Entries by Ruth Curran

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FIVE STEPS TO BETTER PROBLEM SOLVING

Every day we face situations and challenges that make us use multiple brain processes, all at once, to find answers. Those tasks often involve a set of Executive Functions collectively known as Problem Solving. When you problem solve you must: Pay attention to the situation, Give that situation meaning (and value), Sort out the details and put […]

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BUILDING COGNITIVE RESERVE: LETTING GO

Cognitive reserve is that little bit of extra brain power, saved for when the brain is under attack. It is the well of support that kicks in when anything, traumatic or routine, drains all your mental energy or closes a neural pathway and leaves you completely spent. Brain scientists study and provide all kinds of […]

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Shiitake Mushroom Seaweed Soup

Try this delicious combination of seaweed and shiitake mushrooms to add an extra boost of minerals to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Enjoy! Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes  6 whole dried medium shiitake mushrooms 6 cups warm water 4 medium-sized pieces wakame seaweed 1 medium onion, quartered and sliced thin 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped […]

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We are All “Fat Heads”

The brain is made up of 60% fat…. Add to that, the coating that protects our nerve fibers (axons) that are a crucial part of the brain’s communication system called myelin, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelin) is 70% fat! Adequate intake of certain essential fatty acids for adults boosts memory and concentration, and is crucial for infants to support […]

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Brain Food: Brain Health Through Diet

“In a perfect world, food should provide all the necessary nutrients to support optimal brain health.” Turner, J. 2011, “Your Brain on Food: A Nutrient-Rich Diet Can Protect Cognitive Health”, Journal of American Society on Aging, 35 (2), 99-106. In our not so perfect world, that statement presents a three part problem: How do we know […]