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From eNewsletter 5/22/2024

DID YOU KNOW that sometimes forgetting is okay? A degree of forgetfulness is perfectly normal and even necessary for our brains to function properly, according to the new book The Psychology of Memory.

Rather than working like a recording device, our memory is more like a document where details can be edited and updated over time. This allows our brains to store more general information and adapt to new situations.

Because we are most aware of our memory when we have trouble remembering something, we might be a little biased about how bad our memory is.

If you are intent on improving your memory, it takes work like anything else. The book mentions several techniques that you can employ: retrieval practice, schema, and visual and auditory techniques.

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From eNewsletter 5/20/2024

DID YOU KNOW that hydrogen peroxide, a toxic byproduct from respiration (breathing), if not metabolized properly, can cause intestinal disturbance?

Researchers in Food and Chemical Toxicity found the dietary supplement L-theanine, often used as a sleep and anxiety aid, can attenuate hydrogen peroxide's adverse effects.

For those who have done our Pure Genomics genetic wellness screening, you may recall that we look at a genes that metabolize free radicals created by respiration (SOD transfers to hydrogen peroxide that transfers to water). Any malfunction in this process can cause oxidative damage and inflammation.

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From eNewsletter 5/15/2024

DID YOU KNOW that a new study performed at the Mayo Clinic suggests that active workstations incorporating a walking pad, bike, stepper and/or standing desk are successful strategies for reducing sedentary time and improving mental cognition at work without reducing job performance?

When participants used the active workstations, their brain function either improved or stayed the same, and their typing speed slowed down only a bit. However, the accuracy of their typing was not affected. The study also revealed improved reasoning scores when standing, stepping and walking as compared with sitting.

Extended sedentary behavior, whether at work or home, increases a person's risk of preventable chronic diseases. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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