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What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain

What Caffeine Actually Does to Your Brain
No discussion of coffee's many (many!) health benefits? [] Cuts your risk of liver cancer, cirrhosis, Parkinson's, diabetes... for the most part, the more you drink, the more benefit you get, and according to most research, it's at least partially the caffeine that is responsible. @MrsButterworth: Wasn't really in the scope of what I was writing about. It was aimed at caffeine, specifically. @Kevin Purdy: Oh yeah, sorry, I meant "no discussion so far in the COMMENTS..." since everyone is talking about how much (or little) coffee they drink and why. Although the Parkinson's connection is another way caffeine affects the brain, albeit in the long-term.

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Foods Stimulating Serotonin Production Serotonin is a hormone made between the brain and digestive tract that also works as a neurotransmitter. Its primary role is to help you feel calm, promote sleep and cause blood vessels to narrow. People with low serotonin levels suffer from insomnia, depression or both. Some foods are rich in serotonin and many are rich in substances that increase the production of serotonin. The Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside homes, indoor public spaces and office buildings. The indoor pollutants that affect health are formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds (benzene and trichloroethylene or TCE), airborne biological pollutants, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, pesticides and disinfectants (phenols), and radon.

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Foods for good moods and energy Best Foods For Feeling Great Are you in a bad mood? Feeling sluggish? Having trouble focusing? Your diet could be at fault. Dr. Avoid Succumbing to "Computer Hunch" Posture with These Easy Stretches @BrianDawg: "Toxins" are nothing more than waste fluids / dead cells that don't need to be sitting around, building up in your muscles. They don't help, and they prevent fresh blood from moving into an area and helping it heal. :) @BrianDawg: Ah, but one must regularly circulate the humours, yes? @jadefirefly: Detoxify is also quite the buzzword for shady products that due to FDA restrictions and threat of lawsuits (looking at you Airborne) can only claim to "support" functions that my body already does. Just saying he tainted good advice with hippie mumbo jumbo terminology.

Fast food diet increases risk of depression by more than fifty percent (NaturalNews) Providing more evidence to the motif 'you are what you eat', scientists have found that eating a fast food diet increases the risk for depression by more than fifty percent. The food we eat today will provide the structural network for the cellular matrix that we need to support basic metabolism, cellular regeneration and repair. This is especially pronounced in brain neurons, as grey matter is largely composed of the omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA. When we don't provide these basic building blocks, especially in the early formative years, the body is forced to use inferior fats such as those provided by hydrogenation, most frequently found in fast and processed foods. Researchers conducting the study found that risk of depression could be predicted in a dose-dependent manner. Lead study author, Dr.

Foods that boost your mood Dark chocolate Hip, hip hooray. Even thinking about chocolate can be a mood booster, but this universally loved treat can actually tweak your brain chemistry and biologically bolster your mood, too. Chocolate raises brain chemicals, such as phenylethylamine and endorphins, that produce a natural euphoria.