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Sugar Melts Your Brain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on March 14, 2019 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I read this on The Grain Brain doctors site and thought it was worth reprinting

 

…..a large number of studies that have confirmed the thesis that elevated blood sugar is profoundly detrimental, not just for the brain in general, but for brain function as well.

As the authors of a new paper entitled, Brain atrophy in aging: Estimating effects of blood glucose levels vs. other type 2 diabetes effects point out, our brains shrink as we age with as much as 5% volume loss occurring between age 60 and 70. And as you would expect, this correlates with declining function.

A lot of the research has shown that type 2 diabetes (T2D) is what accelerates brain aging. But as this new study shows, it’s not the diagnosis of T2D that is the issue. Well before that diagnosis is made, brain structure is affected by blood sugar. Blood glucose levels even in the normal range can have a significant impact on total brain and grey matter atrophy.

 

So again, the mission here is to keep blood sugar low. Useful lab tests include the blood sugar with the goal of keeping it in the upper 80s to low 90s, the average blood sugar or “A1c”, which ideally should be in the range of around 5.2, and the “fasting insulin level” with a target of 8 or lower.

These goals are best achieved by a diet that’s exquisitely low in sugar and welcomes healthful fat back to the table. Keep in mind that artificial sweeteners, paradoxically, are also known to elevate blood sugar, so no more aspartame!

Visit www.drperlmutter.com for more information from David Perlmutter, M.D.


Two Factors That Lower Your Metabolic Rate Abnormally

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on February 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Stress and lack of sleep.


When you’re overstressed and not sleeping enough, your metabolic rate dives in a bad way. Your BMR has to be appropriate for the activities you’re doing.


Your age


As you get older, your BMR continues to slow down. That's mostly a result of a whole host of things, but you can understand why this happens by looking at the muscles of someone who is aging.


As we age, we start getting little bits of fat in the muscle if it's not being challenged through resistance activity. The muscle slowly turns into more and more fat and when you have a decrease in muscle mass through this natural aging process, you get an increase in fat.


Muscle is metabolically more active, so if you're not doing resistance training and you're not eating well, the muscles will be gradually replaced by fat. This will also lower your metabolic rate because it's turning into a less metabolically active tissue. Fats are not as active as your muscles.


Do high-intensity interval training (HIIT).


HIIT, a form of workout that mixes short bursts of activity and periods of rest, is also going to push your metabolic rate up and improve longevity at the same time. HIIT preserves the muscles while burning fats. On the contrary, long cardio sessions and extreme exercises have been shown to damage the heart.


Lift weights.


Include resistance training in your fitness routine, whether that's body weight exercises or lifting weights. This is critical to maintaining a normal metabolic rate as it prevents muscles from turning into fat. When you're capable of maintaining some of that muscle, your metabolic rate is going to be normal. Your energy level is also going to be normal, which is going to give you the appetite that you need.The Metabolism Paradox: Why Focusing on Boosting Your Metabolism May Be a Bad Idea


By: Jonathan Carp, MD

Posted in MiracleNoodle Blog

Daily Strategy of Heavy Metal Detox

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on December 13, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

In modern society we are constantly exsposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury. These metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body and can cause harm if they build up in the tissues.There is good news though and that is that there are foods that bind these heavy metals and remove them from our bodies.Foods that are high in sulfur can help detoxify or block absorption of heavy metals.


Foods that are good sources of sulfur are garlic, onions, cruciferous vegeatables, including broccoli.

Five Most Common BPA Disruptors

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on December 7, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

BPA Biphenol A is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

~ Don't microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers.

~ Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom.

~ Reduce your use of canned foods.

~ When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.

~ Metal (aluminum) food and drink cans are commonly coated with BPA-containing epoxy films.

~ Reusable water bottles (Polycarbonate plastic #7). Soda and beer (in cans). Fast food.

Wash your hands after handling cash register receipts. They imitate the body's hormones, and it can interfere with the production, secretion, transport, action, function, and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body.

Innocent Delicacy Could Destroy Your Liver

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Health Effects of Doubling Up on Sugar


The fact that Americans are eating about twice as much sugar as is recommended by health authorities — and nearly four times the amount suggested for optimal health — is great for Big Food, but what are the health implications of this unnatural trend? In an effort to study the health effects of a high sugar diet, documentary filmmaker Damon Gameau, from "That Sugar Film," conducted an experiment during which he consumed the average amount of sugar eaten daily by Australians, which amounts to 160 grams or about 40 teaspoons.


It's important to note that before the experiment Gameau ate very little sugar. Surprisingly enough, Gameau didn't feast on junk food all day to reach his goal. Instead, he ate commonly sold processed foods, many of which are marketed as healthy, such as fruit juice, yogurt and energy drinks.

 

Initially, Gameau thought it would be difficult to reach his daily goal of 40 teaspoons but to his surprise found it disturbingly easy. The film shows Gameau nearly reaching his daily sugar goal in just one meal with a small bowl of cereal, yogurt and fruit juice. It wasn't long before Gameau began feeling both the physical and psychological effects of eating a high sugar diet. One of the first symptoms he noticed was wild mood swings.


After eating a sugary food, Gameau experienced what's known as the typical "sugar high," accompanied by short-lived feelings of alertness and even euphoria. His wife reported spontaneous and even manic-like bursts of laughter. But less than an hour later he would crash, noting severe feelings of lethargy. Gameau also reported feeling aloof, distracted and unable to concentrate at home — a trait his wife described as extremely uncharacteristic.


High-Sugar Diet Wrecks Your Metabolism


Prior to the experiment, Gameau was in good health. A medical exam determined he was slightly healthier than the average western male in his age range. His diet consisted of about 2,300 calories per day, 50 percent of which was made up of healthy fats found in foods like nuts and avocado; 26 percent was derived from protein-based foods such as meat, eggs and fish, and the remaining 24 percent consisted of carbohydrates found in fresh vegetables.

 

Gameau weighed about 167 pounds and had a waist circumference of 33 inches (84 centimeters). Blood tests showed his liver was healthy and that he had low triglyceride levels (fat in the bloodstream) and no signs of insulin resistance or diabetes. Gameau also kept up his exercise routine, which consisted of running three laps around his garden twice a week followed by a 10-minute workout in his home gym. But despite maintaining weekly exercise, Gameau's health quickly deteriorated.

 

After 12 days of ramping up his sugar intake, Gameau had gained almost seven pounds, the majority of which went straight to his abdomen. In a month of eating 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, he added 2.75 inches (7 centimeters) to his waistline. But the health effects were more serious than just weight gain.


Within three short weeks, doctors were shocked to find that Gameau was already displaying signs of fatty liver disease. "By the end, I'd developed pre-type 2 diabetes, I had heart disease, I had 11 centimeters of visceral fat. But the big one was, the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was almost in a full-blown state," said Gameau in a news article highlighting his film.3


How the Human Body Processes Sugar


In small amounts, sugar is typically harmless. As a carbohydrate, it helps supply you with the energy you need for your daily activities. All of your cells can use glucose. But at the same time, sugar is also calorie-rich, and once it is consumed in excess, negative health effects inevitably follow.

 

As noted in "That Sugar Film," sucrose or table sugar consists of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Fructose used to be rare in nature and was only found in products such as honey and fruit; today however, highly processed fructose (typically from corn) is added to a large variety of food products.


Fructose, the simple sugar that is part of table sugar, has particularly pernicious effects. Your body actually processes fructose in the same way it processes alcohol, rapidly turning it into fat. This fat remains in your liver, increasing your risk of insulin resistance, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and diabetes. Once this fat is released into your bloodstream as triglycerides, it increases your risk for weight gain, blocked arteries and heart disease.


For the full article go to Dr Mercola's site below

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/06/03/eating-too-much-sugar.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170603Z1_UCM&et_cid/M147092&et_rid=2030629594

Sugar Melts Your Brain

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

I read this on The Grain Brain doctors site and thought it was worth reprinting


…..a large number of studies that have confirmed the thesis that elevated blood sugar is profoundly detrimental, not just for the brain in general, but for brain function as well.


As the authors of a new paper entitled, Brain atrophy in aging: Estimating effects of blood glucose levels vs. other type 2 diabetes effects point out, our brains shrink as we age with as much as 5% volume loss occurring between age 60 and 70. And as you would expect, this correlates with declining function.


A lot of the research has shown that type 2 diabetes (T2D) is what accelerates brain aging. But as this new study shows, it’s not the diagnosis of T2D that is the issue. Well before that diagnosis is made, brain structure is affected by blood sugar, even in the “normal” range!


As the authors state,”In conclusion, this study showed that the impact of blood glucose on the brain is not exclusive to T2D, and that blood glucose levels even in the normal range can have a significant impact on total brain and grey matter atrophy. These results emphasize the need to consider the role of higher normal blood glucose as a risk factor for brain health.”


So again, the mission here is to keep blood sugar low. Useful lab tests include the blood sugar with the goal of keeping it in the upper 80s to low 90s, the average blood sugar or “A1c”, which ideally should be in the range of around 5.2, and the “fasting insulin level” with a target of 8 or lower.


These goals are best achieved by a diet that’s exquisitely low in sugar and welcomes healthful fat back to the table. Keep in mind that artificial sweeteners, paradoxically, are also known to elevate blood sugar, so no more aspartame!


Visit www.drperlmutter.com for more information from David Perlmutter, M.D. 

Echinacea For Anti Aging

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on November 7, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

"Echinacea the miracle herb against Aging and Cancer" has been studied and found to be abe to boost NK cells.


Natural killer cells (also known as NK cells, K cells, and killer cells) are a type of lymphocyte (a white blood cell) and a component of innate immune system. NK cells play a major role in the host-rejection of both tumours and virally infected cells.They are the key immune cell line of defense and can be counted on to reduce the frequency of death in advancing age.


Since NK cells decline in function and number with age, Echinacea can boost their production in just 2 weeks of an oral dose. Function was also restored. Don't be afraid of long term use. Take your echinacea 2X per day.


A good product is from Medi herb Echinacea premium.


Miller, Sandra. (2005). Echinacea: a Miracle Herb against Aging and Cancer? Evidence In vivo in Mice. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. 2. 309-14. 10.1093/ecam/neh118.

Last Winter Sick??

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 25, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you find that you or a family member was sick alot last winter? Well many people did last year. It was amazing how many families struggled to be well. I have always believed that our health is supported by 4 areas just like 4 legs of a chair support the chair. Illness quite often can be traced back to one of these areas;


1.Getting enough sleep

2.Eating healthy ie..low to no sugar

3.Exercise/elimination [moving your bowels 2-3X per day]

4.Mental/Spiritual health


With Halloween coming up you may want to come up with a plan to lower the sugar impact like; having the family on grapefruit seed extract.

If you find the above 4 options causes to your weaken your immune system schedule a Biomeridian reading at our office and we can get to the bottom of it.

Next Best Thing To Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on October 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Are you thinking of going on a detox?

This powerful combination of micronutrients, fiber, fruit and vegetable extracts supports safe and effective detoxification. Take a look at Juice Plus all of the nutrients without the sugar.



Juice Plus+ products are made from the juice powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, vegetables and grains. While Juice Plus+ isn’t a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables, our whole food-based products support a healthy diet by offering a much wider variety of naturally occurring vitamins, along with antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Every Juice Plus+ product is made from quality ingredients grown farm fresh, providing the natural nutrients your body needs.

 

TOP 5 Supplements I Recommend for your Health and Wellness

Posted by berlinstreethealthcare on September 27, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

TOP 5 Supplements I Recommend for your Health and Wellness

I am all for eating organic and locally grown foods for our health however there are times when people have a need to consume large amounts of macronutrients for the healing affect and it is just not easy to eat that many fruits and vegetables.That is when high quality supplements can provide the needed nutrients for your health.

Here is my list:

Vitamin D in liquid form



Juice Plus Berrys,Greens,and Orchard



Omega 3 fatty acids, Vegetarian option


Inferior fish oil and krill oil brands lack this phospholipid complex. Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less beneficial form of free triglycerides. Here is what we recommend.

Omega 3 fatty acids


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