Halt and Reverse Brain Aging
Overall good health cannot occur without a healthy brain.
In recent and stunning new developments, natural factors have been discovered that can protect our brains from structural damage. Published studies showed that simple strategies and supplements can (1) improve cognitive function, (2) slow Alzheimer’s progression, and (3) even reverse it. These innovations are affordable and not long ago thought impossible.
Let’s face it, in order for you to be able to enjoy life, cognitive functions need to remain strong even as we get older. A balanced, healthy brain ensures that you can continue to remember things, stay focused, and attentive. The old adage is true, wisdom really does come with age, but only when you have a healthy brain.
My goal for this blog is to teach you how to balance, halt, and reverse brain aging so that you can become or stay happy, healthy, and most importantly wise. But the key to your success will be keeping your brain young and halt, or reverse brain aging.
My clients have come from California to Maryland, and now more than ever, are woried about their aging brains, memory issues, brain fog, and what they can do to reverse or even avoid a decline in cognitive health.
You may be afraid of becoming that stereotypical grandparent who forgets their grandchild’s name, or the postmenopausal woman who can’t find her glasses, the retired businessman who can’t remember where he parked his BMW. These “senior moments” are all real signs that your brain is getting old and, sometimes, can actually be older than your chronological age.
A Grape Turns into a Raisin
If you believe that you are experiencing even the subtlest changes in your memory and attention, you’re probably not imagining things. The brain atrophies in the same way muscles do when you don’t exercise. Without the proper care, your brain literally cools, then shrinks and dries out. Just like a grape turns into a raisin, an aging brain loses cells and volume. When this happens, your brain’s speed and power begin to diminish, and you lose the ability not only to think clearly, but also to rest or sleep effectively, and stay calm. This is true for men, women, and yes, children.
Signs of Cognitive Decline:
- Short Term Memory Loss
- Losing Things
- Conversation or Reading Problems
- Vision Issues
- Decision making
- Mood Changes
During the earliest phase of cognitive decline—which may last for 5 years—short term memory is first affected. Long-term memory typically stays intact during this phase. Speech is typically fluent, however finding the right word may at times be difficult. The early dementia patient may also have difficulty executing complex activities, such as those at work or in their professional life. These may appear with frustration, depression and even anxiety, as patients become aware of their mental deterioration. Sometimes apathy, loss of interest or fear arises.
Remember, you do not have to drift into a life of forgetfulness. If you’re currently experiencing symptoms, most often they are reversible. Just as illness in your body can be reversed, so can imbalances in the brain. But the earlier you start reversing an aging brain, the better.
Often the fix for an aging brain is simple, but not easy. We have to stop brain atrophy, limit brain cell death, and maximize brain function and health. The process is called neurogenesis—the growth of new brain cells. Neurogenesis teaches us that we can repair, recover, or even improve the aging brain. Better brain health starts with 5 simple steps:
- Better nutrition,
- Lifestyle changes
- Hormone correction, and
- Memory Supplements (click here).
Listen to a brief 3 minute audio by Dr. Vincent Fortanasce,
who treated both Pope John Paul II and the Dali Lama,
“..we have really good news to talk about here…”
diet and supplements for cognitive health.
“Food for thought,” the food & supplements we eat have an enormous impact on both our short and long-term health of our brain. You could say, “You are (definitely) what you eat,” when it comes to addressing your brain health.
- Good nutrition is your first and most important step— and your diet is probably going to be the most difficult to change. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” When we talk about food, we’re talking about foods that are rich in building blocks, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish your brain.
- JUICE PLUS+: is such a “rich-whole-food-supplement“ that is non-GMO and gluten free; contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives; and contains no added starch. Click Here to see their full product label.
Juice Plus+ provides your body with important phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals with less than 1 gram of carbs per 2 capsules. Health and nutrition experts now recommend MORE than five servings of fruits and vegetables every day to dampen inflammation. That’s not always easy, but Juice Plus+ makes it easier. It helps supplement your diet with the most important active ingredients found in fruits and vegetables without their high sugar content. Whole fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields, provide the basis for numerous Juice Plus+ scientific studies (click here).
For a complete list of Juice Plus+ products click here.
Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD, who currently works as an Alzheimer’s specialist at UCLA, uses the “Bredesen Program” to reverse cognitive decline: he prescribes a healthy lifestyle, exercise, sleep, foods without additives or preservatives, lots of fruits and vegetables, no farm-raised fish, and lots of vitamin and mineral supplements.
“It is noteworthy that the major side effect of this therapeutic system is improved health and an optimal body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs.” Dr. Bredesen’s approach is personalized to each client, based on testing to determine their cognitive decline.
The supplements we use, like Juice Plus+, are designed to provide a “nutrient” bridge between the lack of nutrients found in today’s food and that is needed by our brains. In addition, certain supplements increase the oxygen to the brain.
(Let me repeat) Supplements are useful, but if you want your brain to work well, you’re also going have to change your diet. This can make it difficult to eat out, or at friends’ houses, grab easy snacks, and eat dirt-cheap. So, if this sounds too tough and you’e going to complain endlessly, then this process probably is not right for you.
Also, if you are working with me I will not be able to give you the best care I can, if you disrupt your progress by eating foods that trigger inflammation in your brain. That’s the bad news. The good news is many, many people experience profound improvement on a stricter diet and love following it. Many also experience distressing rebounds through cheats or accidental exposures, which helps compliance.
A primarily plant-based diet, with whole-food supplements and regular exercise, are the key elements in keeping your whole body healthy. This is proven not only in cognitive research, but also in cancer, heart disease, liver and kidney research.
Dr. Gad Marshall, a Harvard Alzheimer’s researcher concluded: “My strongest recommendations are a Mediterranean-style diet and regular physical exercise,” he says. “There’s good evidence from multiple studies showing that these lifestyle modifications can prevent cognitive decline and dementia and also slow down existing cognitive decline.”
These factors have been proven over and over again to reduce cognitive decline without question. The evidence comes from numerous studies and reviews from eminent researchers around the world. Nature and our bodies work in synergy. The brain does not sit in a laboratory jar isolated from the rest of our body. It operates as part of the whole. The health of our body—including the arteries, heart, liver, kidneys, bloodstream and so on—directly affects the health of our brain.
Some Foods to Eat Every Day — Keep it simple until your blood sugar stabilizes:
- Organic meats,
- Leafy green vegetables,
- Repeat: Non-starchy, green vegetables,
- Butter, Olive Oil, and
- Coconut oil.
Foods Not to Eat Every Day:
- Go gluten-free — No food causes more neurological problems than gluten.
- Sugars – soft drinks, fruit juices, cookies, cakes, fruit roll ups, sweet tea.
- Starches – potatoes, beans and rice are high in starches.
- Grains – remember especially wheat (gluten) in ANY form!
- Flour, pasta, breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereals, corn, rice, etc., etc.
- Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Oils – including corn and all vegetable oils.
- Milk – AVOID ALL MILK. Raw, pasteurized, low fat, full fat… etc.
- Legumes – including beans, but especially peanuts–fungal contamination!!
- High Carb Fruits – avoid grapes, bananas, pineapple, pears, apples, etc.
- High Carb Vegetables – avoid yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beans, etc.
Lifestyle Change: #1 Reduce Stress–if you suffer from the symptoms below, stress may be negatively impacting your brain health:
- Always having projects and things that need to be done
- Never having time for yourself
- Not getting enough sleep or rest
- Not having enough time or motivation to get regular exercise
- Not accomplishing your life’s purpose
Improve brain circulation and oxygen–if you suffer from any of the symptoms below, your brain may not be getting enough oxygen:
- Brain fog
- Low brain endurance and poor focus and concentration
- Must exercise or drink coffee to improve brain function
- Cold hands and feet
- Poor nail health or fungal growth on toes
- Must wear socks at night
- White nail beds instead of bright pink
- Cold tip of nose
- Chronic stress, anemia, smoking, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, poor lung function, poor cardiovascular function, and any mechanism that impairs blood vessels, such as diabetes, can impair the flow of blood to the brain.
Far too many doctors brush these symptoms off, tell people they have depression, or say their lab tests and exams are normal and they’re fine. If you have these symptoms you are clearly suffering and not functioning well. Just because medicine does not have a diagnosis or a cure for your condition does not mean it doesn’t exist!
Talk with someone who has been there and understands, give us a call, Reinhard & Elisa Hermes, MS, at 301-882-7765, or fill out our Contact Form on the right side—we can help.