As a primary-care physician with more than 25 years of experience, one of the most frequent concerns people mention during their appointments with me involves memory. The age of the patient doesn't matter much. I've had people in their 30s ask me, just like I've heard it from people in their 60s and beyond.
Nutrition is critical to helping kids reach their full potential. The first three years are especially important because your child's brain is growing. During the early years and beyond, ensuring your child consumes brain-boosting nutrients can help with concentration and performance in school, sports, music and more!
Everyone knows humans need sleep. Adults need on average just under eight hours of sleep per night for good brain function (although this varies from person to person, with some needing as little as 6.5 hours and some needing as many as 10). To find out why sleep is so important, I talked to Dr. Andrew Lim, neurologist.
On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.
"I'm fine" seems to be the phrase of choice when someone asks how we're doing. We rarely take a moment to check in with ourselves and see if we are truly "fine." With Mental Health Week upon us in Canada, now is the perfect time to talk about all of the things we don't normally discuss. This week is a time to not only raise awareness about mental illness, but to also consider ways to improve our mental health.
The MIND diet combines elements of the well known Mediterranean and DASH diet, which lowers blood pressure levels, but the MIND diet has better results in lowering brain deterioration and is easier to follow. There are 10 healthy food groups to include and five unhealthy food groups to avoid when it comes to improving our brain health.
When I first launched the Women's Brain Health Initiative a few years ago, my primary goal was to create awareness about women's brain aging disorders. It was shocking to me that women suffer from depression, stroke and dementia twice as much as men as they age, but brain health research was male-focused.
Just like your playlist wouldn't be the same without your favourite song, tomatoes and broccoli should be staples in your meal any time of the year. Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin K, contributing to healthy and strong cognition, while tomatoes' antioxidant properties can prevent neurological damage often associated with dementia and Alzheimer's.