Simple ways to protect your brain from neurotoxicity

Simple ways to protect your brain from neurotoxicity

( Natural News ) The brain is a complex organ that is central to the many body functions that humans have, which is why it is crucial to take good care of it. Every day, there is a risk of being exposed to neurotoxins that are harmful to the brain. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect the brain from neurotoxin-induced damage . Neurotoxicity is a condition wherein the brain has acquired damage due to the presence of neurotoxins. These neurotoxins can either be synthetic or naturally occurring. Some examples of neurotoxins include manganese, botox, recreational drugs, anti-psychotic medications, food additives, environmental pollution, nail polish, pesticides, paints, and many others. Exposure to these neurotoxins can directly or indirectly interfere with brain function . They can work by preventing synapse formation, which could inhibit communication between brain cells. In addition, neurotoxins can also alter the levels of hormones for nervous system development and promote oxidative stress that leads to the degradation of nerves and brain cells. Because of these impaired brain functions and features, neurotoxicity has also been associated with an increased risk for diseases like autism , Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. To avoid the adverse effects of neurotoxin exposure, here is a list of things that can help protect your brain: Water filters – Drinking water, especially if it comes from the tap, contains neurotoxins like fluoride. Water filters that use reverse osmosis or ion-exchange can effectively remove fluoride from water. However, activated carbon filters will not remove them. Aside from water filters, distillation units can also be used. Houseplants – Previous studies have shown that some easy-to-grow houseplants can effectively filter out neurotoxins from the air . Examples for houseplants that act as air filters include English ivy, spider plant, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, Boston fern, miniature […]

Here’s an easy guide to growing your own ginger at home

Here’s an easy guide to growing your own ginger at home

( Natural News ) Ginger, which has a unique sweet, warm, and zesty flavor profile, is a popular superfood that offers various health benefits. It is even used in home remedies for indigestion or nausea. Follow these steps if you want to try growing ginger in your backyard . Find some ginger root – When buying ginger root, find a piece that’s just about the size of your thumb, but with some several bumpy nodules at the tips. These are ginger buds. Choose ginger root with plump chunks instead of withered buds. The skin on delicate ginger buds must be thinner and lighter-colored. You can’t grow conventional ginger in your home garden because this is irradiated and treated to prevent it from sprouting while on display at the supermarket. Buy organic ginger instead. Make the ginger root sprout – This step may require some patience. To hasten the sprouting process, make a terrarium for the ginger root using a takeout container with a clear lid. Get a container that’s several inches bigger than the seed and poke some drainage holes in the bottom. Add an inch or two of potting soil below the seed and add about half an inch of soil above the seed. Once the seed is watered, replace the lid but don’t seal it. Keep the soil at about 70 F and moist to the touch. Water it only when the soil dries. A sprout will crop up after six to eight weeks. Replant the ginger in a large container – Ginger requires a generous amount of feed and lots of watering before it can grow, so transfer the ginger to a bigger pot. With enough space to grow, a ginger that’s about the size of your thumb can easily fill a two-gallon pot after just […]

Brain-training games are a “waste of time,” say researchers – good diet and exercise are still the best ways to improve cognition

Brain-training games are a “waste of time,” say researchers – good diet and exercise are still the best ways to improve cognition

( Natural News ) Doing word puzzles and number games might be a good way to pass the time, but they’re not necessarily the best approach for boosting cognition, according to new research published in the journal Neuropsychologia . Scientists from Canada found that people who spend countless hours playing Sudoku or doing word puzzles probably aren’t going to achieve the IQ boost they’re hoping for – especially when such games are played on electronic devices like tablets and smartphones that are known to damage the brain . For the research, the team, led by Dr. Bobby Stojanoski from the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in London, Ontario, evaluated 72 participants divided into two groups. One group was tasked with completing roughly 13 hours of so-called “brain training” games, while the other group was evaluated as a control. “After they completed that very lengthy period of brain training, we tested them on two quite similar tests to determine whether the brain training transferred to improvements on these untrained tests,” explained Dr. Stojanoski about the methodology. In the end, however, there were no observable differences in cognition between the two groups. No matter the number of “brain games” the active participants completed, all of the participants from both groups performed roughly equally on follow-up cognition assessments, suggesting that brain-boosting games and puzzles don’t actually work. “We hypothesized if you get really, really good at one test by training for a very long time, maybe then you will get improvement on tests that are quite similar,” Dr. Stojanoski added about what he and his team expected to find as part of their experiments. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic […]

Australian study confirms the therapeutic benefits of intermittent fasting for diabetic patients

Australian study confirms the therapeutic benefits of intermittent fasting for diabetic patients

( Natural News ) Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular styles of fasting for weight loss. This type of fasting can also benefit people with diabetes. According to a study published in the journal JAMA Network , intermittent fasting can help lower Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. HbA1c is the average blood sugar levels for the last two to three months. A high HbA1c means there is too much sugar in the blood, which indicates a greater risk of developing diabetes complications. For the study, researchers from the University of South Australia recruited 137 adults with Type 2 diabetes, who were then randomly divided into two groups. One group followed an intermittent calorie restriction diet that consisted of 500 to 600 kilocalorie (kcal) per day for two non-consecutive days a week and increased intake for five days. The other group followed a continuous calorie restriction diet that consisted of 1,200 to 1,500 kcal every day for a year. The researchers initially analyzed HbA1c, then weight loss. Based on the results, the intermittent fasting method produced the same outcomes as continuous calorie restriction in reducing HbA1c. In addition, there were similar weight reductions between groups. However, within the first two weeks, no changes in blood sugar levels occurred, which affected 35 percent of the participants using sulphonylurea or insulin. The findings of the study suggested that intermittent fasting is safe and effective for reducing HbA1c, so it may be practiced as an effective alternative to daily calorie restriction. The researchers noted that careful medication management is also needed to prevent blood sugar levels from dropping too low, resulting in hypoglycemia. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, […]

Nootropic Products Market Size, Growth, Trends, and Outlook 2016-2024

Albany, NY — ( SBWIRE ) — 10/09/2018 — The term Nootropic is derived from Greek word noos and tropein which means mind and towards respectively. In general Nootropic products are natural and synthetic compounds that can enhance memory, alertness, attention and other cognitive abilities. Nootropic products are alternatively coined as cognitive enhancers and brain boosters for their ability to produce positive effects on brain performances. Nootropic products are gaining a lot of acceptance in recent years as mood enhancers due to growing prevalence of depression and mental fatigue among youths across the globe. Read Report Overview @ https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/nootropic-products-market.html Nootropic products are a newly emerging category of supplements called as smart drugs aimed at enhancing brain functions and performances. Many students and researches are not only experimenting on the efficacy of the drugs and its probable side effects but are also using some of the approved products such as Modafinil which by 2013 is unfortunately the only available product by prescription. However, there are varieties of other products which can be obtained as supplements without any prescription. These include CDPCholine, Piracetam and either pyritinol or sulbutiamine just to begin with. Some of the other commonly and widely used nootropic products in 2014 encompass Noopept, Pramiracetam, Modafinil, Adrafinil, Aniracetam and Phenylpiracetam among others. Noopept is one of the long considered supplements primarily used to gain number of effective benefits related to synaptic plasticity. Other benefits of Noopept include improved reflexes, mood enhancer, improved logical thinking and controlled anxiety level. This supplement works by stimulating NDMA and APMA receptor sites within the brain that improve the activity of neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Serotonin and Glutamate among others. Modafinil on the other hand by now the strongest nootropic and must be used with caution. Though it was originally developed for clinical trials […]

Can Sleep Deprivation Lead To A Relapse?

Can Sleep Deprivation Lead To A Relapse?

Scientists understand a lot more about sleep today than they did a decade ago, but there are still things to learn about our natural ‘power charging’ state – especially in recovery. Prevention Before Treatment For instance, there is a big difference between the symptoms lack of sleep brings in a healthy brain in comparison to one that’s been touched by substance-use disorder (in most cases the substance doesn’t matter since the addiction is the underlying issue). If a healthy person will experience difficulties in concentration and temporary memory failures, a person dealing with addiction risks a relapse even though they’ve been sober for a while and doing well. While relapsing can be seen as part of the journey to a better life and a more secure self (both emotionally and physically), it is not something anyone wants to go through more than needed. Of course, there are ways to come out of the experience a bit more knowledgeable, but I always recommend prevention before treatment. But, to prevent, one needs to understand why a lack of sleep has such devastating effects on a recovering addict in comparison to a healthy person. The Link Between Sleep Deprivation And Addiction The main symptoms of sleep deprivation show up at brain level, impairing judgment, creating confusion, and overall inducing various cravings. For instance, a healthy person who doesn’t have good sleep habits will end up feeling hungry and craving fatty foods and sweets. On the other hand, the cravings of an addict are always related to their drug of choice, and sleep deprivation will only increase the risk of relapsing. When the brain is sleep deprived, you lack control over your own thoughts and cravings. Everything becomes less important than getting your needs satisfied and logical thinking is usually down-voted. So, if […]

Yummy superfoods that even beginner gardeners can plant today

Yummy superfoods that even beginner gardeners can plant today

( Natural News ) Fruits and vegetables are known for being rich in beneficial substances, such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. To ensure that food being consumed is safe, these crops can easily be planted in your backyard without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other toxic chemicals. While organic and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables may be available on the market, there are products that claim to be what they aren’t. Some companies intentionally label their products with false claims to increase their market value. This means that people don’t always get what they pay for. Backyard gardening is a fool-proof way of being in control of what’s inside the food you put on the dining table. Here are some superfoods that can easily be planted: (h/t to NewLifeOnAHomestead.com . ) Apples – Although apples can be grown almost anywhere, they may take years to become established. However, the wait is worth it since apples are tasty and rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Beans – Among the different varieties of beans, green beans are the easiest to grow. These are rich in proteins and folate, which is crucial for red blood cell production and cell growth . Berries – Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are easily grown, but they prefer acidic soil. They contain antioxidants and other nutrients that are important for mental and physical health. Broccoli – This cold-season plant is rich in many nutrients including sulfur, which prevents cancer and inflammation. Cabbage – Red and green varieties of cabbage can easily be cultivated. These superfoods are also rich in cancer-preventing sulfur. Carrots – Carrots are known to contain high amounts of an antioxidant known as carotene. Carotene has been proven to prevent cancer and slow down aging. Carrots grow best in the cold and can […]

Why you should REJECT the flu shot and take a SANE approach to immunity

Why you should REJECT the flu shot and take a SANE approach to immunity

( Natural News ) Bullies and charlatans are everywhere these days. You can find them on the playgrounds, the internet, and even in your own home. They push you around, tell you fictional stories that never really happened, and believe in their lies like they are the God-given truth. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in a conventional doctor’s office during flu season. But you have wised up, right? You’re not playing their “do as you’re told” game, because you have educated yourself enough to ask intelligent questions and are brave enough to confront your doctor on the subject, even if it makes your knees shake. After all, it’s YOU that has to deal with the potential repercussions, whereas the doctor just walks away with more dirty money lining his pocket, while claiming ignorance to any potential injury you may sustain. However, in case you’re still not sure if you should reject the flu shot, consider these three reasons why you should, along with some bonafide ways to improve immunity and get over the flu, naturally. Flu shots haven’t been proven to adequately work The first debate is whether the flu shots actually even work. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that it “works” for some and not for others, and those results can vary from year to year. However, the first piece of damning evidence comes from several statements made on the Flulaval vaccine insert itself. These warnings include: “There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with Flulaval.” The power of the elements : Discover Colloidal Silver Mouthwash with quality, natural ingredients like Sangre de Drago sap, black walnut hulls, menthol crystals and more. Zero artificial sweeteners, colors or alcohol. Learn more at the Health Ranger Store and help support this […]

Researchers deploy Forrest Gump in brain study

Researchers deploy Forrest Gump in brain study

Some young visitors sit next to a waxwork model of Tom Hanks in the guise of Forrest Gump. It was just like meeting the real thing, they said. Watching the 1994 Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump may have affected you in strange and unusual ways. British research suggests that throughout the two-hour Hollywood blockbuster the response of your hippocampus, the part of your brain associated with memories, was more likely influenced by subjective event boundaries than by specific transitions between scenes, such as changes in location. This suggests the hippocampus is sensitive to meaningful units of experience rather than perceptual cues. If that is correct, it likely means that the brain region plays an important role in segmenting our continuous everyday experience into discrete events for storage in long-term memory. The research, carried out by Aya Ben-Yakov and Richard Henson at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, UK, is among the first to investigate hippocampal function during a natural experience. The scientists recruited two groups of volunteers. The first was asked to watch Forrest Gump, while the second was shown an abridged version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1961 television drama Bang! You’re Dead , edited from 30 minutes down to eight. In each participant, the hippocampus responded as the researchers hypothesised it would. “We observed a strong hippocampal response at boundaries defined by independent observers, which was modulated by boundary strength (the number of observers that identified each boundary),” they write in a paper published in the journal JNeurosci . “In the longer film, there were sufficient boundaries to show that this modulation remained after co-varying out a large number of perceptual factors. “The hippocampus was the only brain region whose response showed a significant monotonic increase with boundary strength in both films, suggesting […]

Cancer-fighting cauliflower is having its moment in the spotlight as the new kale

Cancer-fighting cauliflower is having its moment in the spotlight as the new kale

( Natural News ) Cauliflower has been enjoying increasing popularity as of late, thanks to a vast number of research that supports its health benefits. In fact, the vegetable is now being hailed as the “new kale” due in part to its nutritional value. According to New York-based nutritionist and personal trainer Mary Jane Detroyer, cauliflower is now replacing kale as a superfood, due to its versatility as a substitute for rise or potatoes in certain dishes. The vegetable is ideal for people who need to cut back on their calorie content such as obese individuals, diabetes patients and people with high cholesterol, the nutritionist said. “It’s very low in calories, so it’s a great food for weight loss. It can easily be incorporated into many deliciously tempting dishes to seduce you to eat more nutrients and less of the heavy stuff. It can seamlessly stand in for heavier foods like mashed potatoes and rice – and for just a fraction of the calories,” the Nutrition Twins (Tammy and Lyssie Lakatos) also quoted in DailyMail.co.uk . According to the University of Arizona , cauliflower belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes broccoli, kale and collard greens. The vegetable’s name literally means “cabbage flower” in Latin. Cauliflower originated in Asia Minor, and was eventually cultivated in different parts of the world. Most of today’s cauliflower crops are grown in France, Italy and India as well as China and the U.S. The vegetable’s high nutrition value has prompted health experts to place it among the many varieties of superfoods . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already included cauliflower among the top 30 powerhouse vegetables in its Aggregate Nutrient Density Index . Previous research have found that cauliflower promotes strong bones and brain health, improves heart health, […]