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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Brain Food Connection

Nuts and Seeds

Vitamin E is an essential ingredient for improving our overall thinking ability. They help fight illnesses that can impact our memory with age. Thus, as we get old, we can fight these diseases. Typical nuts and seeds that we should include in our daily staple peanut butter, sunflower seeds, filberts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, and non-hydrogenated butter. You can take them in raw or roasted form. However, unless necessary, avoid the ones with salt as they can increase your blood pressure.

Wild Salmon

Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals recommend eating deep-water fish. Salmon is one such fish that you need to include in your diet. It contains the essential omega-3 fatty acids for healthy mental functions. Wild salmon is recommended because of its cleanliness and supply available in abundance. The omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, these ingredients significantly contribute to improving and maintaining optimum mental health.

Avocados

Avocados are a gift of nature to anyone who wants to improve their brain functioning. It is an ingredient-rich fatty fruit containing unsaturated fats. Thus, these unsaturated fats play a vital role in regulating blood flow throughout the body. Therefore, the increase in blood flow to the mind also contributes to better mental alertness. Avocados also much help in overcoming dangerous illnesses like hypertension. The lowering of blood pressure also helps promote mind’s wellbeing.

Information of Natural Trauma Care

1. Small nicks, cuts or scratches: You can dab on cornstarch. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately. Additionally, oddly enough, spider webs work very well if you can find some. Grab a good sized spider web, blow off the spider and any other bugs or debris and wrap it around or place over the injured area. Once the bleeding stops, remove the web and clean the cut thoroughly.

2. A bloody nose: If you are experiencing a bloody nose open a bottle of vinegar and inhale deeply through your nose. Keep doing so and the bleeding should stop within a short time. Vinegar burns the blood vessels cauterizing them closed.

3. For a bleeding wound: Apply a little sugar and let it melt over the wound. This will stop the blood from continuing to flow.

4. If you suspect a blood clot: You can take the herb Dong Quai to help break up the clot but do try and seek out medical attention as soon as possible as blood clots can be incredibly dangerous depending on location.

5. Ice: Reducing the temperature drastically slows bleeding as well as helps prevent future inflammation and bruising at the site of injury.

6. Small wounds: Cayenne pepper sprinkled into the wound will help to stop the bleeding as well black pepper.

7. Splinters: To remove small splinters from the skin easily, wet a bar of soap and rub the sharp end of a sewing needle in it, so that the needle has a liberal coating of soap. Then rub the soapy needle in the opposite direction of the splinter. As soon as the splinter has some soap in it, squeeze it, and it should come right out. This method is painless and is good for use on children. For removing splinters of glass from the skin pour some hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The splinter will bubble itself out after a few minutes. Do not squeeze as more tissue damage may occur.

About Peanut Allergies

This has prompted manufacturers to label their products with a warning that they may have been in contact with peanuts or words to that effect. This puts a lot of stress on the shopper who must read every label to ensure the safety for such an allergy sufferer.

While my health has always been great and I can supposedly eat anything without a reaction in recent times strange things have happened. One of the things that brings up a reaction now is Omega 3 oil which comes from fish. My throat tends to swell and this is dangerous as it can stop air getting into the lungs.

Another incident happened at a restaurant where I had a meal with chips. As they were ingested my body suddenly turned pale and a draining feeling came over me. My son took me outside to recover in the fresh air. Feeling better I resumed the meal and when another chip was eaten I sunk to the floor almost in a faint. Whatever those chips were cooked in they set up an allergic reaction.

This demonstrates how careful someone with an allergy to nuts or anything else has to be when choosing to dine out. The stress for the one involved is horrendous and that makes the scientific new today all the more exciting for them.

Biological Reasons

Glucose Theory – It states that we feel hungry when our blood glucose level is low.

Insulin Theory – It states that we feel hungry when our insulin level increases suddenly in our bodies. This theory indicates that we have to increase our insulin level in order to feel hungry.

Heat Production Theory – It states that we feel hungry when our body temperature drops and when it rises hunger decreases.This theory indicates that we eat more during winters.

Learned
As human beings, we cannot ignore psychological part, the learned and cognitive components of hunger. Hunger depends on the external time also. For eg. At 12 PM we feel hungry because it is lunch time. This is because of learned behavior. There are four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. People keep feeling hungry until these four tastes are satisfied.

Cognition
Satiety is the absence of hunger. There are two mechanisms: at brain level and at gastrointestinal level.

At brain level: There are two places in the hypothalamus: gives Ventromedial nuclei and Lateral hypothalamus. Ventromedial Nivea signal when to stop eating. Lateral hypothalamus gives a signal to start eating.

At gastrointestinal level: Satiety signals come from stomach which controls short term eating.

Sleeping
Two Process Model of Sleep Regulation

The sleep-wake cycle is regulated by two separate biological mechanisms. It was proposed by Alexander Borbely. There are two processes:

  1. Circadian rhythm
  2. Sleep-wake homeostasis

Circadian rhythm –
A daily cycle of biological activity. It is also known as Process. The regulation of body’s internal processes and alertness levels is governed by the internal biological or circadian clock.

Body’s built in circadian clock is centered in the hypothalamus in the brain. It is the main mechanism that controls the timing of sleep and is independent of the amount of preceding sleep or wakefulness. This internal clock is coordinated with day-night (light-dark cycle) over 24 hour period and regulate body’s sleep patterns.

Sleep-wake homeostasis –
It is the accumulation of hypogenic ( sleep-inducing ) substances in the brain which generates a homeostatic sleep drive. It is also known as Process. External factors eg. Food, drugs, meal times, naps, stress, exercise.

Sleeping Disorders

  • Somnipathy or Dyssomnia – Less than adequate sleep to the extent that this may interfere with the person’s normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.
  • Hypersomnia or Narcolepsy – Excessive sleep. People who have Hypersomnia can fall asleep anytime. For instance, at work or while, they are driving. Its causes are sleep deprivation (not having enough sleep at night), being overweight, drug or alcohol abuse, head injury such as multiple sclerosis, Prescription drugs such as tranquilizers, depression.

Diagnosis – Doctor asks about your sleeping habits, how much you sleep at night, any emotional problem.

Treatment – Stimulants, antidepressants are given.