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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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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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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Wheatgrass and Brain Fog

Wheatgrass and Brain Fog

Wheatgrass and Brain Fog

Most people have experienced brain fog from time to time, but some people have it all the time. It’s like a mental cloud. Common brain fog symptoms include poor memory, difficulty focusing, and forgetfulness. Toxicity in the brain and lack of nutrients are major contributing factors. Also, overworking, multitasking, or substance abuse (i.e. alcohol or sugar) can contribute to this foggy feeling.

Veggie juices and eating more vegetable can help immensely along with detoxing your body from time to time. Include lots of green vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, chard, turnip greens, bok choy, and broccoli for your brain. Green vegetables are among the best sources of B vitamins. Three B vitamins in particular, folic acid, B6 and B12, are essential brain vitamins. (You get B12 from animal products.) An Oxford University study found that these three vitamins work synergistically to reduce brain atrophy, improve brain function, and dramatically reduce brain shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s.1

Green veggies are also a good source of the amino acid l-tyrosine which can improve your mood and increase your ability to learn, solve problems, and remember. Tyrosine is needed to form the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine which are associated with alertness, drive, and motivation. 2

Wheatgrass juice is rich in many brain food nutrients and is considered to be a complete food in itself. The fact is that one pound of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to many pounds of choice garden vegetables. Try adding wheatgrass juice with your vegetables for good brain health.

1 http://www.pnas.org/content/110/23/9523.abstract

2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2736402

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Is Your Brain Starving?

Is Your Brain Starving?

Are you feeding your brain the fuel it needs for optimal function?

Considering nearly 60 percent of your brain is made up of fats, it’s imperative that you get the right fats in your diet. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are required for maintenance of optimal health. We must eat them since they cannot be synthesized by the body. Clinical observation studies has related imbalanced dietary intake of fatty acids to impaired brain performance and diseases. Beyond their important role in building the brain structure, EFAs, as messengers, are involved in the synthesis and functions of brain neurotransmitters, and in the molecules of the immune system.To give your brain a cognitive boost, aim for more omega 3’ fats from fish or quality fish oil, flax seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts. Your brain will thank by being smarter and happier. This also means NOT feeding your brain the stuff that has been shown to perpetuate a downward spiral in mental function like sugar, junk food, damaged fats, and foods your are sensitive too such as gluten or soy.  

Notes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20329590

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