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message 1: by James, Group Founder (last edited Mar 16, 2017 03:10AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

James Morcan | 10881 comments Excerpt from GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ:

What you eat can definitely influence your intelligence, studies have universally shown.
This is especially true for increasing children’s IQs.

A 2011 article headed ‘Food for thought – diet does boost your intelligence’ by Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent for UK newspaper The Telegraph, confirms that “Children brought up on healthy diets are more intelligent compared with their junk food eating counterparts, new research suggests.”

“Toddlers fed a diet packed high in fats, sugars, and processed foods had lower IQs than those fed pasta, salads and fruit, it was found. The effect is so great that researchers from the University of Bristol said those children with a "healthier" diet may get an IQ boost.”

“Scientists stressed,” the aritcle continues, “good diet was vital in a child’s early life as the brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life.”

Children fed breast milk have also been shown to develop higher IQs. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), for example, is an omega-3 fatty acid found in breast milk and lack of DHA hinders brain development. The fatty acid Lauric Acid is also in breast milk and this holds major benefits for developing brains as well.

Breast milk is a wonderfully complex substance and scientists are still trying to figure out how exactly it has so many benefits for children’s brains.

However, it’s not just children who can increase their IQs with diet.

Adults can too.

Foods, herbs and natural supplements that research has proven can sharpen memory, lift mental performance and generally boost brain power include: Leafy greens and orange-red fruits and vegetables such as apricots, mangoes, red peppers and spinach all boost brain function due to their antioxidants and beta carotene properties; Certain organic breakfast cereals especially those fortified with folic acid; Fresh seafood due to the biochemical roles omega-3 fats and zinc have on the brain; Nuts and seeds have essential fatty acids and phospho-lipids that aid brain nerve cells; Protein-rich foods contain large amounts of the brain chemical dopamine which increases mental altertness; Ginkgo Biloba is a herb that improves blood flow to the brain and has been proven to be a valid way to increase memory and concentration powers.

Here are some general rules for eating for brain optimization: Consume regular small meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals which has positive psychological effects; Eat enough carbohydrates as the brain needs glucose to function; Never skip breakfast otherwise blood sugar levels will drop by late morning which will negatively affect memory.

There’s also some good news for alcohol lovers. Red wine, due to the grape content, have a protective agent called resveratrol which scientific research has shown to stimulate brain cells. Beer can also be a brain booster due to the high quantities of boron and B vitamins – both of which affect mental function.

However, the golden rule of everything in moderation definitely applies to the subject of alcohol and intelligence as overdrinking kills brain cells.

GENIUS INTELLIGENCE Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series, #1) by James Morcan

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James Morcan | 10881 comments Two more useful supplements to aid with study and memory:

1. -Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a chemical compound that has been shown to assist with learning, focus and memory.

2. Vinpocetine is a plant extract that’s a cerebral vasodilator – meaning it widens blood vessels in the brain and allows more blood to enter the head and for oxygenation to occur. The result is greater mental alertness. Recent studies indicate Vinpocetine may also be one of the most powerful memory enhancers on the planet.

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Tony (paigetheoracle) When I left home I automatically went onto snacking when hungry, rather than eating set (heavy) meals. I try to get away with this as often as possible but my partner insists on meals in the evening! (It knocks us both out and being older (65), we generally drop off to sleep in front of the TV.

I can't drink wine because of migraines. Beer is sometimes fine as is spirit as long as mixed with something else, although clear spirit like vodka or bacardi is better than whisky, which makes me gag.

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Lance Morcan | 2652 comments The IQ diet by ANGELA DOWDEN, Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/art...
Eating the right diet can do more than give you a healthy body - the latest research suggests that it can also help boost your brain power. Here we identify the foods and supplements that can help improve mental performance, sharpen your memory, and, in some cases, even raise your IQ.
: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/art...

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Gytis Dovydaitis (strokas) Although all the tips considering consumable foods here are valid, but my year long constant dietological studies yielded me a complete different understanding of how often we actually should eat. One of the worst things you can do for your alertness, cognitive ability and metabolism actually is eating breakfast. Just think about how much energy does the body spend in digestion, especially if the breakfast is something more than a couple of fruits. The best way is consuming most of your calories in a narrow eating window, preferably in the evening, thus leaving the digestion and anabolic processes for sleep, and concentrating all energy for the brain in daytime. Personally I found myself being able to focus better once I inhibited 21/3 eating schedule (meaning that I eat for 3 hours, and fast for 21). Glucose argument is invalid here, because once it drops to its' low after ~12 hours of not eating, body is starting to metabolize ketones, which are the proffered fuel for most of the organs (brain included). Off course, it takes a week or two to adapt, but once it's done, you feel much more free :) No need to think about food that much, you just wake up and can fully focus on your tasks right away. See this video if that sparked your interest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKfR6...

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Gytis Dovydaitis (strokas) Eating once a day doesn't interfere with working out, actually theory says that it's even opposite - human growth hormone (one of the main molecules involved in both anabolic and neuroprotective processes) skyrockets after >12 hours of going without food. I workout 6 days a week and only had energy issues on a first week, but that's logical - it takes time for the body to adapt to such dietary changes. Currently I just see myself getting muscle, what surely makes me very happy. And yes, I am vegan, so that's almost as crazy as it can go :)

As far as my research showed, the main thing to have in mind when going for OMAD (one meal a day) is that you will need to eat a lot of fat, since this eating pattern does establish semi-ketogenic state where fat is being used as fuel instead of glucose. Although I don't use any oil in my cooking, but I absolutely love nuts and seeds, so usually I consume at least a full cup of some nut/seed mixture every day. Sometimes it's cashews and chia seeds, sometimes it's walnuts and almonds, sometimes it's hazelnuts and flax seeds. It's a constant flux, I never eat the same meal two days in a row :)

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Gytis Dovydaitis (strokas) Personally I find the battle of healthy diets being more of a theological than scientific or philosophical argument. Off course, the benefits of eliminating processed foods or meat from your food is heavily backed by scientific community (while there are some doubts for the latter), but when you go to the realm of vegan vs raw vs vegetarian vs paleo vs keto, vs whatever, I think it all boils down to personal preference, the roots of which could be traced by psychoanalysis, not the amount of science articles you had read. My belief (yes, belief, because as I said, I think that this is quasi-theological debate) is that body is an adaptation machine, thus any kind of diet is good once you get used to it. Just do what seems right for you :) Food is meant to be enjoyed!

Although personally my choice to become vegan began with health concerns, but now I'm going to stick with it for the rest of my life because of environmental issues. Body is an adaptation machine, thus it's right about time to adapt to more sustainable eating patterns, otherwise soon there's not going to be what to eat at all.

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John Graham Wilson | 154 comments Having tried all kinds of diets during my life, I now settle for two meals a day: breakfast at 10am, dinner at 5pm. I take caffeine at midday (I am a writer) in one large dose of strong tea.

Looking back, my thoughts are excessive care over diet is a form of hypochondria - most of it does not make a damned difference to health or moods. Right now, I am nearly 70 and dont care when I die - it is quality of life that matters.

message 9: by Gytis (new)

Gytis Dovydaitis (strokas) Iain wrote: "And I find there's some good substitutes for deserts if you have a sweet mouth(protein cakes, etc); which I have.
I just wish I had the skills and time to cook up stuff a bit more exotic, as it can get a bit bland and might not cover the full protein, vitamin and spectrum range.

Personally the best kind of dessert I can imagine is a big bowl of various fruits. Papayas, figs, dates, bananas... But if you really want to bake something, there is absolutely no issue here. I bake various cookies and cakes for all my friends' birthdays. There is absolutely no need to use any kind of animal products for it.

But speaking about skills and time to cook, you are right here - it requires a descent amount of dedication. I eat out maybe once a month, for me cooking is my leisure time and I absolutely enjoy spending time in kitchen, but I am aware that not everybody has a privilege of being a freelancer :)

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John Graham Wilson | 154 comments Yes, Iain, your perspective is quite right. I had a smoker cousin who died a couple of months ago (he was younger than me) and I also avoid habitual alcohol, junk food and grease. I am also trying to work out a means of not being hospitalised in the final days - they will not agree with euthanasia and I want the choice to be mine.

message 11: by John (new)

John Graham Wilson | 154 comments Plenty. My thoughts might sound a bit egoistic, but here we go.

My wife says I think like a twenty-five-year-old and it is probably true. I like to joke and fool around (I am nearly 70) and am still a voracious reader and a publisher of stuff in social psychology. Yes, do what you love. I have always disliked the boring company of many old people and now I am old myself I still feel that way.

Frank seems quite a guy.

Concerning death, my view is not that common. I have read a lot of philosophy (Sartre and Heidegger) I dont say, put on a brave face, but I do say look at it square on. Lying down, I "go through" death quite often. Unlike Woody Allen, I want to be there when it happens. To me it is a cross between a deep knowledge of oneself and a joyous surrender. Trust.

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John Graham Wilson | 154 comments I thought this would provoke a reaction. A great book but not everyone's destiny. Anyone else have thoughts?

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Marzio Fagioli | 2 comments I'm wondering weather you guys have read of nootropics? if so, what are your thoughts on it?

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B. | 211 comments Recently I’m back on Fast Metabolism diet by Haley Pomeroy. Tried it once before and lost 28 lbs in a month without sacrificing muscle...I actually was starting to see true definition in my body-I hadn’t looked that good since I was a United States National Level swimmer. I went off because life happened-job change, married, kids, etc. I came across a picture from an old unearthed phone of mine and couldn’t believe the before and after pics I had taken....blew me away! Diet consists of 3 phases: phase 1 is 2 days(high sugar fruit, ancient grains, lean protein and veggies), phase 2 is 2 days(lean protein and green veggies), phase 3 is 3 days(good fats, lean protein, veggies, low sugar fruit, small amounts of ancient grains). You can only drink water or decaf tea....no caffeine, alcohol, corn, modern wheat products, soy, refined sugar or dairy for a month and zero processed food of any kind. After the first month, you stay on a higher fat, moderate protein, high veggie, low sugar diet and alcohol and caffeine taken moderately. It is tough, but somehow it works. She was an animal scientist before becoming a human nutritionist and discusses how she incorporated her knowledge of how animals get fat/lean into the human animal body-don’t know if it’s “junk” or “pop” science, but it seems to work. I do cardio/mittwork/heavy bag work on phase 1, heavy compound movement weights on phase 2 and yoga on 3. My mind is clearer, my joints don’t hurt, and I’m sleeping like a baby...my sales are up too at work; it’s like a dog lifted.

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B. | 211 comments *fog, not a dog...though I don’t feel like a dirty dog anymore either lol

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Lance Morcan | 2652 comments Marzio wrote: "I'm wondering weather you guys have read of nootropics? if so, what are your thoughts on it?"

Smart drugs https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

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Lance Morcan | 2652 comments Flatulence the downside of high IQ diet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzHnm...

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