Neurology & Brain Health

Epigenetics suggests that what we do with our lives influences our DNA, but it’s not only diet and chemicals that have an impact.   You might have heard that although our genes have a big part to play in how our body functions, simply having a gene for something doesn’t necessarily mean that the gene will express itself. For instance, there is a gene that has been identified to be involved in the development of breast cancer, but not every person who has that gene, will develop cancer. The field of study that looks at how the environment of a cell influences...

We all know that exercise can help keen the body healthy, and let’s face it, most of us keep active to control our waistlines. Yet, what about the brain?   The Mayo Clinic in the USA describes exercise as a preventative method that ‘outweighs medication, intellectual games “brain games”, diet and supplements’ when it comes to brain disease. “Although there is a lot more research to be carried out, many experts already state that exercise may be the best preventative method to stop the progression of disease,” explains Accredited Exercise Physiologist Alex Lawrence. “Many people associate exercise with weight loss and good looks, but...

Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) has been referred to as a fertilizer for your brain. Find out how exercise can help you to get more of it.   Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) has been referred to as a fertilizer for your brain. It is a substance that is found in your brain and helps to maintain the life of your brain cells, as well as grow new ones. You’ve probably heard all about ‘neuroplasticity’ and how we used to think our brains, once adult, were like a lump of concrete – unable to change and grow. Scientists now believe our brains...