Whatever sort of music you choose, it’s crucial that it should be relaxing. If you feel that listening to death metal helps you to relax, then by all means incorporate a listening session into your bedtime ritual.

A Q&A with Terry Memory from 13 Seeds

A Q&A with Terry Memory from 13 Seeds

We speak to Terry Memory from 13 Seeds , the producers of Australia’s largest range of hemp superfoods. Using 100% natural Tasmanian hemp oil and seeds, 13 Seeds helps Australians get healthy by easily incorporating the health benefits of hemp into their everyday routine. What was your initial vision for 13 Seeds? Can you tell us the story of how it came to be? The journey has been a personal one for us. Our initial vision was to use hemp cropping as a way to do something with our farm. It was an option that would have multiple benefits for not only our own health (from the seeds and oil) but would also help rebuild the soil condition on the farm and provide some extra farm income. We learnt very quickly that it is way harder do grow, harvest and process successfully than any information on the internet would have you believe! We persevered because we are firm believers in the benefits of hemp! In 2015, we established 13 Seeds as a family business with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. We launched our first range of products after a decade of research and development into the health benefits of hemp and the best hemp farming and production practices. What are some common misconceptions about hemp products? How do you continue to overcome this ? It really is all about education. We do receive the “Isn’t it Marijuana?” questions. But there is also confusion around the medical side and the increasing interest there. In short, the only thing that is legal to consume in Australia are hemp seeds and the things that come from them like oil and protein powder – they contain no active cannabinoids or CBD and it is impossible to get high from our hemp superfoods. […]

Transfarmation: How Ārepa used ingredients unique to New Zealand to create a mental clarity drink

Transfarmation: How Ārepa used ingredients unique to New Zealand to create a mental clarity drink

Angus Brown is the founder of Ārepa, a caffeine-free, plant-based nootropic drink that has ingredients derived from New Zealand-sourced pine and blackcurrants and has been designed to alleviate stress. In 2012, Brown forked out for the ’10 Key Trends in F&B Report’ by New Nutrition Business to research for potential business ideas. Now, it’s New Zealand’s number one nootropic (improves cognitive function) food company and recently was part of Sprout’s 2019 accelerator. Here, Brown talks the inspiration behind his business idea. Feeling inspired about the future of food? Then enter a business idea into the Transfarmation competition here and read the requirements for entry here . Brown says the idea for Ārepa came from working for a large multinational energy drink company, but not being fond of selling caffeine and sugar to improve cognitive performance. “I lost a couple of grandparents to brain-related illness, and from there I also saw friends and family struggle with anxiety and stress, so I thought, ‘Surely we can make something that’s good for you and good for your brain’,” Brown says. Ārepa is intended to be a focusing-yet-calming drink for people to consume to improve cognition functions before a stressful task, be it a social situation, public speaking event, or a sports competition. It consists of a patented formula that uses New Zealand plant extracts of blackcurrants and pine bark, enzogenol (often used as a natural alternative for Ritalin), L-theanine (an amino acid and relaxing agent) and a rare amino acid extracted from green tea. The idea for Ārepa was formed in 2012, and Brown formally launched the product alongside co-founder Zac in 2017. Prior to its launch, Brown was working as business manager at government-funded Auckland operation FoodBowl, an innovation facility that helps the growth of food and beverage businesses. While working […]

Vitamins, Supplements And Teas: Relieve Anxiety Naturally With These 16 Home Remedies

Vitamins, Supplements And Teas: Relieve Anxiety Naturally With These 16 Home Remedies

Health October 21st, 2019 | 13:48 PM | 46 views NaturalNews Anxiety is a normal human emotion that can be triggered by imminent danger or the presence of threats. According to science, anxiety is part of the body’s fight-or-flight response and is integral to human survival. However, this useful emotion, when experienced at disproportionate levels, can turn into anxiety disorder, a medical condition. Anxiety disorder can cause excessive apprehension, fear, nervousness, and worry and, in severe cases, become disabling. If you’re one of many people suffering from anxiety disorder, don’t despair; you can turn to natural remedies that can effectively relieve anxiety and perform much better than any anxiolytic. 16 Home remedies for anxiety Herbal medicines have experienced a resurgence in use and popularity in recent years. These ancient remedies are usually made from the different parts of a plant, such as its seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, and bark. According to studies, 80 percent of the world’s population still rely on herbal remedies. Not only are they proven safe and effective, but they are also economical, more readily available, and do not cause serious side effects, unlike modern drugs. Here are 16 of the most effective remedies for anxiety that are backed by science: (h/t to BeBrainFit.com) Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea) — Commonly used in Chinese and Scandinavian medicine, Arctic root is a powerful adaptogen that boosts the activities of serotonin and dopamine, two brain chemicals that improve mood. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) — One of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is a potent adaptogen and stress-reliever that decreases cortisol levels and restores both strength and stamina. Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) — Like ashwagandha, bacopa or brahmi (waterhyssop) is an Ayurvedic and adaptogenic herb. Bacopa is known for promoting longevity, boosting brain performance, and reducing anxiety. Ginkgo (Ginkgo […]

Single Sessions Of Moderately Intense Exercise Help Boost Memory In Older Individuals, Reveals Study

Single Sessions Of Moderately Intense Exercise Help Boost Memory In Older Individuals, Reveals Study

Health October 21st, 2019 | 13:44 PM | 45 views NaturalNews Regular exercise has been linked to numerous health benefits, but its connection to semantic memory is largely unexplored. Researchers from the University of Maryland found that a single session of exercise has positive effects on parts of the brain associated with memory. They published their findings in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Exercise helps improve memory Several studies have backed the health benefits that exercise has on the brain. One study from the University of British Columbia revealed that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that handles verbal memory and learning. Other studies have observed improvements in the prefrontal cortex – the part in charge of decision making and social behavior – among individuals who exercised every day. In the current study, the researchers wanted to find out the effects of acute exercise on semantic memory. Acute exercise refers to short exercises of moderate to high intensity. Meanwhile, semantic memory refers to long-term memories associated with words, names, and information not related to personal experience. The researchers gathered 26 participants for the study. They were all healthy older adults, whose ages ranged from 55 to 85. The clinical trial was split into two sessions. In the first session, they cycled on a stationary bike in moderate intensity for 30 minutes. In the second session, they simply rested for the same length of time. After exercising or waiting for 30 minutes, the participants performed the Famous and Non-Famous name discrimination task during fMRI scanning. In this task, participants identified famous names and non-famous ones. The researchers monitored brain activity the entire time, paying special attention to areas associated with memory. Their findings revealed that participants had increased brain activity […]

Learn how to grow these 8 medicinal plants in your indoor garden

Learn how to grow these 8 medicinal plants in your indoor garden

( Natural News ) Growing herbs indoors is a popular hobby since it eliminates the hassle that comes with growing herbs in your backyard, especially when it comes to seasonal crops. While most gardeners would prefer growing herbs for culinary reasons, some lean towards growing a variety of medicinal herbs. Having a supply of medicinal herbs on hand is a brilliant survival strategy that could help you get through some SHTF situations. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com ) Home is where the garden is While some medicinal herbs can be used in various dishes to elevate their flavor, most of these can also treat minor illnesses like soothing a cough or itchy rash. By growing them indoors, this ensures you have whatever herb you need all year round. (Related: How to start an indoor garden in your apartment .) Here are just some medicinal herbs you can grow. Turmeric Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a spice and as a medicinal herb. It contains a compound called curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory effects . Researchers have shown that curcumin hosts a variety of other health benefits which includes improving brain function and reducing the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Purchase root cuttings. One turmeric root should be enough to grow several new cuttings. Be generous in pot size. The larger the pot, the bigger and stronger the turmeric. Plant the cuttings in moistened potting soil. This spice thrives in full sun conditions but will still grow even below grow light levels. During the late spring and summer, it is recommended to move the container near windows so the cuttings can absorb all the sunlight they need. Turmeric should be watered every two days to ensure moisture while under the sun or artificial […]

A ‘Menopause Champion’ at Work? Yes. You Also Get Paid Leave.

LONDON — A British broadcaster is prioritizing women’s health by rolling out a raft of measures to aid those dealing with a subject that is rarely discussed freely and openly in the workplace: menopause. Channel 4, a national television station in Britain, announced Friday that it would offer its female employees flexible working arrangements, tailored work spaces and even paid leave if they experienced menopause symptoms. Common symptoms include hot flashes, heavy periods, low mood, increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, joint pain, and problems with memory and concentration often referred to as “brain fog.” They can persist for years and are both physical and psychological, and about 80% of women will experience them in some form, according to the British National Health Service. Menopause — a natural part of aging that is caused by a drop in the production of estrogen — typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. “This is Channel 4 living its remit, normalizing a taboo subject by making it more visible,” Channel 4’s chief executive, Alex Mahon, said in a statement. Mahon, the first woman to be chief executive in Channel 4’s 37-year history, added that she hoped the policy would inspire other media companies to support women in their workplaces going through menopause. Advertising The broadcaster says that its menopause initiative — pioneered by an in-house gender equality staff network — is the first known among British media companies. While some workplaces have introduced lactation rooms for breastfeeding mothers and free period products in bathrooms, they have been slow to accommodate or recognize the battles that older women face during menopause. Dr. Philippa Kaye, a London-based physician and author of “The M Word: Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause,” said that more companies needed to take action. “There is a significant […]

Can adrafinil effectively help you stay more alert?

Can adrafinil effectively help you stay more alert?

Join AFP’s 100,000+ followers on Facebook Purchase a subscription to AFP | Subscribe to AFP podcasts on iTunes News, press releases, letters to the editor: augustafreepress2@gmail.com Advertising inquiries: freepress@ntelos.net Photo Credit: Photographee.eu A large number of people nowadays cannot enjoy complete eight hours of restful sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep leads to reduced energy levels, fatigue and poor mental performance during the day. This can have a huge negative effect on one’s job, study and other daily activities. In order to stay mentally alert and physically energetic throughout the day, many people look for a temporary quick boost by taking certain supplements and medicines. Cognition-boosting supplements, also known as nootropics, are broadly used by entrepreneurs, professionals, students and ordinary men and women who wish to enhance their mental abilities. Some nootropics have stimulating properties and are often used to increase focus and productivity. One prominent example of these is adrafinil, which we will discuss in more detail below. Adrafinil in a Few Words Out of the many arousal-promoting nootropics, adrafinil is one of the most effective compounds with very few negative effects. It mildly stimulates brain functions and it has been shown to increase vigilance, alertness and cognition. Adrafinil is a synthetic substance that was developed in France for use by old people who suffer from daytime fatigue and sleepiness due to sleep problems. It is not scientifically clear how this substance works, but some studies suggest it enhances the function of some neurotransmitters in the brain, such as histamine , norepinephrine , dopamine and serotonin. Over the past few years, adrafinil has climbed in popularity to become one of the top nootropic supplements used to elevate energy levels and promote a more alert mental state. Several manufacturers produce adrafinil in the form of pure powder or […]