Deborah Mccottry won our weekly drawing this week. For those who wish to become part of our community and be part of the fun, you can sign up here: Free weekly drawings
Now, today I’d like to pass on some information about brain health. In case you are not paying attention, it’s a growing problem. Dementia and other brain disorders are on the rise. The Alzheimers Association states that the US will see a 44% increase in individuals with Alzheimers by 2025. Utah, Alaska and Colorado are projected to have the biggest increase – around 126%, with significant growth in states with the largest populations: Texas (74%), Florida (64%) and California (50%).
One doesn’t have to look too far to see friends and family members who have been touched by this disease. If you’ve seen it, you have most certainly felt the impact.
I have read Dr. David Permutter’s book “Grain Brain:The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers” and I highly recommend it. His approach is complex but then this is a complex issue. It has everything to do with your immune system and keeping it healthy. There are no ‘quick fixes’ but there are things you can do right now to help keep your brain healthy. His book goes into nutritional issues as well as issues of toxicity from our foods and environment. He makes a definitive link between colon health and brain health.
Just to give you a quick run-down on important supplements, Dr. Perlmutter recommends:
*Alpha Lipoic Acid – 600 mg daily
*Coconut Oil – 1 TBS daily (taken straight is recommended but you can use it in cooking)
*DHA – 1,000 mg daily (combined with EPA. He recommends a fish oil supplement but since I have a problem with the mercury in our fish oil supplements, I opt for a DHA derived from marine algae.)
*Probiotics – 1 capsule on an empty stomach up to 3 times daily. Look for a probioitic that contains at least ten billion active cultures, from at least ten different strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. For probiotics, I take one that has 150 billion active cultures – Renew Life brand Ultimate Flora Mega Potent. With a history of colon issues and gluten sensitivity, this works best for me.
*Resveratrol 100 mg twice daily
*Turmeric 350 mg twice daily
*Vitamin D3 5,000 IU daily
These are all easily obtainable from Amazon or other sources. If you would like some recommendations, please comment below and I’ll give you links and details.
No, the above is NOT all you need for a healthy brain. You also have to clean out your kitchen and cabinets. Get rid of the junk – glutens, sugars, processed foods, anything containing non-fermented soy, anything that says ‘fat free’ or ‘low fat’, margarines and most oils that are processed in any manner whatsoever.
I know it sounds complicated but isn’t this better than sitting in a vegetative state among your loved ones as their hearts break for you?
I highly recommend Dr. Perlmutter’s book. In reading it, you may find many surprising links to your own health challenges.
And predictably, I come back to meditation. 😉 Meditation seems to keep dementia at bay! There are hundreds of articles, but this one sums it up nicely: Prevention Magazine: Meditation staves off dementia
I know the last thing I want to happen to me is to have one part of my body go before the rest. It works both ways – I want my mind to be present and for my body to function right up to the very end. It’s an important goal for us all to embrace.