I hate glamorizing over-working. It’s not healthy. The fact that there are so many people going without sleep, food, personal hygiene (not to mention time for relaxation, personal time, and socialization, which are very necessary for mental health) just to stay afloat is not something to be celebrated or applauded. It’s a problem, not a goal that all good employees should aspire to, or a norm everyone should be expected to perform.
If you sucked all of the moisture out of your brain and broke it down to its constituent nutritional content, what would it look like? Most of the weight of your dehydrated brain would come from fats, also known as lipids. In the remaining brain matter, you would find proteins and amino acids, traces of micronutrients, and glucose. The brain is, of course, more than just the sum of its nutritional parts, but each component does have a distinct impact on functioning, development, mood, and energy. So that post-lunch apathy, or late-night alertness you might be feeling, well, that could simply be the effects of food on your brain.
Here are four fascinating facts about your brain on food!
Your brain runs on fats! The good kinds, that is. As we mentioned before, your brain is made mostly of fats. Of the fats in your brain, the superstars are omegas 3 and 6. These essential fatty acids, which have been linked to preventing degenerative brain conditions, must come from our diets. So eating omega-rich foods, like nuts, seeds, and fatty fish, is crucial to the creation and maintenance of cell membranes.
Food can make you super sleepy! But, it can also keep you up. Proteins and amino acids, the building block nutrients of growth and development, manipulate how we feel and behave. Amino acids are one of the reasons we might feel calm after eating a large plate of pasta, or more alert after a protein-rich meal. While the human brain only makes up about 2% of our body weight, it uses up to 20% of our energy resources. Most of this energy comes from carbohydrates that our body digests into glucose, or blood sugar. The frontal lobes are so sensitive to drops in glucose, in fact, that a change in mental function is one of the primary signals of nutrient deficiency. Carbs come in three forms: starch, sugar, and fiber. While on most nutrition labels, they are all lumped into one total carb count, the ratio of the sugar and fiber subgroups to the whole amount affect how the body and brain respond. A high glycemic food, like white bread, causes a rapid release of glucose into the blood and then comes the dip. Blood sugar shoots down, and with it, our attention span and mood. On the other hand, oats, grains, and legumes have slower glucose release, enabling a steadier level of attentiveness. For sustained brain power, opting for a varied diet of nutrient-rich foods is critical.
Trans fats are not your friends. While omegas are good fats for your brain, long-term consumption of other fats, like trans and saturated fats, may compromise brain health. Some research shows that trans fats may impair your memory and may actually affect the size of your brain??!?
Food affects your mood. The complex combinations of compounds in food can stimulate brain cells to release mood-altering norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. But getting to your brain cells is tricky, and amino acids have to compete for limited access. A diet with a range of foods helps maintain a balanced combination of brain messengers, and keeps your mood from getting skewed in one direction or the other.
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Eating walnuts, pineapples, tomatoes, and bananas can all help to increase one’s mood. How? By increasing the amount of serotonin produced in the brain, which is our all-too-important feel good hormone!
Gerard Way is thriving, living his best life, doing what he loves, surrounded by family.
If you’re hung up on the fact that he doesn’t look like he did years ago and cryin about how y'all don’t think he’s “hot” anymore - then you’re trash and never really gave a shit about MCR in the first place.
In 1967, the sugar industry paid top scientists at Harvard University $50,000 to downplay sugar’s role in coronary heart disease and diabetes. Instead, the scientists falsely promoted the idea that fat was the leading cause, which is why many diets today still focus around being low fat. -Further reading.-
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Green tea contains special compounds that can help reduce anxiety.
How? An amino acid that it contains called L-Theanine is able to cross the blood brain barrier and inhibit neurotransmitters that are associated with anxiety.
Get yourself a cup of soothing green tea and drink up!
Random great thing about YOI: Viktor didn’t feel entitled to Yuuri’s love at any point. Even though he was hitting on Yuuri frequently in the beginning, he realized that Yuuri wasn’t completely comfortable with his advances. And what did he do? He respected Yuuri’s boundaries and BACKED OFF a bit. It would’ve been so easy to force himself on Yuuri, or shame him for rejecting the hottest man in the world, or assume that Yuuri is playing “hard to get” because they danced once when Yuuri was drunk. But he never at any point had a sense of entitlement to Yuuri’s feelings, and never acted like Yuuri owed him his love. He was so respectful of Yuuri’s limits, and was willing to take their relationship at a comfortable pace for both of them. THAT is indicative of a healthy relationship based on mutual respect and trust and love, folks.
Meanwhile, men IRL think they have unlimited access into someone’s pants just because they acted “nice” :)))
[text] I know it’s 3am, but come over and cook for me.
[text] Too lazy to booty call, so have this text instead
[text] Need to bury a body, it’s urgent.
[text] Are you sure there’s no monsters?
[text] It was an accident.
[text] lol fuk da police
[text] send me a picture and i’ll be home quicker ;)
[text] DO NOT READ THE LAST MESSAGE IT WASN’T MEANT FOR YOU
[text] Well maybe I broke my tongue!
[text] Please tell me you’re free today! I’ve got some big news today.
[text] Got a spare ticket, do you want to come?
[text] Do you have a spare mankini I can borrow?
[text] Is fancy dress allowed at the wedding?
[text] I was using my old baby blanket as a makeshift skirt because no pants
[text] We were banging then all I remember is coming down hard and smashing my top teeth off his forehead… I just rolled off and tapped out.
[text] Like alphabetically, I’d say a t?
[text] I’m sorry if throwing up in the back of your dad’s car ruined our friendship :(
[text] there is absolutely nothing wrong with two grown men staying up all night singing karaoke and drink out of juice cartons. don’t judge me.
[text] I found a door knob in my purse this morning, I hope whoever it belonged to doesn’t need it today.
[text] Do you know where I am?
[text] My wedding is in 5 hours and I have no idea where I am. Help!
[text] We played Rock Paper Scissors to see who would get a piggy back ride home. I’ve never been so broken.
[text] Is “head down ass up” an appropriate way to say good morning?
[text] That is definitely not healthy, in fact I’m not sure it’s legal to send that sort of picture?
[text] There isn’t enough cookie dough ice cream at home, so I’ll be heartbroken tomorrow instead.
[text] Not sure if I took a nap or went to another dimension
[text] ABORT MISSION! ABORT MISSION! HE IS A TRIPLET, WE DONT NEED TO FIGHT OVER HIM WE CAN HAVE AN ORGY INSTEAD
[text] No no don’t leave me, who’s going to walk me home
[text] She wheeled me home in a trolley and sad she loved me, I think I win.
[text] My dick just got serenaded.
[text] I ate the whole wheel of cheese. Help.
[text] I’ve been hiding under the bed for the past 20 minutes, and now they’re getting into it and it’s a little too late for me to jump out and surprise them. So expect a live sex updates
[text] The fridge is fully stocked. I’m either hallucinating or this is a miracle
[text] I need you to help me clean the house because I have visitors in less than an hour???
[text] Your brother is at the front door- WHAT DO I SAY?!
[text] It’s all fun and games till someone says you’re so pretty they could punch you and they, you know, punch you
[text] I’m in A&E but I don’t really know why
[text] Went to bed with a 10, just about woke up with a 2 and a half
[text] I think I’m officially a homewrecker because his wife just walked in screaming and he said it’s not what it looks like. I mean what else could it look like? I wasn’t trimming his hairs with my mouth?!
[text] My night ended with me crying in a gutter, I hate you.
[text] He’s decorated the toilet with his urine. I never want to see him ever again, tell him he has 2 minutes to get out of our house.
[text] Don’t talk to me! You tried to trade me for a glass of wine and a cigarette!
[text] I promise I’ll get everyone to jelly wrestle with us xox
[text] I am armed with a crown, a sash and a bouquet of flowers. Don’t test me.
[text] I think I got married last night?
[text] I think I got married on impulse last night… and after looking a second time, I don’t think i’ve made any mistakes.
[text] My mouth tastes like poor choices
[text] I didn’t let go of the mechanical bull, but they had to pull me off because… it was rough just the way I like it and I think that showed?
[text] If I say it was accidental you’ll just say I’m lying
[text] There is an alarming amount of glitter in my… everywhere
[text] You’re my hero
[text] You’re the worst thing to ever happen to me, thank you
[text] Have you ever had a good idea in your life?
[text] Are we going to end up in the hospital again?
[text] It’s not a good night if I don’t end up crying into your mother’s lap.
[text] Mark my words, your dad will be my sugar daddy, he’ll marry me and you’ll have to call me momma bear and I will interrupt your sex life with condoms and condiments.
[text] I’m may be allergic to nuts, but not his.
[text] She high fived me out of pity
[text] You walked in wearing nothing but a beekeeper mask
[text] You just walked in, rated their performance, dragged in three other people to clap for them, then walked back out.
[text] You kept calling me baby Jesus and trying to see what wise men had to say about my hair…
[text] I am a responsible adult. I tied up my hair before I puked
[text] I am a responsible adult, I brought home a lost kitten and let it shit in your room
[text] I accidentally talked myself into a threesome, when did I become so smooth?
[text] It may or may not have been your sister…
[text] It may or may not have been your brother…
[text] If you’re not coming over with food, don’t come over at all
[text] Call me and get me out of this conversation NOW. My co-worker is talking to me about her birds having sex again…
[text] IM NOT TALKING TO YOU UNTIL YOU MAKE A PROCLAMATION YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN TACOS
[text] Buy me a helicopter, I will give you the last slice of pizza. pls. this is important. okay maybe the crust?
[text] Let’s never forget the time I met you while you were running down the street naked and in handcuffs.
[text] I tried to put lipstick on my eyeballs, help.
[text] I told her my cum counts as protein shake and she sent a text to my gran saying I ate her cat.
[text] If you don’t fuck me hard, rough, and senseless the minute we’re alone in your room, I’m returning you to the boyfriend store
[text] I accidentally sexted your mum, I’m sorry xox
[text] There can only be one screw up per family and I was here first. Get your shit together bro
[text] I feel like you’re pretending I didn’t bail you out of jail last night for trying to staple a cushion to the top of their car so you had a “comfy place to sit”
[text] You climbed the fence and then started crying because you were scared of hamsters, I really don’t know what you took, but you need a babysitter.
[text] I wish we could all take a bath together. Not in a “let’s fuck” way. But in a relaxing drunk in the tub sort of “let me wash your hair” way.
Q&A Cristina, Kieran, Mark and the politics of trust
Hello, Cassie. I<3 Cristina, so i wanted to ask about her. She’s been described as someone who’s been hurt and betrayed in the past (and recently), therefore she doesn’t really trust people that easily now, so with that in mind i couldn’t totally understand
Since I read about brain foods very recently I decided to collect a little more knowledge about this topic and now, I’ll share it with you guys.
Of course brain foods won’t make you smart and they won’t give any special powers to you but the consumption of special foods can help to increase your performance, your concentration and can even help to reduce stress. With the vitamins and minerals they contain they can help obviate energy slumps, lacks of concentration and tiredness.
Except different groceries even drinks can help your brain to stay focused. 2L of low-calorie drinks per day are a must. Light headache and difficulties in concentration can be first signs for dehydration. Drinking is/ can be good for our oxygen supply and the blood flow of our brain and body. Water, herbal teas and water mixed with juice are good choices when it gets to hydration.
20% of our daily energy demand are used by the brain! Sugars, fats and carbohydrates are the best nutrients to get the energy you need. Whole grain products are a good way to stock up carbohydrates but also legumes are a good choice because they contain many antioxidants and lecithin; choline, a component of lecithin, is a neurotransmitter and can obviate stress. Legumes also have a high nutrient content and a low energy density.
Walnuts can help to prevent lacks of concentration and motivation and can even reduce nervousness. Cashews and brazil nuts are full of magnesium, which ensures a regulated protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Nuts also contain loads of B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and choline.
Very important for your nerves and your memory are omega-3 fatty acids, which especially can be found in fat sorts of fish e.g. salmon. If you don’t like fish, canola oil, flaxseeds and nuts are a good fallback procedure.
Blueberries are filled with vitamins and minerals, have high levels of gallic acid and they can help your cogitation. Plus, they protect our brain from degeneration and stress.
Note: Berries with anthocyanins that belong to the antioxidants in their dark pigments/ dye are great energy suppliers for your brain and they also are very good radical quenchers. (Free radicals are damaging oxygen molecules that can injure your brain cells.)
Another fruit with amazing properties is the banana; it’s a fast energy supplier and can even brighten up your mood! That’s because of it’s amino acid tryptophan. Our brain converts tryptophan into serotonin, a substance that makes us happy.
Apples contain important B vitamins, the vitamins C and E and the provitamin A, which protect our brain against free radicals. They also are full of lycopene; it can enhance your responsiveness and concentrativeness and protects the brain cells.
The avocado furnishes our brain and nerves with loads of energy and brightens our mood. It is filled with the vitamins B1, B6 and E, contains folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and lycopene. Also, it has a low sugar content (the lowest of any fruit) and holds many fiber-rich carbohydrates, which act calming to the blood level and make you feel full. Avocado is good for your blood sugar levels: it keeps them steady. It also keeps your skin glowing and helps to prevent blood clots in the brain.
Yes, the avocado is full of fats (30%, “good” fats) but these fats are unsaturated and have positive effects on our body.
Green vegetables, which are full of iron, are packed with the vitamins C and E. Vitamins are great radical quenchers and protect and stimulate the brain.
Beta-carotene is a good radical quencher too.
Our brain needs oxigen to work but during the working process, free radicals emerge and, as already said before, the can damage your brain.
Broccoli is a good radical quencher and keeps your memory sharp.
Beets are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat. Their natural minerals boost blood flow to the brain and beets are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants. They also help reduce inflammation and help rid your blood of toxins.
Bone broth boosts your immune system, improves joint health and helps overcoming food allergies. It’s high levels of collagen help reducing intestinal inflammation and healing amino acids like proline and glycine keep your immune system functioning and improve your memory.
With very few calories (only 16cals per cup), many antioxidants and polysaccharides, which are natural anti-inflammatories, celery definitely is a brain food. Also, it’s full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Well, that’s everything I found out so far. Feel free to message me, if I forgot something. It took me almost two days to write and translate this (I’m German), so I would appreciate reblogs♥
And now: Go grocery shopping, cook ,eat and be full of energy and vitamins, nutrients and minerals!
I hope this post was helpful for at least some of you.
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Protein is required not only for protein synthesis and muscle repair, but also to help stabilize the fluid and electrolyte balance within our bodies. Proteins within our blood attract water towards them, helping to keep too much fluid from leaking out of our arteries and veins.