How eating more fat can improve your memory

The dry weight of the brain is 60% fat. It’s all there: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. There’s also a good deal of cholesterol, a fat-like substance. As well as forming part of the structure of the brain, and providing fuel, these fats play a role in maintaining memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

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Is gluten messing with your mind? Find out now.

Sometimes you crave the very foods that are making you ill. These foods can mess with your mind, as well as your body. Of all potential food felons, there’s nothing quite like gluten. This protein can trigger a broad range of symptoms and conditions, from gastrointestinal pain to schizophrenia, from depression to fatigue.

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Your brains are in your belly, and that’s good for your mental health

When you take antibiotics, you effectively destroy the good with the bad. The “friendly” bacteria that live in your gut are carpet-bombed, along with everything else.

You need good bacteria, not only to maintain your digestive and immune health but also your mental health. When you take antibiotics, you effectively destroy the good with the bad. The “friendly” bacteria that live in your gut are carpet-bombed, along with everything else.

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How to manage your stress by changing your diet

It may be unwelcome, but stress is the norm and feeds human creativity. You may not think that diet is involved in the body’s coping mechanisms, but think again. Read on to find out how stress can affect your body, as well as your mind, and then learn how to build your resistance.

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How to stop Alzheimer’s before it begins

There is a mistaken but widespread belief that we are all helpless victims of cruel fate and random DNA, marching through our lives towards a preordained conclusion. Instead, the evidence suggests that developing dementia is largely a matter of what you eat and drink. Here are four dietary changes you can make now that can play a significant role in maintaining the health of the ageing brain.

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What you learn about racism, from studying the human brain.

When you go back, Africa is everyone’s starting point. As the title of an article in Newsweek proclaimed, in August 2014, “There is no such thing as race”. This article describes how, in 1950, an international panel of experts at UNESCO issued a statement confirming that “race” is a myth. When they looked for the differences separating us, all they found were similarities.

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How fat babies develop healthy adult brains

Human babies are the only land mammals born fat, and there is good reason for that. When humans evolved from plant-eating tree-dwellers to omnivorous land-dwellers, an extraordinary burst of brain growth was triggered. The large human brain is dependent on fat for growth and function, from conception to old age.

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