5 Natural Supplements to Improve Brain Memory

New health and diet fads have been rising and falling for years. For instance, fish oil popularity has been waxing and waning since the 1970s. The latest research has shown that there are a lot of new and old herbal and chemical components working as brain food which help with mental health, memory and intelligence. Even with continuing research there are still no conclusive results, but that does not stop supplement manufacturers and suppliers from marketing to the general public. Among all the chaff, there are several health food and supplements which clearly show potential.

In recent studies, these five brain food have been consistently recommended by experts:

  1. Creatine. Gym rats and body builders swear by creatine when it comes to building body mass and bulking up. There has been evidence to counter these claims, however, recent research show that creatine helps in improving memory. The same researches have also shown that creatine helps with attention span. These benefits are enough for a second look as it may look help keep brain cells from atrophy. Additionally, if there is a history of alzheimer’s or dementia in the family, creatine supplements might help stave off the onset.

  1. Chocolate. The effects of chocolate on the brain has long been documented. The flavanols in cacao enhances the brain’s cognitive functions. However, for best results it is suggested to have dark chocolate, preferably 90% and unsweetened. This almost pure chocolate is the upper limit of commercially available consumer class chocolate. Although clinical studies show that it has the least potency compared to others on this list, it is also inarguably the only item on this list which can be considered a fun food item.

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WIN Chocolate Mint Day Balance Bars

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Looking for a healthier option to chocolate? Celebrate Chocolate Mint Day on 2/19 with Balance Bars.

pic 1Chocolate Mint Day celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies, and desserts, but it’s great think about healthier options as well.  One such option that is portable, good for meals or snacks, and tastes good too is the Mint Cookie Crunch Balance Bar. Everyone in my house likes them, and they are great for travel as well.

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“Here’s a refreshing new take on a classic. We’ve added a crunchier cookie base and more mint flavor to this delicious chocolate cookie bar. The chocolate and cool mint come together in a satisfyingly crunchy delight for a perfect chocolate mint Balance Bar.
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Calagenesis – boost your immune system

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There are many supplements out there these days.  Some of which are what some would call snake oil.  Some times this is true, other times it is just people who don’t understand how something as simple as a pill could improve your health.  We are going to look at something that can actually help, not snake oil but squid ink.  Squid ink is a source of Natrium, Potassium, phosphorus,Calcium, Magnesium, & Selenium, besides rich protein. Squid is also a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B12, Tiamin, Riboflavin, Niasin, Folic acid and vitamins A,D,E,& K.  All of which make it a great immune system booster.  With just one pill a day it is a simple way to naturally increase your immunity during flu and cold season without taking hand fulls of vitamins, minerals and herbs.
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7 Easy Ways to Prevent a Stroke

The scariest thing about strokes is that you never know when or if they’re going to happen. Thankfully, there are a lot of things that you can do now to reduce the risk of having a stroke later in life, and they  all cost little to no money to  incorporate into your daily life. Here are a few of those ways.

Lose Weight

While it may be one of the most common advice people give, it’s also one of the most important. Ultimately, the goal is to get your body mass index at 24 or lower. Changing up your diet is the quickest and easiest way to drop some weight. Avoid saturated and trans fat, substitute any soda that you drink with water, and limit your caloric intake to 1,500 or 2,000, depending on how active you are.

Exercise

It was your New Years Resolution to exercise more often, right? It was probably your New Years Resolution last year, as well as the year before. Stop procrastinating and just do it. You need to exercise at least five days a week. It’s extremely easy to do. Start small by walking around your neighborhood in the morning or evening. When you arrive at work, avoid the elevator and take the stairs. It’s probably better to break up your exercises throughout the day when you’re just starting out, and once you’re used to exercising, switch it up and do one or two solid sessions. In combination with changing your diet, exercising will dramatically reduce your risk of having a stroke.

Quit Smoking

You know how your other resolution was to either reduce your amount of smoking or stop altogether? It’s time to get started on that and drop the habit altogether. Smoking dramatically increases your chance of having a heart attack or a stroke. Giving up the smokes will result in a longer life, not to mention the extra cash in your wallet. If you need someone to help you fight those cravings, place your trust in a loyal friend who can support you in your cause. You can use several methods to quit smoking, such as nicotine pills or patches.
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At Home Workout- Gorilla Gym

 

Most of you know this chick is trying to lose a few, and get back into her fighting weight (and body!)  While I love my time at the gym, I’m no stranger to home workouts, so Gorilla Gym’s claim that it’s the “the world’s most versatile home gym,” raised a few eyebrows around here. But after living with it for a few weeks, we have to agree.

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The basic gym weighs just 8 pounds and takes about a minute to install into any standard-size doorway, where it’s certified to hold up to 300 pounds—without holes or sheetrock-cracking pressure mounts. What makes the Gorilla Gym so unique are all the plug-and-play attachments, like air straps, indoor swing, rings, and ladders. As the weather gets colder, having a Gorilla Gym means you’ll no longer have any excuse for not exercising—or not having fun. $59.95 for the core unit. http://gorilla-gym.com/

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Foods That Help Keep Your Weight Down

Today, fast food has seemed to be somewhat of a necessity for many office workers due to their busy life and hectic work schedules. As a result, a greater number of people are becoming obese day-by-day. Regulating your eating habits has become the need of the hour to enable you to lead a healthy and happy life. You need to take care of the number of calories that you consume daily in order to keep obesity away.

pic 1Controlling your diet does not mean you go hungry and only eat limited kinds of food items. It is much better to find out which foods help kick start your metabolic rate without resorting to fasting. Knowing about the health regulations for food will enable you to know more about the best foods that can help you to remain in shape without crash diets dominating your eating habits. Here are some good foods that you can add in your diet plan to reduce your weight without sacrificing on tasty food. These will help satisfy your hunger and leave you fuller for a longer span of time.

 Beans: The consumption of beans is an excellent addition of protein to your diet. Generally, meat, eggs and other animal products are regarded as a good means of proteins. However, these foods can also increase cholesterol in the human body and have several health risks associated with regular consumption. This is not the case with beans. Beans have 0% cholesterol but contains a high percentage of protein. The high fiber content of beans makes their digestion slower than other kinds of protein-rich foods. This enables you to follow your diet plan without feeling hungry.

 Nuts: Nuts can be a rich source of vitamins and instrumental in losing weight as per health regulations. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans tend to have a good amount of essential vitamins and antioxidants. A daily dose of nuts is considered beneficial to good health. It is believed that some substances within these nuts affect the calorie pathways and may alter the metabolism in a positive way. Nuts are one of the most effective foods that can help you to have desired weight loss and remain healthy.

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Surprising Reasons Why You Gain Weight

It is very common that if your diet is composed of fried foods, big servings, desserts, sodas and alcohol could lead to weight gain. It remains a question why people lose a little a weight even if they are doing some physical activities. However, the big question is why do people gain weight even if they are living a healthy lifestyle such as having a healthy diet and regular exercise? Truly, weight gain is a nightmare for most especially when the weighing scale keeps increasing.

want to lose weightThere are several things that must be considered why you are gaining weight even if you are strict with the diet and remains physically active. More likely, there are so many factors for this problem, the major ones are the following:

 Lack of Sleep

In reality, the body functions at its best when you are well rested. When you do not have a good sleeping habit, the body is experiencing physiological stress and you get to store more fat. When the person is tired, he cannot handle stress effectively and for most, the coping mechanism is to eat more. Also, sleeping late will have a greater chance that you will take a late-night snack, as a result, your calorie intake will be more than the appropriate daily value. Instead, when you have a hard time to sleep and want to eat, you can try drinking green coffee bean or green tea than those high calorie drinks. Also, you can have a white kidney bean for late-night snacks.Some of the symptoms that you are not getting enough sleep are fatigue, feeling of irritability and low energy level. With this, make sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night and if this is a tall order for you, adjust your sleeping habits gradually by adding 15 minutes each night and you will experience the effects of a good night’s sleep.

Stress

The society we live in demands that we must do more, achieve more and do more. Stress keeps people moving forward and helps in coping with the demands of life but it can affect ones emotions and moods. Stress is the result of too many responsibilities, coping with pressures and financial stability and could trigger a biochemical process that you can survive. In effect, the body stores fuel, slows down metabolism and dumps out chemicals like leptin, cortisol and other hormones which could be the leading cause of obesity.

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Vitamin Angels

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vitamin Angels Give Childhood for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

‘Tis the season to give.  Now is the time where people give and give to one another in their families and with heir friends.  But there are also those to thin of who are not as fortunate as most.  One such group are children who are “undernutritioned” or malnourished. These kids are from many different countries including the United States.  Take a look around you this week, how many kids are running around like wild animals?  Or just playing around quietly?  Both of which would not be possible for nearly 3.1 million children this year.   Give Childhood back to children in need.

Over the holidays one of the Little Man’s favorite activities are roaming from family member to family member and picking their brains.  Absorbing new opinions and ideas, from relatives who are only seen once or twice a year or just watch something different one TV, finding out about the newest silly rhymes, or simply learn about what’s for dinner its all about socializing for the little guy.  Another one of course is hide and seek  This one is fun until you get one smarty pants adult who will count and not look for the hider.  Not cool, but there is always one.  As a child of a previous generation my fun at the holidays was a bit different.  I loved to learn all about what was for dinner and how such a hot kitchen overflowing with pots, pants, dishes and silverware turns into a wonderful dinner with every detail cooked to perfection.  Leading to full bellies and snoring relative, “resting” their eyes before dessert.
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