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Nutrition

A Brain Healthy Chocolate Recipe for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love…and chocolate! It’s no wonder we love the melt-in-your-mouth treat—munch on some dark chocolate and it can have some blissful brain-altering effects. Chocolate triggers the release of feel-good neurotransmitters that boost your mood, and it contains a compound called phenylethylamine that acts as a stimulant. It all adds…

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Foods That Boost Fertility

Are you trying to conceive but not having much luck? I’ve heard from so many women who are struggling to get pregnant. I usually tell them it’s a good idea to start with a visit to your gynecologist for a full workup to check your hormone levels and any other medical issues that could be…

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10 “Healthy” Foods that Can Cause Headaches

Even the most committed Brain Warrior can get derailed when a pounding headache strikes, making you curl up on the couch rather than crushing that killer workout you’d planned. Approximately 40 million people are living with migraine and other severe headache disorders, according to the National Headache Foundation. And millions more feel the throbbing pain…

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New Year! New Pantry!

New Year’s is a time for parties, celebrations…and resolutions. It’s the most common time of the year when I hear from people who want to change their habits and get healthy. If 2019 is the year you want to ditch your unhealthy ways and become a Warrior for your brain health, start with your pantry.…

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My Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe

During the holidays, it’s a time for celebrations at work, at home, and with friends and neighbors. I’ve found that one of the best ways for Warriors to avoid the temptation to nibble on sugar-laden sweets that don’t serve you is to make your own brain-healthy dessert and bring it with you. I’ve been making…

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Happier Holidays for Warriors

The holidays are a time of joy, gratitude, and togetherness. But not for everyone. Some people find themselves filled with stress, anxiety, or the blues when the holidays roll around. An American Psychological Association survey found that 38 percent of people feel more stress around the holidays due to lack of money, time constraints, the…

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Mental Health: What’s Your Gut Got To Do With It?

If you think mental health issues are all in your head, think again. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve come across a lot of research, including a 2017 review, that points to a strong connection between gut health, moods, and mental health. Warriors aren’t afraid of a few bugs, which is a good thing because…

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When Zombie Cells Attack, Eat This!

  As you get older, your body’s cells age too. Some of them become damaged and start releasing harmful chemicals like pro-inflammatory cytokines that speed the aging process and contribute to age-related diseases. They may even play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. These dysfunctional cells are known as senescent cells or “zombie…

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Give Yourself A Break!

Do you ever start a new project—whether it’s a big presentation at work, volunteer activities, or cleaning out the closets at home—and get so wrapped up in what you’re doing that you power through without taking a breather and without eating?   You might think a “warrior” mentality means attacking your to-do list without coming…

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Show Me Your School Lunches

  It’s that time of year again. Every year, when the kids go back to school, I get a flood of requests for ideas for healthy school lunches and snacks. It’s no wonder. Good nutrition is critical for the development of your child’s brain and their ability to focus, learn, and perform in the classroom.…

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