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Your Second Brain

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Our Second Brain

Our Second Brain

Do you remember having to stand up in front of class when you were younger and getting all those butterflies in your stomach? Or getting ready for a sporting event, even when you’ve prepared for months, waiting for the starting whistle and you get that jittery feeling deep in your gut?

Well, theres a network of neurons in our gut that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our second brain.

The second brain, which can operate independently of the brain, contains more neurons than the spinal cord! This large system of neurons enables us to ‘feel’ the inner world of our gut and its contents.

Nearly every chemical that controls the brain is also located in the stomach region including hormones and neurotransmitters such as: more than 90% of the body’s serotonin (the Happiness neurotransmitter) and 50% of the body’s Dopamine (the Reward neurotransmitter).

The gut is probably responsible for more than just the butterflies in our stomach when we experience excitement, fear and stress says Dr. Gershon, Chairman of Columbia University Medical Center.

Just think about what you put in your stomach on any given week. For an average person, they’re ingesting coffee, sweets, genetically modified organisms, alcohol (which is actually a poison), healthy calories, plus a lot of things we don’t see like bacteria.

From our guts perspective, eating is laced with danger. In severe cases, our second brain triggers diarrhea or alerts the brain to initiate vomiting.upset tummy

So the gut does much more than just handle digestion or cause the occasional nervous feeling. Doctors are starting to realize that this second brain partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.

Leading scientists believe that the second brain could have ties to Obesity, Diabetes, Autism, Chronic Depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and may also have an effect on Ulcerative Colitis and Krohn’s Disease.

This is the reason to eat and drink cleanly. Take care of your gut and it will take care of you. Watch what you put in your body. Your body was designed to deal with harsh environments, occasionally. Help out your “second brain” and it will help you.healthy eating

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

Childhood Fitness Report

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Childhood Fitness

Childhood Fitness

At a recent science convention in Texas, Dr. Tomkinson from the University of South Australia’s School of Health Sciences gave some disturbing information about a worldwide health trend.

Tomkinson et al found that kids today are 15% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age.

“If a young person is generally unfit now, then they are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease later in life” states Tomkinson. Its troubling because cardiovascularly fit adults are less likely to have heart attacks and strokes. We are allowing our young generation to learn these bad habits and they are being setup for a life of disease and physical hardship.

 

What did the study show?

The research team reviewed 50 running fitness studies that spanned from 1964 to 2010, covering 28 countries and incorporating over 25 million kids ages 9 to 17. They found that children today take about 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their parents’ generation.suprised

Childhood obesity has dramatically increased in Western and some Asian countries.  And the team has found that a country’s fitness and obesity rates go hand-in-hand.

 

So what’s the cause?

Tomkinson has suggests a wide range of possibilities, with “about 30% to 60%” of the answer coming from “increases in fat mass” in children.

Another cause is an increase in sedentary lifestyles. There has been in increase in households with TVs, internet access and video games. Children are also less likely to walk, bike or skate to school than they were in the 1970s, at least in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

 

U.S. Health authorities insist that children should be getting 60 minutes of active play a day, but only 1/3 are getting that. Schools have cut P.E. programs and have left children to get exercise during recess or after school.

If you are a parent or relative of a child, motivate them to go outside and play. Go and play with them. Run around, get sweaty, and show them that exercise is fun.

My little niece is 2 years old and I want her to have a long and healthy life. Obesity and decreased aerobic capacity can cause many problems, and I wouldn’t wish that on my niece or anybody else. Please educate those around you, especially children.

 

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before