Healthy food for healthy mind

It always comes back to the old adage, we are what we eat.  But these days eating healthy foods isn’t as easy as it used to be.  It seems that our food is being adulterated by various pollutants even whilst being grown.  Also if you eat processed food than you have all the other additives to contend with.  A good piece of advice I was recently given, eat mainly food that is just one ingredient, even if you then combine it with others.  At least you aren’t eating all the additives that processed food has in it.

A week ago I watched a television programme about children that are geniuses, and one young boy said that his brains were due to his Mum having a craving for sardines, whilst she was pregnant with him.  Which bares this article out, that the food we eat can and does make a difference to our mental capacity.

Healthy food for healthy mind

“With the rise of mental health cases in western countries along with the huge costs of treatment, experts have begun to ponder on the effect of food on brain function. The Mental Health Foundation of UK has claimed that changes in diet over the period …Jagran Post”

http://post.jagran.com/eat-healthy-for-good-mental-1370494697

 

I have a little job playing the piano for a dance school and the dance mistress constantly has to advise parents not to give certain children sweets, as it makes them hyperactive.  You can pick out the hyperactive children in class, and it is a sad sight indeed, their ability to learn is quite impaired, but often a child put onto a good diet of natural food (unprocessed food, and limited sweets) theirbehaviour will change quite dramatically and they soon become as the other children.

As I get older my ability to concentrate has diminished, and I find playing the piano during a dance class quite an ordeal, so try to be extra careful what I eat, and if possible I will actually eat oily fish before I play, probably sardines, it is extraordinary what a difference such a small adjustment can make.  We like to eat out of our garden, my husband is a committed gardener, and I have enjoyed the health benefits of his hard work.  It does make an incredible difference when you eat your own, organic fruit and vegetables, eaten the day they are picked, from the vine into the pot, so to speak.

I can see that mental health issues can come from a poor diet, for instance if you are eating incorrectly it can cause insomnia, and that in itself can lead to depression, which can lead to a nervous breakdown. Insomnia can be caused by simple mineral and vitamin deficiencies, or not drinking enough fluids, and of course it can be because of worry etc.  Even if you are worried, eating well will help you cope better with the effects worry can have on your system, and hopefully it won’t take too long before whatever caused the problem is solved.  Further to this article if you are interested in reading a book about food and how Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory, can help you cope as you get older, than click on the link colored in yellow.

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Researchers identify clue to explain the reversible memory loss caused by statins

To all people who are unfortunate enough to have to take statins, memory loss may also be a problem, but the natural thought is just to say that the memory loss is down to age.  However the following article gives food for thought.  

My husband takes statins, having high cholesterol problems and having to have stents (to widen the arteries) where plaque had all but blocked his arteries. He is showing considerable memory loss, but we just put it down to the fact of life, age.  Now I am wondering about the effect statins are having, not only in memory loss, but I also understand they gradually make every cell wall thinner, and that of course can trigger strokes etc. These statins are being prescribed for many people, they are even thinking of giving them to children to stop arteriosclerosis (blocked arteries).

Please watch the video, because it isn’t only memory loss that statins cause, it can cause fatal heart disease, and kidney and liver failure as well as type 2 diabetes.  There has to be a better way of lowering ones cholesterol.

Researchers identify clue to explain the reversible memory loss caused by statins

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and physicians continue to document that some patients experience fuzzy thinking and memory loss while taking statins, a class of global top-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs. A University of Arizona research team …”
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130513/Researchers-identify-clue-to-explain-the-reversible-memory-loss-caused-by-statins.aspx

 

But what is the answer, if one stopped the statins, what do you put in their place.  I am supposed to take statins, because I had a heart attack when I was 53 years, due to a huge shock I suffered when I found my Mother had died unexpectedly.  But I also found I couldn’t take statins, because they made me very nauseous, so I refused them.  I take Lecithin, part of the Vitamin B group that acts as a detergent in the blood breaking down fat globules and making the blood thinner as a result.  But my heart attack wasn’t nearly as serious as my husbands would have been if he had had the attack.  By the Grace of God his heart attack was spotted before it happened and the stent was fitted.  

I don’t have high blood pressure at all, and that is the difference.  My husband does, so that makes me very nervous of telling him to stop the statins and try the Lecithin.  My cholesterol is higher than my Doctor would like it to be, but it isn’t higher than, when previous to my heart attack, I was told it was ‘normal’.  It is only classed higher because I have had an attack.  But memory loss and confusion is also serious in its own way, however the research has shown that this can be reversed when the statins are stopped, and that is very good news.  if you are interested in reading a book called The Statin Damage Crisis than click on the link colored yellow.

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Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More …

To turn from the negative to the positive is not as easy as it seems.  You have to make conscious choices and if you are not sure what these conscious choices are then it can be a very difficult thing to do.  I grew up a fearful person, always looking at the dark rather than the light.  The more I looked at the dark, the more trouble and difficulty came my way, almost as if I was atrracting them because of the negative thoughts I was thinking. This continued right into my forties, I had suffered one divorce, and it seemed as if I was heading towards another divorce, and I became very depressed.  My doctor told me to either get the divorce or turn to religion, as he didn’t want to listen to my tale of woe for the rest of my life.

Well my daughter came home, whilst away in London she had become a ‘born again Christian’ and persuaded me to come to a church in Norwich that was recommended to her, I joined her and never looked back.  I am still there, 26 years on, and am happy to say that My Heavenly Father has changed everything for me, mostly changed me, because I needed to change, but my husband and I are still together and today I am deeply grateful for that fact.  We are best of friends and do everything together, well almost.  But what I am trying to say is mainly that I learnt the 10 ways to overcome negativity, without consciously learning it, mainly through my relationship with Father God and getting to know Him personally.

 

Positive Thinking Tips: 10 Ways To Overcome Negativity And Become More …

“It’s tough to argue against the power of positive thinking. A multitude of studies, data and anecdotal evidence supports the notion that optimists experience less stress, stronger immune systems and overall better health than their Debby Downer …”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/09/positive-thinking-tips-10_n_2252944.html

I do hope you watched the slide show in the article by Huffington Post, I thought the 10 ways were excellent, a real help if you positively put them into practice.

The previous post Dr Caroline Leaf explains that negativity can really change our brains, that thoughts can be toxic and cause our bodies to become diseased, but we can change all that.  I have found a wonderful power in reading the Bible, it is definitely life changing, and it saddens me to see how many people rubbish it.  But until you seek the Lord, and make a total commitment to follow Him, the Bible is a closed book, which is why people that haven’t made that commitment do not understand it.  However the 10 ways given in the above article will help you wonderfully.  Being thankful is the first one, and that is so important.  When I think of how much we have in the West, and I think of how little African people have, but how thankful they are for the little they do have, it saddens me, because life is more than having material stuff.  But also looking for the silver lining is your circumstance, forgiving everyone that upsets you,laughter, de-stressing your life etc, are all essential to turn your negative thoughts into positive. 

If you want to read a book called The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work Review than click on the link colored in yellow.  This book is very interesting in that it is aiming to help stop the complaining at work, but to be effective one has to change the negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones, and in simple ways it helps one to do so.  I thought it would be another way to achieving a happier and therefore a healthier way of life.

 

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How our Thought Life can Enhance or Destroy our Health and Wellbeing

Can our Thought Life Enhance or Destroy our Health and Wellbeing. A week ago I was listening to a group of women who were telling about a conference they had attended in London, and how intrigued they were with what one of the speakers had told them about the importance of our thought life on our bodies.

In a way as a Bible Believing  Christian I really knew this, and in some ways I try to put this into practice by not allowing myself to have unforgiveness to anyone, by dealing with angry thoughts as soon as I realize I am thinking them, simply by asking Father God to bless the situation and smooth it all out, and it is wonderful how quickly I do manage to get rid of the angry thoughts.  However reading Dr Caroline Leaf’s article on her website I realize how often I do think negative thoughts, especially as I can be judgemental and critical to both myself and others, and that gives cause for concern as according to Dr Caroline Leaf these thoughts can be destructive and can ultimately give me serious health problems.

I love what Dr Leaf says on how we build thoughts, that and I quote ‘thoughts and memories look like trees and are called neurons or nerve cells. You build a double memory of everything as a mirror image of each other. This means that the memory on the left side of the brain builds from the detail to the big picture; and the memory on the right side builds from the big picture to the detail. When you put these two perspectives of thought together, you get intelligent understanding taking place’, which in a way confirms the previous post by Dr Jill Bolte.

How our Thought Life can Enhance or Destroy our Health and Wellbeing
Since 1981, Dr. Caroline Leaf has researched the human brain with particular emphasis on unlocking its vast, untapped potential. She as specifically focused on the cognitive neuroscientific aspects of TBI/CHI (Traumatic brain injury/Closed head Injury) and the science of thought as it relates to thinking, learning and renewing the mind, gifting and potential. Dr. Caroline Leaf received her training in Communication Pathology (BSC Logopaedics) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Leaf also holds a Masters degree and Phd in Communication Pathology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It’s an epidemic of toxic emotions.
The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness; we make ourselves sick! Research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. There are INTELLECTUAL and MEDICAL reasons to FORGIVE! Toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies to name just a few. Consciously control your thought life and start to detox your brain!  To read more more on this click on the link –http://drleaf.com/thought_life.php

To know true well-ness or wellbeing is more than ust being fit and healthy, although that is an important part of it, but it is also down to our attitude to life, and how we think it how we are.  As a Christian I know that a leopard cannot change its spots, but as a Christian I am changed little by little by by both The Word and The Holy Spirit, and I am so grateful to my daughter who prayed for me to become a Christian. 

My life has been totally changed since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour into my life.  Prior to this momentous moment I was growing very bitter, anxious, fearful and unable to handle married life and teenage children and all the uproar that goes with ones family growing up.  But that all changed, very slowly, but definitely once I accepted Jesus and became determined to follow Him and give Him pre-eminence in my life.  Today I am so grateful that I did just that. 

The 22 years I have followed Him have been a great adventure, and gets more fulfilling daily.  I am learning slowly, because I was extremely fearful, to trust in Him, and what a difference it is making to both me and my family.  I was given a promise from the Lord that ‘if I rejoice in all things, pray continuously, and in all things give thanks, He (God) will make all things new.  I have really struggled with this, but after watching the video I realize that that is indeed what happens.  ‘Fear not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, for I am thy God, I will help thee, I will strengthen thee, I am holding thee with the strong right hand of My Righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10  A very precious Word that gives me strength and courage in those critical times.  If you want to read the book by Dr Caroline Leaf called Who Switched off My Brain than click on the link colored in yellow.  It not only describes how the negative thoughts affect our health and wellbeing, but how we can reverse the problem and become the people we are created to be.

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Change text size for the story is a very strange title, but I think it means you have to change the inner voices of your mind if you want to make lasting changes to your well-being.I was very excited when I read this article, because I had been told of a neuroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf who has also discovered that negative thoughts can create toxic pathways in the brain, so was very intrigued by this article by Dr Jill Bolte who has recovered from a stroke by affirming positive statements about her health.  It says in the Bible that there is life and death in the tongue, and this once more affirms the great and wonderful truth you find when reading the Bible.  When you watch the video of Dr Jill Bolte Taylor telling of her experience of suffering a massive stroke, remember that the video is made after the stroke, and marvel with me of her incredible healing.  My husband suffered a minor stroke a few years ago, but it hit his speech center of his brain, and whilst he speaks normally most of the time, when he becomes excited he can’t get the words out, so sadly he hasn’t made a complete recovery of what was classed a minor stroke.

The video is in two parts mainly because of length, I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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“Bolte found that daily repeating of positive words about one’s health — for example, “I have always been in radiant health, calm and serene and filled with great joy” — can and does actually create neural pathways enhancing general well-being and …”
http://www.lfpress.com/2013/05/03/harpur-mantra-can-enhance-well-being

 

A few years ago I actually put Psalm 27 to music because it meant so much to me, especially as I was going through a very stormy time in my life.  I have always found putting Words to music it helps me to remember the words, and the words of Psalm 27 are so special, so was delighted when Tom Harpur suggested that one made a ‘mantra’ of the opening lines of this Psalm 27.  The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear, The Lord is the Strength of my life,  of whom shall I be afraid.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His Temple, in His secret Temple shall He hide me and keep me safe from harm. This is a very special Psalm, and when we were going our troubles I would imagine myself safely in His Temple, and this helped me cope with all the difficulties we were experiencing.  If you want to read Dr Jill Bolte’s book called My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey than click on the link colored in yellow.

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David Suzuki: Is your office bad for your health and well-being?

Wellness is more than having good physical health, it is fulfilling ones potential mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  As a great part of our life is spent at work it is important to reduce the stress of work as much as possible.  Some of what is said in the following article makes a great deal of sense to me.  I whole heartedly agree with the fact that sitting for much of the day is bad for your health, but unfortunately when our job requires us to sit at our desk looking at a computer screen and either reading or inputting data into the computer for hours on end, it will have a long term effect on your basic health and often there isn’t much we can do about it. But by following the advice given in the following article we can make a few changes in our daily routine that will help counter-balance the effects of too much office and sitting does to your health.

David Suzuki: Is your office bad for your health and well-being?

“David Suzuki: Is your office bad for your health and well-being? by David Suzuki on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm. Share on Facebook · Tweet · Google+. Share via Email. Printer Friendly Version · Comments · Story. Adding a daily dose of green to your routine …Straight.com”
http://www.straight.com/news/374816/david-suzuki-your-office-bad-your-health-and-well-being

 

What should we do to counter that effect.  Well David Suzuki advocates nature to counter balance things.  It doesn’t need much to help the situation, just sitting outside in your garden for 30 minutes a day, or taking a walk, or maybe spending your lunch in a park.  The only trouble the weather in England  is a big factor in why we can become couch potatoes and take to sitting our life away.  Exercise does help, especially if you can manage regular exercise, but outdoor exercise is definitely the best, and going for a walk probably the most beneficial.  If you are interested in reading a book on Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, than click on the link colored in yellow.

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BBC News Bad sleepdramatically alters body

Everyone knows how awful one can feel when you have had a few nights of poor sleep, or little sleep or if you are unfortunate enough to be doing shift work the havoc on your body when you are constantly changing your body clock hours.  But did you know that long term sleep deprivation can alter your body chemistry enough to bring on ill health and maybe even disease.  I know that I can become very irascible and short-tempered when I am tired, and yes I do feel stressed out, and yes at that point lack of sleep can lower my immune system enough for me to have a cold, or even flu. But I had no idea that it could also lead to far worse, according to the article below.

BBC News Bad sleepdramatically alters body

“Areas such as the immune system and how the body responds to damage and stress were affected. Prof Smith addedClearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the …www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21572686”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21572686

 

As a child I hated going to sleep, probably because I was sent away to boarding school at a very young age.  I was born in Zambia, and once my sister turned 9 years she had to go away to school, so i was sent with her, I was 7 going on eight years, and didn’t really cope very well with being away from home and family.  My coping mechanism was to bury myself in books, and read to all hours as I just couldn’t put the book down, and read under the blanket by torch light.  Disastrous for my eye-sight, my health and my scholastic progress.  Tired brains don’t function brilliantly.  Today I still struggle to sleep, but these days I can manage one night of poor sleep, but two nights and my ability to cope with daily routine is diminished almost completely.  However reading this article I feel I will have to do more in getting to bed and hopefully having reasonable nights sleep.

I have found three things help to a certain point.  Good exercise, at least 30 minutes of walking in the fresh air, or if not possible, using an exercise machine at home, it doesn’t matter so long as the pulse is raised for those 30 minutes.  My doctor advised me to have a small carbohydrate meal just before going to sleep, and that does do the trick, if I am not woulnd up about something or other, and that includes excitement, as both can make my brain too active.  But also on the advice of my Doctor, I must do a little light reading, so I do, only trouble is I often can’t put the book down, and that can be as much a cause as a cure for insomnia. When you read the article there is a list of related stories, and if you suffer from insomnia than do read the article in the list:- ‘Five things that stop a good nights sleep,’  it may help you with your insomnia.

There is also an interesting book called Sleep Thieves which again explain in greater depth the effects lack of sleep or even poor sleep can have on your overall health.  If you want to know more about this than click on the link colored in yellow.

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Why The Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extract are Just Too Good …

After many years of trying to find a magic pill to help me lose weight, I have found by experience that the side effects outweigh the loss of weight that these supplements may or not give.
By accident I stumbled across an article on Green Coffee Bean Extract, and was amazed that a nutritionist by the name of Dr Lindsay Duncan,  said ‘ I usually don’t recommend weight loss supplements, but this one has got me really really excited’.  To know the reason why, then watch the You tube video and you will find out.

Why The Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extract are Just Too Good …

“There’s plenty of modern pop-culture buzz surrounding green coffee beans and green coffee bean extract, but is the hype really justified? Could something so …www.sao.org/benefits-of-green-coffee-bean-extract”
http://www.sao.org/benefits-of-green-coffee-bean-extract

 

I then went to Amazon.com and looked for a book about the Green Coffee Bean extract, read a chapter of the book and have to say the author really was able to whet my appetite to give these supplements a try out.  Especially as all the reviewers were very enthusiastic and had all experienced weight loss, with no side effects and most importantly of all, in my estimation, a distinct lift in daily energy.  For me that was the clincher, I find dragging my self through the day, just trying to get done what needs to get done, is to put it mildly, a pain, but to get extra energy it a definite bonus.  If you want to read a book called Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract: The Quick Start Guide to Burn Fat, Avoid Green Coffee Scams, and Reviews of Green Coffee Beans for Weight Loss  than click on the link colored in yellwo.

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Dr Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity Diet | The Dr Oz Show

We are what we eat.  If we want to have a good immune system, we need to heed that saying.Through the years this saying has proved its worth to myself and my husband, but nonetheless we still eat foods that aren’t nutrient dense, and of course we enjoy meat, although we try hard to keep down the amount of meat we eat.  But this article by Dr Joel Fuhrman gives food for thought, and I will certainly take note of what he says on having a high meat diet, because both my husband and myself have struggled this winter with a miserable cold that just won’t get better.  It seems our immune systems have taken a hit, and we need to address that as soon as we can, as a poor immune systems can’t fight disease or the dreaded cancer.  Below is a you tube video of Dr Joel Fuhrman discussing the importance of micronutrients in our food. i loved what he said about GBOMBS – his formula for food that can protect us from all the nasty diseases of today, especially cancer.  It is so easy to remember when you put it as he has done.

Dr Joel Fuhrman’s Super Immunity Diet | The Dr Oz Show

“Dr Fuhrman believes that his diet can help boost your immune system so that it’s functioning at 100% of its capacity By eating nutrientdense foods youll …www.doctoroz.com/…/dr-joel-fuhrman-super-immunity-diet”
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-joel-fuhrman-super-immunity-diet

It is also said that if you lose your job, move house, suffer a death or divorce in the family that ones immune system is affected, so it is even more important to eat as well as one can, in order to feel as vital and full of energy as one can.  When one’s energy levels are down, life loses its zest and then everything becomes an effort, and hard to cope with the daily routine.  if you want to read a book by Dr Joel Fuhrman called Eat for Health than click on the link colored in yellow.

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The importance of improving your immune system

The headlines in the news today is how over-use of antibiotics are going to leave us vulnerable in the next decade to bacterial infections so improving our immune systems is of great importance to us.  In other words we will be going back to the old days before the wonder medicine of antibiotics, and it is all down to us pestering the doctors to prescribe antibiotics for something as trivial as a cold.  The old days meant that if you had a simple operation and the wound became infected then it was possible that you didn’t survive because the infection could change to septicaemia, which even today can kill you even though we have antibiotics.
The answer of course is hoping the drug companies will find new antibiotics, but sadly that hasn’t happened since 1980, so that will be wonderful if that happens, but not to be relied upon.  However the best thing we can and should do in the meantime is to get our immune system to be the best it can be, so it we are hit by an awful illness than we have the best chance to survive it.
 

 

The importance of improving your immune system

“We don’t think too much about our immune system until it lets us down. It is actually a very complex network of glands, lymph nodes and organs which produce …www.sport360.com/…/importance-improving-your-immune-s…”
http://www.sport360.com/blog/importance-improving-your-immune-system

 

Of course much has been written about the various steps you can take to help boost your immune system, and one simple step is getting more sunshine on your body to boost vitamin D levels.  I know there has been some bad press about sunbathing and skin cancer, and i am not advocating spending hours in the sun especially the midday sun, I am simply saying that before the sun becomes too hot, then if you are able to strip off and get the suns rays on your body, do so.  The only people I know who have suffered from melonoma of the skin and died, were people who never sunbathed and had an alabster white skin.

I also believe in taking Echinacea when I think I have caught a cold, as it sends extra blood to the Spleen and that helps in fighting the infection and I also take a huge dose of Vitamin C, as that also helps to fight the infection, and the body just gets rid of any excess in the usual way. I also make sure that I have good intake of Vitamin B Complex as when you are depleted in Vitamin B your immune system is affected.  This is easily done when you eat simple carbohydrates i.e. White Bread and cakes and biscuits.

Do read the article and see what you think, our health is our wealth, and when we feel low or ill, life can be very dreary indeed.  Looking after ones immune system is vital to our overall wellbeing.  But this is a very big subject and I don’t the the surface has even been scratched.  But it is good to think about it and maybe take a few small steps to becoming healthier, fitter and living a fuller life.

If you are interested in a book called Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free than click on the link colored in yellow.

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