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Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

We humans tend to forget we’re wildlife, which is possibly why our planet is heading for climate change catastrophe. We’ve lost connection with Planet Earth and she’s fighting back. I have come to believe one symptom of our loss of connection the is loss of mental health and wellbeing. Lifestyle change isn’t simply about preventing or… Continue Reading

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

  This is the second post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy Reichelt. Our intestines are home to an ecosystem of trillions of microbes including bacteria, viruses, phages, fungi, protists, and nematodes. Dominant are bacteria from the families Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes. As I talked about in… Continue Reading

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Does eating chocolate improve your brain function?

Thanks to Dr Amy Reichelt for this tasty article!  Amy’s research focuses on addictive memories, reward, motivation and behavioural control. She’s particularly interested in how diet impacts on behaviour and the formation of memories, and how our environments change how we react and learn about certain events. Read more of her work in The Conversation.  Does eating chocolate improve your brain… Continue Reading

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

Gut-Brain Health – What Neuroscientists Are Calling “A Paradigm Shift”

  The trillions of microbes that inhabit your body are collectively called the microbiome. They outnumber your own cells ten to one and weigh up to twice weight of the average human brain. Most of them live in your gut and intestines, where they help to digest food, synthesise vitamins and ward off infection. The microbiome… Continue Reading

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

The coffee drinker’s guide to better brain health

Two early-morning long blacks. A lunchtime flat white (especially if I’m near a cafe). And sometimes a sneaky pick-me-up afternoon espresso. Time to come clean: that’s a typical day for me. I guess to many of you that might seem like WAY too much caffeine.  But I’m not too concerned because neuroscience shows that coffee has neuroprotective effects. Neuroscience… Continue Reading

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

How to become a centenarian – 9 lessons from the people who’ve lived the longest.

  Late last year in my Meet the Neuroscientists interview series, I spoke to Charlene Levitan who studies centenarians for the Sydney Centenarian Study.  Her research has revealed that only about 30% of longevity is determined by our genes. As Dr Levitan pointed out: We can’t choose our parents, but we can choose our lifestyle.… Continue Reading

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