Eating certain foods may help boost brainpower, but what about the obverse: Are geniuses predisposed to eat certain foods? Quite possibly, according to one British study that found children with higher IQs were more likely to grow up to be vegetarians. Researchers tested 8,000 10-year-olds for mental ability back in 1970 and then followed up with the subjects 20 years later to ask about their diet. It turned out that the adults who had become vegetarians were more intelligent as kids—about 6 percent smarter, at least as measured by IQ points. The study authors speculate that smarter folks are more likely to think through the consequences of what they eat—both in terms of health and ideology.
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What is the relationship between high IQ and vegetarianism?
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Is it unhealthy if my mind always wanders?
Sheri Van Dijk, Psychiatry, answered
I would think it unusual if your mind didn't wander! If anything, you're perhaps ahead of the game by realizing how much your mind is wandering. Of course, this happens to varying degrees for people and it can sometimes be a symptom of depression, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or other health problem, so check with your doctor if you think you're wandering to an unusual extent.
In mindfulness there is an analogy of "monkey-mind": our minds are constantly chattering away at us like monkeys. This isn't atypical or anything to worry about; it's simply something to become aware of in order to manage it more effectively - once you recognize this chatter for what it is (simply that - chatter), you can use mindfulness and other skills to help you reduce the amount of chatter, and to prevent your mind from wandering so much.
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A neurologist is a medical doctor who treats diseases of the nervous system. This includes disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Common neurologic diseases include stroke, migraine, Parkinson disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
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