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Your immune system is your friend

Your immune system defends your body from infection. If you can support it, there will be benefits.

Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses you are exposed to.

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  • Eating fruits and vegetables helps your immune system fight viruses and bacteria.
  • A positive attitude can help your body fight illnesses.
  • Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can keep germs at bay.
  • Sucking your baby's pacifier can make them less likely to develop allergies, a recent study found.
  • A lack of sleep does not affect your immune system. There is a strong link between restorative sleep and a healthy immune system.
  • Supplements can help you get better faster. Taking megadoses of one vitamin has not been proven to support the immune system.
  • Kids need supplements. They really should get vitamins and minerals from eating nutritious foods.
  • Exercise does not affect the immune system. Exercise lowers blood pressure, keeps body weight under control and can protect you from some diseases.
The Superhuman Power Of The Brain

A simple look at our brain, we would see a blob of jiggly meat, however, this blob of jiggly meat is extremely powerful. Through years of evolution, our brains are responsible for conjuring our pasts and predicting our futures, control our bodies, and create our experiences in the past and the present.

It can also modify our physical reality through a social reality where we can make up something out of nothing and convince other people to treat it as real.

Our brains rely on memories when faced with ambiguous data whereas it guesses the causes of the data received as it plans what to do next in order to keep us alive and well.

An esteemed neuroscientist described our daily experience as "the remembered present" where our brains will constantly and invisibly guess future actions based on memories that are similar to the present moment. Our brain's guesses, may they be right or wrong, manifests as our actions and senses.

Our brains can actually consider physical objects and impose new or different functions on it even if it is not a part of its physical nature, using only our collective minds. This phenomenon is called social reality.

It has an amazing level of influence on our lives, not only on an individual level but the effects can be felt globally. Where we believe a certain stereotype, soon it creates a self-fulling prophecy which perpetuates the stereotype in a vicious cycle.

The brain makes categories based on context. Say an elephant, a fountain, and a water gun are all three different objects, however, the brain can categorize them as "objects that can shoot water."

The categories made by the brain are extremely flexible and are what drives many of our actions and experiences. this is also the engine behind social reality because when we share such categorizations and make them real it is able to influence people as well as our genetic evolution as a species.

Lisa Feldman-Barrett
"We have more control over reality than we might think, and more responsibility for reality than we might realize or want".
Dance Movement Therapy
  • It is the type of therapy that uses the entire body through dance and movement to boost one's well-being. It helps the brain with regulating its emotions through body posture changes and movements.
  • It allows the clients to be creative using its body movements as a medium and the message.
  • It has shown to be effective in treating patients who have Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and even depression.

DMT can be applied in various ways. It could involve talking, with music or without. It can also be done in group sessions which involves checking in on where they are mentally, physically, and emotionally.

In practicing DMT it allows the person to explore movements, new and old, that can evoke peculiar perceptions and emotions undiscovered. It makes the client release repressed feelings and better understand oneself.

Dancing generally involves learning sequences of variations of steps and gestures that is in sync with music, but it could also be done performatively without music.

It involves the person's physical and cognitive behavior. It helps to enhance one's muscle strength, balance and coordination, memory, and attention span.

Since dancing is involved in many aspects of the brain, it augments the person's memory, motor control, and it improves the performance of the communicative process of the two hemispheres in the brain.

It has been asserted that the body is inseparable from the constant alternating synergy with the brain. Due to this, varying feelings, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors affect our bodies thought movements.

In addition to this, dance movement therapy could also awaken repressed memories, restructure our brains, and dispense our whims and creativity. New ways of moving and dancing may produce new ways of feeling and perceiving the world.

Our Food Senses Arenโ€™t Accurate

Our brains are not reliable food sensors, and our taste buds are affected not just by the food that we put in our mouths, but a variety of electrical signals from our brain, body and all the other sense organs.

When we drink a cup of coffee, we detect it using the receptors of our bodies, and that information is then converted into activated neurons. Waves of light are converted into colors, with the mouth receptors trying to classify the beverage as one of the five basic tastes: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (the pleasant, savory taste).

All these signals are then woven together and recognized by the brain, and it is still not the absolute reflection of reality but is a highly subjective experience.

When we see someone else do something, we sometimes think we could do better, and probably recognized the food taste in a more objective way. The problem is that most of us are suffering from various biases, like the common bias blind spot: We think we are less biased than others.

Another bias could be the courtesy bias, where we tell our aunt we like something she made because itโ€™s socially polite to do so.

The vanilla flavour does not contain sugar. Yet the taste of vanilla tricks the brain into thinking that it is having something sweet.

This is due to the fact that almost all the desserts we had since we were born, like cakes and pastries, probably were sweet and did have that particular flavour, making the brain associate it with sweetness.

A neuroscientist specializing in food conducted an elaborate EEG brain scan test that measures the electrical impulses of feelings, emotions, thoughts, sensory input and even muscle movement while the tongue tastes a particular food.

The results showed that the brain figures out the food within the first 100 milliseconds, and can tell the taste of various foods apart when all the other noise is minimized.

Apart from the various signals being measured, there are other things like sweat, pupil dilation and gastronomical signals that are recent discoveries of how the brain works, as the scientists try to bypass the biases of people and capture the subjective taste differences.

The research can help create better, healthier foods, as we get new insights on how we sense our food. We can also find out if there are other basic tastes, like fat, for instance.

Foods that affect your sleep

Researchers found that eating a diet high in sugar, saturated fat, and processed carbohydrates can negatively affect your sleep.

Foods rich in unsaturated fat, such as nuts, olive oil, fish, and avocados, seem to promote sound sleep.

Researchers found that eating more saturated fat and less fibre from foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains led to reductions in slow-wave sleep - the deep restorative kind of sleep.

People who consume a high-carbohydrate diet fall asleep much faster at night, but the quality of carbs matters. People who eat simple carbs and sugar tend to wake up more frequently throughout the night while eating complex carbs that contain fibre may help you obtain more deep, restorative sleep. This is because complex carbohydrates provide a more stable blood sugar level.

As people lose sleep, they may seek out more junk food. Healthy adults who sleep only four or five hours a night end up eating more calories and snacking on sweet foods more frequently.

Another study found that proper sleep can increase your willpower to avoid unhealthy foods.

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