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Advantages of Oxygen

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...

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Sleep impacts your immunity

Sleep impacts your immunity

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Your sleeping habits directly affect your wellness.  When it comes to your immune system, sleep is one of the drivers of your immune cells (1, 2). With sleep, your body’s melatonin levels rise. With your melatonin, your growth peptides are released. And these put your immune cells to work.   Good sleep leads to empowered immune cells.    4 ways to improve your snooze  Same time, every dayDon’t give in to the temptation to stay up or sleep in super late. The more consistent you are, the better. Reduce blue lightSet a screen time cut-off. Research...

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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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DHA and why it’s critical

DHA and why it’s critical

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   DHA is short for docosahexaenoic acid. It is a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid in the omega-3 fatty acid family. Omega-3 fatty acids include EPA and DHA, but when it comes to brain health, DHA “rules.” The human brain is made up of nearly 60% fat, and DHA is the predominant fatty acid found in the brain (1,2). DHA and EPA are both “essential” fatty acids, which means that the body cannot make them on its own, and they must be consumed through dietary sources. DHA is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral...

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Brain Neuroanatomy

Brain Neuroanatomy

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Sometimes it helps to have a few definitions under your belt, especially if the subject may be new. If you know these brain neuroanatomy terms already, feel free to skip these pages. But, if brain science terms are new to you, or you need a refresher, I've laid out some explanations that may be helpful.  Neuron - (also called a nerve cell) is a type of brain cell that receives, processes, and transmits information through electrical and chemical signals. These signals between neurons occur via specialized connections called synapses.  Cortex - (meaning "bark" in Latin) is the outer...

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Multitasking and the brain

Multitasking and the brain

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Multitasking is problematic and brain-damaging. As parents and members of our modern society, it is sometimes necessary. But for your brain’s sake, it should be used only when absolutely needed. Let’s explore what you can do to heal the damage multitasking does to your brain. Having our brain constantly shift gears, pumps up stress and tires us out, leaving us feeling mentally exhausted. Working on a single task means both sides of your prefrontal cortex are working together in harmony. Adding another task forces the left and right sides of the brain to work independently. Scientists at the Institut National de...

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What is Methylation and Why is it Important?

What is Methylation and Why is it Important?

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   “Without methylation there would be no life as we know it.” - C. Cooney  What is methylation? Methylation is the production of methyl groups which your body needs for a vibrantly healthy life. It is the “central control dial of life.” Methyl groups turn your body systems on and off and help it function properly. Why methylation matters and how methylated vitamins support it Your body takes the food you eat and converts it into methyl groups. This takes time and energy and, sometimes, your body can’t do this properly, especially if you are under stress....

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