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The surprising brain benefits of a good social life

As humans, we’re designed for social interaction. You might think you’re just laughing and talking, but your brain is actually hard at work laying down new pathways.

Science has shown that socialising is critical for good brain health and social isolation is toxic for it.

So today I discuss:

  • why having a good social life is so good for your brain
  • why people with strong social ties are less likely to experience cognitive decline
  • how to re-engage socially if you’ve lost...
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Can hormone therapies prevent dementia?

In the next three minutes, 3 people will develop dementia and two of them will be women.

Women may be at much higher risk of dementia when they lose the brain protection of hormones that decline during peri-menopause and menopause.

As hormones like oestrogen protect brain function, can you stop dementia from developing by replacing these hormones lost during menopause?

Watch to discover the answer to: can hormone therapies prevent dementia?

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The secrets of midlife happiness

I know there’s a lot of stuff going on in your life right now. The endless to-do list, balancing home, work life, parenting and caring responsibilities. So it’s understandable if your happiness has taken a backseat.

Today, we’re gong to change all that by giving you the secret ingredients that science has shown will help you live a happy midlife. Not only will these scientifically tested happiness hacks have a positive effect on you, they will also have a huge influence on...

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10 Brain-Healthy Foods You Should be Eating in Midlife

What you choose to eat in midlife creates either an environment that nourishes your brain and nurtures your mental health or an environment that damages your brain and creates mental health problems. I unpack why eating a brain-healthy diet in midlife is the most important thing you can do to sharpen your thinking, boost your memory and improve your mood. And walk through the top ten foods that will nourish your brain and take good care of your mental health.

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How to deal with a “midlife crisis”

Midlife can be a tumultuous time for many women. The words ‘midlife crisis’ can put a negative spin on this period.  But it doesn’t have to be all bad. It can be an opportunity to reevaluate your life. It’s the chance to pause and spend time and energy figuring out what’s meaningful to you.

So I want to share the signs you are experiencing a midlife crisis and give you six ways to manage it— and become happier and more fulfilled in the process. 

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Thriving in Midlife (with the Midlife Mentors)

You might wonder why you aren’t as happy and fulfilled as you thought would be in midlife. Well, it turns out that midlife is a melting pot of lifestyle and hormonal changes that can affect your mental and physical well-being. Today I talk to Claire and James Davis, The Midlife Mentors, on why in midlife you should be looking forwards to a better quality of life, not backwards. In a wide-ranging interview, we discuss how awareness about your lifestyle followed by small...

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Beating brain fog in midlife

Mention brain fog to your doctor and you’re likely to be met with a dismissive tone and told that it isn’t a real condition. But if you describe brain fog to your friends, they’ll know exactly what you mean: fuzzy thinking, difficulty concentrating, trouble finding the right word, feeling like your brain has slowed down. I discuss the common symptoms of brain fog in midlife and how to get rid of the fogginess by creating new healthy sleep, stress, eating and exercise...

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The benefits of meditation for your brain

Whether you’re completely new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of this ancient practice for relaxation and self-awareness. But do you know about the huge boost that meditation can give to your brain? I break down the mood-boosting, stress-reducing, attention-focusing and many biological benefits of meditation for your brain health and mental health. Meditation cultivates a more resilient brain that contributes a greater...

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Managing midlife stress

brain health midlife stress Nov 09, 2021

The demands placed on women during midlife create a perfect storm for stress and mental health challenges. But do you know how toxic uncontrolled stress can be? It is literally shrinking your brain. But here’s the good news: there are simple ways to effectively manage your stress levels so that they never get to a point where you find yourself crippled by it. In this episode, I show you why uncontrolled stress during midlife is so toxic for your brain and give you some...

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