Eating for Brain Health

I’ve teamed up with Brain Changes Initiative, an organization devoted to funding ground-breaking research surrounding Traumatic Brain Injury recovery while providing education, awareness, and advocacy for healthcare professionals, families and survivors.

Recently  I crafted a post for their blog about the M.I.N.D diet which is designed for neuro-cognitive health that has been proven to decrease risk for Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline and can even help improve outcomes post-stroke.

You can visit the post on the Brain Changes website:

Or see a video summary on their Instagram:


Video Blog Sign Off

It has been an honor, privilege, and an amazingly fun experience video blogging for the American Society for Nutrition at the 2015 Experimental Biology Conference.

Thank you to all of the people who helped me in this endeavor:
Mavra Ahmed
JoAnne Arcand
Jodi Bernstein
Mary Christoph
Mary L’Abbé
Lauren LeMay-Nedjelski
Chelsea Murray
Suzanne Price
Pete Scourboutakos
Carly Visentin

Also, thank you to the American Society for Nutrition for giving me this opportunity and for everyone who let me interview them!

RFF#114 – Chewing increases blood serotonin levels

…and higher blood serotonin levels are associated with enhanced mood. Get chewing!


I learned about this fact from:

Mohri Y, Fumoto M, Sato-Suzuki I, Umino M, Arita H. Prolonged rhythmic gum chewing suppresses nociceptive response via serotonergic descending inhibitory pathway in humans. Pain. 2005 Nov;118(1-2):35-42. Epub 2005 Oct 3.

Williams E, Stewart-Knox B, Helander A, McConville C, Bradbury I, Rowland I. Associations between whole-blood serotonin and subjective mood in healthy male volunteers. Biol Psychol. 2006 Feb;71(2):171-4. Epub 2005 May 31.