Category Archives: Brain Health/Mental Health

Nourishing My Brain ~

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Sipping a hot sweet cup of #GreenTea with #honey, at the #marina overlooking #NYC #BatteryPark, on a cool breezy exquisitely #sunny #Sunday afternoon yesterday… #Priceless. ~

Did you know Green Tea affects #brainhealth?
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Repost: ‘Mental Medicine: How Meditation Changes Our DNA’ by Dan Bischoff (From My Living Blog)

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Gone are the days when meditation was only for monks with orange robes and vows of silence. Meditation, although a centuries-old practice, has become a new-age phenomena for dealing with our overstimulating world. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion are common ailments that motivate sufferers to turn to meditation for its calming, soul-healing effects.

But what about cancer? And what about heart disease? Everyone is looking for a cure for the two biggest killers in the United States, and recent studies are showing that mindfulness meditation might help. So close your eyes and say “Ommm.”

Meditation as a Medical Cure

Mindfulness meditation is similar to what you probably imagine when you think of meditating. It’s done seated, involves closing your eyes and turning your thoughts inward. Practitioners of mindfulness meditation try to live in the present, using meditation to forgive their past and stop jolting for the future.

Research about the physical benefits of mindfulness meditation have been coming out since 2008, when a study found that comprehensive lifestyle changes, such as stress management, aerobic exercise and a vegan diet had an impact on telomere length in prostate cancer patients.

Telomere length refers to the tip ends of the chromosomes that protect our DNA. Reducing stress can increase telomerase, which is the telomere-lengthening enzyme that scientists have discovered protect our DNA and contribute to our overall health.

Show Me the Science

meditation changes our dnaThe 2008 study asked 30 men with biopsy-diagnosed low-risk prostate cancer to make comprehensive lifestyle changes for three months. They found that these changes “significantly increased telomerase activity and consequently telomere maintenance capacity in human immune-system cells.”

Another study in 2013 tested the effects of mindfulness meditation specifically, finding that after eight hours of mindfulness practice, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences from a control group who simply engaged in quiet, non-meditative activities. The changes were found in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, often used with patients who suffer from heart disease.

The most interesting finding, though, comes from a 2014 study that looked at 88 breast cancer survivors and found that the women who participated in regular mindfulness meditation had longer telomeres, and women in the control group who didn’t practice any meditation had shortened telomeres after the 12-week study.

Shortened telomeres don’t necessarily cause cancer or heart disease, but they do whittle with age and tend to correlate with patients of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Lengthening, or at least maintaining the length of our telomeres may help prevent these illnesses in those predisposed or aid in recovery.

But Wait, There’s More

The positive implications of mindfulness meditation extend even further than cancer, heart disease and diabetes, if you can believe it. Dr. Linda E. Carlson, who was the lead investigator on the 2014 study, found that mindfulness is associated with healthier levels of the stress hormone cortisol in her earlier work. And that mindfulness stress reduction may help individuals fight the flu and effects of HIV.

Another study conducted by Harvard University in 2014 found that mindfulness meditation can physically increase the gray matter density in our brains, near the hippocampus and amygdala, which are areas associated with self-awareness, compassion, anxiety and stress.

Conclusion

Tibetan monks sometimes live to be anywhere from 100 to 120 years old. And it isn’t uncommon to find a monk that looks to be in his 40s who is actually 80. The secrets of these age-defying abbots is not a pill or a fountain of youth, but healthy living practices that include long hours of mindfulness meditation.

One of the biggest proponents of aging is oxidative stress, and learning to reduce stress is one of, if not the key, to slowing the aging process. Tap into the power of meditation and other natural remedies for stress to extend your years and lead a happier, healthier life as you do.

Sources

http://www.fastcompany.com/3040039/its-not-just-for-your-brain-meditating-can-actually-change-your-dna
http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/changing-our-dna-through-mind-control/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18799354
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-courage-be-present/201001/how-practice-mindfulness-meditation
http://news.therawfoodworld.com/scientists-stunned-meditations-ability-regrow-dnas-age-defying-telomeres/
http://www.feelguide.com/2014/11/19/harvard-unveils-mri-study-proving-meditation-literally-rebuilds-the-brains-gray-matter-in-8-weeks/
http://blog.peterbaksa.com/post/9719815756/tibetan-monks-my-lama-temple-interviews

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My notes:  With all that wonderful information said here, I share here a photo of myself meditating to the sound of crashing waves on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this year, May 2015.  Prayer/Mediation has been my practice for some years now, and I invite All of You to incorporate the same into your daily lives to begin healing if needed, be divinely healthy, and to become Love…

‘The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.’ A quote by Lessons Learned In Life‬. We should, as the precious souls that we All are, both pray and meditate. It is said, ‘Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit of God to speak to You.’~

Eating Disorders: 19 Signs And The Difference Between How Caucasian Americans And African Americans Are Affected

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More Americans than you can imagine have some type of eating disorder. Ranging from Women to American teenage girls. Appearance and competition is one of the major reasons as to why we have such a high percentage of these women dealing with these disorders. Bone thin is seen, most times, as the health standard by people with eating disorders. Luckily, curves are slightly more acceptable now when you see posters, billboards, and commercials on TV today.

Men, are not completely exempt. Body builders make great models and men in show business compete with ever-thinner rivals, and can suffer reduced testicular functions from starving.

There a are 3 major eating disorders:

  1. Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders. This disorder consists of consuming of huge amounts of food in a very short time period and then making yourself vomiting to purge it from the system. Dentists are the first to diagnose it because frequent vomiting erodes tooth enamel.
  2. Anorexia is self-starvation. Characteristics include a distorted body self-image, extreme preoccupation with food, and sometimes binge eating.
  3. Orthorexia. This eating disorder consists of a person who becomes obsessed with dietary purity to the point where it becomes self-destructive.

Do you have an eating disorder? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you feel overweight/fat regardless of what your body weight is?
  2. Have you failed time and again to diet and fail to lose weight?
  3. Do you still think you’re fat even after losing a good amount of weight?
  4. Do your weight loss goals match what you “should” be according to your height?
  5. Do you fast or put yourself on incredibly strict diets where you become totally preoccupied with food?
  6. Do you have a rigid eating routine?
  7. Do you eat when under stress, pressure, or depressed?
  8. Do you prepare food for everyone else, and then refuse to eat it? (Anorexics often do this.)
  9. Are you a compulsive exerciser?
  10. Does guilt take over you if you miss exercising?
  11. Do you feel fat because you missed a regular exercise schedule?
  12. Are you hiding your eating habits from others?
  13. Is your self-esteem linked to your eating habits?
  14. Do you feel out of control of your life?
  15. Does guilt take over you if you eat dairy, meat, high-fat or high-calorie vegetarian foods?
  16. Do you binge, or eat large amounts of food in short periods of time?
  17. Have you tried to “correct” your “pigging-out” by using chemical laxatives, vomiting, or fasting? (Bulimics are usually malnourished as well as extremely thin, because vomiting and excess laxative use discharge most of their nutrients.)
  18. Has your body changed in a negative unhealthy way since you changed to a strict unhealthy diet? Such as in harder stools? Slower pulse rate? Cold hands and feet? Bloating and water/fluid retention? Slower metabolism? Lack of menstrual period?
  19. Do you “look” different? Is it an unhealthy look? Yellow teeth? Bone loss? Tooth decay? Dull, brittle hair, dry hair? Dry skin? (Anorexics at times develop a layer of thin, downy hair, called lanugo, which helps them keep warm when body fat becomes dangerously low.) (Bulimics have a swollen neck, broken blood vessels on face and eroded tooth enamel from excessive vomiting.)

If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, then consider balancing the body to treat an eating disorder.

Here are the latest Eating Disorders Statistics according to ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa And Associated Disorders Inc.):

• Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.1
• Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people who receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.2
• Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.3
• Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.4

Students:
• 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.”5
• 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20.6
• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.7
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8
• 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.3
• The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.4
• Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.17
• In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight, and of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight.16

Men:
• An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.9
• Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.”10
• Among gay men, nearly 14% appeared to suffer from bulimia and over 20% appeared to be anorexic.11

Media, Perception, Dieting:
• 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years.3
• 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.5
• The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.3
• 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.12
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.13
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991).
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991).

For Women:
• Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.14
• An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime.14 Research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia.15
• An estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.14
• An estimated 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder in a 6-month period.14
• About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.15
• 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems.18

Mortality Rates:
Although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, the mortality rates reported on those who suffer from eating disorders can vary considerably between studies and sources. Part of the reason why there is a large variance in the reported number of deaths caused by eating disorders is because those who suffer from an eating disorder may ultimately die of heart failure, organ failure, malnutrition or suicide. Often, the medical complications of death are reported instead of the eating disorder that compromised a person’s health.

According to a study done by colleagues at the American Journal of Psychiatry (2009), crude mortality rates were:

• 4% for anorexia nervosa

• 3.9% for bulimia nervosa

• 5.2% for eating disorder not otherwise specified

Athletes:
• Risk Factors: In judged sports – sports that score participants – prevalence of eating disorders is 13% (compared with 3% in refereed sports).19
• Significantly higher rates of eating disorders found in elite athletes (20%), than in a female control group (9%).20
• Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders.20
• A comparison of the psychological profiles of athletes and those with anorexia found these factors in common: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight.21

Even after seeing all these stats, anorexia is rare among African-Americans. An article in psychology today states that in fact, not a single black woman, in a study done on anorexia in 2011, met criteria for anorexia in the earlier 12 months, and there were no reports at all of anorexia in Caribbean adults. Interestingly, however, the age of onset for anorexia was lower for African-American adults (14.9 years) compared with late adolescence as seen in an earlier similar national study with primarily White participants (18.9 years), and there were no cases among African-Americans occurring after age 19. These findings show that Black Americans are at lower risk of anorexia than their White counterparts, and Caribbean Blacks are at an even lower risk. Although when African-Americans do have anorexia, the age of onset is lower and the course of the disorder is longer. The lower rates of anorexia are thought to be due to less of an emphasis on thinness in African-American culture operating as a protective factor.

Lifetime prevalence rates found for bulimia in Black Americans is 1.5% for adults, which is slightly higher than the national average of 1.0%. The average age of onset is 19 years, which is the same as the general population. Thus, rates of bulimia among Blacks may not be as uncommon as once believed. This finding could be a sign that Black people do feel pressure to conform to the American ideal of thinness, contributing to the higher rate of bulimia, although not to the more extreme level that is connected to the development of anorexia.

Binge eating was the most prevalent eating disorder among Blacks in the NSAL, with a lifetime prevalence of 1.7%, although 5.1% had some problems with binge eating whether or not they met criteria for a disorder. Males were significantly less likely to binge than women, but may have more issues around behaviors that emphasize an athletic build. While most eating disorders had an age of onset during adolescence, binge eating had the highest age of onset (22.8), which is similar to the general population. This older age of onset may reflect less of a concern for smaller body size and may represent more of a reaction to stress. Lower incomes and stress due to racism may have an effect on the drive to binge as a coping mechanism.
As in previous research, adult women had higher prevalence of eating disorders than men in the NSAL study. There were no gender difference in eating disorders among teens, but there was a tendency for boys to exhibit more disordered eating behaviors during adolescence. There is some research that indicates this could be due to weight restrictions for sports participation, such as school football, boxing, wrestling teams, etc. Therefore, Black boys should not be considered immune to eating disorders.

Taken as a whole, research shows that cultural differences must be taken into account when considering eating disorders in African-Americans. Clinicians should be prepared to recognize and treat groups that may be least likely to develop an eating disorder. This will require training to work with diverse cultural groups to ensure that appropriate treatment is provided. Professionals should be educated to possible differences ing prevalence, age of onset, persistence and gender differences in eating disorders, including differences among subgroups of Black people. The social climate and subculture in which a person was raised may effect the risk and course of development of an eating disorder. Earlier and more frequent screening of eating disorders in Black communities may be a critical component to capturing cases of these disorders.

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, use the following natural herbal therapy combination (a combination I have used with patients and clients with marvelous success) to help the body heal from emotional imbalances, normalize appetite and metabolism, regulate mood-appetite brain chemicals, control stress reactions, stimulate digestion and nutrient assimilation, maintain an ideal weight, increase energy, and to bring in green whole superfoods, all considered lifesavers:

NATURE’S HARVEST

CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK

SUPER TRIO

*Note: There is a well-known link between sexual abuse and eating disorders. Chinese medicine is known to balance emotionally and physically. Western herbs do not do it the same. For this reason I recommend the Chinese Negative Pack in all programs involving eating disorders.

Focus on optimal nutrition, Friends and Family. Herbs and roots along with fruits, vegetables, and wholesome whole grain foods, were placed here on this earth to keep us on a path of optimum health.

Schizophrenia and Helping The Body Heal

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A psychosis very common in today’s day and age is unfortunately Schizophrenia. And those suffering with it and those with loved ones suffering this disorder feel despair when nothing seems to help them. But some people have figured out how overcome this mental disorder by helping the body heal and bringing it back to balance.

This psychosis, Schizophrenia, is characterized by specific symptoms such as random, scattered thoughts, delusions, paranoia to extreme paranoia, disordered perception, and hallucinations. Chemical anti-psychotic drugs do not seem to help the problem and end up causing more harm along with unwanted side effects. The schizophrenic feels misunderstood and keeps to himself, withdrawing from others in social gatherings and emotionally.

Anti-psychotic drugs cause a side effect called Tardive diskinesia. The psychosis symptoms become heightened and person seems to look as if they are dragging their body during normal tasks, the person is lethargic, and angry and sad outbursts tend to happen often.

Herbal natural remedies have proven to have a successful track record for helping the body heal from TD and schizophrenia.

Causes of Schizophrenia? This psychosis develops from environmental and genetic disorders. The wrong foods play a big part in this mental illness. Dairy and lactose intolerance, yeast and candida albicans overgrowth, wheat intolerance and gluten allergy are of the main issues many schizophrenics suffer from. Sugar imbalances are also common in schizophrenics from diabetes to hypoglycemia. Many schizophrenics are also smokers because of a gene found in the nicotine receptors. Because of all these imbalances, many schizophrenics abuse their prescribed medications and other drugs to feel ‘high’.

Increase circulation to the brain, increase brain activity and nourish it, and balance nerves and mood with the following natural therapies: (Click each product link for more information.)

Circulatory System Pack

Super Trio

Brain Protex

5-HTP Power

Hyperactivity Disorder- ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, & Autism

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Hyperactivity and learning disorders are serious. They affect over 19-20 million children, affecting 3-4 children in every classroom in the US. Today almost 10% of school age boys must take a stimulant to go to school… this is the same number of people taking medications for heart disease. Over 1 million children are Autistic today. ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)- is marked by short attention span, and slow learning often attributed to dyslexia. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)is ADD accompanied by hyperactivity.

IS ADHD OVER-DIAGNOSED? Hyperactivity may be a sign of either hypoglycemia or food allergies or both. For example, Americans consume 8-10 lbs. of additives and 150 lbs. of sugar a year, both of which play a huge role in ADHD. Substantial sensitivities to food chemicals and sugar worsen symptoms. The Journal of Pediatric Research says children with ADHD are less able to compensate for stressful fats and this is a known brain offender. For this reason, nourishing the gut and feeding the child, or adult, good bacteria is necessary for proper brain function.  Post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety and depression mimic Attention Deficit Disorder signs.

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(Autism… and the power of natural medicine~ Here a photo of a joyous office visit with my long time autistic patient, 8yr old Jonathan Polanco, whom I have been consulting since the age of 4.  Jonathan, now says phrases, is punching, kicking, and following commands in karate, dressing himself, and matching letters with improved cognitive skills!  Blessed to be a part of Jonathan’s wellness journey~)

CHILDHOOD VACCINES ARE A PART OF THE AUTISM DEBATE. Some parents say the multiple, wide-ranging vaccines now given to children before they enter kindergarten play a role in autism development. Much of the controversy seems to stem from live viral vaccines, and the amount of mercury they transmit into a child’s body, (some say these mercury levels even exceed safe levels for adult fish consumption). The International Child Development Resource Center, which has done many studies on ADHD and autism, shows that children with the highest level of mercury exposure have a 6.6 fold increase in autism over those with lowest mercury levels.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON ADHD DRUGS. ADHD drugs do not tend to boost focus and attentiveness, or actual learning or retention.

NATURAL DIET TIPS:

  • Reduce sugar.
  • Eat green salads, high vegetable proteins (beans, soy foods, nuts, seeds), whole grains, plenty of fresh  fruits and vegetables… no junk fast foods.
  • Use organically grown foods when possible.
  • Include calming tryptophan-rich foods like turkey, tuna, wheat germ, yogurt and eggs.
  • Add EPA-rich foods: seafoods and sea veggies, spinach, cantaloupe, soy foods.
  • Stay away from fats in fried foods, baked goods and snack foods which disrupt brain functions.

Use the following natural therapy program to help strengthen a child’s gut microbiota, nervous system, increase learning, information retention, increase cognitive skills, and focus:

BERBERINE

FOCUS ATTENTION

DHA

GABA PLUS

STRESS RELIEF TCM

Help our children feel relaxed, calm, and focused without the side effects conventional drugs cause.

Are High-Carbohydrate Diets Bad for Your Brain?

Want better brain function? Maybe you should lay off the carbs, especially sugar and processed grains.

Recent research from Tufts University links high carbohydrate intake to greater risk of mild cognitive impairment. Diets heavy in sugar and complex carbohydrates, such as processed grains, could particularly contribute to risk by affecting the body’s glucose and insulin metabolism.

“Cognitive deficits have been observed in older people with impaired glucose tolerance, and insulin insensitivity and diabetes are risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia,” said Tammy Scott, PhD, a scientists at Tufts HNRCA Nutrition and Neurocognition Laboratory. “We’re not certain about the mechanisms, but possibilities include increased oxidative stress and impaired transport of glucose to the brain.”

Related Infographic: 13 Super Brain Foods You Can Find in the Grocery Store.

Related Product: Carbo Grabbers with Chromium

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, reported that people 70 and older who ate the most carbs in relation to protein and fat were at nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. Risk also rose with a diet heavy in sugar. on the other hand, study participants who consumed more protein and fat relative to cars were less likely to become cognitively impaired.

“We think it’s important that you eat a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat,” Roberts said, “because each of these nutrients has an important role in the body.”

In this study, not everyone with mild cognitive impairment went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, but many did.

“If we can stop people from developing mild cognitive impairment, we hope we can stop people from developing dementia,” Roberts said.

Participants in the study who reported the highest carbohydrate intake at the beginning of the study were about 2 times likelier to develop mild cognitive impairment. But those with diets high in fat were 42% less likely to suffer cognitive impairment. And those with a higher intake of protein had a relative reduced risk of 21%.

Click HERE for more on ‘Healthy Living & Protecting Brain Health’.

Which Carbs Contribute Most to Cognitive Decline?

  • High carbohydrates impact your glucose and insulin metabolism. “Sugar fuels the brain — so moderate intake is good. however, high levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar, similar to what we see with type 2 diabetes,” Roberts said.
  • Simple carbohydrates that are low in fiber, such as pasta, white bread and other refined grains, cause spikes in blood sugar because the body quickly converts them into glucose.
  • Whole grains, beans and vegetables retain the fiber and nutrients of the grain’s bran and germ, which are lost in processing. Because these carbs are digested slower, they have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar — and thus may be better for the brain.

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13 Tips For Healthy Aging, And More (Reposted from my Healthy Living Blog With Additional Notes)

The fountain of youth … a magical elixir that prevents aging, illness and death.

It sounds great, but for those of us with a more realistic outlook on life, we can do simple things right now to feel good and to help give our bodies their best shot at longevity.

Here are 13 of them:

13 Ways to Age Healthy

1. Stay active. Keep moving. Walk, work in the garden, play tennis or golf. Do anything that sounds fun if you can. Not all of us will be skydiving on our 80th birthday, but regular activity keeps the circulatory and respiratory systems in better shape, burns calories, warms us up, and helps lower the risk of debilitating diseases. And it’s good stress therapy.

2. Use your brain every day. Do mental math, crossword puzzles, jumbles, etc. Keep those neurons firing and active to help preserve healthy neural pathways. Also eat brain foods and brain supplements known to support brain health and function.

3. Antioxidants. Fight cellular damage to your skin, eyes and circulatory system by getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet. These nutrients have extra electrons that neutralize dangerous free radicals caused by sunlight, pollution, radiation and other things in our environment. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens like spinach, purple and red fruits, orange and yellow veggies, tomatoes, dark chocolate and more. Or drink your antioxidants in a potent beverage like Thai-Go® or in a supplement like Super Orac.

4. Put things on your calendar. Look forward to a concert, a family gathering, lunch with friends, etc. Australian researchers found that elderly people who are more social live longer compared to those with fewer friends.

5. Drink plenty of water. Proper hydration keeps blood and waste moving and helps the kidneys flush toxins and waste out of the body.

6. Take a nap! Naps may help combat stress in the body. One study of 24,000 people found that those who take a nap regularly are 1/3 less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t get regular naps.

7. Go fishing. At the dinner table that is. Fish provides important essential fatty acids, including omega 3s and 6s, that are often lacking in our diets. These EFAs support circulation, heart health, brain health, blood pressure and more.

8. Eat less. Cutting back on calorie consumption by 20–25% is enough to increase your lifespan markedly. Instead of filling your stomach, fill your time with learning, moving and socializing.

9. Get a little nutty. Adding uncooked nuts and seeds to your diet adds important trace minerals like selenium and the essential amino acid tryptophan. The former helps quench free radicals and eliminate heavy metals, and the latter helps with both mood and sleep.

10. Pray. A 12-year study of adults over 65 shows that people who attend religious services more than once a week had stronger immune systems than those who did not attend services. They were also less likely to die (early). Worshipping together creates strong social bonds between friends, which may boost health.

11. Sprinkle on the seasonings. Shakespeare was right. Rosemary is for remembrance. Cooking with herbs like rosemary, sage and turmeric can help improve mood and memory.

12. Watch your waistline. Being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other unwelcome conditions. Stay active and eat smart to keep your weight in check and disease at bay.

13. Invest in a healthy future. Get a physical once a year, and stay on top of your recommended health screenings.

*Additional Tips from Dr. Julissa:

-Practice Prayer/Meditation. In an article I’ve reposted on my website titled, ‘Mental Medicine’ by Dan Bischoff, “Tibetan monks sometimes live to be anywhere from 100 to 120 years old. And it isn’t uncommon to find a monk that looks to be in his 40s who is actually 80. The secrets of these age-defying abbots is not a pill or a fountain of youth, but healthy living practices that include long hours of mindfulness meditation.”

-Let Go more. In other words, let go of those things you know you cannot change. Especially let go of trying to change other people. Focus more on You. Forgive. And stop holding grudges. It only hurts you. Let Go…

-Love more, laugh more and enjoy life more! Laughter extends the ‘life clock’. Do more of the things that bring laughter and joy into your life. Don’t be afraid to show how much you care for someone. Show more love to others. Lastly, love yourself and treat yourself lovingly so others know how they should treat you.)

Stay Young!

How Green Tea Affects Brain Health [New Study on EGCG]

Green tea extract has been touted for its health benefits, which are primarily linked to the antioxidant compound known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

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EGCG is attributed with most of the beneficial properties of Green tea extract such as its anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant properties and chemopreventive properties. Researchers have long known of green tea’s benefit in supporting cognitive function, but this had been attributed to the way the caffeine content in green tea stimulates the central nervous system.

Now, new research published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research reveals an exciting discovery on the way EGCG works in the brain.

The brain is a dense mass of neurons which send and receive information all over the body. The ability to perform cognitive tasks such as learning and memory recall is dependent on proper growth and maintenance of existing neurons. Since neurons naturally die off as we age, anything that promotes or protects neurons is considered to support cognitive function.

Affect of EGCG on the Brain

In this new study, Chinese investigators developed a protocol to administer EGCG to mice and then monitor both neurogenesis (creation of new neurons) and cognitive function.

The results of the study suggest that in both test tube cultures and live mice, EGCG was able to stimulate the formation of new brain neurons. Additionally, mice treated with EGCG were able to navigate a maze more quickly than untreated mice. This confirmed the hypothesis that EGCG not only increased the number of brain neurons but also improved cognitive function.

This data is important for serious neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease that have no cure or treatment and are characterized by the loss of function or death of neurons in the body.

In summary, EGCG from green tea is not only a protective compound for the cardiovascular, structural and nervous systems, it can help promote brain health by stimulating growth of new nerve cells in the body.