The Once a Year 45 Day Brain Tune-up

BrainWith all the stress in our lives it can help to tune up your brain every now and then. Just like your car needing fresh oil and spark plugs, your brain needs to be occasionally nourished with extra nutrients and a healthy diet.

This brain tune up slowly heals your brain. However, it won’t take long until you feel the effects, which include deeper sleep, better concentration, improved memory, and less stress.

The Meal Plan

The focus is to decrease inflammation without drastic changes. Nourish your brain by removing all processed foods. Try to eat organic as much as possible to help lower pesticide exposure. If you can’t eat organic, look at the fruits and vegetables in the dirty dozen and avoid them unless they are organic.

Meal Plan Guidelines

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Eat organic when possible
  • Cut back on grains
  • Eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Meditation

If you are doing a daily meditation, continue your practice. For those who don’t meditate, a simple meditation practice isn’t difficult. Just breathe in for a count of 7 and breathe out for a count of 7. Count and concentrate on counting. Five to ten minutes is all you need. Sometimes the best time is when you first get in bed. This can help you sleep better.

Nutrients

Make sure you are on a multivitamin to maintain healthy levels of your vitamins. On top of a multivitamin, take the following:

Krill Oil – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Why krill and not fish oil? Krill oil differs from fish oil in way that its EPA and DHA are bound to phospholipids. Fish oils DHA and EPA are bound to triglycerides. The brain membranes are high in phospholipids making krill the ideal choice to help them heal.

Be cautious of krill if you have a seafood allergy, bleeding disorder and if you’re about to undergo surgery. Krill oil may slow blood clotting so do not take this along with medications that slow blood clotting. If you are taking fish, flax, or other type of oils, discontinue during the 45-day brain tune up regimen.

Curcumin (Meriva) – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Curcumin is known to help fight inflammation. We want to reduce any inflammation in the brain in order for healing to occur. Meriva is a form of curcumin that has up to 30 times greater absorption than regular curcumin so it works much better in reducing inflammation.

Resveratrol – 400 mg/day in two 200 mg doses

Resveratrol is another substance that helps reduce brain inflammation. Resveratrol can also help increase blood flow to the brain and increase healing. A glass (one) of red wine can also be another helpful source of resveratrol during your brain tune-up.

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules of Life Extension Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate

Over half of Americans are magnesium deficient. It is difficult for magnesium to be absorbed into the nervous system and brain. Neuro-Mag from Life Extension has been shown to increase magnesium levels in the spinal fluid.  It is a great product that gets essential magnesium to the brain.

It is suggested that you start with 1 capsule an hour before bedtime. Over the next few days, add 2 more capsules taken during the day.

Maintenance

In order to keep your brain healthy going, you’ll take smaller amounts of most of the nutrients.

Krill Oil –500mg/day

Curcumin (Meriva) – 1000 mg/day

Resveratrol – 200 mg/day

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules

Continue with 1 capsule at bed time. Many people who feel so much better using this form of magnesium like to continue taking 3 capsules per day.

We recommend the following supplements for quality and value:

Neptune Krill Oil 1000 mg Source Naturals Inc. 90 Softgels by Source Naturals

Curcumin Phytosome featuring MERIVA 180 Count (500mg) by Doctor’s Best

Best Trans-Resveratrol 200 featuring ResVinol-25™ (200 mg) by Doctor’s Best

Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate 90 VegiCaps by Life Extension

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The Once a Year 45 Day Brain Tune-up

BrainWith all the stress in our lives it can help to tune up your brain every now and then. Just like your car needing fresh oil and spark plugs, your brain needs to be occasionally nourished with extra nutrients and a healthy diet.

This brain tune up slowly heals your brain. However, it won’t take long until you feel the effects, which include deeper sleep, better concentration, improved memory, and less stress.

The Meal Plan

The focus is to decrease inflammation without drastic changes. Nourish your brain by removing all processed foods. Try to eat organic as much as possible to help lower pesticide exposure. If you can’t eat organic, look at the fruits and vegetables in the dirty dozen and avoid them unless they are organic.

Meal Plan Guidelines

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Eat organic when possible
  • Cut back on grains
  • Eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Meditation

If you are doing a daily meditation, continue your practice. For those who don’t meditate, a simple meditation practice isn’t difficult. Just breathe in for a count of 7 and breathe out for a count of 7. Count and concentrate on counting. Five to ten minutes is all you need. Sometimes the best time is when you first get in bed. This can help you sleep better.

Nutrients

Make sure you are on a multivitamin to maintain healthy levels of your vitamins. On top of a multivitamin, take the following:

Krill Oil – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Why krill and not fish oil? Krill oil differs from fish oil in way that its EPA and DHA are bound to phospholipids. Fish oils DHA and EPA are bound to triglycerides. The brain membranes are high in phospholipids making krill the ideal choice to help them heal.

Be cautious of krill if you have a seafood allergy, bleeding disorder and if you’re about to undergo surgery. Krill oil may slow blood clotting so do not take this along with medications that slow blood clotting. If you are taking fish, flax, or other type of oils, discontinue during the 45-day brain tune up regimen.

Curcumin (Meriva) – 3000 mg a day. 1000 mg with each meal

Curcumin is known to help fight inflammation. We want to reduce any inflammation in the brain in order for healing to occur. Meriva is a form of curcumin that has up to 30 times greater absorption than regular curcumin so it works much better in reducing inflammation.

Resveratrol – 400 mg/day in two 200 mg doses

Resveratrol is another substance that helps reduce brain inflammation. Resveratrol can also help increase blood flow to the brain and increase healing. A glass (one) of red wine can also be another helpful source of resveratrol during your brain tune-up.

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules of Life Extension Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate

Over half of Americans are magnesium deficient. It is difficult for magnesium to be absorbed into the nervous system and brain. Neuro-Mag from Life Extension has been shown to increase magnesium levels in the spinal fluid.  It is a great product that gets essential magnesium to the brain.

It is suggested that you start with 1 capsule an hour before bedtime. Over the next few days, add 2 more capsules taken during the day.

Maintenance

In order to keep your brain healthy going, you’ll take smaller amounts of most of the nutrients.

Krill Oil –500mg/day

Curcumin (Meriva) – 1000 mg/day

Resveratrol – 200 mg/day

Magnesium L-Threonate 1-3 capsules

Continue with 1 capsule at bed time. Many people who feel so much better using this form of magnesium like to continue taking 3 capsules per day.

We recommend the following supplements for quality and value:

Neptune Krill Oil 1000 mg Source Naturals Inc. 90 Softgels by Source Naturals

Curcumin Phytosome featuring MERIVA 180 Count (500mg) by Doctor’s Best

Best Trans-Resveratrol 200 featuring ResVinol-25™ (200 mg) by Doctor’s Best

Neuro-Mag Magnesium L-Threonate 90 VegiCaps by Life Extension

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Eating Organic Makes a Difference!

collage fruits

In a recent article, The better-than-nothing diet, from New Hope Natural Media discusses how eating organic, even if it is only part time reduces your exposure to pesticides. Eating organic can lower organophosphate pesticides in your body even if you aren’t eating a full time organic diet.

Asthma

We are seeing a continuing increase in childhood diseases related to organophosphate exposure. A recent study in Environmental health Perspectives found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides in infants was associated with an increase respiratory symptoms and possible asthma.

Cognitive Deficits

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal discusses how exposure prenatally to organophosphates can lead to deficits in cognitive development in babies. The organophosphates also adversely affect perceptual reasoning. These deficits begin at 12 months and continue all the way into early childhood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An evaluation of The Charge Study found that living close to organophosphate pesticide application (less than 1.5 km) is associated with a 60% increase in autism and an increase in developmental delays.

Safer in the Big City?

One might think living in a large city away from agriculture might keep you safe from exposure. However, the study Population-Based Biomonitoring of Exposure to Organophosphate and Pyrethroid Pesticides in New York City found adults in New York City have higher pesticide levels than most of the rest of the United States.

Those eating green vegetables had higher levels of pesticides than those who largely abstained. This is why eating organic makes sense to lower our exposure.

In Conclusion

Non-organic apples, celery, grapes, peaches, and strawberries have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Look at The Environmental Group’s shopping guide to help choose fruits and vegetables with low levels of pesticides. Make sure you buy organic when possible, being mindful of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables from the guide.

Look to control household pests naturally whenever possible to keep exposure down for you and your family. There are many natural alternatives around the house, in the garden and the yard.

Check our WebVitamins selection of healthy, natural and organic foods.

 

In Good Health,

 

John Montague DC

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New Hope for Natural Weight Loss

A potential treatment for obesity: pterostilbene, a molecule similar to resveratrol

Nothing drives sales like the promise of a new supplement to help lose weight. I have always said that the best way to lose weight is to eat right and exercise. However, some people still struggle with weight loss.

This article in Medical News Today, discusses research from Spain that shows pterostilbene reduces body fat. Now for the bad news the research was on rats. Which is good news if you have some fat rats at home you want to treat. It does not mean that pterostilbene will work as well for you.

Another question most people will ask is what is Pterostilbene? Pterostilbene is a phenol very similar to resveratrol. It is found in a wide variety of foods including wine, blueberries, peanuts, grapes and more.

This is promising research however, and once it talked about on Dr. Oz you can be guaranteed that it will all sell out overnight.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/284740.php

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AHCC Miracle for Some HPV Patients

AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract, eradicates HPV infections in women For sufferers of the most common STD in the United States there is good news. Up to 70% of sexually active adults will acquire HPV at some point in their lives.

Research presented at the Society for Integrated Oncology showed that there is possibly a natural method to eliminate HPV. HPV is associated with a variety of cancers. Most commonly is cervical cancer, but also esophageal cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, and penile cancer.

In this study, the researchers used AHCC, a mushroom extract, in the treatment of HPV. The patients were treated with AHCC pills used once a day.

The group of 10 women were studied for a period of up to 6 months. 5 had a negative HPV test result, while 3 had confirmed eradication, and the other two responded and continued on the treatment.

This is great news for anyone suffering from this terrible disease and offers hope to millions.   Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/284678.php

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AHCC Miracle for Some HPV Patients

AHCC, Japanese mushroom extract, eradicates HPV infections in women For sufferers of the most common STD in the United States there is good news. Up to 70% of sexually active adults will acquire HPV at some point in their lives.

Research presented at the Society for Integrated Oncology showed that there is possibly a natural method to eliminate HPV. HPV is associated with a variety of cancers. Most commonly is cervical cancer, but also esophageal cancer, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, and penile cancer.

In this study, the researchers used AHCC, a mushroom extract, in the treatment of HPV. The patients were treated with AHCC pills used once a day.

The group of 10 women were studied for a period of up to 6 months. 5 had a negative HPV test result, while 3 had confirmed eradication, and the other two responded and continued on the treatment.

This is great news for anyone suffering from this terrible disease and offers hope to millions.   Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/284678.php

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L-carnitine maintains the normal structure of the sciatic nerve

In crush injury, how L-carnitine maintains the normal structure of the sciatic nerve Several studies have demonstrated that L-carnitine exhibits neuroprotective effects on injured sciatic nerve of rats with diabetes mellitus. Dr. Ümmü Zeynep Avsar, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Turkey and his team proposed a hypothesis that L-carnitine exhibits neuroprotective effects on injured sciatic nerve of rats. Rat sciatic nerve was crush injured by a forceps and exhibited degenerative changes. After intragastric administration of 50 and 100 mg/kg L-carnitine for 30 days, axon area, myelin sheath area, axon diameter, myelin sheath diameter, and numerical density of the myelinated axons of injured sciatic nerve were similar to normal, and the function of injured sciatic nerve also improved significantly. Learn more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/279870.php

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Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase the Risk of Schizophrenia

Could vitamin D deficiency increase the risk of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that affects around 2.4 million American adults. It is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, dysfunctional thoughts and agitated body movements. Exactly what causes the condition is unclear, although previous studies have suggested that imbalances of chemical reactions in the brain, genetics and environmental factors may play a part. The researchers of this latest study, including Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, PhD, of the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan in Iran, set out to investigate whether there is an association between vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia.

Learn more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279915.php

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Omega-3′s Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Omega-3s May Help Ward Off Lou Gehrig’s Disease

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids — found most commonly in certain fish — are known to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on cells. Both of those processes can damage nerve tissue, according to the study authors. Inflammation and oxidative stress have long been linked with ALS, the study authors said, so any nutrient that fights those processes might be helpful.

Find out more info here: http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20140715/omega-3s-in-diet-may-help-ward-off-lou-gehrigs-disease?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

Exercising helps depressed smokers quit

People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those insights were among the collective findings recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research by a team of researchers based in part at Concordia University. While nearly one in five North American adults are regular smokers, a figure that continues to steadily decline, about 40 per cent of depressed people are in need of a regular drag. The statistic motivated the researchers to investigate what was behind that higher percentage. The findings revealed that those who struggle with mental illness simply have a tougher time quitting, no matter how much they want to. The anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that accompany typical attempts to quit cold turkey will have them scrambling for the smokes they might have sworn off earlier that evening. A person without clinical depression is better equipped to ride things out.

Learn more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/280036.php

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