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Do You Remember That Smell? Smell and Memory are Intertwined

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I've always associated the Back to School season with the smell of my mom's chili sauce. Every September she would cook up batches of it and for me these two things seemingly unrelated things are forever inseparable in my memory. Memory and smell are intertwined. Did you know that smell is the only fully developed sense a fetus has in the womb, and it’s the one that is the most developed in a child through the age of around 10 when sight takes over? When we smell, odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and...

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Does Sugar Make You Stupid?

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Strange question indeed. In this article we'll explore how sugar (and stress and stimulants) can affect cognitive functioning. When we feel stressed out we often reach for comfort food or self medicate which is usually carbs and sweets, alcohol and caffeine. These all cause blood sugar imbalance, interrupting glucose supply to the brain robbing it of fuel. These high glycemic foods or beverages, cause a marked spike in blood sugar, our pancreas then secretes insulin to bring the blood sugar back down (to maintain homeostasis) and we then experience the sugar 'crash'. The crash is characterized by confusion, blurred vision,...

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Ready...Set...Go! Energy from Within

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When we feel like we need more energy, most of us reach for caffeine in the form of a coffee, tea, energy drink or even pop. These are stimulants and although they perk us up, they also bring us down. Stimulants, sugar, refined carbohydrates and stress all contribute to blood sugar imbalance (hence energy imbalance) .They also negatively impact the vitamins we need for energy - the water soluble B Complex vitamins . Many factors can contribute to low energy such as; lack of sleep, inadequate water intake, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. The following outlines three specific aspects...

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Omega 3 Essential Fats and What You Should Know...

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Omega-3 is a type of polyunsaturated fat that is deemed essential as the body can’t make it and we must get it from food. Foods high in Omega-3 include fish, nuts, flaxseed oil, flax seeds and chia seeds. There are three main omega-3s: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which come mainly from fish and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in plants and in grass-fed animals. From a nutrition standpoint, the typical North American diet doesn’t provide enough EPA and DHA for good health. Most people need to increase their intake. A diet too low in omega-3s, and too high...

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What’s the Big Deal About Collagen Anyway?

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Collagen is the most abundant protein found throughout our body in skin, muscle, cartilage, bones, organs, tendons, arteries and even the cornea of our eyes. Collagen provides structure and strength to our tissues and is kind of like the ‘glue’ that binds everything together. 90% of the collagen in our bodies is referred to as Type I while Type II collagen makes up 70% of our cartilage. Type III is found in our muscle facia which is involved in every movement we make. Type IV is found in what’s known as basement membrane – a thin layer located between epithelial...

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