Do me a favor and every once in a while, put yourself beside yourself. Take a constructive look at that person. You do not know anyone better than that person.
Flaws and personal satisfaction alike. Accept them.
Put yourself beside yourself and never lose sight of yourself. Be your own critic and be real with yourself. Accept your change and accept the things that you can not change. Revel in your own wonders.
Fall down with every intention of always standing back up. No option there.
Like yourself, love yourself, hate yourself but understand its all temporary. Once you have chosen happiness – do all you can to maintain that, to destruct all of the worlds destructions.
You only have one thing in this life, that’s your very own life. Your very own trust. Refuel your fire by closing your eyes and letting your soul meet your brain to fill it with perspective.
If you haven’t caught on by now, it seems my current obsessive niche is mental health. The predecessor, gut health. The correlation between the two and how they work in conjunction, is not to be debated.
Maintaining gut health, is maintaining mental health (chicken – egg, egg – chicken). Probiotics reek of benefits. The strains are endless and immensely interesting. The special strain of the day is Bifidobacterium Infantis. This type of bacteria is found in babies (infantis) and is beneficial for the way the acids work with digestion by halting the production of surrounding bad bacteria. It is also considered to be the therapeutic probiotic, suggesting a very particular relationship with the central nervous system “through GABA receptors in the Vagus nerve”. GABA receptors are responsible for calming nervous activity in the brain. There is a blatant interdependence on how healthy gut flora can positively influence neural circuitry. Which mood is dependent on.
The Vagus nerve is the extension cord between your gut and your brain and probiotics are what keeps the power on. Plug it in, plug it in.
Inflammation, the Gut and Mood Disorders
Everything you eat contributes to your mental health. In a previous post, How to Make Bulletproof Coffee, a reader (fellow blogger) had asked about coconut oil and its correlation to the mental clarity achieved. It’s not the coconut oil, but it is the coconut oil. Coconut oil has the density of about 2/3s MCTs. Medium chain triglycerides. The coconut oil is the MCTs.
The brain is very unique. For the brain to function in its own unique fashion, it must be fed a unique diet. Medium chain triglycerides are unique. Thus making them a very unique size to click together with the brains vast diet needs. How unique? So fetch.
MCTs (5-12 carbons in length) are small enough to cross through a double mitochondrial membrane, creating ketones rapidly. Ketones can can then cross the blood-brain barrier (via portal system) more swiftly to create instant energy. MCTs can be digested quicker without interfering with intestinal factors that inhibit fat absorption. No pesky micelles leftover for adipose tissue absorption. Ketone bodies are more sustainable than glucose. Excess amounts of simple CHO (carbohydrates) in your diet can cause damage to the brain, fogginess, and can progress to chronic diseases such as diabetes T2, depression, Alzheimer’s…etc.
** Fun Fact: opposed to the standard 9kcal/g of fat, MCTs come in at 8.25kcal/g. That’s 10% less calories per gram.**
Because of this type of uptake, MCTs can help prevent or delay the brain from aging because of its ability to repair damage to brain cells (Oil of Olay) . It’s huge in the Alzheimer’s game. Think of simple CHO as cosmetic products or other environmental factors that contribute to wrinkles and think of MCTs/coconut oil as the preventive wrinkle cream.
Point: The brain is hungry for CHO. It utilizes about 50% of metabolized glucose. However, when it falls short, ketone bodies become prime. The difference is very clear once the diet is shifted. This doesn’t mean I’m speaking poorly of carbohydrates. Just the simple guys. And bringing light on the magnificent health properties of MCTs.
The short end of this, to elucidate, MCTs–>Ketone bodies–>brain preferred–> immediate usage/energy–>mental clarity.
*Sips bulletproof coffee*