On Thursday 21st June, Kate Cook’s Positive Nutrition book event took place in Anatomē, Shoreditch. The gorgeous venue is a new wellness store built on the simple premise that nutritional and emotional balance are the vital pathways to leading a healthy and fulfilling life. This was a perfect marriage for Kate Cook’s book and the evening was well attended by family and friends.
Father’s Day is this Sunday 17th June so if you have forgotten there is still time to get a great gift for the weekend! And with 35% off all LID Publishing books across our website from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June it is the perfect time to buy.
LID Publishing have put together an ultimate gift guide so if your Dad is a finance head, health conscious, architecture fanatic or loves self-development we are here too help.
On the theme of wellbeing and in support of Mental Health Awareness Week we spoke to Keiron Sparrowhawk, former Neuroscientist, CEO of MyCognition and author of Executive Function: Cognitive Fitness For Business to gain first hand insights to maintaining a good state of mental health. Here are his top five tips.
1) Keep healthy to positively impact overall cognitive performance.
We know that our genes control much of our life through controlling the production of the proteins that make up our bodies, that make us what we are (this process is known as gene transposing of proteins). Well, we also know from epigenomic research, that the way our genes control the protein production, is itself controlled by the environment in which we live (is it stimulating or depressive?) and by our life-style. Much of drug target research is seeking to positively impact the transposing of new proteins. However, new drugs to positively impact mental health are always 10-20 years away. In the meantime we can already do a lot to promote the good transposing of proteins by keeping ourselves healthy. A healthy body will provide our genes with a better state in which to continually produce good proteins, furthering our mental health and contributing to positively impact our cognitive fitness.
2) Exercise routinely, with good sleeping habits, nutrition, and hydration.
The “four pillars” of good physical health are exercise, good sleeping habits, nutrition, and hydration. Individually and collectively, these contribute to our health, will contribute to the factors supporting our genes to transpose good proteins, supporting good cognitive fitness.
The most commonly cited recommendation from research on brain health and nutrition is to follow a Mediterranean diet. A study of more than 2,000 residents of New York City, averaging 76 years of age, found that those eating a Mediterranean diet had a 68% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re getting hungry and like the sound of Mediterranean, go for fresh and natural whole foods, lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, fresh and varied vegetables (especially green, leafy ones), pulses, whole grains, seeds and nuts.
Water: often overlooked, adequate hydration is essential for maintaining mental performance. Your brain is more than 70% water, and dehydration will negatively affect your concentration, energy and mood. Start each day with a large glass of water. Think of it as “smart drugs on tap”.
Fish and seafood: eat more oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and trout, that are high in the fats. Despite the prevailing fear of fat, more than two-thirds of your brain’s dry weight is fat. Particular fats (medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs) have been associated with improved brain function. Fish is also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which helps promote healthy neuronal function.
Coconut oil: offers high levels of MCTs for vegans.
Vegetables and leafy greens: no surprise, but your brain needs vitamins, too. You want your diet rich in vegetables and leafy greens to help maintain sufficient levels of vitamins C, E9 and K10, needed to keep your brain sharp.