Category: Emotional Well-being

What Is Love?

What is Love? Love is work, or a working out, or a manifesting of benevolent intent and action, which is accompanied by a strong sense of care. Love manifests differently depending on the object of that love. One does not love their parents as they do their wife. One does not love their children as…

Health: Fifteen Signs You Are Emotionally And Mentally Exhausted – YouTube

Note: The video describes something that happens to both men and women, all to one degree or another, in increasing frequency in our modern society. Differing personality types, life experiences, societal pressures, health issues, etc. will result in different manifestations of what’s covered, or degrees of said manifestation. Truth is, I struggle with this. The…

Traditional Values: “Farmland” As An Important Metaphor

If farmland is plowed (especially with fertilizer laid down)… by four, five, ten, fifteen, twenty, or more individual farmers (let alone several toiling around the same time), but none are willing to buy the land (choosing instead to abandon it not long after the tilling begins), there is either something seriously wrong with the land,…

Health: BDNF: Eight Ways to Increase BDNF and Keep Your Brain from Aging

“BDNF is like Miracle-Gro for your brain.” That’s how Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey describes brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a powerful little protein that stimulates your production of new brain cells and strengthens existing ones. More specifically, when you release BDNF, it flips the switch on a series of genes that grow brand new brain cells…

…For the first time, I consciously started thinking about my eating behaviour and began reading up on genetics, metabolism, diets and obesity. Although I had read around the topic for a while, I had done so selectively. Now, I began to explore the 95% of the research to which I had turned a blind eye. I came across the term “fatlogic” on Reddit and it immediately resonated with me. The term doesn’t mean “fat people’s logic”, but refers to the complex grab bag of supposedly medical facts, well-meaning advice, homegrown ideas and fantasies that make losing weight not only difficult, but impossible.

I don’t consider myself stupid or naive. I have always been the kind of person who questions things; I have a doctorate, and an interest in science. But still I believed in so much fat logic, probably because I was always surrounded by it. I was told from an early age that our family had “fat genes” and that my metabolism was “broken” – which appeared to be corroborated by my own experiences….

 

Click I lost 13 stone – now I know the truth about obesity | Society | The Guardian for the rest of the article.

Cognition: Exercise: How Exercise Beefs Up the Brain | Science | AAAS

“While our muscles pump iron, our cells pump out something else: molecules that help maintain a healthy brain. But scientists have struggled to account for the well-known mental benefits of exercise, from counteracting depression and aging to fighting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now, a research team may have finally found a molecular link between a…