You can’t outrun your fork. But exercise can help you lose weight and change your diet

This article was originally written for The Conversation by my good friend and colleague Dr Cassandra Lowe, a postdoctoral researcher at Western University, who highlights the neuroscience behind exercise, behaviour change and plasticity. Every January, millions of individuals make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier, if not both. To achieve this goal, many individualsContinue reading “You can’t outrun your fork. But exercise can help you lose weight and change your diet”

Pet therapists: How our pets improve our mental health

I am definitely a dog person! My mini-dachshund Frank is my furry adventure buddy – I can’t imagine a day without him and I love taking him on long walks as much as I enjoy chilling out with him on the sofa. We know from our experiences with our four-legged friends that animals both greatContinue reading “Pet therapists: How our pets improve our mental health”

Anxiety hangovers? Here’s what’s happening in your brain

The morning after the night before… Many of us know from experience that alcohol interferes with how we behave – making us more sociable and less inhibited. But alcohol also impacts brain function, particularly with the consolidation and retrieval of memories, leading to confusion and uncertainty the next day. Whether you are looking to cutContinue reading “Anxiety hangovers? Here’s what’s happening in your brain”

Sober-curious? Some thoughts on cutting down alcohol consumption

Over January I’ve decided to stop drinking alcohol. This was for multiple reasons, but I wanted to try to reset some habits (mindless drinking in the evenings). I’m actually feeling much better for it physically and mentally. Over the initial waves of the COVID-19 pandemic many people increased their alcohol consumption through social isolation, stressContinue reading “Sober-curious? Some thoughts on cutting down alcohol consumption”

Medicinal mushrooms: Your guide to functional fungi

Mushrooms (of both psychedelic and non-psychedelic varieties) are of enormous interest right now in terms of their potential utility for brain health. Psilocybin, the chemical derived from a number of species of “magic mushrooms” shows enormous promise as an emerging therapy in psychiatric settings for the treatment of mental health conditions ranging from depression, PTSDContinue reading “Medicinal mushrooms: Your guide to functional fungi”

Your brain on sugar: What the science actually says

We love sweet treats. But too much sugar in our diets can lead to weight gain and obesity, Type 2 diabetes and dental decay. We know we shouldn’t be eating candy, ice cream, cookies, cakes and drinking sugary sodas, but sometimes they are so hard to resist. It’s as if our brain is hardwired to want these foods. AsContinue reading “Your brain on sugar: What the science actually says”

How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

Obesity is increasing worldwide, especially among children and teenagers. More than 150 million children in the world are obese in 2019. These children have increased risk of heart disease, cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Teenagers with obesity are likely to remain obese as adults. If these trends continue, 70 per cent of adults aged 40 years could be either overweight or obeseContinue reading “How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain”