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You know those days when you feel exceptionally motivated and sharp for no apparent reason? Or those other days when you feel low and dul and can't figure out why? The Care and Feeding of Your Brain explains why many functions of the brain that are seemingly unpredictable and uncontrollable are in fact readily affected by the things we eat, drink, smoke, and swallow.
That's because the brain is like a fish -- that's right, a fish. It is a free-floating organism that passively and nonselectively "breathes" in everything in its environment. It will thrive or die depending on what's in that environment. and the environment that feeds the brain is made up of the foods, additives, supplements, and drugs we feed the body.
The Care and Feeding of Your Brain explores the elements we commonly ingest and inhale and relates what's good and bad for the brain. In clear, understandable language, it describes how the mind and body work together on a physical level, and how our diet and environment affect thinking, remembering, sex, sleeping, fear, pain, depression and euphoria, relaxation, eating habits (and disorders), and much more.
You'll discover the mental side effects of common prescription and over-the-counter medicine, and the effects of illegal drugs as well. You'll also learn how certain foods and food additives affect the brain and, thus, our thoughts and behavior.