From the book Genius Foods by Max lugavere. How to eat for health and happiness.
Neurotransmitters have a big name. But they have even bigger responsibilities. The most important transmitters go by the names acetylcholine, serotonin and norepinephrine.
So what do these do?
Let’s start with acetylcholine: it’s in charge of learning and memory.
The best way to make sure you’re taking care of it properly is to cut out “anticholinergic” drugs and eat plenty of choline-rich foods.
These drugs are usually prescribed for maladies such as motion sickness, allergies, depression, heartburn and insomnia. As a study by the University of Washington highlights, they’ve been linked to the development of dementia in chronic users.
Choline is a dietary precursor to acetylcholine. You’ll find it in abundance in egg yolks, beef liver, shrimp, broccoli and scallops.
Your next step should be to optimize your intake of serotonin – your brain’s mood neurotransmitter. Natural sources include vitamin D and omega-3s.
That’s important because low serotonin levels have been linked to impaired learning and memory, poor impulse control and suboptimal long-term planning – all major traits of depression.
Optimizing your serotonin intake can be as simple as making sure you’re getting enough sun exposure or taking daily vitamin supplements. Do that and you’ll be sure to see big improvements in your mood.
Take it from the participants of a 2017 study at Deakin University Food and Mood Center: they found that their disposition improved greatly when they ate more eggs, olive oil, grass-fed beef and fish.
Finally, there’s norepinephrine – the neurotransmitter that helps you maintain focus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the parts of the brain first compromised in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Avoiding stressful stimuli can help boost norepinephrine. Anxiety triggers chronic norepinephrine release, damaging your cognitive health and making the transmitter much less effective the next time you need it.
Exercise is equally important. A 2017 study published in PLOS ONE found that college-aged adults were much better at learning a new language when working out on a stationary bike than when sitting still!
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While traveling in Thailand I discovered this wonderful blue sapphire tea called butterfly pea tea. It is not just a pretty color but also very good for ones health and well being. The blue Chai tea turns into a rich purple color when a lemon wedge is added.
Mix with freshly squeezed lemon juice, brown sugar and crushed ice ! Add some mint leaves for extra flavor ! Lovely garden drink on a hot summers day! ☀️
Blue Butterfly Pea is an ancient Thai herbal plant. Its flower has three different colors white, blue, and purple. Not only beautiful, Butterfly Pea first gained its reputation as a powerful hair strengthener in the traditional Thai medicine. leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots are all used as medicinal herbs. According to Thai culture & folklore, butterfly pea flowers are squeezed to make Anchan tea, and as a coloring forThai desserts in blue and purple colors. It also provides anthocyanin to improve eyesight, treat opthalmitis and eye infections, nourish hair, provide antioxidants and boost body immunity. Many health & beauty products are derived from this flower because of the positive effects of the flavanoid, Quercetin has on skin & hair. The hot or cold tea is extremely thirst quenching and relaxing.
Art by James.R.Eads
If you are looking for enlightenment first you must find alignment.
You must understand the balance of the world is in the stability of the earth, the weightlessness of the wind, the freedom of the water, the ruthlessness of fire, and the imperfections of the soul.
You must shed your karmic weight and cast it into the water so you may see that you are both the fool and the world. You know nothing and you know everything.
Then you must find you as someone else. You must understand that someone else is also yourself.
When you fully understand these things then you will see the window, and within which the reflection of your mind. As you open it light surges forth and the reflection disappears.
On the other side you will come across the well.
When you are ready you will climb to the bottom and you will find the vessel.
Reach inside, you will feel connected to many bodies. At first you may feel overwhelmed, but know that you will live many lives. Some lives will build you up and others will wear you down, but it is in their entirety that you will find the balance of your soul.
Once you have chosen a body, you will come across a tree with roots reaching into a pool of water. From the water emits a beautiful light. Submerge yourself in the water and feel the supreme weightlessness of rebirth.
Know that you are greater than yourself.
Check out this video about Walter Russell (scientist/artist) who studied all the beautiful shapes and patterns in nature, all interconnected and holding onto the idea of oneness.