The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

…carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration.
Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment…. Continue reading The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

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FastCompany.com: Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

Cognitive fitness software companies like Fit Brains and Lumosity are booming businesses. But whether brain games are the remedy for mental dullness and even disease, or mere digital snake oil, is hotly debated…. …”If you are doing brain training for 10 hours a week, that is 10 hours a week you are not doing something else, like exercising, Zach Hambrick, an associate professor of psychology who worked on the Georgia Tech study, told The New Yorker. “It also gives people false hope, especially older adults for whom this is a big concern.”… What cognitive training pretty clearly won’t provide is a silver bullet to fight off brain decay. A healthy social life certainly wouldn’t hurt, and neither would an appreciation for a good book. Even Hurley admits that “physical exercise is perhaps the best-proved method for improving cognitive function in older people.” Continue reading FastCompany.com: Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

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Placebo – Medicine in our minds

They are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really do anything. Placebos come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work…… Except that Paul hadn’t been given his medication – he’d been given a placebo. Continue reading Placebo – Medicine in our minds

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Why Your Brain Needs Water

Why Your Brain Needs Water Years of research have found that when we’re parched, we have more difficulty keeping our attention focused. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental arithmetic, like calculating whether or not you’ll be late for work if you hit snooze for another 15 minutes, is compromised when your fluids are low. To put the water requirements in perspective: The average adult brain is 1.3 to 1.4kg and is approx 2% (obviously varies) of the overall weight of the adult human. The brain is 70-80% water and … Continue reading Why Your Brain Needs Water

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Dealing with Crisis – Part I: From Haze to Clarity in 8 steps

This first part of a multi part series will help you and others to overcome the initial shock and various emotions and to start gaining clarity again.  This is the first step to recovery.  This is the process that we have used over the years to help others dealing with grief and dramatic changes in life and we are sharing what we know with you in the hope that it can bring benefits to you and those around you. Continue reading Dealing with Crisis – Part I: From Haze to Clarity in 8 steps

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On Being Sane in Insane Places

This article has little to do with NLP directly, but does have relevance to coaching and working with people. It also provides a good background to the downsides of labeling people or labeling conditions in people. This article also may give an insight into the author’s experience of powerlessness, subjective experiences, impact of environment, process of depersonalization, impact of segregation, mortification, self-labeling, and (in the opinion of the original authors) counter-therapeutic which may be of relevance to clients that a practitioner may have. Quoted Text Follows { Science 19 January 1973: Vol. 179. no. 4070, pp. 250 – 258 DOI: … Continue reading On Being Sane in Insane Places

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Walking to protect your memory

It is great to use NLP and other tools to expand your choices in life, make better use of your mind and body, develop yourself and improve, but we must not neglect our mind and body from an holistic point of view. This article Walk Much? It May Protect Your Memory Down the Road suggests that walking at least six miles (nearly 10k) per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age, according to a study published in the October 13, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. … Continue reading Walking to protect your memory

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