What Do Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats Have To Do With Brain Health?

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Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fat, is an essential structural component of both your brain and retina. Approximately 60 percent of your brain is composed of fats—25 percent of which is DHA. DHA is also an essential structural ingredient of breast milk, which is believed to be a major reason why breastfed babies consistently score higher on IQ tests than formula-fed babies. Omega-3 fats such as DHA are considered essential because your body cannot Read More

How Exercise Makes You Smarter

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Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. During exercise nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning. Further, exercise provides protective effects to your brain through: The production of nerve-protecting compounds Greater blood flow to your Read More

BONKING is more than just physiological

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Being a father and husband in a highly active family, I get to see things that many others don’t. For instance, my wife is a 3 time Ironman Triathlon finisher. But she’s attempted it 4 times. Something very interesting happened in that one failure that I am addressing now. She was competing the first every Tahoe Ironman. 140.6 miles of grueling hills and cold. As the athletes approached the water start for their 2.4 mile Read More