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Easy Steps to a Bigger Brain in 2018

Use These Two New Research Findings to Build Your Bigger Better Brain in 2018
Best, the benefits come from easy- to- do things.


Walking Has Newly-Discovered Brain Benefits
If you’ve been following our posts, you certainly know that exercise is your top brain-building activity for 2018. Here’s the latest, and rather interesting, research. A team of researchers from schools of medicine at New Mexico University, Colorado University and the University of Copenhagen studied healthy young adults performing different activities.  They found that walking and running have a unique effect: they create pressure waves beginning in the feet caused by landing on the ground. Those pressure waves propel blood into the brain. That contrasts to other exercises like cycling where there isn’t either the lighter foot pressure of walking or the heavier foot pressure of running. Link to the research here. That 10,000 steps thing seems to have some scientific support (oh and remember that we reported research indicating the benefit of walking begins with as little as 4,000 steps).
And Yoga Helps Brain & Body
 Author and podcaster Dr. Christina Tarantola reported three different benefits from yoga, including improved mood (and reduction in depression episodes), better pain management from arthritis sufferers, and overall fitness gains. Linked here.

In Case You Missed It
·         There is new research indicating excess salt consumption is bad for brain health, and the culprit is in our intestine and all those little microbiome critters.


·         Scientists have discovered the optimum daily dosage of coffee. Note, you really shouldn’t drink an entire pot of coffee per day.




Shameless Plugs
If you’ve thought about yoga but never started, or started but couldn’t keep it up, we have two excellent books suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners who need a booster shot.



And great fragrance kits to help settle your busy brain to meditate. 

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