Healthy Food For The Brain

Introduction

Your brain is part of the central nervous system which controls every single cell in your body. It keeps your heart pumping, muscles moving, makes you feel and think. You can imagine that having a healthy brain is essential to keep you going throughout the day. As conclusion, the food that we eat plays an essential role in providing our brain with the essential nutrients it needs to function at its best.

Here are some foods that are essential in promoting brain health:

1) Flaxeeds (Linseeds) – Omega 3 fatty acids

High in those all-important omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for brain development and function, flax seeds add healthy, concentration-boosting fats to your diet. Moreover, flax contains alpha-linolenic (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that boosts the cerebral cortex, an area of the brain that processes sensory information. Sprinkle flax seeds on a salad or hot or cold cereal to get your daily quota.

 

2) Blueberries

Research has shown blueberries and other deep colored berries provide strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. Conditions that have shown to contribute to brain aging such as inflammation and oxidation can be combated through consuming blueberries.

 

3) Broccoli

Like blueberries, broccoli has some powerful antioxidant properties. Thus it will also help fight in aging properties and neurodegenerative diseases of the brain. In addition, it is also high in vitamin K. One cup of broccoli can give you more than the recommended daily intake for vitamin K. As a result, vitamin K can help with memory.

 

4) Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has a few brain-boosting compounds ranging from; cocoa, flavonoids, caffeine, and antioxidants. The compound in dark chocolate responsible for learning and memory enhancement are flavenoids. Flavenoids have shown to accumulate in areas of the brain that deal with learning which aids in age-related diseases of the brain.

 

5) Turmeric

The active compound in turmeric is called curcumin. This compound has shown to cross the blood-brain barrier itself and enter the brain. This allows the curcumin to interact with the cells directly benefiting them. Turmeric has also shown to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can slow down the process of age-related brain diseases such as; Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Conclusion

The food choices you make now will have a big impact on you in the future

 

Brain Health Food examples

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The Benefits of Consuming Good Fats

Introduction

We were once told that fats can do more harm than good and once deemed as an enemy to our diet. However, recent studies are showing that SOME of them are amazing for our health.

There are two main types of fats, saturated and unsaturated.
-Unsaturated ones are oil-based fats and are usually runny at room temperature.
-On the other hand, saturated ones are solid at room temperatures and are commonly found in animal-based foods and dairy.

So which one is good for the body? Unsaturated fats of course! and doctors are pretty much in agreement that eating foods loaded with saturated fats, such as butter, red meat and pork, can cause heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

 

What are some of the benefits of consuming good fats?

1. Lowers heart disease and cholesterol level

Recent studies have that consuming healthy fats (unsaturated) can reduce some risk factors for heart disease. There has been evidence also showing that a high intake of monounsaturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

 

2. Absorption of Vitamins

Another important benefit is that it allows the absorption of certain vitamins into our bodies. There are water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins, without the aid of fats it cannot readily be absorbed into our body. Vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble and all have different functions for the body.

 

3. Increase Muscle Mass

The research has linked healthy fats to increase in muscle mass. It has also linked the intake of those healthy ones to good hormone balance and increased recovery after an intense workout.

 

4. Improves brain function

Research finds that “good” fats (monounsaturated ones) associates with better overall cognitive function and memory and saturated ones associates with worse overall cognitive function and memory over time.

 

Where can we get these healthy fats from exactly?

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flaxeeds/Linseeds
  • Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts etc
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Extra virgin Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin Olive oil.

 

Which ones to stay away from

  • Dairy products such as milk, cream, cheese, butter, ghee
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Red meat
  • Pork, Bacon or Ham
  • Sausages.

Despite popular belief that these products are healthy for us to consume, they are all extremely high in cholesterol and hugely contribute to heart disease, cancer and diabetes (the 3 tops killers all over the world). With the restriction of these products in ones diet researchers and medical experts have been able to reverse the most severe cases of heart disease, diabetes and cancers.

Good healthy fats

 

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The Health Benefits Of Ginger

What is Ginger?

Ginger is versatile and easy to use. Not only is it used for its many benefits, but it is also nutritious and packed with flavor. With many health benefits, it is one of the greatest “superfoods”. Ginger, also known as Zingiber Officinale is closely related to turmeric. Dating back 5000 years, the Chinese have been using ginger for many of its healing and medicinal properties. However, the healing properties go far beyond remedying colds.

Here I will discuss some of the health benefits and why you should have them every day.

 

Benefits of Ginger
Benefits of ginger

1. Powerful anti-inflammatory properties

The main bioactive compound in ginger is gingerol. This powerful compound is responsible for many of the medicinal properties. One of these properties includes its anti-inflammatory role in the body. As a result, ginger can help improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

 

2. Can help inhibit cancer growth

Shogaol is another active compound in ginger. In other words, combined with gingerol, they help fight against many types of cancers with its anti-cancer properties.

 

3. Antioxidant properties

Antioxidants help remove free radicals within our bodies. So what are free radicals? Free radicals are molecules that attack your cells and appear increasingly through age. They cause oxidative stress and can cause DNA damage. Antioxidants can help remove these molecules and they can promote good health. In some cases research has shown it can improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s. In conclusion, consuming powerful anti-oxidants can help inhibit inflammatory responses and help protect against age-related brain diseases.

 

4. Can help with nausea

People who are suffering from nausea, headaches and vomiting may want to try take ginger. Studies have concluded that pregnant woman with morning sickness found a decrease in symptoms.

 

Different Ways to Have Ginger

So how do you take advantage of this powerful superfood? Ginger can come in many different forms and can be used in many ways. Its roots can be juiced and freshly put into beverages, soups, or food. You can also use fresh cut ginger in tea or drink ginger tea (loose leaf and organic is best). An oil form is also available which can be taken internally for a boost in gingerol to fight off against free radicals and inflammation. You can also use powdered ginger in food.

Ginger is a superfood with many health benefits such as helping you fight against certain diseases, fight against cancer, and even helping take care of nausea. Not only it is full of health benefits but it is also full of nutrition. Everyone should have ginger and see all the positive benefits for themselves.

 

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Symptoms and treatment of Muliple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the primary demyelination and neuro-degeneration over disperse areas of the grey and white matter of the brain and spinal cord.  Chronic inflammation of the CNS is the primary cause. Most patients with MS initially present with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RPMS). In addition, a second phase, known as the secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), can follow.

However, patients that do not experience both RPMS and SPMS suffer from primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). It results in an uninterrupted progression of the disease. Due to the nature of this disease, half of the patients diagnosed with MS need assistance with mobility 20years after being diagnosed. Progressively 50 percent of the patients will have developed noticeable cognitive deficits.

The chronic nature of this disease may cause patients to develop a disability over time due to incomplete recovery from the previous attack. MS is a disease with no fixed symptoms and is difficult to predict in an individual patient. Thus the most appropriate treatment for patients with MS is to educate them about the variable nature of this disease.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Clinicians characterize Multiple Sclerosis by individual distinct episodes known as “attacks” and “relapses” of neurologic dysfunction. The symptoms produced by these individual episodes may vary depending on the location of neurologic involvement.

Some common symptoms may include:

– Numbness
– Tingling
– Weakness
– Loss of vision
– Gait impairment
– Incoordination
– Imbalance
– Loss of bladder control

More commonly a patient who suffers from multiple sclerosis may experience motor weakness. Motor weakness usually associates with upper motor neuron signs such as mild spasticity, hyperreflexia, and pathologic signs. In between when the symptoms occur the patient may experience neurological stability, often with no symptoms; the relapsing-remitting phase (RRMS). As a result, 10 – 20 years after the first occurrence of the symptoms RRMS may progress to SPMS, which results in an insidious worsening of function and neurologic disability.

Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

As MS progresses further the signs first observed may worsen and new presentations may occur. The recent criteria, provided by McDonald, states that MRIs can enable earlier diagnosis of MS. However, despite the advanced technology we have today, clinical evaluation of the differential diagnosis proves to be the best method to diagnose MS. In addition, many orthopedic tests, observed appearances, and other neurological tests can help narrow down the possibility of MS.

Treatment Options

Integrative care with multidisciplinary health care professions is the way to approach the care of multiple sclerosis. There is no care that can help benefit a patient with multiple sclerosis. However, care that can help in the reduction of the number of attacks, the severity, addressing the adverse effects on daily living, and how the disease affects the psychosocial aspects of the patient is the best management scheme possible.

Chiropractor Auckland - Multiple Sclerosis

 

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Headaches and Migraines in Children

Introduction

Migraines are among one the most common global health problems in children. With its disabling symptoms, it can impair the child’s functioning and affect their quality of life.

In children, the clinical presentation of migraines differs from migraines seen in adults. Therefore, it is often under-diagnosed.

According to the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICDHD-2), the child must have at least five episodes of migraine attacks following its diagnostic criteria.

The ICDHD- 2 criteria include:

  • An attack which lasts 1-72 hours.
  • Headache includes two of the characteristics: unilateral or bilateral, frontotemporal located, pulsing, or throbbing quality.
  • During the migraine at least one of the following symptoms must accompany the headache. These include nausea, vomiting, and photophobia.
  • Lastly, these symptoms must not be attributed to another disorder.

Child's migraines

 

The etiology of migraines

The etiology of migraines in both adults and children is unknown. However, it is believed that migraines are primarily caused by neuronal sensory dysfunctions or disturbances. This leads to the involvement of the trigeminovascular system. As a result, disturbances of neuronal amino acid and calcium channels reduce the threshold for a variety of external and internal factors. These factors can trigger episodes of cortical spreading depression also known as CSD. Genetics also seems to be one of its contributing factors. Certain types of events or conditions can alter conditions in the brain, and trigger migraine attacks. These common triggers include:

  • emotional stress
  • certain foods
  • food additive
  • weather changes
  • skipping meals
  • bright light
  • odor
  • a change in sleeping patterns or lack of sleep.

 

Chiropractic care

When our body is under a lot of stress, it can create a shift in the structure of the spine. As a result, structural shifts create abnormal nervous system function. Our nervous system controls everything and when there is an interference of normal function secondary conditions like pain, tension, back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, headaches, migraines, etc can manifest. The research demonstrates the effectiveness of improving migraines in pediatric patients. Through Chiropractic care by addressing these structural shifts.

At Revolution Chiropractic we specialize in structural shifts. As a result, the nervous system and the entire body can go back to normal and optimal function again.

 

Some of the effects of chiropractic care on kids

 

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More Green Tea, Please!

Introduction

“Tea is the second most consumed drink after water.” Some say green tea is the healthiest beverage to drink. Many people rave the benefits it has on the body due to its high levels of antioxidants and nutrients. Drinking green tea regularly definitely has a positive impact on the body. Today I am going to explain these benefits and why you should be drinking more of this.

 

Benefits of green tea

The most bioactive compound found in green tea is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has many notable health benefits. For one, it is a powerful antioxidant which helps neutralize oxidative damage from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules which attack your cells and are seen increasingly through age. The brain uses a whopping 20% of the oxygen we breathe in, thus being more prone to oxidative damage causing neurological disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and even decreasing cognitive functions. EGCG safely interacts with these free radicals and stop cells from being destroyed.

Another benefit green tea has is increasing your concentration and alertness. Due to an amino acid called L-Theanine it increases the levels of neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and GABA. This increases motivation, improves recall, learning and positive mood. L-Theanine also has a relaxing effect without the sedation making you drowsy.

So you drink coffee to get you through your day? What do you do when you take a caffeine crash? Some people drink 3 – 4 cups of coffee a day just to wake themselves up from their previous caffeine intake. What if I told you green tea can give you the same boost in energy without the extreme tiredness, irritability and inability to concentrate. Like coffee, green tea has caffeine. While this is nowhere enough to give the same effects as coffee, green tea has L-Theanine. Like I explained earlier this amino acid increases concentration and alertness and coupled with caffeine it can boost your mental performance without the side effects.

Some studies have shown that drinking green tea can help intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. Due to a compound known as polyphenol studies are showing that it can help decrease body fat.

 

Conclusion

There are so many more other benefits from drinking green tea regularly that it is hard to count. To sum up, green tea can greatly improve concentration levels, reduce chances of neurological diseases, boost your energy and even help you lose body fat. If someone asked what the healthiest drink in the world is, green tea would be the answer. Why don’t you go and have a cup yourself and see the changes.

Benefits of green tea

 

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