Nutrigenomics: New Approach to Personalized Nutrition Based on Genetic Information

nutrigenomicsThe relationship of genes and nutrition is one of the hottest areas of research worldwide. The goal of the scientific community is to find the way to match our nutritional intakes with our genetic background to achieve maximum health.

To understand the potential of this method, let’s take a walk in the future, and possibly in the near future. Let’s imagine that in some years from now the state of your health forces you to correct your diet and form more good eating habits. Continue reading

4 Everyday Things That Can Change Your DNA

dna everyday factorsScientists discovered the “allergy gene” and are convinced that eventually allergies are a genetic anomaly that can mutate. Under this logic, scientific studies went on to conclude that human genes are not static.

In fact, genes can and do change during the life of a person. Lifestyle and diverse environmental factors can transform and destroy the DNA. This process goes on from generation to generation, changing the data that we currently know.

The truth is that a number of everyday things have already affected the human DNA. Here are some of them:

Cell phone radiation

For years, scientists have insisted that the radiation from mobile phones affects the human DNA. Several studies have confirmed that, but most of us still insist on holding the headset at the ear, despite the fact that technology offers us Continue reading

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Brain in Shape

brain in shapeHow to make your brain work more productively? Here are 10 popular ways to keep your brain sharp.

1. Physical activity

Physical exercise does not only keep muscles in tone, but also has a positive impact on the overall health of the brain, because intense movements improve the blood supply to the muscles and brain. Exercises when the head is below the heart are particularly effective (such as yoga postures).

2. Drinking water instead of coffee

Many studies show that a morning cup of coffee does not stimulate brain activity but on the contrary, makes people dumber! But if you replace it with a glass of water, the feeling of cheerfulness will be much longer. Drinking water on an empty stomach activates the entire gastrointestinal tract, and, in contrast to the hot, strong coffee, it doesn’t irritate mucous membranes, which in turn gives a sense of cheerfulness. Continue reading

6 Simple Ways to ‘Charge’ Your Brain

enhance brain functionGet up early

Going to bed and waking up early is the first rule. The brain works best is in the morning, according to a study conducted by researchers of the University of Sussex. For example, if you are taking a test or writing an exam, the results are more likely to be better by 5% before noon.

Chew gum

Chewing gum not only freshens breath , but also improves the functioning of the brain. Chewing increases the heart rate, which helps enrich the brain with oxygen and glucose. Saliva enhances the memory function, releasing insulin, which stimulates memory receptors in the brain cells.

Vitamin B

Vitamins B are very good for the brain function. Vitamin B6 enhances the long-term memory, and B1, B2 and B12 help produce and rebuild brain tissue. You can get B vitamins by adding Continue reading

8 Things That Enhance Your Brain Function

positive brain1. Specific objective

Once you articulate a specific goal or a task for yourself, wonderful things will start happening. You will be able to find resources, opportunities and time to accomplish things.

And if you outline the main goal for yourself and split your main objective into smaller tasks while slowly, steadily, step by step trying to carry them out, you will have no problems in achieving what you set your mind to.

2. Positive emotions

Emotions are short-term subjective human responses to the world around us (joy, anger, shame, etc.). Feelings can be described as consistent emotional attitude towards other people or phenomena. Feelings are associated with consciousness and can develop and improve continuously. Continue reading

10 Things in Your Everyday Life That Are Slowly Killing You

malnutrition1. Malnutrition

It has long been known that high-calorie foods and foods with small amounts of vitamins, which contains a lot of preservatives and dyes, have a detrimental effect on health and can lead to obesity and cardiovascular disease.

2. Cigarettes, alcohol and energy drinks

Smoking will inevitably degrade the overall condition of the body, causing disease of the lungs and heart. Alcoholic beverages, regardless of the concentration of alcohol, are addictive and kill the body slowly but surely. As for the energy drinks, the producer himself says that there is nothing good about them. 1 can of energy drink is equal to 10 cups of coffee drunk in one gulp. In addition, they are addictive and the constant use of them can lead to irreversible effects on the body and the person eventually becomes sluggish and sick.

3. Not getting enough sleep

Lack of sleep is one of the strongest enemies of health. The body needs an average of 7 hours of healthy sleep to properly function. The constant lack of sleep can contribute to the development of diabetes or hypertension. Continue reading

10 Ways to Improve Your Brain Function

Thinking process is continuous. We constantly reflect and solve challenging puzzles of life. Sometimes it is necessary to help your brain speed up the cognitive processing. How to do it? Try the following tips.

1. Coffee

coffee brain

Caffeine helps you focus on labor-intensive tasks and accelerates cognitive processes. Of course, it doesn’t mean that coffee will make you more intelligent. Caffeine temporarily makes our brain work more efficiently, but drinking coffee all the time can Continue reading

Essential Vitamins That Help With Brain Activity

brain vitaminsThe body is a highly complicated biological machine, and the brain is no exception. In fact, our brain is so subtle and sophisticated, even today’s science has a hard time keeping up with it. One thing we do understand, however, is that some things tend to keep our mental performance at a maximum.

Brain workouts”, such as doing crossword puzzles or studying a foreign language, are one clearly demonstrated way to keep our minds sharp, especially as we age. Getting proper nutrition is another. Here are some crucial nutrients that you want to include in your diet in order to make sure your memory, focus and linguistic aptitude stay healthy:

Vitamin D

We often think of vitamins D as simply the vitamin that makes our bones strong; however, it actually plays a big part in our mental functioning. Vitamin D is effective in stimulating nerve growth, making it essential for cognition, reflexes and perception. Continue reading

New Study Explains Why Junk Food Is So Addictive

junk food addiction“Once you pop, you just can’t stop” is the motto of a chips brand. And it is not just a slogan; according to scientists it is exactly what happens in reality: you only want to eat one thing, but once you started you can’t stop until you finish the whole bag.

A recent study by researchers at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg explains what happens in our brain that makes it so hard to give up junk food.

This phenomenon is called “hedonic hyperphagia” and appears in hundreds of millions of people around the world. Continue reading

8 Incredible Facts You Didn’t Know about Colors

color factsIt is in everything we see, touch, smell and taste. It raises emotions and memories, and a single view of it is a food for thought. It can affect our lifestyle and the choices we make.

We all know the importance of color in our lives, as well as a few things about it, but did you know that men see red color quite differently than women do?

1. Red color is different in women’s and men’s eyes

While women easily distinguish shades like maroon, burgundy, purple and brown tones, men just see red. The explanation for this is very simple and is based on the composition of the DNA. Researchers at the University of Arizona recently isolated the gene that is responsible for perceiving and interpreting the color red. As we know, women have two X-chromosomes, while men have only one. Since the red color gene is Continue reading