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Winter Squash Boosts Your Brain

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winter squashes by gary stevens


With autumn upon us, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the season. Winter squash is one of those foods that provide significant benefits to our brain and general health. Winter squash can help keep your brain functioning well and also lower stress-related anxiety at the same time.


Even the seeds from winter squash have brain benefits. In addition, squash seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. They also contain concentrated amounts of protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% ofRDA), zinc (71%), etc., but zero cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of brain health promoting the amino acid tryptophan. 

 
What is it in winter squash that helps our memory and brain health? 
 
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Tips for Enhancing Your Child's Brain Development

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As parents, we’re always on the quest to help our children grow towards their highest potential. One area that we can't overlook is their brain development. There are many simple and fun ways you can help your child's brain develop. Read on for some helpful exercises, music, language and games that you can use to help nurture your children's mental abilities. 
 
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Eight Essential Apps to Ease the Back-to-School Crunch

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Rolling back into the school routine is one of the more stressful times in a family’s year. For moms, keeping it all together and maintaining sanity while getting the kids adjusted to their new routines sometimes feels impossible. 
 
Most memory researchers will tell you that disorganization and stress are major contributors to forgetfulness.  As a matter of fact, the two are interrelated--when we get disorganized, we tend to forget things more easily. And as we forget things, we tend to get more disorganized. And then the stress seems to soar, sometimes affecting the whole family. 
 
There are, however, some tools out there that can help you de-clutter your brain, regain some time, sanity, and memory during this intense time and beyond. Here are some mom-tested apps that can make your life easier.

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Make Family Time More Memorable: Prioritize

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The number of tasks a mother must accomplish on any given day is mind-boggling. With a monumental number of things to do, often every task seems just as important as the next. Not only do moms get stressed out and overwhelmed, but as days and years go by, the moments become a blur. An interview of empty-nest moms revealed many regretted that in their haste of getting things done, they missed some of the richness of key moments with their children. 

So, what do we do to get things done and also free us up to be present for those moments with our children? The key is time and task prioritization.

If you Google time and task prioritization, you will get many different ideas on the topic. One of the simplest and most practical is the Time Prioritization Matrix, designed by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and made popular by famed author, Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People). The matrix is divided into four areas:  I) Important/Urgent; II) Important/Not Urgent; III) Not Important/Urgent; and IV) Not Important/Not Urgent.

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