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Archive Category: Brain and Nervous System Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Brain Health — And May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

January 23rd, 2018

Research is starting to find favorable evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, may actually reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Do be careful when selecting your supplement as many talk about the amount of “total” omega’s that they contain but have only small fractions of EPA and DHA. Nordic Naturals and Carlson are two good over-the-counter brands. To your health!!

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

December 18th, 2017

Bucking the Fast Food Marketing

 

Making fresh, homecooked meals every night is a rarity for millions of people that are busy with work and family life. Today, convenience foods and fast food restaurants have become the go-to for many busy families around the country. Convenience food products such as frozen pizzas, prepared mixes, canned soups, and other microwaveable foods means that individuals and families are lacking quality, wholesome nutrition. Processed food items like these usually have very little fiber, high saturated fat and sodium content, and lack the nutrients that fresh foods have. There has been controversy for many decades over microwaving food and the dangers of zapping nutritional content.

Yet, advertising and commercials make these processed foods appealing because they’re fast and easy to prepare, but in fact, they’re doing real damage to your health and can be a hazard to healthy living. Don’t fall victim to fast food marketing tactics. A whole food diet can be quick and even more economical. Here are some mistakes to avoid and tips on how to change what you eat so you can live a healthier lifestyle.

#1: Plan.
Set aside time to plan your menu for the week and if you’re short on time, get your shopping done in one trip at the beginning of the week to cut down time spent on stopping at the grocery store multiple times.  Planning can not only save you money, but it will also help you prepare on what meals you need to cook ahead of time and which ones you’ll need to set aside time to prepare when you get home at night. Planning ahead will help you start integrating, fresh, homecooked meals into your diet rather than relying on convenience food day in and day out.

#2: Make your diet a “whole” one.
If you live a busy, active lifestyle, you can still eat well while on the go. Just prepare fresh meals ahead of time and then freeze them until you’re ready to eat it, then add some fresh organic fruit and vegetables as your side dish. Your diet should include a variety of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, so if you’re hungry during the day for a snack, instead of giving into your craving for a greasy bag of chips, have a variety of fresh items on hand or items that have low saturated fat and no processed sugar to eat instead. Or, invest in a blender or juicer, as this can allow you to drink your fruits and veggies and make it a flavorful treat during the day! It is very important to make each meal as well-balanced as possible.

If you’re tired of feeling lethargic or even “empty” after eating processed, packaged foods, it’s time to make a change. Do your homework when it comes to the importance of what you’re putting in your body. If you’re struggling with how to make a positive change in how you eat and you need help on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle, I can help provide some helpful tips and some of my favorite go-to healthy foods. Your health as well as the health of your family is incredibly important and making a shift away from convenience foods to fresh, wholesome products will be life-giving in the end.

Alzheimer’s Responds Best to Lifestyle Changes

May 6th, 2017

No “magic pill”, but Alzheimer’s seems to respond best to diet, exercise and stress reduction. So, eat your whole food diet rich in vegetables and fruits. Avoid sugar. Exercise daily–go do something you LOVE (this helps stress reduction, too). Pray and meditate. Read more here. To your health!!

Sleep–There’s No Substitute!

May 6th, 2017

This gym has started offering, you guessed it, SLEEP. There are some stretches but then a 45-minute nap! Brilliant!! Sign me up 🙂

Sugar Also Reduces Absorption of Nutrients

April 10th, 2017

Please read the attached article regarding sugar and how it reduces our ability to absorb certain nutrients. This is just another reason of many to avoid sugar consumption–like we need more reasons! I will never forget skimming some eclectic nutrition books when I was in medical school–I ran across a book from the late 1800’s in which the author was railing that “artificial sweetener” was going to be the bane of human health. I scratched my head wondering what “artificial sweetener” he could be referring to at the turn of the century–you guessed it, SUGAR. For more current information, please also watch “Fed Up” which is currently available on Netflix. Stick to fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth! And maintain a vegetable-based diet with healthy protein and fat sources. To your health!!

LDL–Not the Demon It is Made Out to Be

March 9th, 2017

While excessive levels of LDL (particularly certain fractions thereof) are associated with plaque formation, LDL is also necessary for transport of chemicals throughout the body, including your BRAIN! There are advanced labs that can be run to further assess lipids and their potential risks. And there is simple imaging to screen for plaque formation. The testing allows us to consider the best treatment approach, if any, per individual needs. Please read the attached article and schedule an appointment for testing. To your health!!

White Matter Lesions Improve on Gluten-free Diet

February 21st, 2017

Here is a case of white matter lesions improving, along with neurological symptoms, on a gluten-free diet! What are white matter lesions? They are findings in the brain associated with Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). And what about those who have neurological symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, mental fogginess, vision problems, etc.) but “not enough white matter lesions to be MS or ALS? I think trying a gluten-free diet is indicated–schedule an appointment to learn more and assess if this would be a good plan for you.

Sauna Bathing May Reduce Risk of Dementia in Men

January 13th, 2017

A recent study reveals that regular sauna bathing reduced the risk of dementia by 66% in men. More research, including on women, is needed, but these results are encouraging. The detoxification abilities of sauna bathing have long been noted. I’m pleased to now offer far-infrared sauna treatments at my office. Please call for your appointment!

Winter Blues? Light Therapy May Help

January 13th, 2017

Winter blues effect many people, especially women. Light therapy may be a great addition to your winter health regime–attached is a great article describing one person’s experience. Also, do try and get outdoors daily. Take Vitamin D if you are deficient. Exercise. And eat healthy foods–I like adding fresh ginger root or jalepeno to my green smoothies to warm them up!

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

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