Fight Fatty Acid Deficiencies

1002If you’re experiencing mood swings, poor memory or even depression, a lack of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet could be to blame. Science has proven that omega-3 fatty acids are essential elements of a healthy diet. Not only do they enhance your brain health, but they can fight dry skin, poor circulation and fatigue as well.*

Do your best to incorporate at least one healthy omega-3 fatty acid into your diet each day. Some of the tastiest sources can be found naturally in salmon, halibut, tuna, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, kale, spinach and brussels sprouts.

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*http://www.ivlproducts.com/Health-Library/Health-Concerns/Heart-Health/The-Health-Dangers-of-Omega-3-Deficiency
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Egg Yolks for Your Brain

964Egg yolks are a fantastic source of nutrients that promote brain health, such as fatty acids and B vitamins. A cousin of the B vitamins, known as choline, is also found in egg yolks. Choline creates acetylcholine, a brain chemical that is vital to our memory and learning abilities.*

You can also take choline supplements; the recommended dosage for men is 550 mcg and for women it’s 425 mcg. If you’re not a fan of egg yolks, keep in mind that bananas contain high amounts of choline, too.

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*http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201302/eat-your-egg-yolks
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Ginseng for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

887Good news for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome – ginseng can help! Studies show that ginseng is improving memory, mood and mental functioning in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. With over 6 million people in the U.S. taking ginseng regularly, this staple in Chinese medicine is now becoming mainstream.*

The CFS study participants experienced positive results almost immediately after taking 400 milligrams of ginseng once a day, for eight days. Participants could perform mental arithmetic better and reported feeling calmer thanks to the healthy dose of ginseng.

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*http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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Get Stress Under Control

1576Just as we make an effort to eat healthy and exercise, it is also important that we make an effort to keep stress under control too. Chronic stress can cause irritability, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, muscle weakness, and a foggy memory. Learning to control your stress will make you feel more calm, empowered, open minded and optimistic.*

Get your stress under control today. Take some time to sit quietly, take a walk, watch a funny movie, or journal your thoughts. Less stress means a more peaceful you!

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Dr. Kim

*http://psychcentral.com/lib/20-tips-to-tame-your-stress/
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Strength Training Boosts Brain Function

1463Strength training does more than just build muscles, it also boosts your memory and brain function. It’s said that long-term memory is improved by 10% after just 20 minutes of strength training. In a study of two twins, the twin with more muscle strength maintained better mental abilities than the physically weaker twin. Muscle strength is a good predictor of the future health of your brain.*

You don’t need equipment to start strength training, you can use your own bodyweight instead. Easy-to-implement bodyweight exercises include pushups, planks, squats, lunges and sit-ups.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/28/strength-training-for-your-brain_n_3157830.html
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Proper Sleep Can Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

1388Beta-amyloid is a toxic protein that can cause plaque buildup in the brain. High levels of beta-amyloid in the brain have a strong link to Alzheimer’s disease. In an ongoing study, findings indicate that people with disrupted sleep patterns show higher levels of beta-amyloid in the brain than people who sleep for more than seven hours per night.*

Based on findings, it is suggested that the progression of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed by healthy sleep patterns. Also, sleeping on one’s side can help too, as side sleeping helps to flush out toxins that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

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*http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/sleep-prevent-alzheimers
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Expose Kids to Green Spaces

1359Studies show that children who have exposure to green spaces have improved attention spans and memory. In fact, during a one-year study, children who had significant exposure to green spaces experienced a decrease in inattentiveness and a 5% increase in their working memories. Research also suggests that children who have exposure to green spaces at school produce better test scores.*

Encourage your kids to spend less time watching television and playing on computers, and more time outside. If your child’s school does not offer green spaces, consider asking their teacher if you can donate some plants to incorporate some green space into the classroom.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.techtimes.com/articles/61929/20150621/kids-exposed-to-nature-more-attentive-says-study.htm
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Essential Oils Reduce Fatigue

fThe scent of certain plant essential oils may reduce fatigue. For example, basil helps aid in concentration, while eucalyptus stimulates the mind. Peppermint is an excellent oil to reduce fatigue, while rosemary enlivens the brain and aids in memory.*

To reap the benefits of these oils, all you need to do is smell them. With essential oils, less is always more. You can smell them right out of the bottle, keep a moistened cotton ball in a baggie, or add a few drops to a diffuser.

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*http://www.aromathyme.com/energize.html
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Fight Fatty Acid Deficiencies

If you’re experiencing mood swings, poor memory or even depression, a lack of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet could be to blame.  Science has proven that omega-3 fatty acids are essential elements of a healthy diet.  Not only do they enhance your brain health, but they can fight dry skin, poor circulation and fatigue as well.*

Do your best to incorporate at least one healthy omega-3 fatty acid into your diet each day.  Some of the tastiest sources can be found naturally in salmon, halibut, tuna, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, kale, spinach and brussels sprouts.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.ivlproducts.com/Health-Library/Health-Concerns/Heart-Health/The-Health-Dangers-of-Omega-3-Deficiency
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Egg Yolks for Your Brain

friedeggEgg yolks are a fantastic source of nutrients that promote brain health, such as fatty acids and B vitamins. A cousin of the B vitamins, known as choline, is also found in egg yolks. Choline creates acetylcholine, a brain chemical that is vital to our memory and learning abilities.*

You can also take choline supplements; the recommended dosage for men is 550 mcg and for women it’s 425 mcg. If you’re not a fan of egg yolks, keep in mind that bananas contain high amounts of choline, too.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201302/eat-your-egg-yolks
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