The Best in Brain News: December Digest

Fit Brains Monthly Brain Digest & Brain News

Read about current brain news and leading brain research in our latest monthly brain digest.

More Proof That Brain Training Helps Combat Dementia

Findings from an Australian study indicates that brain training can enhance memory and mood in older adults who suffer from mild cognitive impairment. Discover their findings!

Brain Training Games Help Lower ‘Chemobrain’ Issues

Researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered that brain training games involving focus, memory and visual abilities lower chemotherapy-induced neurological issues (“chemofog” or “chemobrain”) in cancer patients. Read more about their fascinating study.

Is It Better for Your Brain to Give Than Receive?

Does holiday gift shopping stress you out? Take heart, the act of giving is good for your brain and your overall life expectancy! Countless studies indicate that the act of giving is good for your brain, mood, health and overall longevity. Find out why and get into the holiday spirit!

Christmas Spirit & Your Brain!

Are you one of those people who can’t wait to put up Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving? Or are you a Scrooge? Scientists have discovered that people who like Christmas have different brain activity than those who ‘bah humbug’ during the holidays. Their research is preliminary but they hope there might be a cure for all Scrooges one day. Read this festive brain news and get your holiday cheer on!

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Sleep: Boost & Power Nap Your Brain!

Sleep to Boost Your Brain

A good night’s rest is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline. Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate zzz’s?

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is when we dream. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.

Deep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we are in less of this phase and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.

There’s still debate on how much rest we need, but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more.

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4 Tips for Better Sleep
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* Reduce your caffeine intake
* Increase your physical activity
* Listen to calming music
* Meditate

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Want A Better Memory? Tips Backed by Science.

Fit Brains Girl Having Issues with Her Memory

Memory is a crucial brain skill in both our personal and professional lives. Here are some good habits that will help you remember better!

Catch Some Zzz’s
Sleep is crucial to help your ability to remember. The majority of our memory consolidation happens while we are sleeping. During sleep, the hippocampus is very active and transfers information to the neocortex, in other words, from short-term to long-term memory. Sleep also aids neurogenesis, the development of new brain cells. So make sure you get enough zzz’s.

Jog Your Memory
As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Research indicates that regular cardiovascular exercise for 20 to 30 minutes, 3 times per week, can enhance recall by bolstering the connections between brain cells. Physical activity also boosts the secretion of neurotrophic factor, a protein vital for long-term memory. Whatever you do, don’t be a couch potato.

Get Your Om On
Research indicates that meditation helps recall. Meditation has been found to help improve standardized exam scores and working memory in as little as 2 weeks.This mindful exercise can help you focus which, in turn, might help you remember. Some people even swear it lowers their stress levels. So why not give it a try yourself.

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Superfoods for A Super You!

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You are what you eat! Studies indicate that your brain cells can regenerate even as you age. Food is a key factor in this and there are some great superfoods for your noggin’.

1. Berry Clever

Blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress, lower the effects of age-related brain diseases, enhance learning capacity and motor skills. Plus this delicious fruit boosts memory. They are super brain food! Throw some blueberries into a smoothie for a healthy, delicious breakfast.

2. Nuttin’ Sharper

Walnuts, the ‘king’ of nuts is chock full of neuroprotective compounds that help motor skills, learning and memory. Its’ antioxidants help fight against the decline of cognitive aging. Munch on a handful of these yummy nuts today!

3. Smarty Fruity

Avocado, is a nutrient-dense fruit, it contains monounsaturated fat which helps blood flow, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. This superfood is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Slice some avocados into a salad and give your brain a boost!

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Our New Game of the Month: Rain Ripples!

Woman Enjoying Fit Brains Game

We’re excited to introduce our latest Premium focus game, Rain Ripples! What better way to stimulate your attention than with a fun challenging brain game?And, better yet, from now until the end of September, you can play Rain Ripples for free, anytime, anywhere! Designed by neuroscientists and entertainment experts, we bet Rain Ripples will be easy to pick up but hard to put down!

Your Challenge

Fit Brains Fun Brain Games

Can you count the number of rain drops splashing in the puddles? To master Rain Ripples, both accuracy and speed count! Don’t forget it’s not just about accuracy, speed counts too! Fit Brains games aren’t just about fun. Rain Ripples helps challenge your concentration when sorting through dynamic visual information, helping you block out visual distractions.

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