Inflammation and Focus

Good: Clean eggs, meat, vegetables, white rice, clearing lymph system, mitochondrial efficacy, tai chi, antioxidants, balanced stress

Bad: Modern wheat, meaningless suffering, vegetable oils (generally)?, Monsanto vegetables?, factory/grain-fed animals?

ESPN: Bone broth soup helping Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant
Farm-to-Consumer: LA Lakers Eat Grass-Fed: An Interview with Cate Shanahan, Nutritionist for the Lakers
Grantland: Butter, Bacon, and Bone Broth: A Week on the Lakers Diet

Washington Post: Tom Brady rejected NFL’s medical culture. At almost 40, he’s never played better.

Digesting Depression:

“Your brain is actually the first part of the body to suffer when you are chronically inflamed. This is because your brain is sensitive to inflammation anywhere in the body. It doesn’t matter if the source of inflammation is your heart, stomach, or left pinky toe—if any part of your body is inflamed, it will release chemicals called cytokines that negatively impact your brain. I didn’t realize for a long time that the muffin top around my waist mirrored the muffin top in my brain.

Inflammation is at the core of most age-related neurodegenerative diseases. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation kills off neurons, causing memory loss and other cognitive problems,3 although there are clearly other mitochondria-related parts of the disease, too. The prefrontal cortex (your human brain) is even more sensitive to inflammation than the rest of your brain, which is why even “normal” aging is associated with decreased cognitive function and forgetfulness. These symptoms, which are commonly dismissed as by-products of aging, are actually symptoms of inflammation,4 which itself lowers mitochondrial function.

Scientists have established a connection between non-pathological (or “normal”) inflammation in the aging brain and cognitive decline in many species, including pigeons, rodents, and humans.5 Inflammatory genes are found in higher quantities in aging brains than in youthful ones.6 Aging brains also have an exaggerated response to stress and infection,7 meaning they become inflamed more easily.” – Dave Asprey, Head Strong