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Mental exercises that sharpen your brain

The brain is involved in everything we do and, like any other part of the body, it needs to be cared for too.

Exercising the brain can improve memory, focus, and daily functionality. Not only will this help your brain health now, it will also help to prevent the development of brain problems as you get older, like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

I breakdown how to incorporate a few simple mental exercises into your daily life to improve your brain health. 

Research has shown...

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Daytime habits sabotage sleep

Are you getting enough sleep?

Even if you manage to carve out time in your schedule to get enough sleep, you may have a hard time nodding off, or you may wake up during the night.

You’re not the only one.

Sleep disruption has become something of a hidden public health epidemic in recent years. You might be surprised to hear that it’s what you’re doing during the daytime that is sabotaging your sleep.

Get out into daylight

Getting daylight plays a big part in keeping...

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What makes you age faster?

There’s no escaping ageing – and nor should we feel pressure to look like we’ve escaped it.

But looking much older or younger than your biological age isn’t all down to genetics.

While our life expectancy may be increasing, our healthspan – our time spent in good health – still remains much lower than expected.

Chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes and dementia, which are driven in the majority of cases by lifestyle, are very common and are...

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The worst foods for your brain

What are you eating that is damaging your brain?

Of all the different parts of the body, the brain is the most vulnerable to the detrimental effects of a poor diet. Some foods will make your memory and mood worse, and increase the likelihood of developing dementia, so should be avoided at all costs.

There are 55 million people living with dementia worldwide. And this number is predicted to treble to 150 million by 2050.

Luckily, you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and...

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How to stop overthinking

You finally have a few quiet moments to yourself, only to immediately start replaying that negative thought in your mind or worrying whether you’ve got enough time to meet that work deadline next week.

Sound familiar?

Worrying and overthinking are part of the human experience, but when left unchecked they can take a toll on your well-being, and can even increase your risk of certain mental health conditions.

So how can you take control of your thoughts and stop worrying? I am...

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A Brain Health Diet Plan

What is the best diet plan to keep your brain young? Forget fad diets that are popular for losing weight, but have no scientific support for their use.

You should try the MIND diet, designed by scientists to focus on food groups that can boost your brainpower and protect you from age-related problems like Alzheimer’s disease.

What is the MIND diet?

MIND stands for the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The MIND diet aims to reduce dementia and the decline...

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Use sleep to improve memory

Want to improve your memory? Get a good night’s sleep.

Forget brain training and crosswords. Improving your sleep is one of the the best things you can do to stop forgetting and enhance your memory.

I unpack how to use sleep to improve memory and share three science-backed methods to help you get to sleep, stay asleep and wake feel rested.

Sleep and memory are inextricably linked

Getting enough rest helps you once you wake up, and sleeping after learning can consolidate this...

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Benefits of music for your brain

 

Whether you play a musical instrument, are a festival goer or just love listening to your favourite tunes on the radio, many of us instinctively know the effects of music on our mood and energy.

But did you know about the huge benefits that playing and listening to music can have for your brain?

Your brain loves music. While sound drifts through your auditory pathways, pitch registers in the language center, rhythm rockets through the motor regions, and the rest of your...

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5 Steps To A Healthier Brain

When we’re overweight, we know implicitly that it’s unhealthy and we also know that the right diet and exercise should help to shift those extra pounds. But what about an unhealthy brain? What can we do for our brain when it’s out of shape?

Well - there are some simple science-backed changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle which have immense power to change the way your brains operate. So today I am going to walk through the five steps you need to take to nurture...

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How to work with your circadian rhythms

Feel as though you’re constantly tired and always struggling to catch up? You probably need to reset your circadian rhythms to meet your brain’s needs and have the energy to do the things you want to do.

The next revolution in healthcare is going to be around living life in tune with our natural rhythms - our circadian cycles. 

What are circadian rhythms?

Circadian rhythms are real biological processes that every plant, animal and human exhibits over the course of a day....

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