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Do you feel tired and run down during the holiday season? Do you find it hard to stay focused on the task at hand? Are you always reaching for the pot of coffee, an energy drink, or candy to get you through your day?

Stop! These quick-fix energy boosters are actually energy robbers in the long run. They reduce blood flow to the brain, and when the immediate effects wear off, make you feel even more fatigued and mentally foggy.

The next time you need an energy boost, consider some of these natural supplements that support brain health, energy, and focus.

Read more …5 brain healthy ways to boost energy and focus - Amen Clinics (article link)

Strange but true: the brain is shaped by bacteria in the digestive tract

People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realized. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that normal gut flora, the bacteria that inhabit our intestines, have a significant impact on brain development and subsequent adult behavior.

Read more …The Neuroscience of the Gut - Scientific America (article link)

"(They) divided them into groups based on their HDL or healthy cholesterol number and found that those with an HDL above 65 were at a 60% lower risk of having Alzheimer's disease. -- we know very clearly that what's good for the heart is also good for the brain and vice versa, so that's one theory."

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