Happy belly, happy mind


Are you surprised to know that most serotonin is produced in the gut, and not brain?
Think about it when you learn that food addiction is prevalent in North America in people over 50. With this comes high risk of diabetes, cholesterol/heart diseases and neuropathies, which in turn makes pharma giants very happy, and old people very miserable.

Photo: HG

Making our bellies happy without excessive food consumption becomes then a very prudent habit, yet harder to maintain in Wintery climate. I research this stuff all the time to help keep myself on-track. See some samples of my findings:

Examples of gut-friendly, tasty and satisfying meals

This material is copyrighted, so go to the link to find out if it’ll make your belly happy.

Return of a [healthier] PJ

What do you know about anti-oxidants? Berries, red wine and dark chocolate? Turns out peanut butter is a great anti-oxidant with resveratrol, too!

It is used best with slices of low-sugar (like Mutsu) apple. Bread not required.

Foods lowering cholesterol

“Different foods lower cholesterol in various ways. Some deliver soluble fiber, which binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation. Some give you polyunsaturated fats, which directly lower LDL. And some contain plant sterols and stanols, which block the body from absorbing cholesterol”, says Harvard Health.

20+ High-Fiber Dinner Recipes

Fiber, fiber, fiber, if you don’t want to hear anything else. Common choices include oats, beans, psyllium, flax seeds, nuts, pomegranates, apples, berries, citrus fruits. See the dinner recipes here. If nothing else, these are fresh ideas for daily grind.

Reversing biological age?

The Human Longevity Project is looking at reversing biological age. Watch the trailer.

Good gut bacteria

You may have good genes, or use special diet, but short of these two, scientists insist a good set of gut bacteria is all it takes to be healthy and lean.

Then there is an ongoing battle which probiotics and which manufacturing processes will deliver the “good” we need. Probiotic industry is large, so meandering our way through it is not easy. Is freeze-dry thawing to live? Does bacteria need to be live to work in the gut? Does transplanting bacteria is sustainable? What doses are tolerable or helping? Study after study is done by probiotic biz owner and supported by random users’ reviews.

Then communities living in northern climates know for centuries that when food is scarce, garden hibernating, and fruits rare, use fermented foods (e.g. sauerkraut, cukes in brine, kefir) to keep belly happy and lean.

The Art of Anti-Aging presents:

Twenty causes of brain decline that are preventable. Read on

What supercomputers and AI progress does:

I edited human DNA at home, says the guy with a DIY CRISPR editing kit. And there is a course to learn it! Oh, wow, how futuristic of you!

If doctor sends you home with a chronic disease, maybe this becomes an option?? – some day…