Brain Detox Juices

Brain Detox Juices

Brain Detox Juices

Since I’ve been coaching the 5 Day Juice Fassst and 30-Day Detox groups, I’ve heard from many people who have ditched their brain fog along with the toxins. These programs detox the brain along with the rest of the body. I checked the research to see if any of the juices were especially helpful in detoxing the brain. It turns out a number of them are especially good.

Beet Juice

The nitrates that occur naturally in beets have been found to boost blood flow to the brain, which helps with mental performance. They also help boost your energy and performance levels. And they are a key liver detoxifier.

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Improve Your Brain Health

Improve Your Brain Health

4 Juices to Help Improve Brain Health

Spinach for Learning

Spinach juice offers antioxidants that quench free radicals which cause neurogenerative effects. The flavonoids in spinach can help reduce plaque buildup that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. One study published in Experimental Neurology showed less brain damage from the restricted blood supply and increased motor function following a stroke. Spinach also expands the brain’s learning capacity.

Kale Lowers Chances of Stroke

The American Academy of Neurology says “leafy greens are one of the best foods for brain health.” Kale’s vitamins A, C and E and selenium are integral for brain wellness. They also lower the chances of stroke. One cup of raw kale, which you can easily juice or blend in smoothies, contains 80.4 milligrams of vitamin C and 10,302 international units of vitamin A, or 134% and 206% of your daily required value, respectively.

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Foggy Brain and the Gut-Brain Axis

Foggy Brain and the Gut-Brain Axis

Foggy Brain and the Gut-Brain Axis

Do you have a hard time focusing, or forget simple details, or mix up your words, or feel scattered or confused, don’t blame it on your brain— blame it on your gut.

Brain fog is considered as a loss of mental clarity, difficulty concentrating, and forgetfulness. Though you may feel this way before your first morning coffee, brain fog is actually a symptom of a deeper issue—inflammation in your body— and in particular, your digestive tract. Fogginess and slower cognitive function is more closely related to digestive conditions such as leaky gut, candida, and bacterial dysbiosis. This connection exists between your gut and nervous system, called the gut-brain axis.

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Selenium Deficient? Take the Quiz

Selenium Deficient? Take the Quiz

Selenium Deficient? 

Many people suffer from a selenium deficiency and have no idea they are deficient in this important mineral that also acts as an antioxidant. Take the quiz below to see if you have any of the symptoms of selenium deficiency.

Selenium Deficiency Quiz

  1. Do you have brain fog? Poor memory?
  2. Do you suffer from fatigue?
  3. Is your immune system weak? Do you often get colds and/or flu?
  4. Have you experienced infertility?
  5. Do you have slow wound healing?
  6. Do you shed a lot of hair?
  7. Have you experienced discoloration of your skin and nails?
  8. Are you hypothyroid?
  9. Have your asthma symptoms gotten worse?
  10. Are your nails brittle?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you might have a selenium deficiency.

Why People Have a Selenium Deficiency

A new study finds that climate change is lowering the amount of selenium in agricultural soils, a potential health risk factor as selenium deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. (2/21/17 https://www.cantechletter.com/2017/02/soils-losing-selenium-heres-care/) Insufficient selenium intake has been estimated to affect up to 1 billion people worldwide. Dietary selenium availability is controlled by soil-plant interactions.

Also, people with digestive problems can suffer from absorption issues that can result in a selenium deficiency.

Problems Associated with Selenium Deficiency

Spacey? Foggy? Cloudy Mind?

Your forgetfulness may not be due to aging but to a deficiency of selenium. Nerve cells need selenium to produce glu­tathione, one of the brain’s most important antioxidants. Animals fed a low selenium diet make less glutathione. Also, blood levels of selenium drop as you age—by 7 percent after age sixty and 24 percent after age seventy-five, according to one study. (http://tipsdiscover.com/health/selenium-is-the-brain-boosting-mineral/)

• Thyroid Problems

Selenium is needed for converting the T4 thyroid hormone (thyroxine) into the active hormone T3 (triiodothyronine). When these hormones are off, the risk for developing hypothyroidism, a condition associated with lethargy, depression, and weight gain, increases. While iodine is also necessary for proper thyroid health, a deficiency in selenium also contributes to poor thyroid function.

 Weak Immune System

Selenium supports the immune system and contributes to your body’s natural defenses against the cold, flu, and other immune-compromised conditions. The immune system requires cells to communicate with each other when dealing with germs and bacteria. Selenium, as an antioxidant, supports cell communication.

 Infertility

Selenium affects sperm quality and motility. In fact, the combination of selenium and vitamin E seem to work synergistically to promote male fertility.

 Poor Wound Healing

Got a cut or bruise that just doesn’t heal like it should? It might be that you’re not getting enough selenium. Selenium helps cell tissue repair. When wounds don’t heal, or they heal very slowly, examine your selenium status as research suggests that selenium may help wounds heal faster.

 Other symptoms associated with selenium deficiency include muscle weakness, heart problems, muscle wasting and reoccurring illnesses such as the flu. Chronic selenium deficiency has been linked to mental retardation, heart disease, cancer, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Best Sources of Selenium

We need around 400 mcg of selenium per day. Include some of the following foods in your diet to make sure you are getting adequate selenium. Brazil nuts are the best food source of selenium;  eat no more than 2-3 per day. (1 brazil nut can have 95.9 mcg selenium)

Additional unprocessed food sources of selenium are:

  • Free range turkey and chicken
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Pasteurized eggs
  • Oats, barley, and brown rice
  • Sunflower and sesame seeds
  • Broccoli, spinach, and asparagus
  • Tuna, oysters, salmon, clams, halibut, and shrimp
  • Wheatgrass

Sweet Wheat Wheatgrass Powder

Wheatgrass is a source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

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Recipe for Today

Spinach Power

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled

Juice all ingredients and enjoy!

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Improve Depression and Mental Clarity with Watercress

Improve Depression and Mental Clarity with Watercress

Improve Depression and Mental Clarity with Watercress

Watercress was once considered by the Greeks and Romans to be a symbol of strong, influential people. And since the time of Hippocrates, it has been used as a remedy for various ailments. In the 1700s, Nicholas Culpeper (author of Culpeper’s Herbal) believed watercress could cleanse the blood.  But somewhere along the way, it fell from grace. Not that long ago watercress was used as just a garnish on a plate and on occasion served in tea sandwiches. But not anymore. It’s making a comeback. It’s a superfood superstar. Research on its health benefits abound.

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Brain Health and Juicing

Brain Health and Juicing

Brain Health and Juicing

The brain is one of the organs that is particularly sensitive to free radical damage and oxidative stress.  It is very important to include lots of antioxidants in your diet to protect it.  Juicing is one of the best ways you can accomplish that.

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FALL DETOX CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

FALL DETOX CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Fall Detox Can Change Your Life!

This fall do something that will change your whole life. Take the 30-Day Detox Challenge. Address all your pathways of elimination—liver/gallbladder, kidneys/bladder, intestinal tract, lymphatic system, lungs, skin, and blood. Kick in a parasite cleanse and you’ll have a whole house cleaning system.

Want to avoid fall sniffles? Some health practitioners say that if you cleanse with the seasons, you won’t get sick. This is your opportunity to clean out the toxins before the holidays season is upon us. Cleansing your body not only helps you flush away the toxins, you can flush away fat too.

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Bone Broth, Back Pain, Sciatica Healing Remedies

Bone Broth, Back Pain, Sciatica Healing Remedies

Bone Broth, Back Pain, Sciatica Healing Remedies

In the on-going search for healing for my husband’s bulging discs and resulting back pain and sciatica, we’ve learned a lot about healing remedies. I shared several of the remedies with you earlier.  I’m sharing more now in hopes that you will be helped if you suffer from pain as well.

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New Study Finds Sugar Can Cause Brain Damage

New Study Finds Sugar Can Cause Brain Damage

Does Sugar Cause Brain Damage?

“Bad news for people with a sweet tooth,” says the Telegraph (UK April 26, 2016).  A new study at the University of California in Los Angeles found that fructose spiked water fed to rats for six weeks caused cognitive problems.  They did only half as well in a maze alongside rats fed plain water. They drank the equivalent of the sugar in about one liter of soft drinks.

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Brain Fog and Poor Sleep; They Can Be Related

Brain Fog and Poor Sleep; They Can Be Related

Brain Fog and Poor Sleep; They Can Be Related

Do you find yourself forgetting things or feeling just plain fogged in? Has your brain been short-circuiting? Having trouble sleeping? We joke about our forgetfulness at times…our sunglasses on our heads as we search for them…. but the seriousness of the issue is our mental performance and long term brain health. If forgetfulness and brain fog persists, it can signal the beginning of dementia or Alzheimer’s. We can’t let that go. Poor sleep is often involved with development of dementia and Alzheimer’s as well. We can do something about it.

Could You Have Brown Slime in the Brain?

Damaged cells become free radicals, and a chain reaction is set in motion. Free-radicals attack proteins in the brain. This turns them into a “sludge” called lipofuscin—a form of brown slime that can coat neurons. Ronald M. Lawrence M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in neurology and assistant clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine says, “that slime decreases the ability of the brain to send vital electrochemical messages to other parts of the brain. As the slime thickens, memory declines and senility and dementia begin.”1 Free-radical damage to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands result in a decline in growth hormone (GH). Low GH can contribute to more of the manifestations of aging including problems with sleep. Poor sleep further contributes to mental decline. Free-radical attack on the adrenal glands results in a decline in the hormone DHEA—a hormone essential to the ability to learn and form memories.

Due to a host of modern-industrial pollutants, processed foods, too many sweets, computers and other sources of low-electromagnetic-field toxicity, and other generators of free radicals, many middle-aged and even younger people are suffering declines in memory, ability to learn, cognition, intelligence, and capacity to think clearly, along with sleep challenges. Peak mental performance is a necessity for many people. A good night’s sleep is crucial for not just brain health but overall health. You want to stop any mental decline and get your brain back in top shape.

Your first step? Scavenge free radicals and prevent attacks on brain cells with an abundance of antioxidant nutrients such as you find in fresh vegetable juice and wheatgrass juice. As you feed your body high quality “brain food” every day, you’ll see a difference. You have to also remove substances that contribute to free radical attack leading to brain decline. Sugar and artificial sweeteners are among the top contributors. Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that are worse for the brain that even sugar. Bottom Line: Sugar can directly contribute to brain fog. It can also really mess up your sleep. Use only natural low-glycemic sweeteners such as stevia and coconut nectar.

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Notes:

1 http://www.kats-korner.com/health/mdreport.html accessed 9/1/15

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