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you can’t ask things of your body and not expect some kind of give-and-take you see Albert Einstein was right with this theory of relativity but believe it or not it ends up applying to the body as well see if we’re asking something where we want something to be a little bit more sweet or a little bit more savory we want to enhance the flavor of something well clearly we’re asking a lot of the body and we’re going to borrow from tomorrow so we can use it today and that’s gonna always elicit some kind of response so today I want to talk about things that enhance flavor I want to talk about exciti toxins and their effect on the neuro chemistry and their effect on the brain so this isn’t a video to bash artificial sweeteners or anything like that this is a realistic video talking about the effect of our brain cells when it comes down to anything that enhances flavor hey if you haven’t already I want to make sure that you hit that subscribe button so you keep tuned in to all of my videos talking about ketosis talking about fasting and talking about a healthy lifestyle in general that is always backed by science and make sure you hit that little bell so you turn on notifications so you know whenever I go live or whenever I post a new video all right so what exactly is an excitotoxin it sounds like an exceptionally scary thing but it’s actually pretty basic see when you look at an artificial sweetener when you look at something like MSG you are talking about an excitotoxin and it’s called an excitotoxin because when that substance hits your tongue it triggers your taste buds to send a signal to your brain and it sends a signal to your brain to tell your brain that something is exceptionally sweet even when it’s really not sweet so it’s sending a communication that is kind of false and that is triggering a brain cell to become extremely extremely excited that’s why it’s called an excitotoxin so we’re taking something some kind of substance and we’re artificially creating a flavor whether it’s sweet whether it’s salty whether it’s savory you name it so that’s exactly what it comes down to and we’re talking about the effect on the brain with exciti toxins now some examples of exciti toxins we’re talking about things like monosodium glutamate we’re talking about aspartame we’re talking about saccharin we’re talking about sweet and low we’re talking about sucralose anything that is enhancing the taste of something heck someone even say that stevia is considered an excitotoxin because it’s still eliciting a response on the brain cells so what ends up happening is we ultimately overstimulate our brain cells this is completely separate and apart from any other biological digestive or any other issues that might come with artificial sweeteners this flat-out has to do with the fact that when you ask something of your body that isn’t really natural you’re going to borrow from tomorrow for today so I want to reference a study before I get going on this that there’s a little bit of credibility to back this whole thing up see there’s a study that was published in the journal stroke that took a look at 3,000 individuals and they had them Chronicle their diets over the past and they noted which participants consumed diet sodas and which ones did not what what they ended up finding was that those that had consumed the diet sodas were three times more likely to suffer stroke and dementia than those that consumed regular sodas now hear me out on this because this study didn’t take a look at a lot of other metabolic factors but the fact is it did look at neuro chemistry and since diet sodas utilize a lot more in the way of excitotoxin is because they use a smaller quantity of an actual sweetener to elicit the same or even more response than you would get from a sugary substance we end up having the conclusion that exciti toxins do end up having a link with stroke and dementia so let’s get down to talking about what exciti toxins and artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate actually do inside the brain so the second that that super-sweet substance hits your tongue your tongue then sends a signal to your brain and says this thing is really really sweet so the brain cell becomes super super stimulated it’s the whole idea we always have a communication going between the taste buds and the brain so when something is hyper sweet for example something like sucralose we’re talking about one packet being equivalent to a good amount of sugar we’re sending a very strong signal to the brain this causes the brain cells to get super super stimulated and they cause an exit or eerie action eventually those brain cells burn out okay and sometimes ultimately they even die so when we have this consistently happening over constant consumption of artificial sweeteners or things that are going to enhance the flavor of something we end up causing some serious damage to the brain we also have a high level of oxidative stress that occurs so here’s a cool analogy that makes some sense of this okay if you were to go and workout with a lot of intensity you would sweat and you excrete some toxins you’d excrete some waste okay then if someone asked you to work out five times harder you’d sweat even more and you’d excrete even more waste well the same is applicable for your cells and your brain so when your brain is just going along happily go lucky and then all of a sudden you consume some excitotoxin you ask a lot of it it ramps it into overdrive so that brain cell is kicking into gear and all of a sudden it has to create a lot more waste and it creates waste in the way of oxidative damage okay that oxidative damage or oxygen stress causes damage throughout the rest of the body and ultimately can lead to cell death and it can even lead to what’s called lipid peroxidation where fats go bad inside your arteries trigger more inflammation and cause some heart disease so yeah there could be some links there with artificial sweeteners and msg and heart disease later on down the line again this video is not here to bash artificial sweeteners it’s just here to educate you on exciti toxins so let’s take a look at some examples of how this works one example is the glutamate system you’ve probably heard of monosodium glutamate before something that’s commonly added to processed food commonly added the Chinese food to enhance the flavor and sort of enhance the savory component of a food but what it’s really doing is it’s triggering glutamate receptors in your brain to make you think that something tastes good it’s triggering an exciting response within your brain so your brain says I like this even if your mouth is saying I don’t it’s pretty phenomenal and pretty scary at the same time well what’s happening is you have specific receptors on your cells you have NMDA receptors and you have non NMDA receptors all that means is you have two points at which glutamate binds to a cell so when you consume monosodium glutamate you’re consuming a bunch of this glutamate that binds to a cell and when that binding happens it triggers an influx of what are called positive ions to flood into the cell that’s creating a bunch of energy and eventually kills the cell that’s why we end up seeing instances of stroke and instances of dementia now glutamate is a very delicate thing in fact we have it in the body it’s what triggers our brain to be sort of alive and have that X story component but it’s always in balance with something known as GABA gamma-aminobutyric acid so I talked about in another video so we have a balance of gaba and glutamate and if that’s ever out of balance we’re either super anxious or super depressed so when we are exciting our brain and adding a lot of glutamate we’re exciting the brain to the point where our brain cells become anxious so we can almost make the conclusion that if we consume way too much in the way of glutamine way too much in the way of artificial sweeteners we could cause ourselves to have some anxiety okay the other side of the equation is looking at what’s called aspartate or aspartic acid our cells have receptors for aspartate or aspartic acid on them as well and it works in a very very similar system as it does with glutamate maybe you’ve heard of aspartame before it’s what’s commonly and most of our diet sodas diet coke Diet Pepsi you name it it’s aspartame well aspartame aspartate we’re working on that same cycle or working on that same kind of receptor that’s triggering the brain the overall get super excited and then burn out so what we have to look at here is nothing super super physiological other than the fact that we can’t expect to ask something of our body and not get a response everything in life is a given to take no matter how you want to back it out no matter what you want to look at there’s always a reaction for every action and if you’re taking in a copious amount of sweet right now if your today are taking in the amount of sweetness that you would normally be taking in over the course of a month there is no way that your cells are not going to respond in one day the way that they would otherwise in a month you’re just asking them to do it all at once so it’s like asking you to live your life all 100 years 110 years 70 years whatever in a month you’re still going to do everything but you’re gonna die in a month you’re asking your cells to do the exact same thing so the purpose of this video is encouraging you to look outside the box think outside the box think a little bit differently before you add things to your food to make them taste better as always keep it locked in here in my channel if you have ideas for future videos you know where to put see you soon
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Artificial Sweeteners: How the Brain is Affected- Thomas DeLauer… When we work out, we’re causing stress in our bodies. That’s a given, everyone has said that. But what we want to understand is how this stress can lead to overtraining, and how this overtraining can lead to diminished hormone function, and we know how important hormones are. Things like testosterone obviously play a critical factor in how much body fat we accumulate, how much body fat we burn, and overall how much muscle we build. So now there are some direct links with overtraining and testosterone decline. So let’s dive into the science and let’s understand if you’re truly overtraining.
Alright, so first off we have to understand what the symptoms of overtraining are, and the problem is they’re a little bit vague because they hit everyone a little bit different. But in general, we’re talking serious, serious fatigue. Then we’re also talking sleeplessness. When you’re overtraining you are in a situation where your catecholamines like your adrenaline, your other fight or flight hormones are skyrocketing, meaning you don’t sleep very well. But you’re also going to find yourself in a situation where you’re getting sick a lot. You’re not able to recover. And also when you don’t recover, you have declines in performance. So if you’re feeling like you’re at a plateau, there’s a very good chance you’re overtraining. Well, let me rephrase that. No matter who you are, there’s a good chance you’re overtraining, ’cause it doesn’t take much.
But the big factor here is testosterone. What kind of effect does truly overtraining and does stress have on testosterone production? And not only men, but women too. Of course, it’s going to have a bigger impact on men because we’re driven a little bit more by testosterone, but it still applies to both genders. Now when we look at the science, it’s easy to think that it could be the cytokine hypothesis. Now the cytokine hypothesis shows that whenever you train harder, whenever you work out, or whenever you work out for a long period of time without adequate rest or recovery, you end up in a situation where you have vast amounts of interleukins that injure the body, or they’re produced. So we’re talking interleukin one, interleukin three, five, six, 10, 15. These interleukins trigger specific inflammatory responses within the body. We have to remember, with training we want inflammation. Inflammation is what heals us and recovers us. But if it happens too much, it takes energy away from the rest of the body.
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