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9 Brain Superfoods

 

Your brain controls every function in your body yet we rarely give it a  second thought.  And, few of us choose foods that protect or heal our  brain.  Here are some of the best foods for thought (literally):

1.  Spinach—More than Just for Popeye

A study of middle-aged rats fed diets with added spinach, strawberry extract,  or vitamin E for nine months found that spinach proved most potent in protecting  nerve cells against the effects of aging in two parts of the brain.  More  research needs to be done but it looks like Popeye was building more than  muscles when he ate spinach.

2.  Benefits of Blue for Grey Matter

Blueberries contain a group of plant nutrients called  proanthocyanidins.  Proanthocyanidins have a unique capacity to protect  both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some  environmental toxins.  Proanthocyanidins decrease free radical activity  within and between…

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The Pleasure of Chocolate

Ahhh, chocolate; arguably the confection with the biggest fan base.  And much research has been done to discover why this is so. Some have pointed out the many medical benefits of chocolate. Other studies have shown that chocolate doesn’t have more mood-enhancing ingredients than many other foods, it may be that chocolate is so attractive simply because the smell and taste brings pleasure…and that’s mood-enhancing all on it’s own.

If you’d like to join the discussion, share recipes or just talk chocolate, click here on February 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate for the Romantic Foodie

Great Tips on How to Think Your Way to Health

Turns out that how you think about your stressors has a great impact on your mental and physical health. This short video offers some tips on how to keep yourself healthy.

(Check out some of Dr.Evans’ other videos…one of my favorites is: 23 and 1/2 hours…it seems that 1/2 an hour of exercise, every day goes a long way to cure what ails you.)

So true!

Princess Theodora von Auersperg

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”

~ Elsa Schiaparelli ~

When it comes down to feeding your body and mind, nothing is superior to preparing your food from scratch, with quality ingredients and served with love.

Try it out on a regular basis and see how you and your loved ones feel.

Come to that, see how your family feels as you work together in the kitchen to create a level of harmony and good health that is only possible when food is prepared in a loving manner, and eaten slowly with others.

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Documentaries on Everything

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but I’m as psyched as if I’d struck gold….what I’ve found is a site with reams of documentaries on all kinds of topics. So, I’ll list a few that are relevant to this blog:

Religion and Spirituality

The History of Angels

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life

Mysteries of the Bible

The Story of God

Psychology

Pleasure and Pain

Human Instinct

The Secret You – on human awareness

Brain Story

Somewhere in Between

Mystical Brain

Life After Life

Secrets of the Psychics

Mind you, (I just realized that) there are entire sections on Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Health on the site itself…so, enjoy…you know what I’ll be doing over the next while…:D

The health benefits of art…:)

Ignite Your Life Though Action

My recent travels into researching therapies to help a friend recover from a stroke have yielded some interesting results. Art appreciation was recommended by research conducted at the University Tor Vergata School of Nursing in Rome. Compared were stroke survivors who enjoyed art and their quality of life after a stroke and those who did not. The numbers from the 192 study participants were a fairly equal split. Art in this study was described as music, painting, theatre. Recovery outcome for art lovers was described as:

“…of positive physical and mental health benefits. They had more energy, better general health and improved mobility. They were also happier, less anxious or depressed and had better memory and communication skills”.

If this does not sound positive enough, lead author Dr. Ercole Vellone, assistant professor in nursing science at the University Tor Vergata, said:

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Great post on how your spiritual practice heals your physical body…

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by Krisca Te

For some of us, spiritual nourishment means adhering to religious practices and their tenets. For others, it’s a feeling of a larger meaning, a sense of the sublime, a higher state of human consciousness.

In a surveys among physicians, more than half of them (56%) believed that spiritual nourishment, of any kind, has much or even very much effect on the physical health of patients.

The exact mechanism that connects body and soul is very difficult to find, and scientists have been pouring many research hours in an attempt to discover it. But research after research shows that people with deep spiritual beliefs fair better than those without a spiritual guideline. The theory behind the effect of spirituality on the body says that if a person feels stability and calm in their psychological approach to their lives, they fair better in the physical sense as well. This…

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