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Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life 
was the sixty second book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Wow!  This book will change my plans in 2016.  If you place any stock in the fact that “You are what you eat”, you must read this book.  The biggest takeaway from this book is my new interest in the interdependencies between the human brain and gut microbes, specifically biotics.  I’m sure you’ve heard, and taken, antibiotics.  However, do you understand what biotics do for the body and the ramifications before you put that antibiotics pill in your body? I didn’t.  I’m not going to explain everything, but the outcome of reading this book has me integrating prebiotics and probiotics into my diet.  I know what you’re thinking, what are you talking about?  It is fairly simple.

Prebiotic foods:
Acacia gum
Raw chicory root
Raw Jerusalem artichoke
Raw dandelion greens
Raw garlic
Raw or cooked onion
Raw leek
Raw asparagus

Probiotic foods:
Active-Culture Yogurt
Kefir
Kombucha Tea
Tempeh
Kimchi
Sauerkraut
Pickles
Pickled fruits and vegetables
Cultured condiments
Fermented meat, fish, and eggs

If your interested in knowing some specifics about each of these foods, here is a great write up.  Obviously, some items are easier than others to integrate into the daily diet.  I’ve started with onions, garlic, yogurt, kefir, pickles, and kombucha.  I look forward to brewing my own kombucha, but that will have to wait until after and upcoming move.

So is Brain Maker worth the read, absolutely.  This is a top 3 of 2015 book! Brain Maker is a MUST read!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

 


For book fifty one of 2015, I enjoyed the book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

I think the thing that stuck out to me in Organized Mind is the focus on why our brain does certain things.  Ever had that brain glitch where you forgot what you were doing?  That is discussed in Organized Mind.  Ever wondered why you find yourself more effective writing things down on a note card or notebook to be able to use later?  That is discussed in Organized Mind.  This discussed and had me thinking about how my mind operates on a day to day basis.  Very interesting stuff!

This book is an excellent mind opener and great read! Highly recommended!

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

 


For book forty nine of 2015, I enjoyed the book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

This was a great book and I was fascinated by nearly every page.  I think the biggest thing I enjoyed out of the book Willpower was the relationship between decision making and willpower.  Specifically, Willpower covers the interrelation between the accumulation of challenging tasks and how they may be impacted by the proximity to other challenging tasks (close proximity is bad, especially if they are numerous and build over something like a challenging week).

This was an exceptional read and is on my must enjoy list!

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

 

 
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