Beyond walnuts and green tea: Other foods that are good for your brain

When it comes to food that's good for your brain, there are some well-known ones: salmon, walnuts, blueberries and red wine. But I ran across this article today and found a couple I wasn't that familiar with:http://www.kitchendaily.com/read/your-brain-healthy-food?icid=maing-grid...1. Grains: The brain can't store carbs so it relies on a constant supply from the blood stream. Carbs like grains are low on the glycemic index so they're ideal because they create a sustained stream of energy to the brain....more

And the state with the healthiest brains is ...

America's Brain Health Index ranks states on a 21 factors. These include nutrition, mental health and social well-being. For 2014, Maryland came in at the top of the list. Why? They eat a lot of fish, have fewer smokers and have lower rates of Alzheimer's deaths. Interestingly enough, Maryland does NOT have high levels of religious or spiritual activities, which are factored in. So how did the other states fare?Washington was #2 and Colorado was #3. The 10 worst?Mississippi was worst. Then Alabama followed by North Dakota....more

The Complete Whole Foods Detox Plan

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Older adults improve cognitive performance with nutritional supplements

In addition to exercise and cognitive training, a new study out of the University of South Florida (USF) has shown that a formula of nutrients high in antioxidants and other natural components boosted the speed of seniors' brains.The concoction (developed by USF) is called NT-020 and it was tested on adults aged 65 to 84 who had no diagnosed memory disorders. It contains extracts from blueberries and green tea as well as vimain D3 and amino acids (including carnosine).The group of 105 adults was split into 2 groups; 53 got placebos and 52 got the NT-020....more

Research links cholesterol levels and Alzheimer's

Are you really surprised by this? It's like "the hip bone is connected to the leg bone" song but on a microscopic scale.A new study is the first of its kind because it looked at living humans, not autopsy patients. The researchers found that too much bad cholesterol (LDL) or too little good cholesterol (HDL) appear to increase the levels of amyloid that contributes to Alzheimer's....more

Resolve to follow a brain-healthy diet in 2014

New Year's resolutions are often the result of guilt or shaming. But what if this is the year you focus on health instead of weight loss? I ran across this article on brain health, which we're discovering is more and more tied in to diet and nutrition.Here are some of the highlights:1. Yes to dark chocolate, dried blueberries (and I'd argue fresh blueberries as well) and pumpkin seeds.2. The brain uses 20% of the body's metabolic fuel even though it only makes up 2% of your body's weight....more

Low vitamin D levels can harm the brain

A new study out of the University of Kentucky found that rats who ate a diet low in vitamin D (for several months) developed damage to their brains. They performed worse on memory and learning tests and it's believed that the vitamin D deficiency may also be harming other organs.In addition to the immediate effects, the longterm effects could cause cognitive decline.The lead author of the study said that vitamin D deficiency is particularly common among the elderly and has been linked to Alzheimer's, certain cancers and heart disease.The solution?...more
Thank you for bring up an important topic!  I think Vit D3 levels should be checked on all ...more

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I love nothing more than spending a snowy winter day with a big journal, wrapping up my year by seeing where I have been with my goals, my health, my career and/or my family and looking ahead to the following year with a fresh plan of action and aspirations.  I also like making a list of the websites, books and workshops (all related to nutrition and food of course) that have inspired me this past year. I would love to share them, my gift from me to you!Mind/Body/Sprit Books That Inspired Me:...more