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What you eat affects your mind

Modern science suggests that the gut may play a role in mood disorders and our mental health.

The gut is covered in nerve cells, or neurons, which are foundational to our brains. This network in our gut is known as the enteric nervous system or "second brain".

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Gut instinct: how your diet shapes your mind

theguardian.com

Processed Foods: Origins
  • 400,000 years ago, man decided to cook meat on fire, and the first ‘processed’ food was consumed.
  • Agriculture started about 15,000 years ago and gave way to fermentation of alcohol and dairy products, baking, and preservation of meat by salt or brining.
  • Food processing has been important for keeping food edible for long, and to create new flavours.

What were the first processed foods?

bbc.com

Cancer has increased markedly

More than half of all Britons today are expected to get cancer in their lifetime.

Recent archaeological research from earlier eras showed that about 10 percent of pre-industrial residents suffered from cancer in pre-industrial Britain. People were exposed to carcinogens in alcohol consumption and indoor pollutants from wood and coal fires. But cancer markedly increased when tobacco was introduced and with the pollution caused by the industrial world.

Was cancer really less likely in a pre-industrial world?

nationalgeographic.com

Our Pain Perception About Exercising

Our pain perception about an upcoming exercise activity greatly affects our tolerance levels during the it, as per a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark.

It is a known fact that exercising regularly provides a natural high, with feel good chemicals like endorphins and endocannabinoids surging inside your mind and body. What is not known is that our prior expectation about our exercise dominating our entire experience of it.

Mindset Determines Pain Tolerance After Exercise

thecut.com

The Flexitarian Diet

When diet fads are scattered all over, it's difficult to find one that actually works for us for the long haul.

The flexitarian diet is an easy diet to follow that isn't restricting. The name itself means that it is a flexible vegetarian diet, hence, flexitarian. It is focused on having a diet that is more on being pro-plants but not anti-meat.

Health Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet and How to Get Started

eatingwell.com

  • One theory is that dreaming helps with sleep's memory-processing function. During sleep, the brain sorts through information gathered during the day, then decides what to keep and what connections to make between new information.
  • Another theory is that dreams help with emotional processing by removing some emotional associations.
  • Dreams may provide a safe way of testing the brain's reactions to negative events.
  • Or dreams are just the by-product of a brain starved of external input.

The mysteries of sleep: everything we don't know about why we snooze

sciencefocus.com

White Noise

The essential idea of white noise is to create constant and unchanging background noise to help us fall asleep or to study. From crickets chirping to distant thunder noises, white noises drown out any potentially distracting sounds.

The adjective "white" was used to describe the sound because its ultimate combination has similarities to the qualities of white light.

What Is White Noise? Can It Help You Concentrate and Sleep Better?

thoughtco.com

Our moods and emotions play a powerful role in our behavioral choices and health.

Extensive studies show that sadness is related to tobacco use, with people wanting to puff away more frequently while being sad.

This new finding suggests smoking may not just be a habit, but deeply entwined with our emotions, and can be beneficial for future anti-smoking programs.

Can't quit smoking? It might be to do with how sad you are

bigthink.com

The healthy mind filters through thoughts

A mind in a healthy state is continuously performing a set of manoeuvres that uphold our moods.

A healthy mind is an editing mind that filters through particular ideas and sensations that actively need to be entertained so that we can direct our lives effectively.

The Power Of The Moon On Humans
  • The belief of the moon's power to drive the emotions and feelings of human beings is well-documented.
  • Lunacy is the word describing madness, directly connecting it to Luna, the name of our moon.
  • In any country, hospital emergency units and police stations will vouch for the fact that there are more accidents, violent incidents and other emotion-related crimes on full moon days.

Does a full moon make people mad? - BBC Future

bbc.com

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