When was the last time you fasted? No, really fasted – no tiny snacks, just water for a whole day. Fasting is not a new concept. Our forefathers from ancient Greece (including Hippocrates, Father of Medicine and philosophers the likes of Plato and Aristotle) have been abstaining from food and touting its rejuvenating effects on health.
Take glucose for example. Until recently, the scientific community believed that in order to function well, the brain needed a generous supply of glucose. However, recent information has shown that the brain can take 75% of its fuel from ketone bodies.
The Kuna-Indians, residents of an archipelago on the Carribbean coast of Panama, seem to have got the recipe for a long healthy life right. Documented to live longer than other Panamanians, with very low rates of chronic diseases that plague nearly all first world countries: stroke, cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. What’s their secret?
Nature vs. nurture. It’s a topic that’s been discussed back and forth for decades, and we learn more about the impact our choices have on our cognitive function every day. More recently, research has focused on our diet, and whether or not it can affect our focus and learning ability. Hint: it can.
The battle with drowsiness ensues in the hour after lunch. When there’s work to be done, struggling to pay attention and focus on the task at hand, we often turn to caffeine as our savior. But is there another way? Can we minimize or prevent the post-lunch crash? Why does it even happen at all?