8 Brain Boosting Foods

January 4, 2017 at 2:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

8 Brain Boosting Foods

Your brain is a big wet fat noodle that needs a lot of blood and nourishment to function fully over time.  The following are eight picks for brain-friendly fare you can add to your own menu, starting today…

  1. Salmon, tuna, and mackerel:

Fish finds its way onto just about every list of good-for-you foods out there, and there’s a reason for that. Fish is one of the best sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids you can find. And in the case of brain-saving foods, it’s the omega-3 known as DHA that tops the list.

DHA is essential for normal brain function. And you know that saying about teaching old dogs new tricks? Well DHA can improve learning ability just watch for metals and radiation from Pacific Ocean fish.

  1. Dark, leafy greens:

Your brain is a big fan of dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens. Not only are greens rich in nutrients, they’re brimming with two specific nutrients your brain needs most: vitamin E and folate.

Vitamin E protects the nerve cells in your brain, so your neurons can keep firing. Folate is needed for proper brain function. And while everyone’s brain shrinks as they age, studies show B vitamins—including folate—may be able to help slow that shrinkage down, including shrinkage in areas of the brain that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Avocado:

Avocado and its fats are great for your brain! Like dark, leafy greens, avocados are packed with vitamin E. And since vitamin E supplements may not deliver all the same benefits as the natural E found in foods, it’s a good idea to have multiple sources of the vitamin in your diet. A perfect food should be eaten regularly.

  1. Nuts:

You already know nuts are a terrific source of fiber and energizing protein. But that’s not where the nut benefits stop. They’re also a great source of brain-protecting healthy fats and vitamin E, too.

Peanuts, almonds, and hazelnuts are particularly good sources of both nutrients, and can help keep your brain as sharp as a tack for years to come. And walnuts are packed with brain-building DHA. In fact, folks who ate more walnuts performed better on a half a dozen cognitive tests in a University of California study.

  1. Berries:

Not only are berries a tasty source of the antioxidants your brain needs to stay healthy, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and acai berries have been shown to reduce levels of certain proteins that have been linked to age-related memory loss. According to findings from the long-running U.S. Nurses’ Health Study, eating over a half-cup of blueberries a week, or two and a half cups of strawberries, could possibly slash over two years off of your brain aging.

  1. Dark chocolate:

With more powerful antioxidants than even berries or green tea, chocolate is a surprising entry on the brain-foods list. The key to harnessing this treat’s brain-building powers is to make sure you’re choosing dark chocolate, with at least 70 percent cacao. I shoot for 80% or 90% cacao, and add my own honey and sesame butter for a healthier sweet treat. Dark chocolate will deliver all the powerful antioxidants your brain craves, while helping to improve blood-vessel health for better blood flow throughout your brain.

  1. Pumpkin seeds:

Next time you slice up a pumpkin to make a Jack O’Lantern, or a delicious side dish (yes, this often overlooked squash is delicious, be sure to hold on to the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with memory-enhancing zinc, which has been linked to improved cognitive abilities. Bonus – zinc can help improve your mood and prevent infections, too.

     8.    Broccoli:

Raw or steamed, broccoli’s a brain-friendly veggies. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter that allows cells in your brain to communicate. But we tend to make less acetylcholine as we age, and running low on this chemical could affect your memory, and is linked to cognitive decline.

Broccoli is rich in one of the essential building blocks of acetylcholine, choline. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin K, which has been linked to better brain power. Older folks with higher levels of vitamin K were found to perform better on tests of verbal memory, than their peers with lower levels of the valuable vitamin.

Protect your brain, and hold on to your precious memories, with these brain-saving – and delicious! – foods.

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5 Foods for Kidney Health

January 4, 2017 at 12:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kidney health is strongly correlated with longevity, since we are two thirds water and kidneys are our water filters. You can see the importance of using foods to cleanse yourself and specifically your precious kidneys.

Below are our top five choices for the best kidney-health-supporting foods…
1. Apple cider vinegar:
You may already know that the acid found in apple cider vinegar aids in digestion, but it turns out it also helps to cleanse your kidneys so they stay in shape too. Drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar after meals for the best results.

2. Baking soda:
Your kidneys are strongly affected by your pH levels. High pH levels can lead to painful kidney stones. And for those with kidney problems, chronically acidic pH can increase your risk of kidney failure.
Baking soda can help keep your pH levels balanced, so your kidneys don’t have to work so hard, and so they can fight off kidney stones. Drink a glass of water, with a teaspoon of baking soda, three times a week.

3. Basil:
Delicious basil can help keep your kidneys firing on all cylinders, while working to prevent the buildup of kidney stones. Add the herb to your favorite dishes, or make a simple tea by boiling 5 basil leaves. Add a teaspoon of honey if you like.

4. Ginger:
From stir fries to stews, and from cookies to casseroles, ginger adds the perfect zip of flavor to your favorite foods. But it turns out that’s not all ginger can do. This delicious spice can also help keep your kidneys in shape! Ginger naturally controls inflammation while cleansing your kidneys, helping to keep them strong and healthy.

5. Olive oil and lemon:
This surprising combo is the perfect tag team for maintaining healthy kidneys. Olive oil is another natural anti-inflammatory. Packed with healthy fats, olive oil naturally nourishes your kidneys and may even help you pass small stones before they become a big problem. Meanwhile, the lemon works to raise the citrate levels in your urine, which can help keep kidney stones from forming in the first place.   A tablespoon of olive oil combined with a few drops of fresh lemon juice daily is all it takes. Take it alone, or grab some greens and use the combo as a delicious fresh salad dressing.

Keeping yourself healthy will naturally help keep your kidneys healthy too. But kick your kidney health routine up to the next level by adding these five foods to your daily regime to protect these vital organs for years to come. For a deeper clean check out a kidney cleanse with parsley, marshmallow and gravel roots in a tea with some other herbs like cats claw, uva ursi. Kidneys can form painful stones from calcification via oxalates from spinach and some vegetables. So more food for thought in next blog…

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