Your diet could be messing with your head.

By Ed Duffy

Researchers have found increasing evidence that there is a strong connection between the stomach and what goes on there, and the brain, as well as other critical systems. The food you eat and the internal eco-system of critters it supports and chemicals it causes to be released has a direct impact on the way you feel, physically and mentally.

When you think of the human body as a complex vehicle; an engineering project, this actually makes good sense. Analyzing the food you're ingesting can provide information about the environment that the other senses miss. The chemical make up of the apple you ate can indicate the level of nutrients in the soil, chemicals in the air, climate conditions and other things the conscious mind may not be aware of, but that the body can make adjustments for without consulting the driver.

The presence or absence of certain chemicals and minerals may cause the release of chemicals to make you more or less active; get more or less sleep or be more or less aggressive. In short, your body would put you in the optimum mental and physical state of readiness, given the perceived conditions.

Now introduce highly processed, genetically modified and preservative laden foods. The body is dealing with chemicals and inputs that aren't part of the algorithm. Such a scenario could lead to things like a nation on Prosac, or chronic disease, or an obesity epidemic as the body thinks it's starving even as it's taking in massive amounts of "food".

It's like if you were wondering what to wear on a long hike, checked the weather forecast and found it was going to be partly spurlinkity today with a chance of gerherzaphobin. What do you do with that information?

If you're feeling out of sorts; if your experiencing mood swings; if you just don't feel right; try paying more attention to what you're ingesting. Are you giving your brain and other vital systems an accurate report of conditions outside or are you just providing useless gibberish?

 

Modern Hunter-Gatherers

A 2009 article on National Geographic provides some interesting insights in to the daily life of one of the few remaining hunter-gatherer societies; the Hazda of Tanzania.

"Hadza women gather berries and baobab fruit and dig edible tubers. Men collect honey and hunt. Nighttime baboon stalking is a group affair, conducted only a handful of times each year; typically, hunting is a solo pursuit. They will eat almost anything they can kill, from birds to wildebeest to zebras to buffalo. They dine on warthog and bush pig and hyrax. They love baboon..." (complete article here)

If you are curious about pre-agricultural human diets, be sure to give this fascinating article by Michael Finkel a read.

There is no such thing as American Kobe Beef

Kobe beef is a delicious. It is very expensive. It is trendy. And if you bought anything with the Kobe name attached to it in America, it's fake.

"You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you have spent, how fancy a steakhouse you went to, or which of the many celebrity chefs who regularly feature “Kobe beef” on their menus you believed, you were duped. I’m really sorry to have to be the one telling you this, but no matter how much you would like to believe you have tasted it, if it wasn’t in Asia you almost certainly have never had Japan’s famous Kobe beef." - Larry Olmstead, Forbes Contributor

Check out the 3 part series on Forbes about how marketers are tricking you out of your hard earned money by cashing in on the Kobe name.

 

 

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