Brain Health

A healthy brain means a healthy life—and a healthy life means a healthy brain. While genes and environment affect our brain development, lifestyle is responsible for most types of changes in brain function. The choices we make actively help or hinder how effectively we can process information, retrieve memories, regulate our emotions, communicate clearly, create and imagine, and solve problems. Healthy amounts of quality nutrition, exercise, rest, intellectual and creative stimulation, and social connection are all crucial boosts to the system, while artificial stimulants and suppressants, head injuries, sleep deprivation, and social isolation all have direct tangible impacts on our brain health. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

What to Eat for Optimal Mental Health

The food you eat can have just as profound an effect on your brain and your mental health as the drugs prescribed by your doctor. The reason: Your gut and your brain are in constant communication with each other.

When the Body Attacks the Mind

...the experience also raised a much larger question: If an autoimmune disorder of the brain could so closely resemble psychiatric illnesses, then what, really, were these illnesses?

Move Your Body, Bolster Your Brain

A single, moderate workout may immediately change how our brains function and how well we recognize common names and similar information, according to a promising new study of exercise, memory and aging.

Understanding the Mind of the Elite Athlete

Can sports sharpen the body and mind?

What's Happening Inside Simone Biles' Brain When the 'Twisties' Set In?

A complex system in the brain that keeps gymnasts balanced can get out of whack.

Five Surprising Ways Exercise Changes Your Brain

Moving your body is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mind.

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core

“How we move, think, and feel have an impact on the stress response through real neural connections.”

Why Yoga Is Good for Your Body and Brain, According to Science

When I (Dacher Keltner) was 18, I wandered into a yoga class in my first year of college, hosted on a basketball court in the school’s gym. At the time, some 40 years ago, yoga had mystical, somewhat cult-like connotations.