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June 10, 2004


Aging Beautifully

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 fog—there’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…and improved

    mental energy.

  • 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 400–800

    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 25–100

    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 200–1,000

    mg daily, along with 25–50 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.

Read More on Aging Beautifully:

Getting Started

Beautiful Skin: At What Price?

Beyond Moisturizer and Sunscreen

Acne? But I’m an Adult

Keep it SIMPLE Beauty Tip—Banishing Wrinkles

Nutritional Therapies

EFAs = Extremely Flawless Appearances

Foods to Avoid

Complementary Therapies

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss

Exercises for Varicose Veins



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