Brain training app claims to improve concentration, but is it better than proper diet and an active lifestyle?

Brain training app claims to improve concentration, but is it better than proper diet and an active lifestyle?

( Natural News ) Cambridge researchers came up with a game app called “Decoder” that supposedly trains the brain of the player. They claimed that regularly playing the brain training game could improve the concentration of the user . They developed the app in response to the decreasing attention spans of young people. Increasing amounts of technologies require fast reactions to electronic messages and splitting one’s attention between multiple projects at the same time. In turn, this leads to diminished concentration, and the problem becomes worse thanks to stress stemming from a global environment and constant travel, which causes jet lag and poor sleep. The rise of smartphones has led to an increasing number of brain training apps. The developers of the programs claimed that they could improve concentration, memory, and other cognitive skills. Decoder is the latest in the increasingly long line of such game apps. Devised by a team from the University of Cambridge based on their existing research, this brain training app supposedly activates a frontal-parietal network in the brain, thereby improving the attention and concentration of the user. (Related: Study proves you can stop vital memory erosion through holistic “Loci memory training’ .) Cambridge-designed brain training app supposedly improves attention and concentration The Cambridge researchers held tests where participants played Decoder on electronic tablets. The results showed increases in the attention and concentration of the people playing the brain training app. Mother Nature’s micronutrient secret : Organic Broccoli Sprout Capsules now available, delivering 280mg of high-density nutrition, including the extraordinary "sulforaphane" and "glucosinolate" nutrients found only in cruciferous healing foods. Every lot laboratory tested. See availability here. In the experiment, participants split up into three separate groups. The first group was assigned to play the brain training game, the second one got Bingo as their […]

Is depression just a symptom of bad gut health? Study confirms link between gut and brain health

Is depression just a symptom of bad gut health? Study confirms link between gut and brain health

( Natural News ) One area of research that has been getting a lot of attention recently is the connection between gut and brain health. With mental health problems a growing concern, scientists have been trying to uncover some of their causes, and a new study out of Belgium shows that depression could well be a symptom of poor gut health . In the study, which was published in Nature Microbiology , the researchers looked at the fecal microbiome data of more than 1,000 people who were enrolled in the Flemish Gut Flora Project. They pooled this data with data on depression diagnoses in the hopes of exploring the link between gut bacteria, depression and quality of life. After looking at more than 500 bacteria that were isolated from the human gastrointestinal tract, they found that people suffering from depression had persistent low levels of two gut bacteria in particular, Dialister and Coprococcus. This was true even among those who took antidepressants. An independent cohort of more than 1,000 people who took part in the Dutch LifeLinesDEEP and clinically depressed patients was used to validate the results. It’s an exciting finding that could well lead to a probiotic-based treatment for depression – something that is sorely needed when you consider all the side effects that come with modern antidepressants. Many of the most widely used antidepressants today come with black box warnings because they raise the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Common side effects of antidepressants can include insomnia, constipation, nausea, blurred vision, weight gain, increased appetite, and sexual problems. It appears to be no coincidence that many mass shooting perpetrators happened to be using these medications at the time of their deadly rampages. Probiotics, on the other hand, are relatively safe for most people and can have […]

15 Brain Healthy Foods That Boost Its Function Naturally – #5 is Impressive!

15 Brain Healthy Foods That Boost Its Function Naturally – #5 is Impressive!

Did you know that adding certain foods to your diet can enhance your cognitive functions and enable your brain to stay healthy and active? The brain is an incredibly important organ in the human body. In fact, the brain acts as a control center – coordinating actions and reactions that happen – from thinking to feeling to remembering and everything in between. It’s responsible for keeping your lungs breathing and your heart beating. A brain-boosting diet is important to support both short and long-term brain function. Essentially, eating certain foods allows you to keep your brain healthy and operating at peak performance. Did you know the brain uses approximately 20% of the body’s calories? It needs a lot of fuel to maintain concentration throughout your day-to-day life. So how do you keep your brain healthy? What exactly is a brain-boosting diet and what does it consist of? We’ve compiled a list of 15 foods that keep your brain healthy and boost its function naturally. 1. Fatty Fish Fatty fish tops the list because they’re such a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids – an important factor when it comes to building brain and nerve cells. These fats are crucial for memory and learning. Consider adding more trout, salmon, and sardines to your diet. 2. Blueberries Blueberries deliver anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds that deliver surprising antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The antioxidants have been found to improve communication between brain cells while lessening the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. 3. Beets A very popular root vegetable, beetroot is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are essential for the entire body. It contains nitrates that boost blood flow to the brain and cancer-fighting antioxidants that help rid the blood of toxins. 4. Celery Celery is very nutrient dense — loaded with […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can electric shocks to your brain give you the memory of a 20-year-old?

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can electric shocks to your brain give you the memory of a 20-year-old?

Do you ever go upstairs to look for something, then realise you have no idea why you were going upstairs in the first place? Or what about putting rice on to cook, then leaving the room and only returning when you smell the burning? I find that as I get older I am increasingly doing these sorts of things. I’m not too worried. After all, about 40 per cent of people over the age of 60 have some form of age-related memory loss. It isn’t thought to be a condition or illness in itself, rather just natural wear and tear on the bits of the brain that connect to help us remember. But it is annoying. So I was intrigued to read the results of a recent study where it was discovered that if you zap the brain of someone in their 60s with short bursts of electricity, it can, at least for a short time, give them the memory ability of someone in their 20s. Buzzing: Christopher Lloyd as mad scientist Doc zapping his brain cells in cult movie Back To The Future Buzzing: Christopher Lloyd as mad scientist Doc zapping his brain cells in cult movie Back To The Future Could electric shocks really boost memory? The particular type of memory the researchers tested is something called working memory. This is the ability to hold several pieces of information in your mind at the same time, such as an address you have just read, while also trying to take down a telephone number. Working memory allows us to process information and be creative but it starts to decline in our early 30s, as sections of our brain gradually become out of sync and disconnect from each other. By the time we reach our 60s, these links may […]

Review of Life Essenz Essential Oils

Review of Life Essenz Essential Oils

Review of Life Essenz Essential Oils Essential Oil Benefits I often receive samples of essential oils from marketers and manufacturers, and you guys already know about L’orpur’s organic starter essential oil kit . Let me put it this way, I am very unforgiving and extremely strict when it comes to the quality of essential oils, and I am quick to give my unbiased reviews, whether the product in front of me comes from my own line, is being marketed by a friend or has been sent to me for an honest review. So, without meandering further let me tell you about an essential oil range that I received a few days back. The kit had 9 little bottles in all, which was cool because most sellers start with a modest range. But, then came the shocker! The same oil two and four times over! I admit; I did not pay a lot of attention to the labels at first except for the name of the oil in large font. And when all the bottles were out of the box, I had four lavenders, two peppermints and one each of myrrh, frankincense and lemongrass. At first, I thought it must have been a mistake. Then, I though it must be different types of lavender but a closer look revealed that I had 3 bottles of lavandula augustifolia and one of a cultivar called L. angustifolia maillette. The two bottles of peppermint were both of Mentha Piperita . ‘OK, I will bite, I murmured” and proceeded to open one bottle after another. And this is what I found! The difference in similarity! Before I tell you if Life Essenz is marketing the same product in 4 different bottles and under 4 different names, I know I will have to tell you […]

Get Ready To Grow Old

Get Ready To Grow Old

BENGALURU: This past week, a video of Mick Jagger went viral. The 22-second video showed the rockstar dancing to The Wombats’ song, Techno Fan, without missing a beat. Of course, what sent his fans and the internet on a tizzy is the fact that the young at 75 Jagger was dancing that way a month after a heart valve replacement surgery. Wonders may never cease when it comes to Jagger but in a world that is obsessed with staying young forever, the musician’s story reaffirms the saying that ‘age is just a number’. The world of celebrities is filled with examples such as these. Former American president Jimmy Carter, 92, who had a hip replacement surgery recently after a fall is ready to teach at Sunday school, and there’s Madonna who at 60 has announced another album. People like Jagger, Madonna and Carter prove that growing old doesn’t necessarily mean that you have reached the end of the road. You can still sing, dance and be merry. While such stories with positive spins about age are good, the truth is that the ‘idea of oldness’ is not pretty in one’s head. Nor are most of us wealthy and cushioned by money like celebrities who can afford a nip here and a tuck there. There’s youth. And then there’s old age. And in between these two phases, lies a grey area where life lulls you into believing that old age somehow will leave you untouched. “Age is an important number, but it can also be deceiving. After 40, most people say they feel younger than their years, some lie about their age, and many attempt to hide the signs of growing old,” reads the blurb on Dr Alan Castell’s book, Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. In his […]

Light and the circadian rhythm: The key to a good night’s sleep?

Light and the circadian rhythm: The key to a good night's sleep?

The cycle of sleep and wakefulness is one of the key human behaviours. We spend about a third of our lives asleep and cannot survive without it. When asleep, our brain memorises and processes information. Our body clears toxins and repairs itself, allowing us to function properly when awake. Even short-term sleep deprivation significantly affects our wellbeing. Most of us begin to fall apart after just one night without sleep and after three nights of missed sleep, we are functioning way below par. One study suggested that after 17-19 hours of staying awake , performance on cognitive tasks may be similar to having had too much to drink. These effects worsen over time. The longest documented period without sleep of just more than 11 days prompted serious cognitive and behavioural changes, problems with concentration and short term memory, paranoia and hallucinations. But while scientists have long understood the importance of getting enough sleep, the key part played by light exposure can sometimes be overlooked. Setting the body clock The reason light is so important is that it sets our circadian rhythm, or body clock, via specialised light sensors within the eye. Our eye detects the light and dark cycle within our environment and adjusts the body’s circadian rhythm so that the internal and external day coincide. This is so powerful that that people who have very severe eye damage can find their body clock is thrown off , leading to sleep problems. Without any access to light, the human body clock appears to drift, adding about half an hour on to its 24 hour cycle for each day of darkness. Jetlag is the most obvious example of the effect light can have. Exposure to light in the new time zone helps reset our body clock to local time, telling […]

A citrusy pick-me-up: The 15 health benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning

A citrusy pick-me-up: The 15 health benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning

( Natural News ) Taking a glass or two of lemon water every morning is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to attain and maintain good health. The body is quick to absorb nutrients from the foods consumed during breakfast, allowing it to enjoy the many benefits of citrus-enriched water . This antioxidant-rich treat for the skin and digestion also promotes healing and detoxification Lemons contain tons of antioxidants that eliminate free radicals associated with cancer. They also neutralize the acidic environments that contribute to the growth of cancer cells. A systematic review by Cheju National University in 2009 provides supporting evidence that lemon and other citrus fruits decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer . Lemon water repairs blemishes and revitalizes damaged skin. It kills bacteria responsible for acne, slows down the aging process, and makes skin glow with youth. It also speeds up recovery from injuries and stress. Lemon water heals bones, cartilage, and tissues, and helps maintain their health. It also melts mucus, making it a good choice of drink for people with sore throats. Digestion also benefits from a daily morning intake of lemon water. Lemon has a similar digestive activity as saliva and the hydrochloric acid in stomach juices. It also stimulates the liver to make more bile for digesting food. Lemon removes toxins from the digestive tract and flushes them out of the body. Its citric acid content supports the detoxification activity of the liver. (Related: Start your day right by drinking lemon water .) The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn more at the Health Ranger Store and help support this news site. Lemon water […]

The Beauty Report Sleep Support Box Review – May 2019

The Beauty Report Sleep Support Box Review – May 2019

New Beauty just released some new Beauty Report boxes available on Amazon ! If you aren’t familiar, The Beauty Report is a part of the New Beauty Test Tube brand, which MSA readers voted one of the Best Beauty Subscription Boxes of 2019 ! (These are single-purchase boxes and will not start a subscription.) This is a review of the Sleep Support Box , which is currently available for purchase ! My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes). About the Box The Box: Beauty Report Box: Sleep Support The Cost: $24.95 + free shipping The Products: Vital Proteins Sleep Collagen Shot ThisWorks Sleep Pillow Spray ODE Olive Oil Lip Balm LivOn Labs Magnesium L-Threonate KohGenDo Cleansing Spa Water Klorane Dry Shampoo Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel Akar Eye Serum The Beauty Report Jet Set Box Review Here is the info sheet for the box. Vital Protein Sleep Collagen Shot , 2 oz – Buy a case of 12 for $36 This is new to me! It is a sleep supplement made with 7 grams of collagen peptides as well as sleep-inducing ingredients like magnesium and melatonin. The taste is supposed to be a lemon lavender blueberry, but wow it just tastes bad. I imagine sticking this in the fridge before consumption would improve the taste slightly, but overall it was not pleasant. I will say though that this definitely helped me feel more relaxed as I was trying to fall asleep, and I got a great nights sleep using it. ThisWorks Sleep Pillow Spray , 0.35 oz – Estimated Value $4.06 (buy the 2.5 oz version for $29) I have received some truly tiny samples of this pillow spray, so I am happy that New […]

Nootropics Are The Latest Wellness Obsession, But Can They Really Make You Smarter?

Nootropics Are The Latest Wellness Obsession, But Can They Really Make You Smarter?

jenny van sommers A supplement that claims it can give mental clarity, laser-sharp focus and long-lasting energy sounds like the stuff of science fiction movies. But as fantastical as so-called "smart drugs" may seem, there’s a quiet revolution going on in wellness that claims to solve your 4pm energy slumps once and for all. "Interest in nootropics is starting to slowly build," said Shabir Daya , co-founder and head pharmacist at Victoria Health . "The science is not necessarily new, but people are starting to embrace them more." Nutritionist Alice Mackintosh echoed the sentiment, saying: "In the UK, I think we’re only at the beginning of their popularity, and it’s growing." First things first, a nootropic is any substance which can boost cognitive function and energy. "They can be any compound, natural or synthetic," explained Daya. Lots of things could technically be classed as a nootropic, including your morning flat white. "Caffeine is probably the oldest and most widely consumed nootropic," said GP Dr Martin Saweirs . "Then you have your prescription nootropics, which are the kinds of medications you might be given for ADHD, or something like modafinil." But the kinds of nootropics currently making waves are more likely to be found in a health boutique than a doctor’s office. Extracts such as Lion’s mane, Siberian gingseng, ashwagandha, goji berry and cordyceps mushroom are being uprooted from ancient wisdom and finding a home in modern supplements and boosters. Acolytes claim that they offer an energy lift and greater concentration without the "crash" associated with energy drinks, or the disruption to sleep that caffeine brings. Like many wellness movements, this wave can be traced right back to Silicon Valley. "They work hard and play hard out there, and the people who work in these environments are always looking for […]