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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Reset Your Brain & Lose Weight

Reset Your Brain & Lose Weight

Reset Your Brain & Lose Weight

“The evidence is quite convincing – eating fattening foods causes inflammatory cells to go into the hypothalamus,” explains nationally known obesity expert Louis Aronne, M.D., Director of the Comprehensive Weight-Control Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital /Weill Cornell Medical Center.. “This overloads the neurons and causes neurological damage.”

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Zap your Brain Health with Juice!

Zap your Brain Health with Juice!

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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Heal Your Thyroid

Heal Your Thyroid

Heal Your Thyroid

I’ve never had low thyroid problems until just recently when my adrenals became very stressed. The thyroid and adrenals are closely associated so my thyroid has shown a little distress. I’m working on both. And it seems that I’m not alone. According to the United States National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, an estimated 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid disease and 13 million people go undiagnosed.  Besides stress, the following are the most common causes of thyroid problems:

  1. Deficiencies of iodine and selenium.
  2. Food sensitivities to gluten and A1 Casein (dairy) allergy
  3. Toxins—especially heavy metals and radiation exposure
  4. Hormone imbalances—cortisol too high from stress, too many carbs, not enough fat in the diet
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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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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.

Sugar-KnockoutLearn how to kick the sugar habit in my brand new book The Juice Ladys Sugar Knockout!!

Notes:

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

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Cure Brain Fog & Poor Memory

Cure Brain Fog & Poor Memory

Cure Brain Fog & Poor Memory

Do you find yourself forgetting things, misplacing stuff, or just plain feeling fogged in? 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. We can do something about it.

Could You Have Brain Sludge?

Damaged cells become free radicals, and a chain reaction is set in motion. Free-radicals attack proteins in the brain. This turns them into “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. Peak mental performance is a necessity for many people. Business meetings require that you be in top form. There are reports to go over, facts to memorize, summaries to write. Your job demands an alert, quick mind. So does school, if you are taking any courses. Also social settings and doing simple tasks, even if you are retired, calls for clear thinking. 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 brain decline such as all sugars and artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that are worse for the brain that sugar. Avoid all junk food as well, which is very bad for the brain.

Whether you want to improve memory or enhance creativity, concentration, and alertness, and prevent brain aging—dietary boosters from juicing and nutritional supplements can make a tremendous difference.

 

Notes:

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

 

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Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar Hijacks Your Brain

Sugar is sneaky—and unbeknown to many of us, we’ve become hooked before we know it. In ways that drugs such as nicotine, cocaine and heroin hijack the brain’s reward pathway and make users dependent, sugar is addictive in the same way.

Sugar Detox

“It almost feels like you’re detoxing from drugs,” some people say. There are four major components of addiction: binging, withdrawal, craving, and cross-sensitization. All of these components have been observed in animal models of addiction—sugar as well as drugs.

A typical experiment goes like this: rats are deprived of food for 12 hours each day, then given 12 hours of access to a sugary solution and regular chow. After a month of following this daily pattern, rats display behaviors similar to those on drugs of abuse.

They’ll binge on the sugar solution in a short period of time, much more than their regular food. They also show signs of anxiety and depression during the food deprivation period. Many sugar-treated rats who are later exposed to drugs, such as cocaine and opiates, demonstrate dependent behaviors toward the drugs compared to rats who did not consume sugar beforehand.

Like drugs, sugar spikes dopamine release. Over the long term, regular sugar consumption actually changes the gene expression and availability of dopamine receptors in both the midbrain and frontal cortex.

This means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signaling, greater excitation of the brain’s reward pathways and a need for even more sugar to activate all of the midbrain dopamine receptors like before. The brain becomes tolerant to sugar—and more is needed to attain the same “sugar high.”

Sugar Withdrawal

In a 2002 study by Carlo Colantuoni and colleagues of Princeton University, rats who had undergone a typical sugar dependence protocol then underwent “sugar withdrawal.” This was facilitated by either food deprivation or treatment with naloxone, a drug used for treating opiate addiction which binds to receptors in the brain’s reward system.

Both withdrawal methods led to physical problems, including teeth chattering, paw tremors, and head shaking. Naloxone treatment also appeared to make the rats more anxious, as they spent less time on an elevated apparatus that lacked walls on either side. Similar withdrawal experiments by others also report behavior similar to depression in tasks such as the forced swim test. Rats in sugar withdrawal are more likely to show passive behaviors (like floating) than active behaviors (like trying to escape) when placed in water, suggesting feelings of helplessness.

A new study published by Victor Mangabeira and colleagues in Physiology & Behavior reports that sugar withdrawal is also linked to impulsive behavior. Initially, rats were trained to receive water by pushing a lever. After training, the animals returned to their home cages and had access to a sugar solution and water, or just water alone. After 30 days, when rats were again given the opportunity to press a lever for water, those who had become dependent on sugar pressed the lever significantly more times than control animals, suggesting impulsive behavior.

I encourage you to swear off sugar for good. There are also countless articles and books about the boundless energy and new-found happiness in those who have sworn off sugar for good. There are great healthful sweeteners to choose from such as stevia and coconut sugar. So why not say good bye to sugar for good and see how good you can feel?  I did years ago and it was one of my life changers.

Adapted from http://qz.com/353138/this-is-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you-stop-eating-sugar/

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