More Discounted to FREE Prescription Drugs (This is not Spam or an Advertisement)


Few weeks ago I sent out a quick video giving away the name and web address of a company that searches for the lowest price of your prescription drugs from retailers in your area. A girlfriend told me about it, finding her friend’s mother’s drugs 80% off what they were normally paying. If you missed the video, I’ve include the link here. I have found another pharmacy company that offers substantial discounts on medicines and some medicines are even free.

Full disclosure: there is no affiliation whatsoever with these companies. In the first video I made touting the first company, I sent it to all my electronic magazine subscribers, I have a couple of thousand, the magazine is free, called On The Brain, and two to three times a month I send out quick information on how to have a healthy brain.

I’m Janet Rich Pittman, a dementia practitioner specializing in dementia prevention and dementia reversal. Dementia is a disease, it is not part of normal again, it can be prevented and in most cases, even reversed. There is no magic pill but there are ways, methods, procedures…I have a 9 step process in three tiers where I counsel 1-1 to families to get that brain functioning so to continue to enjoy life and make wonderful memories.

My mother, is a subscriber, she called me right up and said honey, don’t you know about my drug company? Don’t you know I get practically all my medicines for free? And I didn’t. She told me about Optimum RX. They are a pharmacy benefit manager PBM, a subsidiary of United HealthCare in operation with AARP. I did some research on them and unfortunately they have 7 pages of bad reviews over the last 20 months but my mom who is a stickler for details, is okay with them. More importantly, she gets most of her medicines for free. For what it is worth, investigate Optimum RX.

Optimizing health benefits for you, I’m Janet Rich Pittman, a dementia practitioner, but your brain health specialist counseling to prevent and REVERSE dementia.

From her recent training based on clinical trials and scientifically proven studies,  Janet has developed a 9 step process, with results staring in 4 months or less, where she counsels those whose mind is being vacuumed away by Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and develops a reversal protocol plan of action for them so they can continue to enjoy life and make memories.  For more information click here

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia way, Janet immersed herself in brain research, attended two neurological ‘brain health schools’ and has been trained in the Dale Bredesen, MD Dementia Reversal RECODE Program.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias and reverse cognitive impairment.  She has a 9 Step Reversal Process and counsels many one-on-one. Learn more about Janet here.

 

 The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition or to be a substitute for advice from your healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health. 

 

 

 

Here is my 9 Step Alzheimer’s Reversal/ Memory Retention MAP!

 

Click here to schedule a quick 10-15 minute call to see if this is right for you or yours!

 

Making it Through the 4th, Secrets to Eating Right

 

You’re following my emails, blog posts and FaceBook posts giving hints and facts of eating to make you ‘brain smart’ and age ‘successfully’ and healthy. You’re feeling great. But now it’s time to go out to or host the BBQ gathering for the 4th.

Complete with BBQ pork ribs or pulled pork laden with sauce loaded with high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, and other preservative chemicals, a typical 4th of July food table will most probably abundantly host store made potato salad and cole slaw, potato chips, jarred spinach dip, corn chips, hamburgers and hot dogs for the kids, complete with water melon, maybe a box cake with red, white and blue icing and/or ‘gourmet’ cookies size of mini Frisbees.

And that is just the food.

What about ice chest full of sodas, red and blue dye sugar drinks, did you read my article We Are Dying Our Brains? get it here, various beers and low and behold pina coladas and daiquiri’s from bottled premix.

Of course this table and all its accoutrements is the center piece of any July 4th outing. Except for the watermelon and drowned cabbage in the slaw, the table serves no brain foods.

Okay, so what do you serve?

Here is a list of typical 4th of July foods, why they are brain bad for you complete with suggested substitutions.

Store Potato Salad
Why Bad: White potato is one of 5 White Brain Damaging foods. For the others check out the article I wrote here. Plus, what is that white stuff? Dairy? Oil? What type of oil?
Replacement Suggestion: If you have time to make homemade mayo and make your own pickles (some store bought are okay, read the ingredients!!!!) power to you and could you please come to my house? Like me, many of us are still trying to figure out if we invited everyone and who did we leave out along with what is the total to feed going to be and where is the grocery list again? much less cook all day for this event. So, tonight when you go to bed toss in the oven a couple of medium sweet potatoes cut into chunks with skin on and doused in olive oil, bake for about 30-40 minutes because you want them chewy smooth, not mush. Keep in the fridge or if ready to make the salad, add slices of apples (be sure to coat, maybe soak a bit first in real lemon juice so they will not turn brown), raisins and throw in some nuts, roasted walnuts or pecans and salt and pepper to taste. Viola! Great potato salad. (Yea, I always keep sweet potatoes in my refrige for quick go to side dish.)

Store Cole Slaw
Why Bad: Again, what’s the white stuff? Oil? Preservatives? Your brains don’t know how to digest all the hydrogenated oils and it is true torture to our brain cells. (Stay tuned for the how and why, that is my next big article.)
Replacement Suggestion: Buy your own cut up cabbage and add your own homemade mayo, recipe given below except add extra garlic or hot sauce or both. OR you could make a quick balsamic dressing with balsamic vinegar and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Not for the kids? What about ranch? Search the internet and make your own ranch dressing, yes there is a way, bit involved but taste is all natural and NOT commercial, so good for the kids!!! You’ll love it too!

Chips
Why Bad: Again, white potato problem, it’s a White Brain Damaging food. Why? How? Check out 5 White ‘Brain Damaging’ Foods article I wrote here. Plus it is cooked in hydrogenated omega 6 rich bad fat. Over time, omega 6 oils really do a number on your brain. (Again, that article is coming.)
Replacement Suggestion: if using for a base for a dip try sliced cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash as crackers. For a snack,concentrate on serving good dips.  Keep reading, recipes coming.

Jarred Spinach Dip:
Why Bad: It’s a time issue, I get it. But there is nothing natural in that jar of spinach pulled off the rack by the potato chips. I mean really? Again, what is that white stuff.  To be honest, I am afraid to even read the ingredients.
Replacement Suggestion: Make your own spinach dip with homemade mayo, recipe below, and drained and thawed from frozen spinach from the grocery. Throw in few sprinkles of Cajun seasoning, be adventurous and add chopped water chestnuts, jalapeno peppers, cherry tomatoes or red bell pepper. No homemade mayo? When you make a batch once a week, there is no going back. Still no time, go to the gourmet deli cooler in the grocery, pick up spinach dip container and read the ingredients.
How to eat it? Celery hunks are GREAT for scooping, say NO to corn chips!

What about adding some of these following suggested items to your 4th of July table?

Homemade Hummus
How to make it easy: Once a month I soak, then boil up a bag of garbonzo beans, drain, cool, divide up and load one cup into a zip lock bag and freeze. When time to cook, I thaw out a bag night before and get up few minutes early and make the dip when I finish making breakfast. See another easy recipe below. Of course you have not done this for this forth gathering, but maybe next time or next event. For now, buy a can of garbanzo or chick peas at the store. Check the ingredients.
Replacement Suggestion: store bought hummus in the deli cooler, read the ingredients.
Dip with celery hunks, sliced cucumbers, zucchini and/or yellow squash.

Homemade Guacamole
How to make it easy: Easy is an understatement. Making fresh guac is time consuming. Actually peeling and seeding the avocados is the heavy time consuming part. So, next time, divide it up. Buy your avocados say week before needed. For the ripe avocados, peel and pull out the seed the night before you have to whip it up and serve the dip.  For storage, make sure you seal well so flesh will not brown. Then toss all ingredients together and poof, great guac at hand. I do have a great guac recipe but I do not have it ready at this article publication date. Stay tuned.
Replacement Suggestion: You can find all natural store made guac but I have not found one that is fantastic. If you have, tell us from what store and let’s try it out!

 

The 4th of July, it’s a fun event. I get it and it only happens once a year. But instead of grabbing or serving a box cake and Frisbee size cookies, celebrate the summer with blackberry almond/coconut flour cobbler or simple watermelon slices along with all your other foods you have made substitutions for.

If time is not on your side, just serve your best. Hopefully this article will plant a seed, giving other ways of eating healthy for both your brains.

Want more suggestions for everyday substitutions? Check out my three page white paper 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut-in-Gear, click here for the link.

Maybe you could make spinach dip and hummus your ‘go to’ quick and easy chip and dip food. Over time you will be able to snap them up and get good at improvising, adding different ingredients for additional flavors.

Concerned the kids or other family will not like it? They probably won’t, now. But if you keep serving all natural foods and making suggestions such as these given, they will have no other choice but to starve. Of course they are not going to starve, I don’t mean to be harsh, just making the point. Eventually they will come around, I promise! You are, you are coming around, right? Don’t give in, we all benefit from tough love.

Over time, your family and friends will want no one else’s _____________ (you fill in the blank) but yours.

Happy 4th of July and thank you God for giving us the freedom to make choices and substitutions.

Helping us Get our Gut-in-Gear so to keep our memory, have good brain health and age successfully.

Mayo Recipe
1 egg yolk
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (got to be fresh or else taste is way off)
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup REGULAR olive oil (extra virgin is tooooo strong)
With an emulsion hand held stir blender, blend first five ingredients. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while blending. It will get very thick. If you want it a bit thinner, add little bit egg white back in. (Yes it is raw but the lemon juice and salt ‘cook’ the egg!) (What to do with extra egg white?  Throw it in your next smoothie!)

Hummus
1 can (15oz give or take) drained garbanzo beans, sometimes called chick peas (really try and boil your own because can brine is taste displeaser)
3-4 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice from one large lemon, got to be real!)
1 large clove garlic
½ cup tahini (this is sunflower seed paste concoction found in many Mediterranean dishes, can get it at the store, check the ingredients, get as all natural as possible with no additives, some processors add soy and other preservatives, again read the ingredients!)
salt and 5 or so rounds of cracked pepper
¼ teaspoon cumin
2 Tablespoons water (you could use left over egg white if making mayo)
3 Tablespoons olive oil (can be EVOO, depends on your taste)

With hand help emulsion blender or in a lid covered blender, add all ingredients except oil. After you get a paste consistency, trickle in oil to emulsify. Next time instead of cumin, add z’atar seasoning or Cajun seasoning, or sundried tomatoes and basil or add a red bell pepper or loaded it up with just garlic.

PS—these are my tried and true recipes.  Hope you enjoy! Get my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut-in-Gear.  You’ll get a laugh and learn too!

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com

5 White, ‘Brain Damaging’ Foods

They kill your brain cells, point blank. Over time, brain fog, lack of memory, and additional cognitive impairment leading to Alzheimer’s and other dementias pursues.

 

What are “they”?  The 5 white brain damaging foods.  These include:

1) white wheat flour

2) white rice

3) white corn (yes it is white when processed, when the skin is removed)

4) white potato and

5) white sugar

 

All of the above damage, stop or even kill the neurotransmitter communication between your gut brain (the gastrointestinal tract or GI tract) and your head brain (the Central Nervous System).   With no communication, the cells in both brains die.

 

Here’s how the killing spree begins:

 

It starts with gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

 

Some perspective. Did you know that we humans have nearly 23,000 genes in our bodies? Guess how many wheat gluten has? The answer: around 150,000.

 

So, in a nutshell, we can’t digest gluten, which essentially eats us, not the reverse.

According to Alessio Fasano, M.D., the father of ‘no gluten’, Harvard scientist and author of book, Gluten Freedom, whether you are a celiac disease victim or not, gluten dissolves the lining of every consumer’s small intestine allowing partially digested foods to seep out of the intestine into gut tissues, eventually ending up in your blood.  Your immune system is called in to attack these invading, partially digested food particles.

 

Think of it this way, your immune system is constantly in attack mode whenever you eat:

 

  • cereal for breakfast
  • a donut for morning snack
  • a  sandwich for lunch, along with crackers and pretzels for an afternoon snack
  • a roll with dinner or
  • a cookie for a midnight snack

 

Do this every day, 365 days a year, for all of your life (but hopefully not beyond this reading) …and your immune system never rests.  It just sort of goes mad, crazy.

As your immune system eats up all the invading chemicals, it eats up the good healthy cells too.  This is called chronic inflammation or hyper inflammation.

 

Gluten eventually gets into your blood, eats the lining of the blood vessels and breaks the blood head brain barrier where these undigested particles seep out into your brain, depositing toxins and other invading chemicals.

 

The head brain’s own separate immune system (the glyphatic system) is then called into action to flush out these foreign invaders.  BUT, it too goes mad, resulting in hyper inflammation and killing more head brain cells, the good and the bad.

 

Additionally, the blood bowel barrier is also broken where foreign invaders run rampant and hyper inflammation ensues (no one ever talks about that—hello IBS, hemorrhoids, constant diarrhea or other elimination troubles!)

 

The solution and the near instant reversal of such problems?

 

Give up the gluten!

 

AND say bye bye to white foods that turn into sugar, like white potatoes, rice and corn — all simple carbohydrates which turn immediately into sugar.

 

Did you now that consumption of excess sugar creates insulin resistance? Let’s take a look at this.

 

Insulin is needed to get nutrients into our cells. It’s also a major switching station for many processes in the body. We all know the pancreas produces insulin.  Well, our head brain also produces insulin and head brain insulin is specifically used to get nutrients into our head brain cells.

 

The more sugar we eat, the more insulin is needed to get the nutrients up in the head brain cells, until finally our brain just gets worn out and quits producing insulin, and becomes insulin resistant.

 

And really, can you blame it?  It is over worked with trying to get rid of the sugar plus it has better things to do like ensure the heart keeps beating and the lungs get enough oxygen.

Kim and Feldman from the neurology department at the University of Michigan published a study reviewing insulin resistance at the core of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Interestingly, another name for some types of dementia and varying stages of Alzheimer’s is “Diabetes III”.

Here, the insulin resistant brain cells are starving, our head brain immune system then goes mad, and all this results in hyper inflammation…all due to our MAD diet (Modern American Diet).

 

Yes, we are doing this to ourselves. The top caloric intake foods in the United States as per the US Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee: grains/dessert breads, breaded chicken, soda, pizza, alcoholic beverages and pasta.  Look at how the 5 White Damaging Brain Foods make up the top of the MAD diet and perhaps the daily diet for many of us.

 

To make sure we keep our memory and full cognizance as well as overall good health, we’ve got to treat and feed both our head brain and our gut brain with all natural, no processed foods, specifically staying away from the 5 White Brain Damaging Foods…I’ll say it again….white wheat flour, white rice, white corn, white potatoes and white sugar.

 

What you eat, affects your brain. Eat to better your brain, not damage it.

 

Helping get and keep your Gut-in-Gear so you can keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully,

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Alessio Fasano, M.D.

https://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/doctor.aspx?id=19184

Info on no gluten:

His book, Gluten Freedom

And video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=0rTAhlJ9PMM

Kim and Feldman from the neurology department at the University of Michigan published a study reviewing insulin resistance is at the core of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

https://www.nature.com/articles/emm20153

 

 

Special thanks to Healthy Meals Supreme, reprinted from their blog https://healthymealssupreme.com/5-white-brain-damaging-foods/

 

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia way, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

 

Diets in Action – Diets for Brain Health

Anne was caring at her home for her mother suffering from beginning Alzheimer’s said she would do anything for her mother but needed to keep her career moving. A strict ketogenic diet was my advice for the beginning of her mother’s protocol reversal program yet Anne did not know what a keto diet was nor did she have time to cook one. The first step in getting her mother’s cognitive decline stopped and leveled out was 1. hiring home health care to help with activities of daily living and activities in the protocol plan and 2. subscribing to delivery of fresh Keto meals and snacks.

Bob’s cognitive impairment was slight, not full blown Alzheimer’s yet along with some other issues, his LP-IR score was high and his sdLDL was too high so the ketogenic diet was not for him. He was a sugar fiend and his leptin receptors shot, they were non functioning. So while difficult at first, we did get him off sugar, licorice tea was most helpful, and got his gut in gear with specific individualized dietary tools and methods which paved the way to work further on his cognitive impairment.

When I am counseling folks in my Brain-in-Gear Program, I start by addressing their symptoms based on the food they eat, their microbiome, their personality and their life activities. Again, this is a START.  For the Brain-in-Gear Program I spend an entire 12 months with them fully addressing their bodily health and cognitive performance through a developed protocol for them, an individualized and specifically tailored plan of action created just for them. (My actions are based on my experiences as a dementia administrator, dementia practitioner and schooling under Dr. Dale Bredesen, the first MD research scientist to scientifically reverse 109 of 110 patients/participants under clinical trials suffering cognitive impairment in ‘beginning to middle’ Alzheimer’s.)

Developing an individual’s protocol begins with what they eat. And after learning what they eat I suggest making small changes inroad to getting their gut in gear.

And when their gut is indeed in gear, when they have a clean gastronomic palate, a ‘clear as can be’ canvas of operation, a foundation of health we both can count on, I then can help further identify the cause of the cognitive weakening and other symptoms they are experiencing. That’s right, a precursor to my Brain-in-Gear Program is my Gut-in-Gear Program.

No cookies after every meal? No nightly ice cream before bed? Drinking only once or twice a week? Yes, this first step, making the small dietary changes, is the hardest. (Yet I make it easy though, first with substitutions.) And for most, making these changes is huge, even significantly life altering. But that is what we want, correct? A definite change in our cognitive behavior, a return to ‘normal’ thinking. Our brain function has changed for the worse, now we must change it back to the better.

And that change does not happen out of the gate. A colt is not going to win the Kentucky Derby without winning a few preliminary races.

So to get the gut in gear for cognitive impairment, it’s a slow steady process. It is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – it’s a start!

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

But, the temptations to fall back to the old ways of eating are vast and easy, hampering morale and confidence. Plus you really don’t know exactly what to eat or not to eat.  Again, I address that in the full Gut-in-Gear Program.  You try new things, new substitutions.  But in this beginning, after your first taste of horrible diary free ice cream, you will never want to try anyone else’s dairy free anything again, so I am going to give you my Super Secret 5 Best Tips for Getting your Gut-n-Gear.

It’s a guide of examples in making lateral shifts. And it’s a start. If you would like more help in truly getting your Gut-in-Gear so to firstly get and then keep your Brain-in-Gear. investigate participating in my Gut-in-Gear Program.

On this 5 Secrets substitution list,  enjoy what you find, and tell me how/if they relate to you. Also, share any other substitutions that have worked for you.

Helping to keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, here’s to YOUR good brain health!
The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.  

                                                                                  www.JanetRichPittman.com  

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

For a better brain…which diet is best for YOU?

Our brain fog, forgetfulness and severe energy depletion is taking its toll and wearing us down.

Recent healthcare mantra touts this is NOT part of normal aging yet when consistently experienced, leads to dementia.

So you perk up and pay a bit more attention to your health, your actions and what healthcare professionals are saying: that our cognitive impairment, brain fog, forgetfulness and lack of energy begins in our gut brain, it starts by the foods we eat.

Yes we have a gut brain, a small and separate nervous system in our gut that communicates with our head brain. Communication between these two brains is called… health. For more details on this in ‘easy English’ you can read this article I wrote here.

Bottom line: for our head brain to function at top performance we must first get our gut brain in order and functioning correctly. And we do that by accessing our diet and changing what we eat.

“But what about these other brain helping diets? Where do they fit in?” you say maddened with confusion in reference to the

MEND,
DASH,
MIND,
Meditterranean ,
Paleo,
Keto-Ketogenic,
FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet,
Longevity ,
Nordic,
Atkins,
MAD and
SAD diets.

For an explanation of each one, click here.

Well yes, the majority of these diets will help some with improving their brain health, but the problem is, the same diet will not work the same on all people.  Just ONE diet will not work for all because everyone is different with different genes, different lifestyles, different motivations and different health conditions. And yes, different too based on what you have historically eaten, even since a baby.

Specifically, depending on a person’s DNA, which codes for the amino acids that make up proteins and proteins power our cells, people will require different diets to optimize their own health. This is also why pharmaceutical drugs won’t work the same in every person and may result in a whole host of different side effects.

Every diet must be different for every person based on their microbiome, head brain/gut brain connection and their daily activities of life.

Making eating changes in finding that perfect diet is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – even before you take on the diet.

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

Helping you keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully. Here’s to your good brain health!

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.  

                                                                                  www.JanetRichPittman.com  

 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Explanatory List of Brain Diets

Here is a list of brain enhancing diets.  The recommendation for my Gut in Gear participants is based on their current cognitive abilities and is tailored to them depending on THEIR microbiome, lifestyle, genes, health condition and motivation.  My suggestions are a combination of many of these diets.

 

MEND

Metabolic Enhanced Neurodegerative Diet or Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It,

Combination of a Paleo and Keto diet

from Dr. Dale Bredesen and UCLA

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/mend-protocol-for-alzheimers-disease/

 

DASH

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

Various servings of specific all natural foods from U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

 

MIND— Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

Eating specific all natural foods per a scheduled number of times a day or week.

From Tufts University

https://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/14_6/current-articles/MIND-Diet-for-Better-Brain-Aging_2413-1.html

 

Mediterranean

Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

 

Paleo-Cave Man diet, all natural foods around paleo times.

https://paleoleap.com/paleo-101/

 

Keto-Ketogenic Diet—low carb, high fat diet.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101

 

FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet

1100 dropping to 800 calories a day for 5 days to mimic a water fasting diet.

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/fasting-mimicking-diet-longevity/

 

Longevity Diet

Eat whole grains and high quantities of vegetables (tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, legumes, etc.) with generous amounts of olive oil (3 tablespoons per day) and nuts (1 ounce per day).

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/daily-longevity-diet/

 

Nordic Diet

Eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and seafood.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-nordic-diet-review

 

Atkins—low carb diet

From Dr. Robert Atkins

https://www.atkins.com

 

MAD (current 21century)  Modern American Diet

SAD (current 21century) Standard American Diet

 

To figure out which diet is best for you and your brain health…click here.

Or if you want to quickly talk, for free, about how to resolve your brain health issues click here to schedule an appointment.

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professionals. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.   

                   

www.JanetRichPittman.com 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away,  Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Greek Yogurt and Kefir—Are They ‘Brain’ Safe to Eat?

No, and here are four quick reasons, but…

The four reasons:

Casein

Lactose

IGF-1

Gut Intolerance

 

Casein is a protein that envelopes nutrients and will not allow their absorption.  So when you put fruit on your cereal and coat it with milk, it is a waste, you just pass all the nutrients.

IGF-1, or insulin growth factor1, is a hormone our bodies naturally create and which dairy consumption increases.  We need IGF-1 to develop and grow our bodies from infancy onward but after our late 20s, when our brain has fully developed, we don’t produce as much or need as much, a balance must be established.  When we don’t have enough IGF-1 our brain function suffers, when we have too much, damage ensures due to overabundance, damage like cancer progression.  Just let your body makes its own IGF-1, and you do that by eating clean, go moderate on meat proteins and by-pass the milk.

Lactose is a type of sugar that requires a special enzyme to digest it.  Many folks don’t produce this enzyme or call it up to digest the lactose in milk.  Consequently, bloating, pain, cramps, diarrhea, gas, nausea and possibly vomiting –just general all out stomach torture–is a result of not being able to digest the lactose. Is this you?  If not, intolerance has been known to occur suddenly so be watchful, just bypass the milk.

Even if you seem to digest milk okay, it still messes up your gut flora; it keeps your microbiome off kilter.  Gut imbalance leads to difficulty digesting foods, inflammation and overall problems with immunity.

Yet with everything, there is an exception….kefir and Greek yogurt.  Again, your microbiome must be in balance, the good and the bad bacteria equaling out. Your microbiome needs just a bit of fermented food to keep the good bacteria stirring and working.  Fermented products such as kefir and Greek yogurt can give the gut needed bacteria and help it stay in balance.  But, understanding the intolerance, just omit it from your diet. Eat kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso; these are other fermented foods that will certainly do the gut bacteria balance trick.

If Greek yogurt and or kefir are all you have and if you can tolerate it, consume it with the knowledge of IGF-1 and casein. To get around casein, eat your Greek yogurt or kefir first thing in the morning with no additives and at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to consuming with other foods. In other words, no blueberries with the yogurt and wait an hour before you sip on your morning bone broth.  To ease with the IGF-1 production and prevent an overload, go easy on other animal proteins same day.

Basically know, only baby cows are to drink cow’s milk. Omit it from your diet to ensure the best brain health.

So how do you get rid of dairy?  If you are used to it every day, i.e. nightly ice cream, yogurt or cream in your coffee, check out my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here.

Here’s to your good brain health,

 

 

Janet Rich Pittman, SCALA, CDP

Brain Health Specialist

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com

Again, if you are used to it every day, i.e. nightly ice cream, yogurt or cream in your coffee, how do you get rid of dairy?  Check out my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698444/

https://academic.oup.com/endo/article/149/12/5958/2455262

https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/18/11/2441/htm

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance

http://naturalsociety.com/dairy-antioxidants-nearly-useless/

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Transcript for Video on The #1Way to Get and Keep YOUR Brain in Gear!

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Video on
#1 Way to Get and Keep Your Brain in Gear

Hello, so glad to see you and glad you tuned in. You are here because I am going to reveal the latest science that tells us #1 Way to Get and Keep Your Brain In Gear.
In this video you are also going to learn the 3 main causes of brain drain,
brain fog leading to Alzheimer’s.

And I’ll show you how you can venture further to keep your cognition intact and your brain fully functioning. This video is about 13 minutes long so you might want to pause the video and go up and save the url or the address on your internet browser so you can come back to it if we are interrupted.

If you are like me and many of the other people I work more closely with, you want to save and review the information, good information that can help you get ahead in life, help you get into good brain health.

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Janet Rich Pittman. It’s very nice to see you. I am a brain health specialist. I am a former dementia administrator and dementia practitioner.
I served three locked down dementia facilities, in the range of 16 to 54 beds. And because of the small size I was able to give hands on service to my patients. And I truly grew to love some of my patients. The humiliation, the agony, the suffering my patients and their families went through, to finally my patients giving in, to death, just took it’s toll on me.

In our dementia training they teach us how to care for patients, they tell us what is happening, but they don’t give us the why or the possible causes. I wanted to know why. Why could Mr. Riley put together a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle in two or three hours but could not speak or feed himself? And here we have Roger Gentlihome who won the tennis championship at the Senior Olympic Games at age 102.

So I hit the books, actually medical reports, combing through journal after journal and database after database. I found and follow a number of scientists who are making strides in Alzheimer’s and other dementias, other neurological degenerative issues. And I have latched on to four from US and one from Italy. Just a few years ago they reversed severe cognitive impairment of 9 out of 10 patients, participants if you will.

Next study 45 of 45 were reversed and today’s date hundreds have been reversed right up at the 1000 mark.

These are people like Mr. Riley who can now talk and feed themselves not to mention snuggle up with their grandchildren, remember their birthdays and fix them supper—plan a fun night for the grandchildren
to sleep over!

Today I’m going to give you the foundation of how to keep our brain healthy and give you the beginning, the foundation, #1 way to keep our brain in gear and prevent our cognition from fully slipping into Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

First, what is happening in the brain is that a vast hunk of brain cells in a certain section of our brain are dying. The amount of cell death and the location varies from person to person.

Okay, brain cells are dying. Why? And how?

Here is the secret, the #1 reason we get brain fog, brain drain, leading to Alzheimer’s… Alzheimer’s at first is really not a head disease, it is a gut disease. What we eat combined with our DNA can make or break us. In other words, the foods we eat, what we put into our gut, combined with our DNA, can increase our health or make us sick.

Science recently tells us that we have two brains, we have the head brain, area between our ears, behind our eyes and a gut brain, area under our chin down to our hip bones. We create more neurotransmitters in our gut brain that we do in our head brain. Consequently we have more neurotransmitters in our gut brain than in our head brain.

What are neurotransmitters? These are messenger chemicals that travel along our neurons, they send nutrients up to our head brain get dispersed around where these messenger chemicals are now commands that are sent back down to our gut and other organs to tell us how to function and operate. This communication is called

Health.

We’ve always know about this brain gut connection. It can be delayed …how about all of us who have embedded in too much alcohol and woken up with horrible hangover and headache.

With heavy stress, a test or presentation coming up we get sick to our stomachs, have diarrhea or vomit.

Or this brain gut connection can be acute-right away. My girlfriend is allergic to crab, we were at a holiday open house, she looks at me and says, “that dip had crab in it”. I knew of her condition and I parted the waters, the people and barely made it to the kitchen sink where she upchucked and upchucked.

Cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, is not acute, symptoms are not going to pop up right away.

Over time based on what we put in our gut and our DNA we starve our brain cells and create hyper inflammation and/or a combination of this starvation and inflammation.

Right there are the three causes of Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment. 1. We starve or brain cells, 2. We cause hyper inflammation in our brain cells and 3. A combination of this starvation and hyper inflammation.

Let’s go a little bit deeper, when brain cells are starved, they cannot get the nutrients needed to operate, for those messenger molecules to run and command so the neurons shrivel up and die. Inflammation is like when you get a cut and maybe a little infection with puss, that’s inflammation working, your immune system is in operation, getting the bacteria and toxins out of that particular area, out of your body. A scab forms, new skin grows back. This is inflammation working, killing bad and damaged cells, creating growing new cells.

But hyper inflammation is when something triggers inflammation in your brain and the bad cells are eaten—but inflammation just keeps eating and eating all the cells, the good cells too, it cannot shut off.

So what causes this starvation and inflammation? Roughly, there are 7 triggers but the problem is there is not one acting alone. There are two, usually three to four that start a cascade of brain cell death and it all depends upon your intake or consumption of these triggers—the intake of these triggers in association with your DNA.

I met Juliana at a marketing conference. She was not as sharp and pungent as I felt an accountant should be. She is an accounting consultant. When she learned of my training, she confided in me of her continual cognitive slipping, forgetting clients, not understanding formulas she had created on the spread sheets a year ago. She said she was leaving out details in her analysis. “Janet”, she sighed, “I’m just tired and lethargic all the time.”

Even though we live on opposite sides of the county, she wanted me to help her. I worked with her GP, we had some testing done where we learned she had a high level on her hs-CRP test, this is a blood test for inflammation. After Juliana and I put our heads together we realized it was a continual infection in her mouth from where she had her wisdom teeth removed about 4 years earlier. It took a few months after a ‘cleaning out dental procedure’ but all her cognitive failing are gone and she is sharp as a tack—crunching those numbers!

Mike and I are runners. He’s about 5’11” and skinnier than I am, just a string bean. When he found out what I do he confided in me he, that he was, in his words, “losing his marbles” and he was about to lose his job. It was everything he said, he could not remember his computer password, had trouble recognizing faces at work, he’d miss meetings, even if he’d written them down. His neurologist told him: get your affairs in order. He asked me what would I suggest. Everyone wants a snap decision, a quick cure. Alzheimer’s and other dementias have taken years to percolate in your mind, and it affects everyone differently pending your DNA and lifestyle. I told Mike it is a complicated disease and unfortunately turnaround can be complicated that if he would share with me his test results and go over a bit of history I’d be glad to help him. So we did, went over all he had but he was missing some hormone test results. He didn’t want to do testing again so I combed his lifestyle started with his running and diet, changed 1 thing and I added a couple of other supplements and boom…night and day difference. He is thriving now at work and has gained about 20 pounds.

Every time we see each other at races or with our running group Mike hugs me and brags on me but I always turn the conversation because he did it. He just had my help. Just like Juliana had my help. And I have helped a lot more. Currently I am getting their testimonies and will put them on my website. But now the questions is, How can I help you? Can I help you or a loved one?

You’re a member of my brain health revolution so I give you quick and short information here and there. I do try not to wear out my welcome. But I know it is not enough. Even when I give speeches 30 minutes to an hour up to half day seminars, I walk away saying to myself there is so much more I can give.

Would you like to set up a meeting and see what I can do for you or a loved one in your family? And if not now, maybe in the future, let’s stay in touch. My mission is to help you or a loved one take hold of your brain health and get the brain is gear so to be fully functioning.

Usually when I meet with folks, I charge a basic fee to begin consultation. But with this video, I offer a FREE, free strategy session where we will access you or a loved one’s current situation and determine what is needed right away to get the brain in gear.

Simply email me with subject line “free strategy session” so in turn you can have the ability and freedom to engage in life, like Mike and Juliana, where YOU or a loved one will feel a new found freedom after the brain fog lifts, where the knack to concentrate swings back and confusion is replaced with crystal clear thinking and proper decision making. Your confidence returns confirming you can remain and live independent for years to come.

Below, I’ve given you 2 flyers of what we talked about earlier, 3 Causes of Alzheimer’s and 7 Triggers of Alzheimer’s. As you can see, these flyers and this video just scratch the surface.

Together we can go deeper into your specific brain situation and have you and your brain in gear and operating on all cylinders.

Email me your free strategy session. I’m Janet Rich Pittman wishing you the very best in good brain health.

 

 

Three Main Causes of Alzheimer’s, click here.

Seven Triggers of Alzheimer’s, click here.

 

8 in 2018: YOUR Top Questions Regarding YOUR Brain Health and Dementia

8 in 2018: Answers to YOUR Most Frequently Asked Questions:

1.In the Q&A after your speech, you advised never to retire. Could you go over that again.

Janet: That’s right. Never retire your brain, always keep it working for the rest of your life, specifically working to solve new problems or challenges. From shopping in a new grocery store to learning a foreign language to finding a tutor for your son/grandson, these are brain exercises.

Brain exercising is putting new information on top of old for an accomplishment, for a result. Here is the ketch: you have to have many of these new accomplishments EVERY DAY. How many? No one knows for sure. The only science I have found behind this is that college educated individuals and/or those devoted to continuing education and the usage of it, mentally last the longest.

Also to ensure your mind keeps churning all of its gears, one must have something to sink their teeth into, a purpose in life, a reason to get up and go every morning. Fine if you want to ‘retire’ from your current job. We all need a change of pace, a different routine, less stress. But…

Light two of your brain candles with one flame…get a new job!! This way, you never retire your brain and you always have a challenge before you. Brain challenge/brain exercising examples at your new job: learning a new software, understanding new company procedures and keeping up with the names of all the new employees. Plus, you’ll have some fun mad money! Never RETIRE!!!! Here is 1.47 minute video I made talking more about what happens when you finally get there, get to retirement.

Here is an article I wrote describing the number 1 side job you need to get to help your brain.

 

 

 

2. Hello, I watched your advice on the news and you brought up balancing hormones so do you believe in taking bio-identical hormones? would that really make a difference? I really am scared to take those because of breast cancer but I noticed my memory is getting worse, I cannot speak the words I want during conversation.

Janet: Yes, I believe in bio-identical hormones, at any age FOR ANY GENDER. But you must take what your body is missing, not just a prescription for any and all. You are right, too many hormones can cause cancer, but what they don’t tell you is that not enough hormones can cause cancer AND memory problems.

And about needing to stop and think about what to say, the words you are thinking not coming out of your mouth…that tells me your synapse brain cells are weak. This symptom is a direct correlation to hormone imbalance, poor nutrition and lack of sleep, each or a combination of them all successfully balanced. There is no cure for memory loss and mental weakness BUT there are actions, primarily a combination of, that you must revolve your life in and around so to better your mental health. Here is a signature article I wrote, How to Keep Our Brains Young.

 

 

 

 

3. My parents are both in good physical health, my dad is 85 and my mom is 78. Do you think their diet of high carbs, processed foods, white bread, and sugar is contributing to their brain drain?
Janet: Quick answer is yes. To understand why, take about a 20 minute read of my most popular give away 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brain Drain with Ways To Keep Your Brain Fully Charged, here.

Perhaps all three of you could read one of my signature articles I wrote, We Are Starving our Brains and Don’t Even Realize It  or Why Are Our Parents and GrandParents Coming Down with Alzhiemer’s and Other Dementias.

All these writing talk about the 6 WHITE Brain Damaging Foods we consume wholeheartedly without knowing in our daily diets…white sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, white corn (it is white when processed after it’s endosperm, shell, is taken away) plus these last four turn to sugar, along with all milk products (this includes cheese).

For more on the Brain Damaging Foods, here is another article.

Your parents might enjoy 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here also.

 

 

 

 

4. “I eat whole grain wheat, rice, oats & flax meal. If I quit putting milk with these, what can I use? What do you eat for breakfast?”
Janet:  I suggest no wheat whatsoever, wheat contains most gluten of our food consumption and in a phrase summary, gluten opens/dissolves the lining of our small intestine, for everyone who consumes wheat, celiac disease or no. Thus, partially digested food seeps out of our intestines, seeps into our blood, digests the lining of our arteries, breaks the blood brain barrier and eventually causes hyper inflammation. As we are all different, with different DNA and different immune performance levels, bodies react differently. Dr. Alessio Fasano, brought over from a University in Italy by MIT who now practices at Harvard discovered this and wrote a book on it, Gluten Freedom.

For rice, only wild and brown, if brown, try to get the sprouted, it is just easier on the digestive track. Oats have a hint of gluten, go easy on them and get oats that have not been processed, get preferably steel cut, 2nd choice get old fashion. When they are processed their endosperm (shell) is removed from being heated and bleached (in order to cook quicker and look nice) which pulls away the natural nutrients from oats.

Flax meal, great!! Good omega 3.

For your oatmeal, you could also stir in a bit of almond butter, honey, molasses or maple syrup—just a bit though, sugar, any type eventually is bad for you. We cook steel cut oatmeal in filtered water and add Extra Virgin Olive Oil (great antioxidant and is needed to help with sticking, you could add either grass fed butter or coconut oil) and Vietnamese Cinnamon, the taste is so much better

For my breakfast: I stick to protein, smart carbs and veggies
Today: I had left over of shrimp casserole, fresh kale from my Dad’s garden, carrots and 2 slices of bacon with green tea.
Shrimp Casserole: made with basis of a puree of freshly roasted mirlton or cayote squash mixed with eggs, flax seed meal, sprinkle of tapioca flour for thickening, cajun spiced ghee sautee of fresh shrimp my buddy caught, not farm raised shrimp.

Yesterday’s Breakfast: kale (from my Dad’s garden), carrots, egg muffin, bacon, celery with almond butter, green tea
Egg Muffin: onions, garlic, celery, green red and yellow bell pepper sauteed in bit of bacon grease placed in butter greased muffin tins (6 muffin sections in tin) and topped with stirred up eggs, baked till set and put in refrigerator.

Day before: kale (from my Dad’s garden), left over baked chicken with fresh herb butter sauce, carrots, ½ green banana, green tea

My carbs: I only eat smart carbs which are complex carbs: all vegetables, occasional beans, wild and sprouted brown rice, quinoa rarely (once month–gluten issue).

 

 

 

5. I can’t believe that you eat bacon or grease.

Janet: I personally eat a ½ keto, ½ paleo diet, no gluten and low low fruit diet. Your brain is mostly fat, it needs fat to help the nutrients swim all around and be accurately distributed. Good fat is necessary for good brain health, but you cannot combine it with bad fats like trans fats or hydrogenated oils (canola, sesame seed, corn, etc.). It’s like putting water in oil, it doesn’t mix, digest, assimilate into your cells correctly. The only fats you should be eating are grass fed natural animal fats (butter and fat in meats), olive oil, coconut oil.

A marathon runner, age 62, I counseled was having memory issues and finance issues, he could not understand numbers any longer. After a quick review of his lifestyle and diet he was a perfect Alzheimer’s prevention specimen except for his diet. For years, decades, he followed a low fat, high complex carb, high protein diet. Insulin resistance was a contributing factor but mainly, the lack of fat took it’s toll on his brain. After some key supplements based on further testing and a strict ketogenic diet (diet high in fats), he now tutors his coworkers in spread sheet formula development.  He was starving his brain of fats.   To learn more you would enjoy an article I wrote on Starving Your Brain.

Mr. Marathon Runner: at 62, he still runs by the way.

 

 

 

6. You say go super low on sugar, what about fruit? I eat a lot of fruit.

Janet: Sugar…consumption and processing/digestion of it truly depends on each person. Just keep it as low as possible and only from natural sources, fruits, honey, maple syrup, molasses, homegrown stevia leaves. Just know ball park your body and brain can only successfully process/digest 5-8-10 grams sugar a day. And don’t sleep on it. If you consume fruit or any sugar, consume as little as possible and be sure and consume before 2pm so to process all your sugar and not interfere with your sleep.  Need help sleeping and staying asleep? If my 19 Ways to Get to Sleep and Stay Sleeping flyer does not do the trick, email me and let’s schedule some one-on-one time together.  We can get you sleeping!

 

 

 

7.You say we must do physical exercise, brain exercise and eliminate chronic stress. I walk about 30 minutes daily when I do my praying. I assume this helps as praying reduces my stress. Because I am busy with e-mail reading & correspondence, and reading 2 Christian magazines is this a good amount of reading?

Janet: Just make sure you get some huffing and puffing in that walk, God will approve!!!. Extra oxygen up in your brain along with a faster than normal beating heart activates your Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor which gets your glia cells reproducing faster and your synapse linking those neurons together and your stem cells creating more neurons! In other words, exercise creates new brain cells and also strengthens and matures new brain cells which keeps your train of thought flow and your memory pop up as instant as possible. Here is a quick 2 minute read of an article I wrote on exercise creating new brain cells.

Also, in regard to all that Christian reading, please understand the difference between reading for entertainment or fact finding vs. reading for an accomplishment. You and your brain have to do something–accomplish something with those facts, put the facts to use!! Reading is nice and okay but only goes so far. Reading is a tool to create new brain cells.  Here is an example of how it work:  you are a history buff and lecture here and there so you read to understand why the Brits almost won the War of 1812 and if it had not been for their loss of the Battle of Mobile Bay in Mobile Alabama we, the US, might still be under British rule! You then use that newly learned trivia in your new lecture. A question comes up about the pirates, so you go back to your sources, read some more and are prepared for the next lecture to answer the questions! For more on brain exercising, review question #1 above or click here to quickly get to it.

 

 

8.  What are the first signs of dementia that you notice?
Janet:  It is not Memory Loss! Memory loss is what most folks acknowledge with beginning dementia, yet it is low on the list. Gait is the primary indication dementia has been percolating upstairs and is working to set in. Are you or yours taking the streets like a New York Fashion Runway or are you shuffling your walk, barely lifting your feet from the floor? Poor balance and a weak gait are the leading signs of dementia. I created a 45 second video here on the first thing to look for in dementia,

For Brain Health Members exclusively, I have here a check-off list for the Top Signs Your Cognizance is slipping.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me, Janet@JanetRichPittman.com.

Helping you keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, I’m YOUR Brain Health Specialist, 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            Janet Rich Pittman

Have You Fallen Lately?

NOT FINISHED

How’s your balance?   Do you fall frequently?  Take a simple balancing test.  Go barefoot.  Grab a clock with a second hand or hit the timer on your cell phone.  Place your right hand on a bath or kitchen counter and bend your left knee which will pull up your left leg.  You can either hold knee at a 45 degree angle or try and hit your butt.  Slide your hand from the counter and stand one-footed for as long as possible.  Note the time.

 

How many minutes can you stand tall and straight before toppling?  If you hit the 5 minute mark, congratulations.

 

If you only last less than a minute, you may be on your way for a fall, provided you have not had a bad one already.  According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of accidental death for those 65 and older.

 

In order to fight this statistic and prolong your life, you must improve your balance. The best way to improve your balance is by strengthening the core of your body.  Your core is the area of your torso, actually from your shoulders down to the top of your hips, or lower pelvic area.

 

Your core holds the center of your personal gravity to lift, sit, stand, lie down or bend over.  When your core is not strong, your balance is off.  When your balance is off, your confidence is diminished and you are unsure of yourself, making it easy to give in to a fall.

 

You stand tall and straight with a strong core, you are in alignment having good posture. Tammy Wise,  is a widely respected mind-body fitness expert, practitioner of holistic healing and Tao minister practicing in New York City.  In her article Strengthen Your Will To Align,  she explains one must recognize the importance of their posture. “Posture”, she states, “is the first thing that cues you in on how you feel”.  Weak posture leads to imbalance which leads to lack of confidence which leads to a fall.

 

Strengthening your body core also ensures a strong mind.  Core building exercises shoots demands for actions to the cerebellum, the area of the brain in the back of your head next to the brain stem.  The cerebellum area acts as a computer processing information for a quick and clear response involving your balance, equilibrium, muscle coordination and positional awareness.  Strengthening your core improves your brain health, your brain’s ability to quickly think on your feet, correcting actions and movement, thereby preventing falls.

 

A strong core tightens abdominal muscles to support the diaphragm permitting deeper and fuller breathing, allowing more oxygen to circulate in your blood finally reaching then penetrating the capillaries in your brain flooding it with nutrients.

 

So how do you strengthen your core?

 

Power walking, running especially—as much as you can do, jiggles all your core organs and muscles.  Over time they become strong and synergize to strengthen your core.  Plus, aerobic and brain exercises help create and develop your brain cells to be quick on your feet for snap balancing decisions.  Any exercise though helps to build core muscles.

 

General sit ups, 5 to 10 to 50 per day, are a great start.  Yoga and pilate exercising concentrates mainly on developing core inner strength.  But you don’t have to go out and join a health club or hire a personal trainer.

 

Improve your balance by having a strong body core and with a strong core, you will have good brain health which will help prolong your life and prevent falls!.

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Prevent Falls Check List

 

To Prevent Falls:

Improve Your Balance

The Best Way to Improve Your Balance:

STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE

STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAIN HEALTH

Your core is the area of your torso, actually from your shoulders down to the top of your hips, or lower pelvic area. Your core holds the center of your personal gravity to lift, sit, stand, lie down or bend over.

 

HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE AND YOUR BRAIN HEALTH?

Participate in Aerobic Exercise to

  1. strengthen core muscles connecting to core or gut organs and
  2. create new brain neurons and supporting brain glia cells for quick thought to your cerebellum for immediate balancing action.  The cerebellum area acts as a computer processing information for a quick and clear response involving your balance, equilibrium, muscle coordination and positional awareness.

 

After a steady Exercise Program of 6 months and Your

Balance is Still Off

  • Strengthen your ankles, calves and feet. Research exercises and resistance training to strengthen them, incorporate them into your weekly workout routine.  You may need to see a Physical Therapist who specializes in balance issues.
  • How are your ears? Have a professional check for any severe wax buildup
  • What foods are you eating? Daily intake of alcohol, overeating every day, too much sugar and way overload of gluten all stress your equilibrium.  A 2000 calorie or less paleo or keto diet is the best brain diet.
  • Are your eustachian tubes clogged? Theses are tubes that connect middle ear to back of throat, one per ear, that could become clogged with thick mucus.
  • Might have you vertigo or Meniere’s Disease? These are balance/dizzy diseases. Research them, see if you could be a victim, find causes, see about eliminating the causes and maybe see a doctor.

 

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

www.JanetRichPittman.com