( Natural News ) So you’ve become a regular at the gym, turned vegan, and done almost everything in your power to stay physically healthy. What about staying mentally fit as well? Mental health is just as important as physical health. Mental fitness protects us from depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s , and other diseases. Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi, director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College , New York claims we can prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia through healthier food and lifestyle choices. In her new book Brain Food: How to Eat Smart and Sharpen your Mind , Mosconi says that while genetics plays a key role in causing dementia, lifestyle factors, like diet, are just as crucial. Maintain your sugar levels — Our brain depends mainly on glucose (sugar) and needs 62 grams of glucose daily. Before you grab that extra-large pizza though, Mosconi says our brains’ ‘sugar gates’ open when it needs sugar, but shuts down once it’s had enough. Excess glucose can’t enter the “sugar gate.” Instead, it leads to high blood sugar levels and weight gain. Know how your nutrients interact — Nutrients in your body should interact withe each other. Make sure you get a balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and vitamin B. Have plant-based meals — Our vegetarian ancestors knew it all along. Plant-based foods are the best. In fact, 98 percent of those who live long, healthy and dementia-free lives are vegans. Choose organic food well — You can also save on costs by choosing fruits that are in season. You can also opt for wild fish over the farmed variety, since the former tends to have less pollutants and pesticides. Always eat breakfast — Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, because the brain needs an […]
( Natural News ) In 2015, at least 47 million people worldwide had dementia, a memory problem that often greatly affects an individual’s ability to accomplish daily tasks. While the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, other forms exist as well. Unlike other diseases that can be treated, there is no cure for dementia. However, learning about its risk factors is one way to prevent it. According to a study, older adults who have slower walking speeds could have a higher risk of developing dementia than those with faster walking speeds. A team of researchers from the U.K. analyzed the relationship among changes in walking speed, changes in the ability to think and make decisions, and dementia. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . For the study, the researchers reviewed data from the “English Longitudinal Study of Aging” which contained information from adults aged 60 and older who lived in England. The researchers relied on information gathered from 2002 to 2015 and they assessed participants’ walking speed on two occasions: From 2002 to 2003; and in 2004 to 2005. The participants were observed once again to determine whether or not they developed dementia following the tests from 2006 to 2015. The researchers then compared the patients who had developed dementia with those who had not. (Related: Go for a brisk walk every day to protect your brain .) The researchers found out that out of the almost 4,000 older adults they observed, the ones with a slower walking speed had a higher chance of developing dementia. Additionally, individuals who experienced a faster decrease in walking speed in a two-year period were also at greater risk for dementia. Support our mission and protect your health: Organic Seeds of Life […]
With the world’s population aging, more and more people are losing their memory. This is why there is a strong focus on finding preventative measures for memory loss, preferably natural remedies. Researchers examined the effects of tai chi on different levels of mild cognitive impairment — a precursor to future more serious memory loss — to determine its effectiveness for maintaining memory. There are currently an estimated 7.7 million dementia cases reported each year with 47.5 million patients. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a noticeable decrease in memory, thinking, and skills, but as the name insinuates, it’s still quite mild compared to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease . On the other hand, individuals with MCI tend to have a higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. MCI can very much interfere with a person’s daily life, such as performing everyday tasks like driving, shopping, or caring for themselves, as the individual may become forgetful. There is some preliminary research to suggest that tai chi can help support the brain, as it promotes blood circulation, which slows down the death of brain cells and aging of the brain. The Chinese researchers of the recent study recruited 160 older adults to explore the effects of tai chi on the brain and MCI. The participants were divided into two groups: One group received one hour of tai chi lessons for 16 weeks and the other group did not. The researchers uncovered that the older adults that received tai chi scored better on questionnaires measuring cognitive ability. The results remained even after accounting for age, education, marital status, and living conditions. Although the study did pose some limitations, including the study not being blind, it still reveals that this type of exercise has the potential to offer benefits to brain health. Generally, any type […]
Caffeine has a number of health effects on the body and brain. Depending on how you consume it, caffeine could improve memory, boost athletic performance, and be good for the heart. But too much of it may also cause irritation or anxiety. Many of us can’t start our day without a jolt of caffeine. Various caffeinated drinks affect your health in different ways. Coffee itself seems to be associated with significant health benefits , including reduced cancer risk, improved liver function, and a lower risk for cognitive decline. But other caffeinated beverages like energy drinks have surprisingly high sugar levels , which may have negative health effects but. But caffeine itself can do a lot, including boost athletic performance, improve memory, and — according to one recent review of studies — it may improve heart function. The popular stimulant has both positive and negative effects. It makes most of us feel more alert, awake, and focused, but too much can also backfire. It also affects a host of processes in our bodies, including our digestion, metabolism, and vision. Here’s what’s really going on after you drink a cup of joe. Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world. One of the things rarely mentioned about caffeine is that it is, in fact, a drug. In fact, it’s the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world, which is probably why we don’t think about it as a drug. Caffeine has psychoactive effects, and changes the way we feel and interact with the world around us. Yet think of how many of us can’t — or won’t — go through a day without it. Harvard neuroscientist Charles Czeisler has hypothesized that caffeine, combined with electricity, allowed humans to escape natural patterns of sleep and wakefulness, breaking them […]
Shutterstock.com We’ve all heard of the infamous phrase you are what you eat. And, in all honesty, that phrase has a lot of truth to it, because depending on what you eat, your diet can have a huge impact on your overall health. Your brain needs proper nutrients to function well, so when you consciously eat with your brain health in mind, you will be able to focus and think more clearly throughout the day. The following smoothies are packed with nutrients that will help regulate your blood sugar, stabilize free-radical damage, and, most importantly, boost brain health. Coconut Almond, Blueberry, and Beet Smoothie Shutterstock.com Beets are a high source of fiber, folate, phytonutrients, beta-carotene, and natural nitrates that all help support blood flow to the brain. Coconut is naturally low in sugar and is one of the richest sources of medium-chain triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides are converted into energy for your brain and can even help improve memory. What you will need: 2 tsp of unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup unsweetened carrot juice 1/2 cup ice cubes 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup peeled and grated raw beet 1/2 cup unsalted raw whole almonds dash of ground ginger Method: Combine all your ingredients in your blender, and blend to your desired consistency. Grab a cup and enjoy! Avocado and Mango Smoothie Shutterstock.com This tropical smoothie has all the necessary nutrients needed to help support brain function. Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which has been proven to help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The spinach present in this smoothie helps strengthen your brain while the omega-3’s present in spinach help replenish your iron supply. What you will need: 1 cup of fresh spinach 1/2 fresh mango 1 cup chilled low-fat vanilla soymilk 1/4 […]
( Natural News ) For some time now, mothers have been made aware of the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) , a chemical used in many types of containers, including baby bottles. BPA is used to harden plastics, prevent contamination of foods, and stop cans from rusting. In recent years, several studies have confirmed that BPA affects endocrine function (hormonal balance) in animals and humans, and new moms have been warned to avoid baby bottles that contain this chemical and to take other steps like not boiling polycarbonate bottles or heating them in the microwave. BPA has been linked to both male and female infertility, early puberty, hormonal breast and prostrate cancers, and metabolic disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome. Now, a shocking new study has found that by the time a baby is born it may be way too late to start actively avoiding BPA. The Scientist recently reported that the findings of the study – conducted by a research team from the University of Calgary – were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois, in March. After determining in 2015 that BPA causes hyperactivity and alters brain development in zebrafish, the study’s lead author, Deborah Kurrasch, and her team decided to investigate its effects on pregnant mammals. Pregnant mice were fed differing dosages of BPA over a period of time, and the effects recorded. The Scientist reported on the findings: [T]he researchers observed that even when animals were exposed to low levels of the chemical—10 or 20 times below the recommended daily intake for humans—their offspring displayed significantly accelerated early neuron development. BPA exposure increased the number, size, and the rate of proliferation of neurons in the pups’ brains, but also reduced the “stemness,” or self-renewal capability, of cells, pushing them toward a […]
Throughout human history there seems to be a constant search for a silver bullet or pill that will make us faster, stronger and smarter.
Sure, there are more difficult ways of accomplishing all of these goals (through various types of training), but humans seem fascinated with the search for a substance or “hack” that will make the process easier. While this is an age-old search, new options have emerged and gained popularity in the form of smart drugs and nootropics, though many are still not aware of the benefits (and risks) of these substances. The movie “Limitless” increased interest in these substances as the main character finds a smart drug that allows him to become cognitively superhuman, but then faces the unintended consequences of the drug. In short, these are substances that enhance cognitive performance in some way. Some are natural, in the form of herbs or high-dose vitamins, while others are man-made and pharmaceutical. Technically, while “smart drugs” typically refer to any pharmaceutical (or nutritional substance) that increase brain performance, nootropics must fulfill five criteria defined by the man who coined the term, Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea: The substance should enhance the brain in some way. It should improve cognitive performance under stress (such as electrical shock or oxygen deprivation) The substance should have protective properties that protect the brain against harmful substances. The substance should “increase the efficacy of neuronal firing control mechanisms in cortical and sub-cortical regions of the brain.” (1) It should be non-toxic and have no harmful side effects. Tall order, huh? As you can imagine, this limits the number of substances that technically meet the definition of “nootropics,” and as Bradley Cooper’s character found in the movie “Limitless,” substances that offer incredible benefit and seem too good to be true often are. In […]
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