Getting More MPG (Miles Per Glucose)
October 7, 2013 8:26 PM Subscribe
Is there a way to make my brain more "fuel" efficient?
posted by pakoothefakoo to health & fitness (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Since I've become an adult, I've developed a problem where I'd tire very easily by giving my good ol' noggin a hard workout. I'm talking figuring out hard mathematical problems, navigating a tangled plan, drawing up architectural blueprints, etc... After 30-45 minutes of concentration, I'd get the jittery, tired sensation that comes with low blood sugar. And my attention span would be reduced to those of a gnat.
From my understanding there's a relationship between willpower and blood glucose level; the harder you use your brain, the more you use up. The problem here is that it feels like my brain has fuel economy of a Hummer.
It's weird. I never had this issue when I was younger, when I could easily focus for hours on end. For what it's worth, I'm in excellent physical shape (run and lift regularity), eat well (e.g. plenty of protein, complex carbs, no refined sugars). And I always pass diabetes screening with flying colors (if it's relevant).
So, what's causing this drop in brain efficiency, and how do I combat it?