Because I do brain research (my professional link is here), I am often asked what is the best thing to do for maintaining brain function – crosswords, reading, lumosity, ‘brain foods’? My answer has always been: “Exercise.” It hasn’t always been a popular answer though. Physical exercise is beneficial for the body and the mind.
Our hunter-gatherer forebears would have had a high infant and juvenile mortality, which biases the calculation of population life expectancy and probably led to the famous ‘nasty, brutish and short’ (Thomas Hobbes) concept of our ancestors’ lives. But, those that did survive into adulthood could actually live a long time. The current estimate for average
I often get asked – What foods are good for the brain? I think the answer is – most of them. The brain, like everything else, requires a balance of nutrients, and a balanced diet is the best thing you can do for it. The concept of ‘a brain food’, such as blueberries, or a
Why cook? Well, there are the usual candidates (health, social, bonding, family), but what if cooking might define us as human? James Boswell had this to say in 1773: “My definition of Man is – ‘A Cooking Animal’. The beasts have memory, judgement, and all the faculties and passions of our mind, in a certain