End of year festivities are now in full swing with our focus on friends, family and food. In this blog I look at how diet can affect your mental health, and share some healthy eating tips to get you through the silly season without the mood swings and guilt. Does diet affect mental health? We all have anecdotal evidence to support the notion that how you feel can … [Read more...] about How festive food can affect your mood.
We tend to assume our thoughts and feelings are controlled almost exclusively by our brains. But peripheral systems, such as our hormonal and immune systems also influence how we think, feel and behave. Communication between the brain and rest of the body goes both ways. Psychological stress and stress hormones alter the status of the immune system. In turn, an agitated immune … [Read more...] about Brain-immune cross-talk may build resilience against stress.
This article originally appeared in Virgin Voyeur Magazine. I can’t believe it has been 20 years since I went through major surgery on my neck where my neurologist had no choice but to do a cervical fusion on my C5-C6 discs, fusing them together after removing one that was being strangled beyond repair. The only reason I bring this up is I’m reminded that when I was lying … [Read more...] about You’re worth it
Excerpt of article by neuroscientist Dr Liv Hibbitt – for Your Brain Health. Read the whole article click here Dopamine: a rewarding molecule Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate and are signalling molecules released at synapses by spikes of electrical activity. When dopamine is released it diffuses across the synapse and … [Read more...] about Dopamine: the cause of digital addiction?
This article was originally published in the new retired ABC Active Memory blog. Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age. Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because … [Read more...] about Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?