8 Ways a Detox Can Boost Your Brain Power 0 995

Many individuals regularly implement detoxes to help them lose weight, improve endurance, rid the body of harmful toxins, and to boost athletic and physical performance. It’s no secret that these detox programs can greatly benefit and improve physical health when executed properly, but the mental health and cognitive performance benefits of doing a detox go largely unnoticed.

Despite the lack of attention these mental health and cognitive performance benefits receive, they can be just as significant, if not more so, than the physical benefits of detoxing.

In recent years, trends show a steady rise in mental health incidences including anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. With the help of a proper detox, the risk of being diagnosed with mental illnesses can be reduced significantly, not to mention individuals report a noticeable improvement in brain functioning as shown in their productivity and performance. Furthermore, detoxing can drastically boost mood and disposition, which could have a positive impact on one’s self-image and interpersonal relationships as well.

Listed below are 8 evidence-based ways a detox program can help boost brain power and bolster mental health:

1. A detox can promote the growth of new brain cells.

Since most detox diets are naturally low in calories, implementing a detox may help boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). This is a chemical signal that’s released in the brain and promotes the growth of new cells. (1)

As a result, it may lead to a number of mental health benefits which are discussed in further detail below. These include improved brain health and functioning, as well as helping stave off mental illnesses. Those who may be wondering how they can obtain mental benefits from a detox should further review more detailed studies on BDNF. (2)

2. A detox can help boost focus and improve attention span.

Another benefit one can attain from slightly restricting calories during a detox is the increase in focus. This is thought to come from a mechanism known as “food-seeking behavior.”

The mechanism involved has to do with a rise in hormones like dopamine, adrenaline, and cortisol, which boost focus and reduce distractions. (3) Along with helping you block out distractions, a detox can also help keep your mind focused on tasks. This can help boost productivity in an academic setting or in the workplace, as well as helping to accomplish tasks at home that require efficiency and critical thinking. Additionally, it also may help improve focus and intensity during sports and other physical activities.

Also, certain supplements called nootropics help boost brain function even further by promoting increased blood circulation, stimulation of the central nervous system, and stimulating new pathways in the brain for creativity.

3. A detox can help promote blood flow to the brain.

Another indicator that detox diets can boost brain power is through the PGC-1-alpha (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha). This multi-faceted signal is used by the body to assist in a wide range of body functions including blood flow to the brain. (4) Improved blood circulation ensures that the different body systems are well-supplied with nutrients and oxygen, which can promote healthy body functioning.

This effect, along with the increase in chemical signals for cell growth, means a detox may be very beneficial to cognitive health.

4. A detox can help boost mood and feelings of well-being.

The perks mentioned above will do more than just improve brain function. It can also help to improve mood and feelings of well-being. The high level of vitamins and minerals consumed in certain detox therapies can boost mood and feelings of well-being through the production of serotonin and dopamine. (5)

A diet that is filled with processed foods, refined sugar, and other food-like products may cause mood swings, feelings of lethargy, energy crashes, and other unpleasant symptoms that may or may not be attributed to malnutrition. With detoxes, these nutrient deficiencies are addressed in an effort to promote overall healthy body function.

5. A detox can help improve cognitive function and problem-solving skills.

This should come as no surprise, but the high nutrient content and lower calories that most detoxes entail can greatly improve cognitive function. This is due to the elimination of ‘brain fog’ caused by nutrient-deficient food, as well the increase in nutrient uptake from the detox itself. (6) Individuals report clearer thought processes and faster decision-making skills almost immediately after commencing a detox.

6. A detox can improve brain signaling.

Another well-known benefit to a detox is the increase in water intake and improved hydration. This can benefit more than your physical well-being, as greater hydration levels also lead to improved signaling in the brain. (7)

It goes without saying that water is important for all living things, and it’s especially true for living organisms that are made up of 90 percent water. In the human body, 73 percent of the heart and brain are made up of water, which is why dehydration has been shown to have a direct effect on cognitive performance.

7. A detox can help prevent mental illness.

Aside from boosting mood and feelings of well-being, assisting in the growth of new brain cells, and improving cognitive performance, a detox can also help prevent mental illness. While the promotion of brain matter growth can help prevent illnesses like depression or bipolar disorder from developing, the increase in nutrients can help reduce anger and may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (8) With the rise in incidences of these mental illnesses in recent years, it’s vital to undergo a detox from time to time to mitigate or even eliminate any potential risks.

8. A detox can help prevent cell breakdown.

A detox diet can help reduce inflammation in the body. (9) This helps to prevent cell breakdown and promotes the proliferation of healthy cells, which can then lead to better overall health. This is true for all the body’s cells, including those in the brain. Implementing a regular detox may not only help promote the growth of new brain cells, but it also helps to protect the cells you already have, which can preserve and further boost brain function.

 

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 226

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

3 Alternative European Wine Destinations 0 318

Winery Fun

Taking the road less traveled can be unnerving but it leads to discovering the unknown and is rewarding in many ways. Looking at wine with the same philosophy can lead us to discover flavors, aromas, and even history and places that are little known to the masses. Visiting obscure wine regions give the benefits of regions with fewer tourists and more affordable travel and tasting costs. Plus the wineries are typically more welcoming and spend more time with their guests than those of more famous wine regions. For your next wine holiday, branch out and take a look at some of the below destinations.

Slovenia instead of Northern Italy

Travel east from northern Italy just across the border into Slovenia to find one of the most forgotten wine countries in Europe. Wine lovers travel all over Italy to visit famous regions such as Tuscany, Barolo, and even as far east as Friuli Venezia Giulia, completely overlooking the wine of Italy’s neighbor, Slovenia. Simply cross the border to enter into epic wine regions with distinct wines for half the price. The wine regions of Slovenia are concentrated along the border of Italy and west of the country along the border of Croatia and Hungary. Visiting Slovenia is a great opportunity to visit the world famous Hiša Franko restaurant which has a comprehensive wine list of the most intriguing Slovenian wines in the country.

Wineries to visit:

Pasji Rep – Pasji Rep is located in Vipava Valley where the contrast of the valley and mountains makes for stunning landscape and an ideal grape growing climate. Pasji Rep practices organic viticulture and makes exceptional wines with native grape varietals like Zelen.

website: http://www.pasji-rep.si/

Pasji Rep Wine
Source: Pasji Rep Wines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kabaj – Kabaj has helped bring international fame to Slovenian wines outside of the country. They specialize in traditional wines with skin contact, otherwise known as “orange wines” made in a very clean and elegant style. The winery is located right along the border of Italy in Brda, yet the region’s wines and terrain are completely distinct.

website: https://www.kabaj.si/en/

Kabaj Winery
Credit: Kabaj Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Samos instead of Santorini

If you’re looking to get away from heavy tourism and looking for an island a bit less discovered, travel to the charming and colorful island of Samos. This hilly island is full of breathtaking views, intimate beaches, and almost 1,400 hectares of vines in this 43 km (27 mi) long island. Closer to Turkey than mainland Greece, Samos has an impressive wine heritage possibly dating back as far as 1200 BC. Greek mythology claims that Dionysus taught the people of Samos about viticulture and winemaking as a thank you to the people for their help in defeating the Amazons. The island mostly cultivates muscat and makes mainly sweet wines.

Wineries to visit:

Nopera – Nopera is a pioneer in Samos as the first winery on the island that broke off from the tradition of selling to the island’s cooperative to produce and bottle their own wines. Nopera practices organic viticulture and makes exquisite dessert wines made traditionally by drying muscat grapes under the Greek sun to concentrate sugar and flavors.

website: http://noperawine.com/en/about

Nopera Winery
Credit: Nopera Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Jura instead of Burgundy

The famous wines of Burgundy hold an incredibly high reputation, drawing in visitors regularly to witness the hills of its Grand Cru vineyards and magical cellars. Meanwhile, just a 30-minute drive east from Burgundy, wines are being made from the same grape varietals plus a few unique native varietals which are more distinct, more interesting, and most affordable. This is the mountainous region of Jura. The Jura sits at the foothills of the alps with vineyards lining the rigid terrain. The breathtaking vineyards of Chateau Chalon can be looked at as the Grand Cru of the Jura, which makes wines entirely from the indigenous varietal of Savagnin. This wines are marked by their unique aging process and must be aged for over 6 years in barrel. In comparison to Burgundy, these wines are a steal for the price.

Wineries to visit:

Domaine Berthet-Bondet – Located in the charming village of Chateau Chalon, this father-daughter team makes world-class wines. Enjoy traditional Jura wines plus some wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at a quarter of the price of Burgundy.

website: http://berthet-bondet.com/

Domaine Berthet-Bondet
Credit: Domaine Berthet-Bondet

 

 

 

 

Domain Baud – Domaine Baud is located south of Chateau Chalon and holds vineyards throughout the region making wines of various sub-appellations. The winery is run by the 9th generation, a pair of 20 somethings making sophisticated wines with traditional techniques and working certified sustainable in order to respect the biodiversity of the land.

website: http://www.domainebaud.fr/

Domain Baud
Credit: Domain Baud

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