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9 Brain Superfoods…Are You Enjoying Them Daily?

9 Brain Superfoods

 

Your brain controls every function in your body yet we rarely give it a  second thought.  And, few of us choose foods that protect or heal our  brain.  Here are some of the best foods for thought (literally):

1.  Spinach—More than Just for Popeye

A study of middle-aged rats fed diets with added spinach, strawberry extract,  or vitamin E for nine months found that spinach proved most potent in protecting  nerve cells against the effects of aging in two parts of the brain.  More  research needs to be done but it looks like Popeye was building more than  muscles when he ate spinach.

2.  Benefits of Blue for Grey Matter

Blueberries contain a group of plant nutrients called  proanthocyanidins.  Proanthocyanidins have a unique capacity to protect  both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some  environmental toxins.  Proanthocyanidins decrease free radical activity  within and between brain cells.  Blueberry proanthocyanidins have greater  antioxidant properties than vitamins C and E.  Blueberries appear to have  some of the highest concentrations of these powerful antioxidants.  In  other studies, researchers found that compounds in blueberries may reverse some  age-related memory loss and motor skill decline.

Blueberries are excellent anti-inflammatory agents. They increase the amounts  of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age, thereby  causing inflammation and damage, particularly in the brain. By eating  blueberries regularly, research shows that these heat-shock proteins stop  declining and inflammation lessens, not to mention that they just taste  fabulous.

3.  From the Vine to Your Palate

A plant nutrient found in grapes, grape juice and red wine appears to protect  the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s called resveratrol, and it is  an antioxidant thought to be responsible for many of the purported benefits of  red wine on brain cells.  The researchers found that resveratrol protected  brain cells by mopping up free radicals before they can cause brain  damage.  And while people may prefer to hear that red wine is the best  source, the alcohol in wine is still damaging to brain cells.  Red or  purple grapes are the best option to load up on resveratrol.

4-7.  Omega 3s to Maintain a Healthy Brain (Wild Salmon,  Walnuts, Flax or Hemp Seeds)

The brain is 60% fat and requires healthy fats to reduce inflammation (linked  to most brain disorders) and maintain a healthy blood-brain barrier—a mechanism  intended to protect the brain from harmful substances.  Omega 3 fatty acids  like those found in salmon, walnuts, flax seeds or flax seed oil, or hemp seeds,  help to quell inflammation and support a strong blood-brain barrier, while  boosting our memory.  Be sure to choose only wild salmon  since high levels of mercury and PCBs have been found in farmed salmon and both  of these substances may have adverse effects on the brain.  Also, be sure  to choose raw walnuts, flax or hemp seeds or the oil made from  them since the fats contained in these nuts and seeds can have damaging effects  on brain health when heated.

8.  The Memory-Boosting Power of Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain a powerful memory-boosting phytonutrient called “lycopene.”  Research shows that those who consume lycopene in their daily  diets had sharper memories than those who didn’t consume high amounts of  lycopene.  Tomatoes aren’t the only source.  Another great source of  lycopene is watermelon.

9.  Tea for Two Hemispheres

Researchers found that people who drank two or more cups of tea each day were  less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.  Black and green tea  (especially green tea) contains potent antioxidants with twenty times the power  to protect against free radicals than vitamin E.  Green tea also lowers the  risk of blood clots and clumping linked to stroke.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 14-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: 60 Seconds  to Slim, Healing Recipes, The  Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

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5 Strategies for Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

5 Strategies for Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

As the country prepares to “spring forward” an hour for daylight saving time  this Sunday, it’s important to keep in mind how even a tiny time change can  affect your health.

Studies have shown that the spring daylight saving time shift can impact a  person’s wellbeing in several ways:

Sleep struggles: Interruption in regular sleep patterns is  by far the biggest problem following a daylight saving time shift. Even a small  change in your snooze schedule can knock your natural circadian rhythm out of  whack. The resulting lack of sleep in the days following a clock change can lead  to grogginess and loss of mental acuity. Sleepless nights can also eventually  give you more laugh lines. “Sleep deprivation is a form of stress,” points out  Matthew Mingrone, M.D., lead physician for EOS Sleep California Centers. “It  causes your body to make more steroids which decreases the production collagen  which causes thinning of the skin and wrinkles.” (Discover 6 Secret Ways to Reduce  Stress at Home)

Heart attack hazard: Heart attack rates spike by about five  percent in the days after the March time change, according to a 2008 study  published by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The same  study showed that there is a subsequent drop in heart  attack occurrences in the fall, when the clocks get turned back.

Worsening willpower: A 2012 study conducted by scientists  from the Penn State Smeal College of Business and Singapore Management  University showed that people are more likely to engage in “cyberloafing”—wasting time on the internet on the Monday after a daylight  saving time change. This inability to focus is a likely result of getting less  sleep. Productivity researchers estimate that the shift may cost businesses  across the country millions of dollars in lost revenue due to decreases in  productivity.

Car crash concerns: Daylight saving time also appears to  impact automobile accident rates. The Monday morning immediately following the “spring forward” time change is riddled with as many as 17 percent more fatal  car crashes than normal, according to Canadian researchers. Experts aren’t in  agreement as to exactly why this occurs, though many speculate that the  phenomenon stems from an increase in sleepy motorists and unsafe  drivers running late for work.

Tips for adjusting to daylight saving time Roth-Maguire and Mingrone offer a few simple steps to help you “spring forward” successfully:

Stick to a routine: Adhering to a regular sleep pattern  (varying the time you go to bed and the time you wake up by no more than 20  minutes) helps keep your internal cycle on track, despite a slight time change,  says Mingrone.

Stay away from sleep disrupters: Caffeine, alcohol,  over-the-counter sleep medications and naps are all no-nos, especially during  the days surrounding daylight saving time, according to Roth-Maguire.

Get some sun: Exposure to natural sunlight helps regulate  your body’s natural rhythms. Depending on where you live, the weather may be too  cold to spend too much time outside, but you can at least pull up the shade and  sit in front of the window for a few minutes.

Work up a sweat: Engaging in some form of cardiovascular  exercise (walking, jogging, biking, swimming) in the late afternoon or early  evening may help you fall asleep easier. If you don’t have the time or energy to  spare, a hot bath can achieve the same result, according to Mingrone, who says  that first raising your body temperature, and then gradually lowering it right  before bed time encourages your body to produce the sleep-inducing hormone,  melatonin.

Practice good sleep “hygiene”: Roth-Maguire says that anyone  having trouble sleeping should ask themselves three questions about their sleep  environment: Is it dark enough? Is it cool enough? Is it quiet enough?

By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com  Editor

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