Aquaponics: Good for Your Brain?

Aquaponics is a relatively new gardening technology that grows fish and vegetables together.

From a gardening standpoint, aquaponics is sheer genius, creating a symbiotic system in which fish create nutrients for the plants, and plants filter the water for the fish. The outcome? Healthier, happier fish; healthier, happier veggies. No chemicals allowed. Oh, and because the same water is recycled continually through the plants and fish tank, there’s no big water bill, either.

From small backyard systems to big commercial farms, people are using aquaponics to feed their families and even their communities with organic veggies and edible fish such as tilapia, perch, catfish, and even trout.

So what does that have to do with your brain?

Green, leafy veggies are great for your brain because they are often full of vitamins, iron, folic acid and antioxidants, all necessary for cognitive health, In fact, Harvard Medical School researchers discovered that women who ate the most green leafy veggies (compared to women who ate fewer veggies) experienced less cognitive decline as they aged.

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San Antonio Living TV Segment: “Incredible TBI Recovery”

 Four years after a devastating motorcycle accident left him with the brain function of a child, TBI survivor John Keller visits with Shelly Miles, host of the TV show San Antonio Living, about his incredible recovery. Joining John and Shelly on the set are Gina Cruz of LearningRx, and John’s dad, James Keller.

Two years ago, the Kellers contacted the San Antonio Northeast LearningRx Brain Training Center. The Texas family was desperate for a solution to help John reclaim even a little of the mental performance lost as a result of the massive head trauma sustained in the accident. When he began working with the certified trainers at LearningRx, John—then 35 and a graduate of Texas A&M—was struggling severely with a brain that was functioning in many areas at the level of a three-year-old.

Until contacting LearningRx, this father-of-two had been working extensively with physical therapists to reclaim his body. It was time, the family decided, to reclaim his brain.

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Advice from One Mom to Another: “Definitely Something You Should Look Into. It’s Life Changing!”

When moms need unbiased advice, where do they turn? To other moms, of course!

 

In this online conversation between two moms, one woman describes…

…what made her daughter, in the first two months of third grade, completely forget how to read!

…something that “rang true” to her “Mom’s-gut-instinct”

…how she got her daughter IQ to jump 18 points!

…the absolute best parenting decision she has ever made.

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What Creative Thinking Looks Like

 What does solving a financial dilemma, remodeling a house, crafting a speech, and even dressing up your dogs and playing make-believe with your kids have in common? All these activities can benefit from the use of creative thinking. In other words, creative thinking isn’t just for writers and artists.

So what do we know about the mysterious process of creativity?

In the sixties, Dr. Sarnoff Mednick concluded that creativity is the result of connecting random bits of information to create new and original ideas. He went on to say that the more remote the bits of information are from each other, the more creative the idea.

Today, neuroscientists are discovering that, in the brain, that’s what creative thinking actually looks like.

In the brain, neuron cells are greyish in color, while the axons that connect neurons to each other are white. These axons—called white matter—create the pathways in our brain through which thoughts and information are communicated. In other words, more white matter means more communication going on in the brain.

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Weird-but-True Facts About Your Brain

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What do you really know about your own brain? Let’s take a closer look at that gelatinous mass between your ears with five weird-but-true brain facts:

Your brain is softer than you probably think. What is the consistency of your brain? Brain tissue has been described as having the same consistency as Jell-O, warm butter and even the inside of an avocado! No wonder a bump on the head while playing sports, riding a bike or even tripping over your own feet can do serious damage.

Your eyeballs are actually a part of your brain. If a mad scientist unhinged your skull and pulled out your brain to inspect it, your eyeballs would come out with it!  Sight is the only sense that is connected directly to the brain –optic nerve fibers connect the retina to the brain, information is carried right along to the occipital lobe located in the back of the brain.

Your stomach has been nicknamed your “second brain.”  The stomach has been dubbed “the second brain” because it contains such an extensive network of neurons that it can function independently of the main brain between your ears.  No other organ can function independently of the brain in your head. This extensive network of neurons also allows the stomach to evaluate information, stress or the environment and respond with a “gut instinct,” that “knotted” feeling if you’re under stress, or “butterflies” when you’re nervous.

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