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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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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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Feeling Stressed? Your immune system is too

Feeling Stressed? Your immune system is too

When we feel stressed, it is so important for us to remember our immune system. But! Here’s one less thing to stress about. Neuro-nutritional vitamins can help with immunity.

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Whole-Foods AND Synthesized Nutrients

Whole-Foods AND Synthesized Nutrients

By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D. Food first. That’s a no-brainer, right? Getting nutrients from food should be the priority. But it’s not as easy as it seems. Between busy lives and earthly challenges, like depleted soils, getting nutrition from food alone can be a big challenge. Bridge the gaps. Supplements with synthesized nutrition help fill in the gaps left from diet. Essential nutrients are the basis for better health. Proper nutrition affects every system in the human body, including neurological, cardiovascular, reproductive, and detoxification systems. But, I can get what’s needed from whole foods, right? Many people think it’s possible to...

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What Are the Best Vitamins for Men?

What Are the Best Vitamins for Men?

 By Dr. Madhavi Gupta, M.D.   Life gets busy. And the nutrients you get from your food could be lacking. But, with the right supplements, you can enjoy enough energy and support to get through even your busiest days. It’s important to look for vitamins that truly meet your unique needs at this lifestage.It’s important to find supplements that truly deliver the benefits you’re looking for. You may know the obvious things you need, but there are important nuances to look for when choosing your daily vitamins.Beyond the expected, look for options that include these necessary ingredients: Methylfolate Folate supports your...

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