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More on Brain’s Need to Overeat!

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What scientists call “Overweight” changes with our knowledge of human health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Yesterday we spoke about how our brains get accustomed to overeating and want more. Today we visit a BLOG that talks about a key shift in the brain that causes overeating. It states:

 

A team of American and Italian neuroscientists has identified a cellular change in the brain that accompanies obesity. The findings could explain the body’s tendency to maintain undesirable weight levels, rather than an ideal weight, and identify possible targets for pharmacological efforts to address obesity.

 

I wish they would look for natural ways to overcome this and not just pharmacological means. We train our brains by how we think, what we eat, stress and what we believe. The brain then tries to give us what we want. This unfortunately is not always what is best for us.

 

 

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How to Control Your Brain to not Overeat!

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Friday we started this series on holiday overeating. We all do it! Today we will wrap-up the series weigh a BLOG that talks about how our brains get set in a mode of overeating because of stress. Our brains want more sweets or more food. How can we reset this part of our brain? Psychology Today ran a BLOG on how the brain gets set in this mode and how we can reset it back to normal. By training our thoughts to things that really matter in our life we can switch our brains off thoughts of food.

More on Why we Sleep

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The study we spoke about yesterday suggests our brain cells reduce in size as we sleep. This allows brain fluids to flush away toxins from the brain. If our brains didn’t do this, we would be at risk of serious brain disease and death from the toxins. Our body is truly amazing in its ability to deal with its environment and develop controls to find what it needs to survive and avoid what is dangerous. We think opt the human brain as amazing but I think epigenetics or the programming of our DNA is amazing. Think of the intelligence built into it. It made each of us, it distinguishes between the various cell types in our body. It formed our brains so we could think. If we take a global view from 10,000 feet we see that our bodies and its epigenetics & DNA are a very sophisticated machine for interfacing with the environment. To what purpose? The purpose is to preserve and pass on our DNA & Epigenetics. These are forever changing from the earliest forms of life up to humans.

Why Do We Sleep?

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English: University of Rochester, NY, Meliora statues outside of Rush Rhees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sleeping is so necessary for us. We fall asleep watching TV, in the park as well as in bed. If we don’t get enough we get cranky. Why is it so important. Scientists don’t know everything about sleep but at the University of Rochester, they have found one reason we sleep. It is to clear out the junk in our brains. This clean up is important for a fresh start each day.

We also know that lack of sleep can lead to health disorders, mood disorders and depression. Are you getting enough sleep?

 

10 Ways to keep your Brain Fit

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Human brain NIH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FitLife.tv says there are ten things we can do to help improve our brain function and keep it fit:

  1. Exercise your body
  2. Exercise your mind
  3. Eat Health (no saturated fats, white bleached flour or sugars) This BLOG would also recommend minimizing oe illuminating animal protein. They also recommend eating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables.
  4. Manage or avoid stress
  5. Sleep more
  6. Eat plants that give you antioxidants
  7. Eat omega-3 fatty acids
  8. Interact with other people be social
  9. Stay away from unhealthy habits like smoking
  10. If you drink do it in moderation

My book, “Food for Thought” covers all of these topics as does this BLOG. We all have a choice. It can be bought in Hard Cover, Paperback or eBook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Choose wisely!

The Human Biological Machine

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Collage of several of Gray’s muscle pictures, by Mikael Häggström (User:Mikael Häggström) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are human beings. Great thinkers! The only animal to shape their environment and build technologies. We have evolved a lot since the first mammals took foot but we are biological machines. Our cells are independent of each other but communicate with each other. The body gives a place to build organs, muscle and brain that helps provide each cell what they need to do their job. They have many signals as inputs (some are epigenetic signals). They must decide to accept or reject inputs based on their environment. Muscles cells will always build more muscle cells (the same is true of each different type of cell in our bodies). Over 10 trillion of these tiny thinking machines make us human. Other animals have nearly the same DNA as we do, similar brain structures. Their cells do similar things but they did not evolve into humans. Our epigenetic signals is what makes us human! Like a computer with a common Intel chip set, we can have simple programs or unbelievably smart ones. The difference is the software (how the Intel chip set is “played”). Our DNA is like the chip set and it is “played” by epigenetic signals.

What are these signals? They are hormone, nutrients from the food we eat, signals from our brain based on how we think, etc. Is your epigentic signals playing Chopin or chopsticks?

Our Environment Signal Siezures in Our Brains?

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this is what i imagine an epileptic seizure to look like... (Photo credit: candyls)

A recent scientific paper discusses the cause of seizures in humans. We now know that the neurons in our brain do increase. Seizures are a sudden electrical discharge of electricity from what appeared to be a normal neural network. This makes finding the area causing a seizure difficult unless you are looking as a seizure occurs. What causes this sudden discharge? It may be caused by genetic changes, trauma in birth, or now from environmental changes (epigenetics). Little is known about which environmental changes cause a seizure. This paper suggests that seizures may interfere with normal hippocampus functionality and causes cognitive impairments.

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