Metabolic Balanced Flavour – Let’s Make That Our Goal

Lets spend 40 days experimenting with flavour and creating meals that use the following spices:

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Researchers have found that taste influences smell and smell influences taste.  Part of the process occurs when information about a scent is received from the back of the mouth, this process is called retronasal olfaction. Once an odour has been experienced with a flavour, they become associated in your brain and get stored away in your memory.

Find that fact interesting?  Here are a few more links sharing information about flavour and our perception of flavour.

Balanced taste the Ayurvedic Guide

Research behind food combinations – Easy to read article about food combinations and some of the research on the subject.

Multisensory perception of Flavour – Very interesting article about how brains deal with flavour.

Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.

If you want to experiment with this, try making the broccoli onion cranberry recipe I shared yesterday.

 

Tomatoes Add To Your Life – Information You May Want to Read About Tomatoes

Today, we are sharing research about tomatoes. UC Davis has a great link page to articles about tomatoes focusing mostly on growing and tomato issues.  We are only sharing information about eating and cooking with tomatoes but if you are interested in tomatoes, you can follow the main link to the extensive list.

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Photo of tomatoes by Jeremy Segrott

Current Research Related to Women’s Health Issues

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go if you are suffering from hot flashes, says an article on NPR. The expert panel looked at all the different ways women were trying to deal with hot flashes and determined that more research needed to be done on herbal remedies.  At this time, they suggested using Cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis.  The article pointed out that the experts did not suggest using yoga or acupuncture to relieve menopausal symptom.
  • Men and Women differ on how they experience disease and respond to treatments.  A Venus v. Mars situation it seems.  According to this article, current research has shown that women process pain in a different part of their brains and that women used different immune cells to treat pain even though medical treatment for both genders was the same.  How women’s bodies deal with medicine seems to be a new field of interest helping to highlight how women’s and men’s bodies interact differently when prescribed the same medicines for pain and depression.
  • Another research study published in the journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that women’s fertility increased when they exercised and improved their diets. Preconception weight loss and exercise improved women’s reproductive and metabolic health.
  • There is no cure for migraines but scientists have discovered potential biomarkers for migraines in the blood.  13 % of women in the US suffer from migraines. Approximately 14 million people in the US suffer from chronic headaches which has accounted for a yearly loss of 133 million work days and costs employers 13 billion US dollars.
  • Taking a nap will significantly impact rates of heart attack.
  • It seems that patients diagnosed with osteoporosis are not being treated for the disease.  According to this article, the Indiana University study found that men were less likely to receive treatment than women and patients with multiple chronic conditions would find their osteoporosis left untreated.   The study was one of the first comprehensive data study examining data from patients in urban, rural and different ethnic groups.  Research suggests that one in two women age 50 and older will break bones due to osteoporosis.
  • If you are a woman, higher insulin resistance can cause language problems.  One interesting comment by Dr. Ekblad is that the men from the risk group usually die earlier from heart disease so are no around to develop Alzheimers.  This study does not show cause and effect just correlation.  The study is a warning to younger adults who have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Ekblad states “It’s likely that simple lifestyle interventions such as physical exercise and a healthier diet will have a positive effect on cognitive skills and possibly even reduce the risk for dementia.”

Time to Switch off the TV and Hit the Books

School is in session for millions of students around the world and we encourage you to hit the books even if you left the classroom years ago. Eating the right foods helps your mind but you must also work the brain to keep it healthy.

  • According to this article, “It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially…”
  • Cognitive exercised can produce lasting results.  According to this article, people who were provided were training were still seeing positive results five years later.
  • Learn German to improve your aging brain and read all the metabolic balance cookbooks. If German isn’t the challenge you want to tackle, try another foreign language. According to the BBC, learning a second language has positive effects on the brain with the strongest effects seen in general intelligence and reading.
  • Lastly, below is a video discussing language and other cognitive processes. (Geeky video worth watching)

If you want to take a challenging and free course online, you can try to learn coding at the code academy.  Coding is a language which will be challenging to learn and will offer you a valuable skill for the current workforce environment.  If you want to learn a spoken language, you can try Thai or maybe Cantonese. (Links to more language can be found here.)

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Below is an academic lecture about language and cognitive processes (Very geeky and long but worth listening to if you want to know more about this topic.)