When you think about it, every thought and action we have is controlled by our brain. These include sleep, digestion, memories, movement and so on. In my book, Path to a Healthy Mind & Body, I have found preventable habits that can shrink brain size and solutions to this universal problem. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, “when we are obese, we can have a smaller brain”. When we are balanced and fit, we have a balanced brain. When we invite health into our gut, we do the same to the brain. If we have a sedentary lifestyle, our brain will suffer. But, that’s not all.
There are habits we do before age seventy that cause the brain to shrink! To make matters worse, these same poor habits and toxic exposures can trigger autoimmune disorders. “The brain directly communicates with the gastrointestinal system through the vagus nerve.”(1) This means what we ingest is either feeding or poisoning our brain.
In a Hurry to Lose Our Mind
*Americans eat approximately150 pounds of sugar a year, which can cause decline in brain function. Insulin resistance and obesity has increased in the last two decades not only in adults but in children, with high blood sugar levels decreasing our children’s brain size.
Many young adults (18-35 y/o range) can be seen walking around holding a can of pure caffeine and sugar. More often than not these cans contain more than one serving and who really drinks only half a can? What is this doing to your health and could it have long term consequences?
Read on to find out!
Here is why I think energy drinks are a bad idea.
You want to work out but are tired and need some motivation and energy so you take an energy drink
This can be deadly, especially if you are under a great deal of stress or have high blood pressure.
The number of hospital visits related to energy drinks has doubled from 2007-2011.
Chocolate is indulgent. Chocolate is bad for you. Chocolate is to blame for troublesome health issues, like weight gain and skin breakouts. These are some of the negative connotations that we often associate with chocolate.
But not all types of chocolate are created equal. While the highly processed and sugary brands may be unhealthy, numerous studies show that dark chocolate is actually good for you. This article summarizes some of the reasons you SHOULD eat dark chocolate for better mental and physical health.
Why Dark Chocolate?
It is a Powerful Antioxidant. Made from the cocoa tree, dark chocolate is loaded with flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Flavonoids protect cells from free radical damage – a cause of accelerated aging. Research shows that the flavonoids in dark chocolate may protect the skin from harmful UV damage and accelerated aging, in turn.
Cell damage caused by free radicals also leads to heart disease. Therefore, another benefit of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate may be heart disease prevention. One study showed that the consumption of dark chocolate and cocoa lowers blood pressure and improves vasodilation, which is the widening of the blood vessels.
It Promotes the Growth of Healthy Gut Bacteria. Another study revealed that consuming dark chocolate, in combination with probiotics, helps aid the growth of healthy gut bacteria. In turn, healthy gut bacteria are important for healthy skin and better overall health.
It Improves Mood and Reduces Stress. There may be a neurological reason why chocolate is one of the most popular comfort foods in the world. Chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, which promote feelings of pleasure in the brain. It also reduces stress hormones and feelings of anxiety. It even contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.