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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. I usually 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.

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 – even before you take on the diet.

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. To keep focus, you are trying 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. So 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  

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, not just one diet will work for you 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.

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 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  

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 

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.

Sources:

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/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17213230

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Antioxidant+activity+of+blueberry+fruit+is+impaired+by+association+with+milk

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24939339

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

Good Brain Health Makes You Happy

 

True happiness isn’t weight loss, having a nice car or a lot of money. Sure they are nice but what happens when you can’t enjoy them or even know you have them?  Ultimately, true happiness is having your brain in balance and at peak performance.

When you are tired all the time, no spring in your step, you’re sluggish, falling asleep at your desk 2pm every day, forgetting names and events…you’re brain is telling you something, it’s not happy, therefore you probably aren’t either.

At times like these, deep down inside, we all know our brain is not functioning on all cylinders.  But why?  And how do we get it functioning at its peak?  Here we go over a couple of signs or causes we are having brain drain coupled with ways to get our brain energized and pumped up.

Get Happy with J podcast with your host Jittuan Woods.  Enjoy this fun 26 minutes to get your brain powered up!

 

 

 

Doctor’s Warning Against Food Additives

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is cautioning parents and pediatricians to avoid exposing children to eight chemicals found in food and in plastic packaging. But it’s not a warning that should be advised just for kids because of their small size, it should be advised for everyone! Everyone has a developing and maturing brain.

In the electronic magazine On The Brain, my article titled We’re Dying Our Brains tells about color in foods damaging our brains, young and old alike. This recent study from AAP shows us the damage plastics, found inside foods (yes, inside) and in housing foods, do not only to our brains but to our overall health.

8 Major FOOD Chemicals to Avoid

The eight chemicals they studied are:

-Nitrates (preservative in meats)
-Nitrites (preservative in meats)
-Bisphenol A or BPA (lining inside metal cans)
-Phthalates (inserted to make plastics stronger and more flexible)
-Perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) (used to keep food from sticking)
– Perchlorate (controls static electricity in food packaging)
-Polybrominated diphenyl (PBDEs) (flame retardant put in plastic packaging)
– Artificial food colorings (This study did not specifically cover individual coloring agents. See my article We’re Dying Our Brains for coloring damage details.

The damage to the brain and the body…

The chemicals nitrates and nitrites, as well as bisphenol A, or BPA, have been linked to cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease (SN: 10/3/15, p. 12). Phthalates and perfluoroalkyl have been associated with endocrine disruption, obesity and insulin resistance, which is when cells don’t respond properly to insulin (SN Online: 2/9/12) leading to starvation of brain cells. Percholorate is known to disrupt the thyroid hormone function and polybrominated diphenyl ethers are found to be association with hypothyroidism in toddlers. Some of these chemicals may also have neurocognitive (head brain) effects, such as increased hyperactivity in children, says study coauthor Sheela Sathyanarayana, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Because scientists are unable to test the effects of these chemicals directly in humans, evidence shows only that there is correlation, not causation, between exposure and disease.

To avoid these chemicals, the report suggests that parents, but I say all who buy, should buy fresh or frozen produce and skip processed meats packaged in plastic or food in metal cans, which can be lined with BPA. (Plastic is a major head brain disruptor, read more about it in my free booklet 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged.) Certainly, everyone should avoid storing foods in plastic, not allowing cooked foods to touch plastic. Also never put plastic containers in the dishwasher or microwave, as the report states heat can draw these chemicals out of plastic.

The researchers say that they hope the report prompts more strict regulation of these additives.

Bottom line, all of us who buy and cook foods for ourselves as well as for our children should know to stay away from heavily packaged and processed foods and eat as all natural as possible.  (How to get started doing that? check out my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear found here.)

Wishing you and all, the very best in 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

 

AAP study:

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2018/07/19/peds.2018-1408

 

Science News

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pediatricians-warn-against-chemical-additives-food-kids?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=latest-newsletter-v2

Why Our Parents and Grandparents are Coming Down with Alzheimer’s (and other dementias too) Will We Be NEXT?

(8 minute read) At social events, from church to ballgames to cocktail time, stories of our children and parents seem to bubble up in every conversation. Oftentimes, the brain condition of our parents weasels its way into those discusses. And understandably so, since 1 in 10 human beings age 65 and older suffers from some form of dementia. The statistics are even grimmer for those 85 and older, a whopping 1 in 2.5 are drowning in it!

As a society, we are now facing our third generation of Alzheimer’s and other dementia with no cure.  We are seemingly helplessly watching it vacuum away the minds and lives of our loved ones. Many of us have buried grandparents who were scourged by the disease, and several see our parents slipping away. When we experience the brain fog, poor balance, and exhaustion of those senior moments, we worry that we might succumb to it too.

By studying global populations for an answer, we encounter the healthy Blue Zones around the world.

Dan Buettner, in an article he authored in National Geographic Magazine, revealed certain areas in which the elderly live to be 80, 90, or even older than 100, with strong minds and bodies, then finally die of old age. How do they do it, while our own parents and grandparents in a supposedly well-nourished nation cannot remember our names or whether or not they took their medication this morning? We can glean a lot from the unifying characteristics of the people who live the longest in those Blue Zones:

  • They eat no processed, packaged foods.
  • Sitting still is not part of their daily routine; they are constantly active, exercising their bodies and minds.
  • Along with getting plenty of sleep, stress is not in their lives.
  • They enjoy a sense of community and are committed to their families, friends, and a life purpose. This, in turn, helps them remain active and play a vital role.

Closer to home, some folks exhibit these same characteristics, albeit not the nutrition aspect, yet they slowly sink into the abyss of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. What, then, is the problem?

In search of the root cause of why some succumb while others do not, nearly 200,000 published studies, representing years and years of scientific research, have been conducted on Alzheimer’s.[1] These studies indicate that dementia is not a normal part of aging. On the contrary, it is an actual disease, and it can be stopped and even reversed in most cases. The only way to stop disease is to discover and halt the root cause, so we must begin with a basic understanding.

 

What is dementia?

Simply put, dementia is the death of a significant number of brain cells, specifically neurons and their connecting cells, the synapse, which leads to cognitive impairment. Other supporting cells, the glia, die as well. The fatality of these cells causes the brain to malfunction, and we experience cognitive impairment. Ultimately, because the brain cannot function as intended, it cannot communicate properly with the organs, and we face total body death.

 

What is cognition?

Cognition is defined as our ability to think, feel, and act upon new information, to process thoughts and take or make physical actions based upon those thoughts.  (For a list of the 8 main cognitive skills which are the first to subside when dementia percolates in our brain, click here.)

What causes dementia?

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, neuro-research coordinator, health practitioner, and lecturer, was one of the first to put the pieces together. When it  comes to the root cause of brain cell death, he cites three main culprits:

  1. cell starvation, when nutrients and hormones cannot get to the head brain;
  2. immunoexcitotoxicity, or super-hyper inflammation and
  3. a combination of both of the above.

There are several triggers to this starvation and super-hyper inflammation, I’ve grouped them into seven based on the findings of Drs. Blaylock and Dale Bredesen.  Dr. Bredesen was the first physician to publish a solution for the reversal of cognitive impairment. This knowledge, combined with studies and theories of other doctors (Drs. Edward Group, Datis Kharrazian, Thomas Lewis, Charles Gant, Alessio Fasano, Sidney MacDonald, Tom O’Bryan, Tom Suit, Raphael Kellman, David Perlmutter, Mark Hyman, Elizabeth Boham, Frank Lipman, Drew Ramsey, Ann Hathaway, and many others) can lead us to some long-sought answers about dementia.

The following are these seven triggers, experienced separately on occasion but mostly in combination; they are the leading causes of brain starvation and super-hyper inflammation in the brain:

 

The 7 Triggers to Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia

  1. toxins collected and stored in the brain
  2. lack of nutrients
  3. serious and long-term infections
  4. trauma, high ACE score, stress, depression
  5. historical, consistent lack of sleep
  6. no cellular energy
  7. giving up on the challenge to age healthfully

 

(For this list, click here.)  Considering the wide array of causes, it is no wonder that there is not one magic pill or miracle cure to rid the world of dementia. That said, just as there are multiple causes, there are multiple, and combined, methods to reverse Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Cross-referencing these triggers with key lifestyle factors in the Blue Zones, where dementia does not seem to be a problem, we begin to understand why our parents and grandparents are afflicted with the disease. Not only that, but we can also determine where we are in terms of probability.

For ways to discover your susceptibility to these triggers and advice on fighting them, even reversing their effects, which are the early symptoms of dementia, let’s talk.  You can enjoy, long-term, good brain health as you age and NOT fall into dementia, Alzheimer’s.

On my basis of years of neurodegeneration research coupled with training from doctors who have reversed cognitive impairment, reversed Alzheimer’s,  I can provide individualized, personal plans of action so you or a loved one can restore precious memories, regain brain energy and have good brain health. Actually, it is not just a plan but an individualized, detailed protocol system.

Click here to schedule a FREE 15-minute telephone appointment.  There is no cost to you.  We’ll talk for 15 or so minutes, you give me your story, or the situation of your loved one, along with the symptoms, and together we can see how to get the brain in gear and make sure NOT to fall into dementia/Alzheimer’s.

Right now?  It may not be the right time. But let’s stay in touch; know I am available if you ever need me.  To help you though, take advantage of free membership to my Brain Health Revolution.  As a member, you will receive a few times each month some quick facts, tidbits, checklists and notes of interest on how to enjoy a healthy, strong brain and how to prevent dementia. You can also receive more detailed information on the triggers listed above, including my ebooklet 9 Signs You Are Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged to Ward Off Dementia. Get the booklet and join The Brain Health Revolution here. 

Helping you keep your memory, enjoy good brain health, and age successfully, I look forward to communicating with you again!


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.     
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[1] Pubmed.com, National Library of Medicine Database

 

 

How to Keep Our Brains Young

(9.5 minute read) Think of your head brain[1] like a house, any kind of house. Just as you upkeep your house, you must consider maintenance and renewal for your brains[1].

While we grow and mature, the brain creates the strongest cognitive foundation possible for full function. Then we add a good education, strong upbringing, and high values and morals to sweeten the cognition pot, thus strengthening brain function all the more.

Many houses have strong foundations. Mine, built in 1908, has survived a flood and a Category 5 hurricane, as well as a medley of other typhoons of varying degrees, an indication that my home has strong bones. However, in spite of its sturdy foundation, I cannot just leave it alone as it seemingly rots and deteriorates before my very eyes.

A responsible homeowner stays on top of maintenance and routine repairs, and they catch problems early, so they do not turn into financial disasters. Ultimately, wise home ownership is an investment of attention, time, and effort to keep the house sturdy and standing proud, functioning at its best, for as long as possible. It is the same with the brain; it does us little good to let it sit atop our shoulders and become brittle and old, left to rot away.

Like deterioration in a home, deterioration in the brain begins slowly. “When people start to have loss of focus and concentration, motivation, and depression; when they have difficulty sleeping, [experience] inefficiency in the work they do, and have problems with completing tasks; and timelining…remembering projects, those are all serious red flags,” explains Dr. Datis Kharrazian. At first, we may not pay much attention to forgetting words or names or losing our grasp on instant recall. We dismiss the fact that we feel tired all the time and struggle to get eight hours of sleep nightly. Our joints and muscles ache, yet we just slap the air and tell ourselves, “It’s hell getting old.”

Dr. Datis Kharrazian is a Harvard Medical School research scholar, associate clinical professor of preventative medicine, fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working? He says this overlooking, the idea of waiting for more serious signs, is the biggest mistake his patients make.

Without proper maintenance and no minor repair work, the supportive cells that keep our neurons in check get mad, go crazy, and eat each other up. Once this hyperinflammation becomes a problem, it isn’t too long before dementia sets in. The neurons that carry our thoughts and memories begin to shrivel and pull away, and we no longer create proper, healthy, sufficient neurotransmitters. These messages of action and renewal travel to and from the brain neurons to the gut neurons and, ultimately, to and from various body organs, to instigate proper thought and action: Doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I need to get up early to get my power walk in. I need to get list of medicines and supplements ready. Wait. What is that nurse’s name again? Is there gas in the car? Oh, what am I going to wear?

Instead of creating new, healthy, energetic cells that would efficiently spur our thoughts and keep the body rolling along, we can only muster weak, limp cells. In other words, cell renewal in the brain and body is no longer strong and vibrant. Consequently, the brain and body slowly rots away. Some people nonchalantly write this off as aging, but what is really happening is deterioration.

The good news is that you can renew your cells to be stronger and more vibrant. Over time, you can grow stronger and younger, as stated by authors Dr. Henry “Harry” Lodge and his patient Chris Crowley in their national bestseller, Younger Next Year.

Of course our hair will turn gray, and our skin will sag and wrinkle with the passing of time, but we can strengthen the muscles, heart, and brain. In fact, Dr. Lodge and Crowley contend that these can be even better, even younger, than before!

At 79, Harriet Anderson is the oldest woman to finish an ironman. Montserrat Mecho boasts outstanding achievements and athletic prowess as an 80-year-old skydiver, windsurfer, skier, diver, and swimmer. Jack Weil has found success in another arena; at 107 years old, he is the CEO of a Western clothing company.

How did these awe-inspiring people do it? It doesn’t always require going back to business school or hiring an athletic trainer to accomplish these amazing feats. They first improved their brains.

And they did that in 4 ways, ways you can employ to keep your brain young.

  1. They grew strong, vibrant brain cells by aerobically exercising 5 to 6 days a week.
  2. They created energetic, vivacious supporting cells for their brain neurons by accomplishing new tasks many times every day. These mental accomplishments varied from a new way to drive home to new way to foam roll an aching muscle to understanding a new charge on their credit card statement.
  3. They created beefy, spirited neurotransmitters to communicate with the stomach and other organs in their body. This communication is called health.  The majority of our neurotransmitters are created in our gut brain, not in our head brain.  To create the correct neurotransmitters, you have to eat clean whole foods.  You have to get your Gut in Gear.  How do you do that?  To get started, get my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here also.
  4. They continually repaired their brain through a healthy lifestyle, complete with purpose and responsibility.

What about you? You can carry your brain to better health.  You can get back to that confident place where you rely on your instant recall and memory, where you always find your words and continuously know what is going on around you.

Start by finding out how young your brain really is with this quick 5 question brain quiz I created given here. Regardless of your score, the analysis will point you in the right direction to a healthier brain and help you keep it healthy. The bottom line is that you must maintain your brain health much like the way you maintain your home or anything else that is valuable and dear to you. Your quiz results will give you tools and point you in the right direction.

By taking the quiz you will be a member, for free, if you are not already, of The Brain Health Revolution where I will email you about two to three times a month tips, tid bits, guides and articles on how to have a healthy brain.

You’re on your way to good brain health! I look forward to communicating with you soon.

 

 

 

[1] The terms “head brain” and “your brains” are not typographical errors! We all have two brains, the head brain, which sits atop our shoulders, and the gut brain. The gut brain harbors more neurotransmitters than the head brain, and damage to the gut brain is a major factor in most diseases. For more information, read my article “We Are Starving Our Brains and Don’t Even Realize It.”

Have you read my ebooklet: 9 Signs You Are Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged to Ward Off Dementia? Get it here.

For another link for the quiz, click 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.                                                                                                                                   www.JanetRichPittman.com