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Are Your Meals Making You Dumb?
I had an excellent Thanksgiving celebration with my family last weekend. Not only did I NOT have to do the cooking, I even got to take some leftovers home so I could have turkey buns for a couple of lunches. How perfect is that?
The very next day my kids focus turned to Halloween- we've got the house and yard all spooky now. Getting the costumes together is another story- my son has a great idea that seems simple, but actually creating it could be difficult. We'll see if my creative juices are flowing...
What do these 2 holidays have to do with this e-zine?
They always involve a large consumption of high glycemic foods.
Bad news. It turns out you can add yet another problem to the other horrible health effects of high glycemic meals: basically, it makes you stupid.
Yep. A recent study published in the England Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when you eat a low glycemic meal, your cognitive function is improved for up to 4 hours after your meal compared to when you eat a high glycemic meal.
A quick refresher for those who are new to my e-zine list or who have forgotten: a high glycemic meal is when the foods are quickly converted to glucose and low glycemic is when they are slowly converted to glucose. Go to this back-issued e-zine if you want more details on the glycemic index.
It makes sense that having a slow, steady supply of glucose for your brain (the only source of energy it can use) will improve your cognitive function, but it's interesting that a high glycemic meal wouldn't be better even in the short time after eating when there's lots of glucose available.
So forget the Red Bull to help you with an exam or a presentation- it will actually make it worse!
The study also noted that the cognitive function of people that had better glucoregulation was better than those with poor glucoregulation. Glucoregulation just means how sensitive to your body's insulin you are so the glucose can get into the cells.
People with good glucoregulation are people that eat low glycemic meals regularly. When you eat high glycemic meals most of the time (ie: the typical western diet), you end up with poor glucoregulation that leads to many health problems, including obesity and diabetes. (I've discussed this in many of my e-zines before- check out the back issues for more information).
So here's the bottom line: If you want to be smarter and, even more importantly, keep your brain working better for years to come, change your diet to low glycemic MOST of the time.
How do you do that?
Go to this back-issued e-zine for easy tips on how to change your diet to low glycemic.
Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are some of the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2 Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future
6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
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Here are links to informative and/or interesting news articles on nutrition...
'Quality-By-Design' To Ensure High-Quality Dietary Supplements
See what I mean about most supplements being crappy?
Vitamin C Found To Prevent Bone Loss In Animal Models
Are Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails Dangerous?
For Happiness And Mental Health 7-A-day Recommended
The Benefits And Risks Of Eating Fish While Pregnant: Low-Level Mercury Exposure Linked To ADHD Risk In Offspring This is why I recommend only Biomega- a PURE source of omega-3
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!
See you next month...
Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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