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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 25 Oct 22

What is the Vagus Nerve?The Vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves of the human body. The Vagus is the tenth cranial nerve, one of the set of twelve pairs of cranial nerves (there are actually two Vagus nerves, one on each side of the body) that connect the central nervous system to peripheral organs. The Vagus emerges from the brainstem to carry information back and forth between the brain and a number of organs in the thorax and the abdomen, including the heart, lungs, most of the GI tract, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and kidneys.The Vagus nerve is the longest …

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What is the Vagus Nerve?The Vagus nerve is one of the most important nerves of the human body. The Vagus is the tenth cranial nerve, one of the set of twelve pairs of cranial nerves (there are actually two Vagus nerves, one on each side of the body) that connect the central nervous system to peripheral organs. The Vagus emerges from …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 18 Jul 22

One of the most remarkable properties of the brain is its capacity to adapt at a functional and structural level in response to our environment and life experiences-it’s what allows us to learn, create memories, acquire skills, and adjust our behavior. This malleability of the brain is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.Until recently, it was believed that it was mostly at a functional level-through synaptic plasticity-that the adult brain could change. But the development and refinement of brain imaging technology has indicated that neuronal networks in the adult brain retain the ability to structurally remodel their connectivity-through synaptic remodeling …

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One of the most remarkable properties of the brain is its capacity to adapt at a functional and structural level in response to our environment and life experiences-it’s what allows us to learn, create memories, acquire skills, and adjust our behavior. This malleability of the brain is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.Until recently, it was believed that it was …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 15 Apr 22

Aaron Alexander, author of The Align Method, joins us today to explore the power and the science of the brain-body connection.How the Brain-Body Connection WorksMovement is literally an expression of the way in which we think and feel. Our hormones act like messengers between our postural patterns and the states we experience.A trio of social psychology professors- Amy Cuddy from Harvard, Andy Nap from Yale, and Dana Carney from the University of California, Berkeley- explored this idea in 2010 when they popularized the idea of “high-power poses,” which were shown to boost levels of testosterone by around 20 percent and …

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Aaron Alexander, author of The Align Method, joins us today to explore the power and the science of the brain-body connection.How the Brain-Body Connection WorksMovement is literally an expression of the way in which we think and feel. Our hormones act like messengers between our postural patterns and the states we experience.A trio of social psychology professors- Amy Cuddy from …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Mar 22

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out Nietzsche was right, at least when it comes to our adaptive stress response. Our bodies thrive on short-term acute “stress” exposure by ramping up growth and repair. This process, known as hormesis, may have powerful health and longevity benefits.*What is Hormesis?In the fields of biology and medicine, hormesis is defined as an adaptive response of cells and organisms to a moderate (usually intermittent) stress. Low levels of controlled stress stimulate or upregulate existing cellular and molecular pathways, improving the adaptive capacity of cells and organisms to withstand greater stress.Let’s …

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“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out Nietzsche was right, at least when it comes to our adaptive stress response. Our bodies thrive on short-term acute “stress” exposure by ramping up growth and repair. This process, known as hormesis, may have powerful health and longevity benefits.*What is Hormesis?In the fields of biology and medicine, hormesis …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Feb 22

Heart rate variability is an evaluator of how your body is recovering from stress and of overall fitness. Heart rate variability is also a metric of our well-being. The Elite HRV team explores with us the link between HRV and stress resilienceWhat Exactly is Heart Rate Variability?Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is an accurate, non-invasive measure of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) — which responds to everything: how you exercise, recover, eat, sleep and perceive stress.We like to call HRV “the glue marker”. It’s a powerful biomarker that binds together subjective and objective data for more effective decision making. When measured alone, without any …

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Heart rate variability is an evaluator of how your body is recovering from stress and of overall fitness. Heart rate variability is also a metric of our well-being. The Elite HRV team explores with us the link between HRV and stress resilienceWhat Exactly is Heart Rate Variability?Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is an accurate, non-invasive measure of the Autonomic Nervous System …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 9 Jan 22

Today Jake Kreuz, founder of Vital Red Light, is here to help us better understand how to use red light therapy to biohack our health using photobiomodulation.The Science Behind Red Light TherapyRed light therapy (RLT) — also known as photobiomodulation, is a natural, non-invasive healing modality that delivers beneficial light directly to your body and cells. It utilizes two specific wavelengths of light (mid 600nm red light and mid 800 nm near-infrared light) that are naturally emitted by the sun. In targeted doses, they provide a wide range of health benefits across different systems and parts of the body.A great metaphor for explaining the …

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Today Jake Kreuz, founder of Vital Red Light, is here to help us better understand how to use red light therapy to biohack our health using photobiomodulation.The Science Behind Red Light TherapyRed light therapy (RLT) — also known as photobiomodulation, is a natural, non-invasive healing modality that delivers beneficial light directly to your body and cells. It utilizes two specific wavelengths of light …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 5 Jan 22

How Our Second Brain Affects Mood, Immune Function, and CognitionYour gut is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that communicate with your brain. This communication occurs in large part via the vagus nerve and is part of the gut-brain axis. These findings and more have earned our gut microbiome the nickname “the second brain.”Today, Naveen Jain, Founder of Viome, is here to help us understand how our second brain affects mood, immune function, and cognition.An Overview of The Gut MicrobiomeCan you give us a high-level overview of the gut microbiome?The microbiota is the entire collection of microbes living in …

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How Our Second Brain Affects Mood, Immune Function, and CognitionYour gut is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes that communicate with your brain. This communication occurs in large part via the vagus nerve and is part of the gut-brain axis. These findings and more have earned our gut microbiome the nickname “the second brain.”Today, Naveen Jain, Founder of Viome, …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 17 Nov 21

As Neurohackers we are very interested in the science surrounding cold therapy as a tool to optimize health. In fact, if you asked around you’d quickly learn that cold therapy is a method used by many on the Neurohacker team.Cold therapy is linked to a number of health benefits. For example, scientists have found evidence that exposure to cold boosts mitochondrial health. Another benefit of utilizing cold therapy is that it reduces inflammation. Furthermore, cold therapy is also linked to improved sleep quality, increased focus, and even an optimized immune response.Here’s the best part: getting started with cold therapy is …

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As Neurohackers we are very interested in the science surrounding cold therapy as a tool to optimize health. In fact, if you asked around you’d quickly learn that cold therapy is a method used by many on the Neurohacker team.Cold therapy is linked to a number of health benefits. For example, scientists have found evidence that exposure to cold boosts …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 16 Nov 21

What Is Glutamate?Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our brain and central nervous system (CNS). It is involved in virtually every major excitatory brain function. While excitatory has a very specific meaning in neuroscience, in general terms, an excitatory neurotransmitter increases the likelihood that the neuron it acts upon will have an action potential (also called a nerve impulse).[1]When an action potential occurs, the nerve is said to fire, with fire, in this case, being somewhat akin to the completion of an electric circuit that occurs when a light switch is turned on. The result of neurons firing is …

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What Is Glutamate?Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our brain and central nervous system (CNS). It is involved in virtually every major excitatory brain function. While excitatory has a very specific meaning in neuroscience, in general terms, an excitatory neurotransmitter increases the likelihood that the neuron it acts upon will have an action potential (also called a nerve impulse).[1]When …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Nov 21

Can Your Eyesight Affect Your Brain?The visual system, which controls eyesight, is the largest system in the brain and can directly affect many functions of thinking, memory and cognition. We acquire information about our environment through our senses and vision plays one of the most important roles in cognition. The visual pathways of the human brain start in the retina and carry sensory information to the primary visual cortex, where it starts being processed, and then to other areas of the cerebral cortex, where complex processing and association take place.Visual processing takes up a very large fraction of the human brain-around 27% …

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Can Your Eyesight Affect Your Brain?The visual system, which controls eyesight, is the largest system in the brain and can directly affect many functions of thinking, memory and cognition. We acquire information about our environment through our senses and vision plays one of the most important roles in cognition. The visual pathways of the human brain start in the retina and …

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