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Foods & Supplements that Improve Cognitive Function
People often ask me what the best things are that they can do to improve cognitive function. So let's talk about that.
The key point to realize is that our brain is like our body's motor. It consumes 10 times as much energy for its size as the rest of our body. So what we feed it determines whether it purrs like a Ferrari, or runs in fits and starts, leaving us with brain fog throughout the day.
Food for Thought (Pun Intended :-)
Below are excellent examples of foods that provide some of the key fuels that our brain needs.
One of the key memory molecules is called acetylcholine. To make this, our body requires that we take in about 500 mg of choline daily. Interestingly, when a woman doesn't have enough estrogen, as occurs during perimenopause and menopause, they are more likely to develop memory problems when they don't get enough choline. This can be aggravated by certain genetic defects and can be a major player in cognitive dysfunction.
The Important Role Exercise Plays In Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
I recently spoke with editors at mbg (Mind, Body, Green) about the role of exercise in treating fibromyalgia and CFS. You should read their well-written article that resulted from this below.
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Consultations With Dr. T
I treat people with CFS and fibromyalgia all over the world by providing consultations over the phone or in person, with a comprehensive "new patient" consultation session including four hours of one-on-one time with me. During this initial session, I'll review your medical lab records, thoroughly discuss the experiences you've had with this illness, answer all of your questions, and recommended a detailed treatment protocol for your case.
Take a look at the pretty woman's deep blue eye on the left compared to the black & white version on the right. Striking difference isn't it? Not really ...
Both eyes are actually the exact same shade of gray! The red overlay on the left tricks your brain into thinking the eye is blue. Don't believe it? Cut a hole in a small piece of paper about the size of the eye on your screen and then cover your screen so only the eye shows. Wow, right?