healthy cognition

Can eating the rainbow support healthy cognition?

In this blog, Clinical Neuroscientist Miguel Toribio-Mateas discusses the benefits of a diet full of colour for healthy cognition and different brain processes; from memory to reaction time.

Cognition refers to a range of processes relating to the acquisition, storage, manipulation, and retrieval of information by the human brain. It underpins nearly all of our daily activities, in health and disease, across the age span.

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Long covid part 2 – the mitochondria

As discussed in part one, long covid is a phenomenon which is multi factorial and symptoms experienced are varied but include breathlessness, a cough that won’t go away, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut. However, the most common feature is significant fatigue which occurs following infection with covid19, the coronavirus SARS-CoV2. It is estimated that as many as 1.1 million people in the UK may have long COVID and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) released a review suggesting it could be multifactorial.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

    • Children on trendy vegan diets are 1.2 inches SHORTER on average, with smaller and weaker bones, study warns
    • Deep sleep may help clear the brain of Alzheimer’s-related toxins
    • Fish oil supplements could combat antibiotic resistance
    • Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case-control study in six countries
    • Is sleep a ‘magic pill’ for teen wellness in a mental health crisis?

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Primary energy: what is it and how to find it

This week’s blog exploring the topic of primary energy is written by guest writer and mindfulness coach, Bev Alderson.

A few years ago, I did a second yoga teacher training in India.

It was a month-long intensive programme which took place in the beautiful setting of the Himalayas, overlooking the Ganges.  For the 100 or so participants, it was an opportunity to experience the yogic gurukula system which basically means you live, work and study with your teachers.  In this instance the teachers were yogic monks, also known as Swamies.

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In the news – health & nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Baby’s first stool can help predict risk of developing allergies
  • Is your diet keeping you up at night?
  • The ‘neuro-9’: nine foods you should eat to nourish a midlife brain
  • Why are food allergies on the rise?
  • Being vegetarian makes you less likely to develop cancer and heart disease, major study finds

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The impact of poor sleep

Sleep is a wonderful aspect of life that can often be either an enigma or a non-priority to some people. It is a strange evolutionary trait which renders all organisms vulnerable to attack and predation due to the inducement of a state of perceived unconscious paralysis. This highlights how essential sleep must be for life as some form of it is performed by every organism on the planet (even bacteria have a primitive form of a sleep/wake cycle), even though it puts them at increased danger.

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