The Simple Reason Exercise Enhances Your Brain

Evidence keeps mounting that exercise is good for the brain. It can lower a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and may even slow brain aging by about 10 years. Now, new research helps illuminate how, exactly, working out improves brain health.

In one research review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers examined 39 studies that looked at the link between exercise and cognitive abilities among people over age 50. They found that aerobic exercise appears to improve a person’s cognitive function and resistance training can enhance a person’s executive function and memory. Other exercises like tai chi were also linked to improvements in cognition, though there wasn't as much available evidence. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that 45 minutes to an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise was good for the brain.

" There is now a wide body of research showing that the benefits to the body with exercise also exist for the brain," says study author Joe Northey, a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise in Australia. " When older adults undertake aerobic or resistance exercise, we see changes to the structure and function of areas of the brain responsible for complex mental tasks and memory function."

But how does exercise have these effects? Another new study presented at the American Physiological Society's annual meeting in Chicago explored one possible way. In the study, researchers...More at

Probiotics For Babies: Why Your Baby's Gut Health Is So Important

We all know that a healthy balance of gut bacteria is essential for whole body health as adults, but did you know you can help prevent disease by managing your baby's gut health at an early age?

"The first two to three years of life is when the gut microbiota is established," registered dietitian Natasha Haskey tells The Huffington Post Canada. "What happens in those first few years of life will influence a child’s health for many years to come."

"An imbalance of bacteria in the gut has been linked to various chronic and inflammatory diseases, overweight and obesity, and even allergies," registered dietitian and child and family nutrition expert, Sarah Remmer, adds.

Approximately 100 trillion bacteria live inside of an adult digestive system, but babies are born without any at all. Gut bacteria can influence other organs in our body like the brain, liver and kidneys, making it all the more crucial for babies to build up their bacteria in the first few months and years of life.

The Pros Of The Breast When It Comes To Probiotics

For infants, the solution is simple. Breastfeeding can provide most of the important bacteria babies need thanks to its makeup of special carbohydrates. "Formula-fed babies have a very different (and more diverse) microbiota," says Remmer. Unfortunately, it is not as beneficial as those found in human breast milk.

Breastfeeding isn't the only way to ensure your baby is growing their gut bacteria...

Full article at the Huffington Post.

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