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Ghrelin Shot

Dinner is always the last thing I want before an improv show. Food slows me down mentally and physically, and I perform slightly better when I'm on edge with a little bit of hunger. Now there may be some proof that my hunger really does make me smarter, according to this New York Times article. When you're hungry, your stomach produces a hormone called Ghrelin, which attaches to your brain cells. When scientists inject mice with Ghrelin, they get through mazes faster and perform better on intelligence test. (What are intelligence tests for mice?) The article ends with the postulation that the fattening of American school kids is aiding to the decline of their test scores, and if they start eating less, they will begin to perform better. Of course, eating less is not going to happen. What's going to happen is they will have to take a Ghrelin pill for every 3 cheeseburgers they eat in the school cafeteria.



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Dec. 15th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
mmmm, cheeseburgers!
Dec. 15th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yup it's true, I've never met a smart fat person.

Seriously though, school lunches are a total joke. Grease, more grease, a carrot stick, and a liter cola. I feel like a hypocritical teacher from a hypocritical school when I teach them nutrition right before they all go off to lunch
Dec. 15th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
I always feel more alert when I haven't eaten as much. It seems like I could take a nap after almost every meal. Plus its easier to stay up most of the night working when I don't eat as much. I guess I thought it was more of an energy thing than a smart thing though.
Dec. 16th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Well, they think your body makes the ghrelin when you're hungry to make you more alert in your hunt for food.
Dec. 17th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
I am the same way. I never eat anything before I go on stage...but then I usually eat a lot after a show. thanks for the info!
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