Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation

What do heart attacks and depression have in common? Both might be caused by inflammation. Nova Next: Depression May Be Caused by Inflammation Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class […]

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Eating at ‘wrong time’ affects body weight, circadian rhythms

A new high-precision feeding system for lab mice reinforces the idea that the time of day food is eaten is more critical to weight loss than the amount of calories ingested. Science Daily: Eating at ‘wrong time’ affects body weight, circadian rhythms Mice on a reduced calorie plan that ate only during their normal feeding/active cycle […]

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Low-Calorie Diet May Slow Aging

New research has revealed that as mice age, the biological clock in their stem cells remains just as active but shifts focus onto other cell processes. It becomes less concerned with maintaining tissue and more involved in dealing with stress, carrying out such functions as repairing damaged DNA. MedicalNews: Low-calorie diet may slow aging by ‘rejuvenating […]

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Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer

A single night of interrupted sleep causes an increase in brain proteins believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, researchers reported. NBC News: Here’s How Sleep Loss Can Affect Alzheimer’s They believe their research shows that sleep helps the body clear away the compounds, called amyloid and tau, and that interrupting sleep may allow too much of them […]

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What Is A Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass […]

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Too Much Sugar Could Increase Depression Risk in Men

Men who consume a lot of added sugar in drinks, cakes and confectionery run an increased risk of depression, according to a new study. The Guardian: Too much sugar could increase depression risk in men, study suggests Researchers from University College London (UCL) looked at sugar in the diet and common mental health problems in a […]

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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders

If you have a brain, you need to know about ketogenic diets. The fact that these specially-formulated low-carbohydrate diets have the power to stop seizures in their tracks is concrete evidence that food has a tremendous impact on brain chemistry and should inspire curiosity about how they work. I first became interested in ketogenic diets as […]

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Impact of Nutrition on Social Decision Making

Food intake is essential for survival in all species for meeting energetic demands. PNAS: Impact of nutrition on social decision making However, food intake also modulates various biochemical processes underlying cognition. Across two studies, we showed that different macronutrient compositions in standard European meals affect plasma neurotransmitter precursor levels, and these in turn influence social decision […]

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Invincible on a Ketogenic Diet

Could keto be a solution to procrastination, and help boost performance at work? The answer is absolutely, if you ask this writer at Business Insider: After being diligent for three weeks, I felt the difference. Even on days when I ate bunless cheeseburgers for lunch, my energy was sky-high. I drank less coffee and felt more alert. […]

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