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Archive Category: Brain and Nervous System Health

Acid Reducing Medications Associated with Depression

April 5th, 2018

Research reveals that use of proton pump inhibitors is associated with an increased risk of depression. This is just another reason to avoid long-term use of them. There are botanicals, exercises, and diet changes that can replace the use of acid reducers in many cases. Please call and find out what might be best for you.

Fasting to Reduce Huntington’s Symptoms

March 13th, 2018

Researchers have found that limiting the time that rats eat to just 6 hours per day reduces a protein that is associated with Huntington’s chorea. Read the article for details. BUT, please note that “intermittent fasting”, fasting 12 hours/day, fasting 18 hours once weekly, fasting in general, have been associated with improved health. Check with your provider to see how best to optimize your eating schedule–to your health!

Sugar Reduces Mental Health in Men

March 3rd, 2018

So the list of dangers of sugar consumption grows–not only is it associated with diabetes and weight gain, but now an association with increased risk of anxiety and depression has been noted. Please also note that it is used as a carrier for dyes in cancer studies, too–yes, if you are battling cancer, stop eating sugar! If you are craving something sweet, try berries or other fruit. If these don’t seem sweet enough, try the Whole30 diet as a reset (please check with your doctor if you have underlying health conditions).

Pain Reduction by Holding Hands with Your Loved Ones

March 3rd, 2018

How I love this research result: they have found that holding hands with your loved one can actually reduce their pain. The act of appropriate touch is so beneficial to connected-ness with one another. It even changes our brain waves–check out this article!

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!!

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