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Brain Health, Immunity, Better Mood—Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Brain Health, Immunity, Better Mood—Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

The benefits of vitamin D, including brain health and immunity. How do we get vitamin? Vitamin D3 vs D2. Vitamin D and pregnancy. How much do I need?

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Probiotics: The Gut-Brain Connection

Probiotics: The Gut-Brain Connection

By Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   In this article: The Science Behind the Gut-Brain ConnectionThe Benefits of Probiotics Probiotics for Brain HealthProbiotics for Better MoodProbiotics and Pregnancy   Do you trust your gut? Have you been told you have good gut instincts? How about a gut feeling? As common as these expressions are, the time has come to think about these phrases more literally.  A growing body of research continues to show the importance of a healthy gut, even calling your gut a “second brain.” The power of the gut-brain connection is so strong that the two “brains” essentially talk to each other....

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When to Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins: Good Habits Start Early

When to Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins: Good Habits Start Early

By Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   In this article: What trimester are prenatal vitamins most important? Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy Key prenatal vitamin ingredients How long to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy? Prenatal Vitamins Vs. Fertility Supplements Children change the way we look at things in so many ways. The very idea of getting pregnant begins to adjust your focus. Suddenly your nutritional needs matter more than ever as you consider how to best support your fertility goals. You know that every lifestage requires specific nutrition, but when do you make that transition to taking prenatal vitamins? The short answer is as...

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Advantages of Oxygen

Advantages of Oxygen

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Oxygenating the brain well promotes brain healing and optimal brain function. This requires a critical balance of:  Correct breathing for oxygenation Correct carbon dioxide and nitric oxide levels for circulation A program of brain activities or exercises for growth stimulation  The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do. Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. Breathing through our noses, with our mouth closed, and using belly breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing allows us to get the proper...

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What vitamins to take postpartum?

What vitamins to take postpartum?

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Prenatal vitamins? You were on top of those. But, postnatal vitamins? Many women don’t think to change to them or discontinue use of natal vitamins at this oh-so important time. Now that your baby is born, your body is in need of some different nutrients. These provide benefits like post-pregnancy support, immune support, and lactation support for you and your baby. When starting your postnatal journey, look for supplements that include these ingredients:  Folate Since mothers are no longer supporting the baby in the womb, their bodies no longer need the higher amounts of methylfolate...

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Water and Brain Function

Water and Brain Function

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   The Importance of Water Start With Hydration Brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance. Water is also needed for the brain's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. Nerve transmission requires one-half of all the brain’s energy (1). Studies have shown that if you are only 1% dehydrated, you will likely have a 5% decrease in cognitive function. If your brain drops 2% in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math. When...

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How Food Affects Your Brain

How Food Affects Your Brain

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   When it comes to your brain health, eating the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones should be a top priority. The right foods provide energy, optimize your physical health, and improve your body’s metabolism. Eating a diet rich in healthy fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other key nutrients is crucial for optimizing your brain health. These foods can positively affect your brain health and mood. There’s also a powerful connection between the gut and the brain. The network of neurons lining our guts is so extensive, some scientists call it the “second brain.” It plays a significant role...

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Advantages of Sleep on the Brain

Advantages of Sleep on the Brain

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.  Getting good sleep is important for your mood and health. Supporting a healthy sleep pattern should be a priority. Promotes new brain cell production Repairs neurons Forms brain cell connections Replenishes the supply of mood-boosting chemicals It is important to develop Good Sleep Hygiene. These 10 steps are advocated by sleep neurologists and are essential for good sleep. 10 Steps of Good Sleep Hygiene Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep. Caffeinated products decrease the quality of sleep. Avoid caffeine (found in coffee, tea, chocolate, cola, and some pain relievers) after 12pm. Turn your...

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