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Have you ever found yourself reading Grain Brain or Brain Maker and wondering and thinking about what I’m doing when I write these books? In this special behind-the-scenes look at my writing space, take a peek at where I can be found when putting pen-to-paper, or in this case, finger-to-keyboard.
These days we all seem to be pushing as hard as we can to meet our ever-increasing demands. I found the following verse by Eknath Easwaran to be instructional:
Today’s mania for speed strikes right at the root of our capacity for an even mind. How often we find ourselves locked into behavior and situations that force us to hurry, hurry, hurry! By now, most of us are aware that compulsive speed – “hurry sickness” – can be a direct threat to our physical health. But hurry has another alarming repercussion: it cripples patience.
When we lack patience, even a few moments’ delay, a trivial disappointment, an unexpected obstacle, makes us explode in anger. We are not hostile people; we are just in such a hurry that keeping the mind calm is impossible. Without peace of mind, how can we enjoy anything, from a movie to good health?
When we go slower, we are more patient, and when we are more patient, we are capable of enjoying life more. All these benefits can come from just learning to slow down.
On the day we launched Brain Maker, I thought it would be fun to get to speak to you all in real-time and be able to answer some of your questions on the book, the microbiome, gut health, and more. Utilizing the tool Periscope, we were able to having a dynamic discussion on a number of topics, but important to me is that these were the topics you all wanted to know about. We saw lots of questions on subjects such as probiotics, coffee/wine consumption and C. diff.
You can watch the recording of my Periscope here now, and I encourage you to leave your thoughts. Should we do this again?
It’s well-documented that children begin building a microbiome that influences the state of their health from the moment of birth, which is why a choice such as method of delivery (C-section vs. vaginal) is so important.
Breastfeeding is equally important for building your child’s microbiome AND brain. Did you know breast milk is nature’s richest source of DHA? Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding in this video.
I always look forward to Sunday mornings, and one of the things I like to do each Sunday morning is to write for this website.
And as I was preparing to choose a topic for this week’s blog, the doorbell rang. I was pretty sure who it was because almost every Sunday morning I get a visit from a very pleasant gentleman who is a Jehovah’s Witness. I look forward to our discussions each Sunday as we are very respectful of each other’s opinions.
This morning, when he asked me how my day was going, I told him that I was trying to find a topic that I could write about. At that point, he handed me the monthly Jehovah’s Witness newsletter as he stated, “Perhaps you’ll find something to write about in here.”
Ahead of the release of Brain Maker, there’s an important question I want to answer: why did I write this book?
New and exciting research is revealing a strong connection between our mood and the various bacteria that live within our intestines. This is certainly a sobering notion. Think of it: the bacteria living within the digestive system are, to some degree, involved in determining whether we are happy, sad, anxious or even depressed.
In a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers in the Netherlands explored the idea that changing the array of gut bacteria by giving a multispecies probiotic supplement could have an effect on mood. The study provided the probiotic for a 4-week period to 20 healthy individuals, none of whom had a mood disorder. A similar group of 20 individuals received a placebo over the same period. At the conclusion of the study, both groups underwent an evaluation to determine their reactivity in terms of cognitive function to sad mood. This is a fairly standard research tool that assesses depression. Continue reading