Sleep and your precious brain (Part I)

Sleep and your precious brain (Part I)

You know that wonderful feeling you have after waking up from a fabulous sleep? You're relaxed and happy, alert but calm! Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people are experiencing that wonderful feeling because sleep, or, more accurately, the lack of it, is becoming a huge problem around the world. Unfortunately, the problem started with one of mankind's most celebrated inventions. Edison’s famous light bulb invention in the 1880s changed our approach to the "daylight–wake-up" vs. "nighttime–sleep-time" pattern that we had become accustomed to from the beginning of time, and which even single-celled organisms adhere to.

10 ways exercise keeps your brain young and healthy

10 ways exercise keeps your brain young and healthy

Researchers are uncovering how exercise keeps our brain young an healthy and analyzing walking women (and men) provided some solid evidence. Walking for even an hour-and-a-half a week, helped active women to outperform less active women on cognitive assessments. The study’s author was surprised at this result, as walking seemed to be a pretty non-strenuous activity, yet held real cognitive benefits.

You Are Not What You Eat – You Are What You Absorb (Part I)

You Are Not What You Eat – You Are What You Absorb (Part I)

Eating well isn’t enough – you also have to digest, absorb and eliminate well for optimal health. You are not what you eat! When you hear the saying "you are what you eat" you need to remember that’s only true if you are digesting and absorbing your food. Otherwise, you can be eating the best food, even sourcing specific foods for their nutritive value, but wasting a lot of time and money, because your digestive system isn’t delivering these nutrients to your bloodstream.

Coconut fat is good for you, but …

Coconut fat is good for you, but …

Not all coconut fat is created equal. Recently there has been an onslaught of information about coconuts and their oil, and how they can enhance your health, along with - more recently - reports that coconut fat may be damaging to our health. For many decades we had been advised to keep away from them, as researchers thought that all saturated fats were the same.

Magnesium

Magnesium

What is magnesium? Magnesium is a mineral, and the fourth most abundant one in the human body. It is essential for good health, which means it has to be supplied in the diet as the body cannot make it. About 50% of the magnesium in our bodies is found in our bones, with most of the other half being found inside our cells, while only about 1% is found in our blood. It is required for more than 300 different enzyme reactions in the body, which means if it is not available in the body, these important biochemical reactions will be unable to take place.

Why you need both omega-3s and omega-6s

Why you need both omega-3s and omega-6s

You need both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. When a scientific topic is complex it is easy for incomplete information to be conveyed to the public. This is what has happened with the omega-3 and omega-6 scientific story, especially as regards the omega-3 and omega-6 advice that people have been given. The advice to consume foods and supplements that contain omega-3s, and shun those that contain omega-6s has been based on misinformation. This advice came about because of a lack of knowledge about how these two polyunsaturated, essential fats work together, and because most people eating a modern diet get very little omega-3s and more omega-6s.

Olive Oil - The Truth Behind The Wonderful Health Story

Olive Oil - The Truth Behind The Wonderful Health Story

A beautiful myth. The history of the olive tree involves a beautiful myth from ancient Greece. The Goddess Athena, the namesake of Athens, is said to have brought the olive to the Greeks as gift. Zeus had promised the region, Attica, to the god or goddess who provided the most useful tool. Athena’s gift – the olive, which provides food, light, heat, medicine and perfume, as well as a refuge from the sun, was deemed to be superior to the horse, which Poseidon provided. After all, the horse, although powerful, was an instrument of war. Athena is said to have planted the original olive tree on the rocky hill that is known today as the Acropolis. Rumour has it that the ancient olive tree that is found there today is from the roots of Athena’s original tree.

Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This is a simple salad to make, but is nutrient dense and any left over's make a great salad to take to work the next day. It is gluten free, if you select 100% pure Soba / Buckwheat noodles. You can also use rice or mung bean noodles instead. Adding the coriander, sesame seeds and a sprinkling of peanuts makes it both tasty and crunchy. You do not have to add the soya sauce, but it does add to the flavor, although, be sure to choose Tamari, which is gluten free. 

The ‘sunshine hormone’ – Vitamin D

The ‘sunshine hormone’ – Vitamin D

Vitamin D can be made, or synthesized, by your body when it is exposed to sunlight. Your body makes vitamin D through the action of sunshine on the cholesterol that is present in your skin. This means that it is not technically a vitamin, because vitamins are classified as compounds that our bodies cannot make and which we have to get from our food. Therefore, some researchers call it a hormone instead, as it is similar in structure to some of the main hormones in our bodies, such as estrogen and cortisol, and it performs hormone-like activities too.

Female hormones and the right fats

Female hormones and the right fats

How EFAs can help you to manage the transition you may be dreading. Let’s break the hormone story down into manageable chunks, so that it’s easier to understand these important compounds, and how to manage them. Hormones are messengers. Hormones are tiny chemical compounds, which act as messengers and cause specific signals to occur in your body and brain. Hormones are produced by glands, and transported via your bloodstream throughout your body, giving instructions and transferring information between cells.

Depression and fats and oils

Depression and fats and oils

Eating the right fats and oils can lift your mood naturally. The link between heart disease and depression is a common one, and you may assume that it is quite normal for someone who has heart disease to be depressed.

However, depression is believed to precede cardiovascular disease (CVD), sometimes by decades, leaving researchers with the impression that there may be common underlying physiological or biochemical aspects between these two disorders.

Does your brain feel "foggy"?

Does your brain feel "foggy"?

If you understand what I mean by the word "foggy" in this title, then this article may be for you. Although it is not a medically accepted term, most people nevertheless understand what it means. The term brain "fog" refers to the feelings of sluggish, fuzzy, slow, confused and grayish thinking that your brain can experience. A lack of focus and mental clarity, as well as general forgetfulness and even feelings of confusion can accompany this general brain apathy. Basically, you feel as if your thoughts and ideas are moving through treacle and can't get any traction.