Switch On Your Sharp Mind
Are you forgetting names?
Misplacing things? Not remembering why you walked into a room? Losing
your train of thought? These all-too-common occurrences might make
you wonder if you are losing your memory. The good news is that
you are not, and in most cases the problem can be helped.
Today we cram more and more into each day; try
to accomplish several things at once; and overload our brains with
stress, high expectations, and worry that we will fail and be replaced
tomorrow. Technology continues to make life physically easier, which
means that more of what we do to succeed and excel in life is heavy
brain work, requiring intense mental concentration and focus. We
absolutely can’t afford brain fogthere’s just too much to
Boost Your Mental Nutrition
The energy your brain uses comes from the food
you eat. So whether you have enough energy to achieve peak mental
performance depends on what you eat and how well you digest and
assimilate it. You may have an IQ of 160, but much of your native
intelligence will be wasted if you have unreliable digestive function.
For peak brain function, you must be able to depend on a constant
and abundant source of high-octane fuel.
Food. Think of
food as fuel for the brain. This is not to say it shouldn’t
taste good or be pleasurable, but realize that everything you
eat has consequences, and try to select foods with positive
consequences. Avoid foods that tax your pancreas, including
wheat, red meat, saturated fats, alcohol, caffeinated beverages,
sugar, and dairy products. Instead eat foods that naturally
contain enzymes of their own, such as raw fruits and vegetables,
sprouted seeds, whole grains, and legumes. Choose fish or range-fed
poultry. Eggs should be from range-fed poultry. In addition
to providing nutrition, these choices boost your natural pancreatic
enzyme levels, for healthier digestive function
- Ginkgo biloba. This herb improves blood
flow to your brain and oxygenates blood. Ginkgo can help alleviate
depression, and improve brain function in many forms of dementia,
including Alzheimer’s disease and normal age-related mental decline.
Take 40 mg standardized leaf extract daily, three times a day.
- Vitamin E. A 1997 study sponsored by
the National Institute on Aging reported that supplementation
with 2,000 IU of vitamin E daily slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s
in patients in moderately severe stages of the disease. Take 400800
IU of natural vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol daily.
Take Out the Trash
Every machine works best when it’s clean. Your
liver is no exception. It must be able to detoxify pollutants ingested
or absorbed from the environment, as well as those your body generates
through the normal process of metabolism. Sweeping out accumulated
liver toxins improves the liver’s ability to process food and metabolize
the hormones that influence brain function. My detoxification program
Diet. For one
week, eat a predominantly vegetarian diet, with emphasis on
raw, organic salads and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
Soft-textured fish such as salmon, and eggs, are permitted.
Avoid fatty or processed foods, refined white sugar and flour,
alcohol, caffeine, and non-essential drugs. Drink chamomile
or peppermint teas, and mineral water. Make the last meal of
the day the lightest, so your liver can spend the night rejuvenating
instead of detoxifying food byproducts.
- Vitamin B. A vitamin B deficiency can
affect the liver’s ability to detoxify wastes. Take 25100
mg daily of the whole range of B-complex vitamins including biotin,
thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid to help your
liver do its work and keep your head clear.
- The amino acid methionine is critical
to the detoxification process. It rids your body of heavy metals,
including lead and mercury, and functions as an antioxidant, scavenging
free radicals generated by the breakdown of toxins. Take 2001,000
mg daily, along with 2550 mg of vitamin B6 which helps convert
methionine to cysteine. So conversion does not stop mid-way, take
400 mcg of folic acid to control homocysteine levels.
- Dandelion helps detoxify the liver. Take
one to three 150-mg capsules each day. (Dandelion is a powerful
diuretic. Do not use it if you are pregnant or nursing). Note:
If you have had liver problems, hepatitis, or have been a heavy
drinker, go slow with these powerful healing agents, and start
by taking only a quarter of the suggested dose.
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