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#1 Zharkov

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:02 PM

It starts with exercise and Serotonin:

 

To increase Serotonin...

 

7 Foods That Could Boost Your Serotonin: The Serotonin Diet

    Eggs
    Cheese
    Pineapples
    Tofu
    Salmon
    Nuts
    Turkey
    Food and mood
    Alternatives

What is serotonin?

Serotonin is a chemical messenger that’s believed to act as a mood stabilizer. It’s said to help produce healthy sleeping patterns as well as boost your mood. Studies show that serotonin levels can have an effect on mood and behavior, and the chemical is commonly linked to feeling good and living longer.

Supplements can increase your serotonin levels via the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan.

But for a more natural approach to possibly increasing your serotonin levels, you can try eating foods that contain tryptophan. It is known that tryptophan depletion is seen in those with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

has also shown that when you follow a low-tryptophan diet, brain serotonin levels drop. However, research is ongoing to determine how much tryptophan-containing foods can affect serotonin levels in the brain.

Learn about seven foods that might help increase serotonin levels.

 

1. Eggs
The protein in eggs can significantly boost your blood plasma levels of tryptophan, according to recent research. Pro cooking tip: Don’t leave out the yolks!

Yolks are extremely rich in tryptophan and tyrosine, choline, biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that are major contributors to the health benefits and antioxidant properties of eggs.

2. Cheese
Cheese is another great source of tryptophan. A yummy favorite you could make is mac and cheese that combines cheddar cheese with eggs and milk, which are also good sources of tryptophan.

3. Pineapples
Pineapples are a major source of bromelain, a protein that can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy as well as help suppress coughs, according to some research. Combine pineapples and coconut with chicken for this delicious piña colada chicken recipe.

4. Tofu
Soy products are rich sources of tryptophan. You can substitute tofu for pretty much any protein, in pretty much any recipe, making it an excellent source of tryptophan for vegetarians and vegans. Some tofu is calcium-set, which provides a great calcium boost.

5. Salmon
It’s hard to go wrong with salmon, which — as you may have guessed — is also rich in tryptophan. Combine it with eggs and milk to make a smoked salmon frittata!

Salmon also has other nutritional benefits like helping balance cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and being a source of omega-3 fatty acids.

6. Nuts and seeds
Pick and choose your favorites, because all nuts and seeds contain tryptophan. Studies show that eating a handful of nuts a day can lower your risk for cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.

Nuts and seeds are also good sources of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. For dessert, try some no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

7. Turkey
There’s a reason why the Thanksgiving meal is usually followed by a siesta on the couch — turkey is essentially stuffed tryptophan.

So the common belief is that by eating foods high in tryptophan, you can boost your serotonin levels. But is this true?

Serotonin isn’t found in foods, but tryptophan is. Foods high in protein, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin B-6 all tend to contain large amounts of this amino acid. While high-tryptophan foods won’t boost serotonin on their own, there’s one possible cheat to this system: carbs.

Carbs cause the body to release more insulin, which promotes amino acid absorption and leaves tryptophan in the blood. If you mix high-tryptophan foods with carbs, you might get a serotonin boost.

The tryptophan you find in food has to compete with other amino acids to be absorbed into the brain, so it’s unlikely to have much of an effect on your serotonin levels. This differs from tryptophan supplements, which contain purified tryptophan and do have an effect on serotonin levels.

While they can’t compete with supplements — which you should not be taking without approval from your doctor — the foods listed above contain high amounts of tryptophan.

Your best chance at achieving a serotonin boost without using supplements is to eat them often, with a serving of healthy carbohydrates, like rice, oatmeal, or whole-grain bread.
Other ways to boost serotonin

Food and supplements aren’t the only ways to boost serotonin levels.

    Exercise. from the United Kingdom shows that regular exercise can have antidepressant effects.
    
Sunshine. Light therapy is a common remedy for seasonal depression. shows a clear relationship between being exposed to bright light and serotonin levels. To get better sleep, or to boost your mood, try to work in a daily lunchtime walk outside.
    
Positivity. Research shows that facing daily life and your interactions with others with a positive outlook can significantly boost your serotonin levels. As the Spice Girls once sang: “All you need is positivity!”
    
Gut bacteria. Eat a high-fiber diet to fuel healthy gut bacteria, which new research shows play a role in serotonin levels through the gut-brain axis. Supplemental probiotics may also be of value.


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#2 Zharkov

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:06 PM

11 Best Foods to Boost Your Brain and Memory

Your brain is kind of a big deal.

 

As the control center of your body, it's in charge of keeping your heart beating and lungs breathing and allowing you to move, feel and think.

 

That's why it's a good idea to keep your brain in peak working condition.

 

The foods you eat play a role in keeping your brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration.

 

This article lists 11 foods that boost your brain.

 

When people talk about brain foods, fatty fish is often at the top of the list.

This type of fish includes salmon, trout and sardines, which are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids ().

About 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is the omega-3 kind ().

Your brain uses omega-3s to build brain and nerve cells, and these fats are essential for learning and memory (, ).

Omega 3-s also have a couple additional benefits for your brain.

For one thing, they may slow age-related mental decline and help ward off Alzheimer's disease (, , , ).

On the flip side, not getting enough omega-3s is linked to learning impairments, as well as depression (, ).

In general, eating fish seems to have positive health benefits.

One study found that people who ate baked or broiled fish regularly had more gray matter in their brains. Gray matter contains most of the nerve cells that control decision making, memory and emotion ().

Overall, fatty fish is an excellent choice for brain health.

 Summary: Fatty fish is a rich source of omega-3s, a major building block of the brain. Omega-3s play a role in sharpening memory and improving mood, as well as protecting your brain against decline.

 

If coffee is the highlight of your morning, you'll be glad to hear that it's good for you.

Two main components in coffee — caffeine and antioxidants — help your brain.

The caffeine in coffee has a number of positive effects on the brain, including ():

  • Increased alertness: Caffeine keeps your brain alert by blocking adenosine, a chemical messenger that makes you sleepy (, , ).
  • Improved mood: Caffeine may also boost some of your "feel-good" neurotransmitters, such as serotonin (13).
  • Sharpened concentration: One study found that when participants drank one large coffee in the morning or smaller amounts throughout the day, they were more effective at tasks that required concentration ().

Drinking coffee over the long term is also linked to a reduced risk of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's ().

This could at least be partly due to coffee's high concentration of antioxidants ().

 

Summary: Coffee can help boost alertness and mood. It may also offer some protection against Alzheimer's, thanks to its caffeine and antioxidants.

 

3. Blueberries

Blueberries provide numerous health benefits, including some that are specifically for your brain.

Blueberries and other deeply colored berries deliver anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects ().

Antioxidants act against both oxidative stress and inflammation, conditions that may contribute to brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases ().

Some of the antioxidants in blueberries have been found to accumulate in the brain and help improve communication between brain cells (, ).

Animal studies have shown that blueberries help improve memory and may even delay short-term memory loss (, , ).

Try sprinkling them on your breakfast cereal or adding them to a smoothie.

 Summary: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that may delay brain aging and improve memory.

 

Turmeric has generated a lot of buzz recently.

This deep-yellow spice is a key ingredient in curry powder and has a number of benefits for the brain.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and benefit the cells there ().

It's a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that has been linked to the following brain benefits:

  • May benefit memory: Curcumin may help improve memory in people with Alzheimer's. It may also help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of this disease (, ).
  • Eases depression: It boosts serotonin and dopamine, which both improve mood. One study found curcumin improved depression symptoms just as much as an antidepressant over six weeks (23, ).
  • Helps new brain cells grow: Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a type of growth hormone that helps brain cells grow. It may help delay age-related mental decline, but more research is needed ().

To reap the benefits of curcumin, try cooking with curry powder, adding turmeric to potato dishes to turn them golden or making turmeric tea.

 
Summary: Turmeric and its active compound curcumin have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which help the brain. In research, it has reduced symptoms of depression and Alzheimer's disease.
 

Broccoli is packed with powerful plant compounds, including antioxidants ().

It's also very high in vitamin K, delivering more than 100% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) in a 1-cup (91-gram) serving (27).

This fat-soluble vitamin is essential for forming sphingolipids, a type of fat that's densely packed into brain cells ().

A few studies in older adults have linked a higher vitamin K intake to better memory (, ).

Beyond vitamin K, broccoli contains a number of compounds that give it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which may help protect the brain against damage ().

 
Summary: Broccoli contains a number of compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, including vitamin K.
 

Pumpkin seeds contain powerful antioxidants that protect the body and brain from free radical damage ().

They're also an excellent source of magnesium, iron, zinc and copper (32).

Each of these nutrients is important for brain health:

  • Zinc: This element is crucial for nerve signaling. Zinc deficiency has been linked to many neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, depression and Parkinson's disease (, , ).
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for learning and memory. Low magnesium levels are linked to many neurological diseases, including migraines, depression and epilepsy (, ).
  • Copper: Your brain uses copper to help control nerve signals. And when copper levels are out of whack, there's a higher risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's (, ).
  • Iron: Iron deficiency is often characterized by brain fog and impaired brain function ().

The research focuses mostly on these micronutrients, rather than pumpkin seeds themselves. However, since pumpkin seeds are high in these micronutrients, you can likely reap their benefits by adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.

 Summary: Pumpkin seeds are rich in many micronutrients that are important for brain function, including copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.

 

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with a few brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants.

Flavonoids are a group of antioxidant plant compounds.

The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory. Researchers say these compounds may enhance memory and also help slow down age-related mental decline (, , , ).

In fact, a number of studies back this up (, , ).

In one study including over 900 people, those who ate chocolate more frequently performed better in a series of mental tasks, including some involving memory, than those who rarely ate it ().

Chocolate is also a legitimate mood booster, according to research.

One study found that participants who ate chocolate experienced increased positive feelings, compared to participants who ate crackers ().

However, it's still not clear whether that's because of compounds in the chocolate, or simply because the yummy flavor makes people happy ().

 Summary: The flavonoids in chocolate may help protect the brain. Studies have suggested that eating chocolate could boost both memory and mood.

 

Research has shown that eating nuts can improve markers of heart health, and having a healthy heart is linked to having a healthy brain (, ).

A 2014 review showed that nuts can improve cognition and even help prevent neurodegenerative diseases ().

Also, another large study found that women who ate nuts regularly over the course of several years had a sharper memory, compared to those who didn't eat nuts ().

Several nutrients in nuts, such as healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E, may explain their brain-health benefits (, ).

Vitamin E shields cell membranes from free radical damage, helping slow mental decline (, , ).

While all nuts are good for your brain, walnuts may have an extra edge, since they also deliver omega-3 fatty acids (57).

 Summary: Nuts contain a host of brain-boosting nutrients, including vitamin E, healthy fats and plant compounds.

 

You can get all the vitamin C you need in a day by eating one medium orange (58).

Doing so is important for brain health, since vitamin C is a key factor in preventing mental decline ().

Eating sufficient amounts of vitamin C-rich foods can protect against age-related mental decline and Alzheimer's disease, according to a 2014 review article ().

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off the free radicals that can damage brain cells. Plus, vitamin C supports brain health as you age ().

You can also get excellent amounts of vitamin C from bell peppers, guava, kiwi, tomatoes and strawberries (62).

 Summary: Oranges and other foods that are high in vitamin C can help defend your brain against damage from free radicals.

 

Eggs are a good source of several nutrients tied to brain health, including vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline (63).

Choline is an important micronutrient that your body uses to create acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and memory (, ).

Two studies found that higher intakes of choline were linked to better memory and mental function (, ).

Nevertheless, many people don't get enough choline in their diet.

Eating eggs is an easy way to get choline, given that egg yolks are among the most concentrated sources of this nutrient.

Adequate intake of choline is 425 mg per day for most women and 550 mg per day for men, with just a single egg yolk containing 112 mg ().

 

Furthermore, the B vitamins have several roles in brain health.

To start, they may help slow the progression of mental decline in the elderly ().

Also, being deficient in two types of B vitamins — folate and B12 — has been linked to depression ().

Folate deficiency is common in elderly people with dementia, and studies show that folic acid supplements can help minimize age-related mental decline (, ).

B12 is also involved in synthesizing brain chemicals and regulating sugar levels in the brain ().

It's worth noting that there's very little direct research on the link between eating eggs and brain health. However, there is research to support the brain-boosting benefits of the nutrients found in eggs.

Summary: Eggs are a rich source of several B vitamins and choline, which are important for proper brain functioning and development, as well as regulating mood.
 

As is the case with coffee, the caffeine in green tea boosts brain function.

In fact, it has been found to improve alertness, performance, memory and focus ().

But green tea also has other components that make it a brain-healthy beverage.

One of them is L-theanine, an amino acid that can cross the blood-brain barrier and increase the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, which helps reduce anxiety and makes you feel more relaxed (73, , 75).

L-theanine also increases the frequency of alpha waves in the brain, which helps you relax without making you feel tired ().

One review found that the L-theanine in green tea can help you relax by counteracting the stimulating effects of caffeine ().

It's also rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that may protect the brain from mental decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's (, ).

Plus, green tea has been found to improve memory ().

Summary: Green tea is an excellent beverage to support your brain. Its caffeine content boosts alertness, while its antioxidants protect the brain and L-theanine helps you relax.
 

Many foods can help keep your brain healthy.

Some foods, such as the fruits and vegetables in this list, as well as tea and coffee, have antioxidants that help protect your brain from damage.

Others, such as nuts and eggs, contain nutrients that support memory and brain development.

You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically including these foods in your diet.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:09 PM

There is at least one herb that supercharges one's memory - Bacopa Leaf Extract.

 

So powerful that if you normally can't remember what you dreamed about last night, a few days on this stuff will have you vividly remembering every detail of your dreams.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:24 PM

Too much of technology hurts your brain power

According to s Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, a neuroscientist, too much of technology is making our brain attention deficit. So slow down, keep your ‘smart’ devices switched off from time to time and certainly do not check your email before bed.

 

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:24 PM

Avoid multi-tasking

Do one task at a time-always. Whatever you do, do it 100%.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 11:28 PM

Make Friends With Smarter People

 

If there is a stupid way to do things, a stupid person will teach you how.

 

Who knows, it might be contagious?


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 01:23 AM

  • Think single task – focus only at the task at hand – with no distractions. That means that multi-tasking is actually making us dumber. Research now shows that the brain can only focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking splits the brain and our brain jumps from one task to another diminishing the focus. It creates something researchers have called “spotlights”. When we multitask it’s like we are actually getting dumber and making more mistakes.
  • Look at your to-do list and think of the two most important tasks that are most important and spend your prime time doing- and do them.                                 “When you are hunting elephants, don’t get distracted chasing rabbits, rabbits take all our day away”Dr. ChapmanI have heard to only have 5 items on your to do lists…two is so minimal but if it increases my blood flow I am on it.
  • Think deep – most transformative – power of deep – is to synthesize constantly- take information from all sources abstract and concrete ideas, talk shows, conversation – get off of automatic pilot, and talk about your ideas with others. It’s in the sharing of ideas that our brains dance. She said that people that stay home and do crosswords alone every day are not helping their brains.
  • Brains power of less – our brains need to rest. Constant stimulation makes us dumber and reduces the flow of blood. Dr. Chapman said that airplanes are a great place to rest vs. work. She suggested that we take time to rest our brains rather than constantly be filling them with data, crosswords, or even sudoku
  • Detox distractions. Every time we look at an email or text while working we actually get dumber, and slower and make more mistakes… It takes 15 to 20 minutes to get back into the groove when you are busy working .
  • And then take a break every 90 minutes and give your brain a rest. Go and do something mindless… don’t take a break and read… let your mind rest and let the blood flow! The brain need down time, for aha moments
  • Finally, she reminded us the importance of good eating, sleeping and exercise – I found this interesting. Dr. Chapman said we need at least 7 hrs of sleep because our brains kick in and unload between the 6th and 8th hour of sleep.

https://www.karenmcc...-brain-smarter/


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:28 AM

All good stuff thanks 


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 03:34 PM

You mentioned Serotonin but I don't know if you missed it (or I did(), but dopamine is just as important for excellent mental health, and make you feel great and positive.  You can actually buy Serotonin and dopamine supplements...For serotonin it is 5htp and for Dopamine it is L-Tyrosine 


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 03:38 PM

BTW Dopamine is in nicotine that is why people smoke especially when they are stressed....and the reason why smokers never get Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease or Dementia...But the Global corrupt mass murder companies the Pharma companies never want you to know shit like this otherwise people won't need to buy there snake oil pills


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Posted 29 April 2019 - 10:14 AM

I always have grapefruit with pineapple, a combination I learned about so long ago that have forgotten the benefit, possibly anti-arthritis which at 85 I still seem to avoid..


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Posted 01 May 2019 - 08:36 PM

Tesla claimed his brain was a receiver. “My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which “We” obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists”.

Tesla has claimed he had visions made of intense flashes of light that explained to him how he would build his inventions.

 

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Tesla employed cutting-edge, state of the art nutrition for his era.   He was a vegetarian, and although we know much more about foods today, he managed to figure things out long before anyone else did.   Some of his beliefs about foods were debunked over time, but for the most part, he got it right.


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 06:43 PM

The Nikola Tesla Diet – What Foods Did He Eat?

The Tesla Approach to Food

How many times have you heard that Western societies are used to over-sized portions? It is no secret that experts recommend cutting down on portions significantly, and it’s mainly because of the obesity problems several countries are facing, including the United States.

Now, consider the fact that Tesla pointed out the same problem about people eating too much, and he lived between 1856 and 1943.

According to the Austrian inventor in an interview he did at age 77, selected amounts of the right foods per day helped him to stay focused, creative, and capable.

For Tesla, food was consumed wisely and without any type of over-indulgence. Plus, he only ate twice a day. Tesla followed a dominantly vegetarian diet, although he did eat a little bit of meat – and not because he wanted to. In fact, he considered the process of eating meat barbaric.

The Typical Tesla Menu

Milk was one of Tesla's favorite breakfast options

By now you are probably very curious to know what Nikola Tesla’s daily diet looked like? Given the man was a creative genius and spurred the development of wireless technology, his menu definitely becomes something of interest.
In The Morning:

    One or two glasses of milk, alongside some eggs he prepared personally.

The Afternoon:

    Tesla never ate lunch, and he never broke this rule.

In The Evening:

    Celery or something similar
    Soup
    A small single piece of chicken, meat, or fish
    Potatoes
    One additional vegetable

Dessert:

While so many people like cake or ice-cream for dessert, Tesla only indulged two options most of the time. An apple and a slice of cheese.

And, of course, Tesla loved water and milk.
Foods Tesla Avoided

A pile of potatoes, something Tesla avoided

There is no question that Tesla followed what can only be described as a “minimalist” diet. He only ate what he felt absolutely necessary while maintaining regular water intake.

But Tesla didn’t just have a passion for vegetables, especially potatoes. In addition to saying potatoes should be eaten every day, he had a list of foods he would never touch. These include acid-producing foods like peas and beans.

Tesla related in the interview that for the most part, people eat too much of these and it overburdens their body. He wanted to really maintain the health of his stomach, and for him, this called for cutting anything that produced acids.

Tesla also states that while fish is great for the brain, it brings with it an acid reaction.

He believed that one of the most difficult problems old people face is handling acidity in the body after enjoying a life of over-indulgence. But sticking to the right diet from the beginning can not only prevent problems down the line but also promote a higher quality of life during your final years.

At some point, Tesla praised alcohol as being the elixir of life. But he had no time for stimulants like tobacco or coffee, and he predicted both would most likely become absolute in the future.
What About Exercise?

If you think this inventor spent all day in the lab, you are mistaken. As someone who literally avoided sleep when possible, he entertained a very active lifestyle. For example, he walked between 8 and 10 miles every day, and he only utilized quick transport if he was pressed for time.

So, with only one or two hours of sleep per day, regular exercise, and following a diet that doesn’t burden the body with acidity buildup, Tesla surprised quite a lot of people by living as long as he did.

 

At What Age Did Tesla Die?

This article isn’t suggesting that everyone should throw their diets out the window and follow exactly what Tesla did. But the article does aim to prove how influential food consumption can be.

Tesla said it himself, a bad diet makes an individual less productive, and Tesla was a man of action. For him, anything that didn’t involve going forward was counter-productive and shouldn’t be part of your life.

Tesla may have died alone in a hotel room, but he was 86 years-old, sharp and capable right till the end.

So maybe this is a sign to look at how you are treating your body and mind with the diet you are following?

Do you want to enjoy your final years, or do you want to fight those aches and pains?

If the Tesla Diet doesn’t sound right for you, be sure to check out DadQuarters.com for a list of our favorite diets, or you can head right to our comparison of Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet – two of top-rated options.

Here’s an interesting short video, detailing Tesla’s dietary habits:

 

 

The video makes claims that can't be proven and argues for global control of humanity in various subtle ways, so it has its good and bad points, but it is interesting.   Tesla was smarter than most people in his era, but some of the things he believed then we now know are not correct.   Globalism is one of those things that has proven to be a disaster.


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 07:05 PM

For years, we thought of bacteria as organisms to avoid. It turns out our bodies are already loaded with trillions of bacteria. They help digest food and play an important role in your well-being.

Research suggests your gut bacteria are tied to your probability of things like diabetes, obesity, depression, and colon cancer.

What Are Gut Bacteria?

Living inside of your gut are 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes. Paired with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

Like a fingerprint, each person's microbiota is unique: The mix of bacteria in your body is different from everyone else's mix. It’s determined partly by your mother’s microbiota -- the environment that you’re exposed to at birth -- and partly from your diet and lifestyle.

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The bacteria live throughout your body, but the ones in your gut may have the biggest impact on your well-being. They line your entire digestive system. Most live in your intestines and colon. They affect everything from your metabolism to your mood to your immune system.

Gut Bacteria and Disease

Research suggests the gut bacteria in healthy people are different from those with certain diseases. People who are sick may have too little or too much of a certain type. Or they may lack a wide variety of bacteria. It’s thought some kinds may protect against ailments, while others may raise the risk.

Scientists have begun to draw links between the following illnesses and the bacteria in your gut:

 

Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease: Your gut bacteria affect your body’s metabolism. They determine things like how many calories you get from food and what kinds of nutrients you draw from it. Too much gut bacteria can make you turn fiber into fatty acids. This may cause fat deposits in your liver, which can lead to something called “metabolic syndrome” -- a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

 

Inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis: People with these conditions are believed to have lower levels of certain anti-inflammatory gut bacteria. The exact connection is still unclear. But it’s thought that some bacteria may make your body attack your intestines and set the stage for these diseases.

 

Colon cancer: Studies show that people with it have a different gut microbiota, including higher levels of disease-causing bacteria, than healthy people.

Anxiety, depression, and autism: The gut is packed with nerve endings that communicate with the brain. Your doctor may call this connection the “gut-brain axis.” Studies have suggested a link between gut bacteria and disorders of the central nervous system, like anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorder.

Arthritis: It’s thought that people with rheumatoid arthritis may have greater amounts of a bacteria linked to inflammation than people without it.

What Can You Do?

How can you get healthy gut bacteria?

Start by eating a nutritious diethigh in fiber-rich foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A “western” diet that’s high in fat and sugar and low in fiber can kill certain types of gut bacteria, making your microbiota less diverse. 

Limit use of antibiotics, which can wipe out healthy bacteria along with problematic bacteria, to only when necessary as determined by your doctor.

 

Exercise can also encourage the growth of a variety of gut bacteria. Having a more varied gut microbiota may promote better health and, in turn, reduce your risk of disease.

 

You can’t just take probiotics to stave off diabetes or treat arthritis. Experts say that more research needs to be done to pinpoint the exact types of bacteria that lead to certain ailments.

You may soon be able to take a medication or supplement made of a certain strain of gut bacteria to reduce your risk of -- or even cure -- certain diseases.

 

https://www.webmd.co...say-your-health

 


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 07:07 PM

What varieties of gut bacteria did Tesla have?

 

With his diet, it would have to be somewhat unique and different from the rest of us.

 

But at the time of his death, gut bacteria were largely an unknown factor in health research.


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 07:46 PM

There has been considerable research suggesting that gut bacteria are partly responsible for our intellect, not only our physical health, and so the unique diet eaten by a known genius would have to support different kinds of gut bacteria than the diet eaten by the average American.   Gut bacteria are not the only possible source of intellect but surely there must be a strong connection between what we eat and how we think - I.Q. is not fixed for life, it varies, which suggests it can be deliberately increased in a number of ways including diet.


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