Take Care of Your Brain

Your brain affects all aspects of your life; physically and mentally. So why wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to take care of it? Ensuring a healthy brain involves stimulation, physical exercise and proper diet. Plain and simple, this command center in our heads deserves attention; especially with the growing numbers of those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Cod liver oil (Lemon Flavor) is possibly one of the best old-time remedies for keeping people healthy. And possibly the most cost-efficient way to do so, insofar as how it gives you the important EPA and DHA omega 3 oils at high amounts at the lowest price. And, too, there is Vitamin D that we all seem to need. And it really doesn’t taste bad with its lemon flavor. Even if you don’t take a spoon of it every day, try to take it at least 3-4 days a week.

EPA/DHA essentials 90s Though DHA is the omega 3 oil best for the brain, the high amount of it in one capsule makes this a great support for not only brain, but for the whole body – and at a good price. It’s a high quality, eco-friendly version of omega 3 fish oils – and is tested for mercury, lead, PCBs and just about everything else that can be to ensure its safety. Inexpensive fish oils you can buy elsewhere are generally not as well tested as Pure Encapsulations’. Take 1 or 2 each day; give one to your child each day. Again, their brains depend upon this kind of oil to help increase function and resilience.

Memory Pro I like Memory Pro because it contins a combination of great herbs and other natural supports that work to make the brain more resilient and stronger in function. In a support like this one there is often a health-creating synergy – a positive coming together of various herbal components – as the various “herbal principles are joined together. It’s that sum is greater than its parts kind of thing. This is a good support for both the old and the youthful. It supports the brain for those who are pushing their brains to be smarter and for those who are striving to get their brain to maintain (and even renew) itself. I recommend taking 3 a day with meals; if your budget allows it and you are having significant brain issues, I’d take 3 2-3X per day. While the amounts of the ginkgo and other ingredients are reasonably high, I find that more is better in many cases. If you are an older person with brain issues, you might want to add a capsule of our PS Plus, which is 150mg of phosphatidylserine. There is some of this valuable brain nutrient in Memory Pro, but one capsule of PS100 has what nine capsules of Memory Pro has in regard to the memory- helping nutrient, phosphatidylserine.

PS Plus Phosphatidylserine is the most abundant phospholipid in the brain. These phospholipids are what create the dynamic but stable function of each of our brain cells’ outer wall, its cell membrane. This is critically important and generally little appreciated by the average person seeking health. Collectively, it is this family of oil-based molecules that make the brain mostly composed of oils. While most people that know about this buy lecithin, which is a phosphatidylcholine, PS has been shown to be more effective for brain to gain these important phospholipids. In fact PS is the only cognitive health nutrient to have gained a qualified FDA health claim – saying that consumption of PS may reduce the risk of dementia or cognitive dysfunction in the elderly. Also in this product are some very useful extracts from blueberry, strawberry and spinach, which have been shown to help the brain with such things as receptor function, GABA and dopamine release.

 

There is a reason the spice trade is what stimulated much of the commerce during Europe’s age of world discovery. Life becomes more interesting when we draw upon more of Nature’s many principles that plants put into the flavors of a spice.

Along those lines, it’s worth considering how spices serve as a first level to our use of herbs. It’s because spices are filled with molecules that have health-strengthening properties. Some of them will kill parasites within your gut, others will help you digest food, or stimulate your peristalsis; others are good against inflammations present in your body, some will help to stabilize your blood sugar, protect your brain, and give you energy.

Each spice’s gustatory flavors as well as its body-affecting properties are what the old herbalists would call its array of herbal principles.

We’ve been noting that these non-caloric parts of food have a more primitive nature. Humankind’s spices (and herbs in general) are filled with compounds that manifest the deeper energies of life. We are meant to engage plants that have these rich biochemistries of life, so we might draw them into ourselves on a regular basis.

As you increase the use of vegetables in your diet, you’ll benefit from having a variety of spices and condiments on hand to make your sautés, stir-fries, casseroles, and roasted vegetable dishes more varied and flavorful. These spices could be individually put in, they might be part of a rub (or mix), or they might be the spices making up a curry paste, the spicy sweetness of a chutney from India, the harissa paste of Morocco.

And of course, you can throw in dashes of traditional American spices like dill, oregano, basil. While black pepper and some hot sauce can work, you may be missing out on drawing in the power of valuable principles-spices when you rely too much on those standbys.

In addition to all those above, I am a proponent of having at the ready for your everyday use, a foursome of anise (or fennel) seed, caraway seed, cumin seed and celery seed. Even as there is a commonality to this family of herbs-spices, there is a useful spectrum of principles that compose them.

In herbalism, we have “the law of signatures”, meaning the look of an herb gives an outward expression to its inner energetics. Here, this herb family’s very airy, slender, upright “umbels” – umbrella-like stiff flower stalks (think dill plant, another from this umbelliferae family of plants) – speaks of the chi, or Air element energy in this family of plants.

In addition to that, seeds (along with roots) are a place where plants often store their vital forces. I regularly put dashes of one or more of these four seeds into my stovetop cooking pots; more often some pinches of them go directly onto my plate. There will be some of you out there who will find that this part of a four element lifestyle is kind of fun as you aim to balance the tastes-principles of life as you cook.

You’ll find yourself balancing the bitter to the sweet; assessing whether you want warm, pungent, floral, or earthy spices; how much salt, perhaps the organic acid sour principles of vinegars, or citrus; or a sweet or tart fruit, a butter’s oil richness, an earthy crunch – they are all there to enjoy and balance as you make great food for yourself and your family. You may want to see what special spices, rubs and other condiments are out there at the 4 Element Lifestyle website.

Helping Alzheimer’s, Nutritionally It appears it’s becoming an epidemic – Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as Parkinson’s disease. Newest research shows that it might all come from a simple thing: the loss of nitric oxide being produced…[read more]

Take Care of Your Brain

Your brain affects all aspects of your life; physically and mentally. So why wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to take care of it? Ensuring a healthy brain involves stimulation, physical exercise and proper diet. Plain and simple, this command center in our heads deserves attention; especially with the growing numbers of those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Helping Alzheimer’s, Nutritionally It appears it’s becoming an epidemic – Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as Parkinson’s disease. Newest research shows that it might all come from a simple thing: the loss of nitric oxide being produced…[read more]

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