5. Contemplate Nature. If you’re stumped for a solution at work, stressed out or overwhelmed with pandemic worries, spending time with Mother Nature gives you a creativity surge or ah-ha moments for a workable problem. Be mindful of the breeze, notice the colors and smells of leaves and flowers, pay attention to the sounds of insects in the bushes, rushing water or warbling birds. Look up at the clouds, watch the grass grow or admire a sunset. A minimum of two hours a week in nature (such as parks, woodlands, mountains or beaches) promotes physical and mental health and well-being and gives you a bigger perspective of your life circumstances. Spending time in greener areas is linked to lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, mental distress and mortality rates. The decades-old Japanese practice of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (which means “taking in the forest”) is believed to provide stress reduction, relaxation and deeper insights into life. … [Read more...] about The Pandemic Changes Your Brain Even If You Don’t Have It
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In order to act on any tissue, testosterone has to bond with a special receptor, the androgen receptor. Rather like your radio has to be tuned to the station you want to hear. Only those tissues that have androgen receptors (eg the prostate, the penis and certain parts of the brain) can detect, and respond to, testosterone. No receptor, no effect of testosterone. Occasionally there is a mutation in the androgen receptor (a large protein) that prevents it detecting testosterone. Males with this mutation may secrete testosterone but they will be unaware of its presence. They are born looking like females, and often not diagnosed until puberty (which does not happen: hence their referral to a doctor). They also think of themselves as female (that is, they have a female gender identity) and are usually attracted to males. On all psychological measures they seem no different from ‘normal’ females, though they have the male XY chromosomes, a pair of testes inside … [Read more...] about Sex Differences in the Brain: Do They Exist or Matter?
Historically, estrogen has been considered a "female sex hormone," whereas testosterone (which is produced by men in the testicles) is conventionally thought of as a "male sex hormone." Therefore, for many of us, it may be surprising to learn that the latest research in mice suggests that mens' sex drive may ultimately be driven by estrogen—which has been converted from testosterone via CYP19A1 aromatization. … [Read more...] about Mens’ Sex Drive May Rise and Fall Due to One Brain Enzyme
For my first book, which was published in 2007, Dad and I created a hypothetical split-brain model we called "up brain-down brain." One goal of this framework was to take the emphasis off "left brain-right brain" and to help athletes optimize their sports performance by taking a two-pronged approach that addressed "up brain" (i.e., cerebrum) and "down brain" (i.e., cerebellum) from different angles. This illustration (below) from The Athlete's Way reflects the earliest incarnation of this split-brain model circa 2005. … [Read more...] about Need to Ace It? Hack Your Cerebellum & Vagus Nerve Like This
The bread should say 100 per cent whole grain or 100 percent whole wheat or maybe both. One slice of bread shouldn't have more than 3 grams of sugar. One slice of bread should have at least 3 grams of fibre. The ingredients list should not contain hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup. Bread And Type 2 Diabetes Research shows that consuming starchy foods like bread, processed food, and sugar-sweetened beverages and eating less red meat along with increased intake of vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains, and poultry will lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. … [Read more...] about Is Bread Bad For You When You Are Trying To Lose Weight?