Three Reasons To Always Cook Your Food

A raw food diet sounds like the perfect antidote to these polluted, toxic times: clean and detoxifying, even a touch spiritual. You can atone for past dietary transgressions with uncooked vegetables.

There’s more than a whiff of the puritanicals at work here, but little evidence to substantiate the many health claims made in favour of this departure from the usual human diet. That’s probably because a raw food diet is both unnatural and unhealthy. Here are three reasons why you should carry on cooking.

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How to Combat Depression… With Fat

The human brain is often likened to a computer. I don’t know why; it’s nothing like a computer. Break open a head and you will see that the organ within is just a lump of wobbly fat. Yet it took millions of years of human evolutionary biology to fine tune that lardy lump. It runs entirely on what you feed it.
The dry weight of the brain is 60% fat. The rest of it is cholesterol (also very important) and protein (ditto). No other organ contains so much fat or needs it so much. Without it, the brain simply cannot function.

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BDNF: The Brain Protein That Protects From Depression

This protein is involved in the process of creating new neurons and is crucial for their protection and survival. It is involved in brain plasticity and regulates inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters.

BDNF is very much involved in maintaining mood.

Without sufficient BDNF, you are at risk of, among others, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder. The lower the BDNF level, the more severe the symptoms.

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Forget Cholesterol. It’s Your Homocysteine Level That Matters

While cholesterol remains a contentious issue – for good reason – there’s nothing contentious about homocysteine. A high level is a known risk factor for the development of dementia (especially Alzheimer’s), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). In most people, homocysteine is easily controlled, without the use of medication. That so few people know about it is nothing short of a scandal.

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Why You Need More Protein, the Older You Get

Protein builds muscle and bone. The reason why you need more, the older you get, is that your ability to digest and absorb amino acids — the “building blocks” of protein structures, reduces over time. You need more, just to stay at the same level.

There are two musculoskeletal conditions that can arise from insufficient protein: sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Sarcopenia is age-related muscle loss and function. Osteoporosis is loss of bone density.

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Cancer: The Carbohydrate Connection

In 1924, German medical doctor and scientist Otto Heinrich Warburg made a discovery that was to potentially revolutionise our understanding of cancer. His astonishing breakthrough, that was to later earn him a Nobel Prize in physiology, could have — should have — changed the course of cancer prevention and treatment. But it didn’t. It wasn’t about drugs.

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To Live a Long Life, Keep Your Cholesterol High

Cholesterol is a word that strikes fear into the heart. But does it also strike disease? Because here’s the curious thing: having a high cholesterol level is associated with living a longer life, especially if you have heart disease. Confused? Of course you are! Welcome to the cholesterol paradox.

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From Brain Fog to Psychosis: The Powerful Effects of This Everyday Food

Imagine eating something that quickly causes a dramatic change in personality and behaviour. Or perhaps just creates a mental fog, or a depressed mood. Does that sound like a powerful drug, or mind-altering substance? It’s neither of those. It’s something most people eat every day.

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How to Calm Your Overanxious Mind

You know when you’ve been triggered. Once you’ve had time to reflect, you also know that your anxiety or fear was probably an overreaction to a relatively trivial event. It’s easy enough to reason with yourself on a conscious level, but subconsciously it’s difficult to control your emotions.
That’s because you’ve been hijacked.

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