Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Brain changer-Natural solutions for brain and gut health

45% of Australians have suffered a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

Brain and mental health issues are on the increase. New information is emerging on a range of conditions that can affect anyone from the very young to the elderly. In many of these cases, different body systems become involved making a link between the health of the digestive system and the brain more evident. Often no cure is available and conventional treatments can have terrible side-effects.These multifaceted problems, often require complex solutions.
You become what you eat. Your brain makes no exception.
Eating healthy builds a healthy brain. Eating unhealthy builds mental illness.
What do you build?
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Potatoe Chips Cravings? Try This Instead

Craving potatoe chips? Struggling to resist the temptation?
This could be your saviour with this healthier alternative to the potatoe chips you buy from the supermarket.

Potatoes and butter, healthier? Yes, you heard that correct. Yummy! Let me enlighten you if you give me permission. Yes, butter is rich in fats, but if you eat them in moderation they are beneficial to your health. They are not the enemies, they are your friend, "the healthy fat guys". Hmmm, is there such a thing? Healthy fat? I don't want to be fat. Yes, I know, me too. That is why I eat healthy fats that helped me lose weight and stay healthy. You heard that right. Sounds intriguing? Yes, it is intriguing for the most of us. We all know the relationship between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been a controversial topic for several decades but recent studies at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, found that participants with the highest intake (median intake 339 g/day) had reduced death due to Cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with those with the lowest intake of full-fat dairy. Butter contains more than 400 different fatty acids, vitamin A, D, E ( a powerful antioxidant), B12, and K2 (cardiovascular protective properties).
If your butter is sourced from green grass-fed cows, it can contain high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that potentially can help provide protection against different types of Cancer and helps the body store muscle instead of fat. As you can see I can go on and on about the benefits of butter for your brain, your cardiovascular system etc.
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV). It also contains a good amount of Potassium (crucial to heart function) and some other goodies like B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Iron, Calcium, Copper, and Zinc. All the good stuff that your body needs.
Bottom line, potatoes can be a healthy nutritious ingrediant when combined with the right foods and cooked the right way and for the right people. If you happen to have an allergy to dairy, use olive oil or coconut oil instead. If you have a sluggish liver, add some bitter foods to your plate. That way everyone will be happy! You, because buttery potatoes are delicious; and your liver, because bitter foods stimulate your liver to produce more bile and help emulsify the fats from your meal so the vital nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by your body. Your heart and your brain will also be happy because you are giving them the nutrients they need to function optimally.
Feeling hungry? Me too. Let's go make some buttery potatoes AKA Tornado Potatoes. Enough talk. Cooking time.
Here's the recipe:

Tornado Potatoes by Merle O'Neal

My cooking tip: ALWAYS Pre-Steam potatoes 8-10 minutes! 
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Science source:
*Diary consumption and patterns of mortality in Australian adults https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20372173
*Estimated intake of milk fat is negatively associated with cardiovascular risk factors https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15035691
* Consumption of dairy products inversely associated with risk of CVD

Probiotics in yogurt and Depression

Probiotics from yogurt may improve Depressive symptoms.
More and more research shows that the gut microbiome has a key role in the regulatory brain function and in human behavior. This concept is a "paradigm shift in neuroscience" according to Gerard Clarke PhD, from Microbiome Institute at University College Cork in Ireland.
In a placebo-controlled clinical study, subjects received a daily probiotic for 4 weeks, Bifidobacterium longum; after that, they received a placebo for another month. Scientists found reductions in the stress hormone and reduced anxiety in the participants.
The results showed reductions in the stress hormone cortisol and a blunted increase in subjective anxiety in response to acute stress. More research is needed but there is hope, some probiotics strains may improve depressive symptoms.

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Can we eat to starve cancer?

Can we eat to starve cancer? Dr. William Lee says yes. Very intriguing, right? 
Dr. William Lee has studied medicine at Harvard and dedicated many years to studying Cancer. In his opinion, there are foods more potent than cancer drugs in the battle against cancer.
Here is a list of foods that can be your friend to prevent cancer or fight it by slowing down the formation of new blood vessels that would feed the cancer:

"What we eat is really, our chemotherapy three times a day."
Dr.William Lee piece of advice: "Use knowledge and take action."
Watch his ED TED presentation here:

Enjoy and spread the word. 
The entire world needs to know.
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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Cucumbers and your home - made delicious energy drink recipe

Did you know cucumbers contain vitamins and minerals vital for your health?
First things first. Did you know cucumbers are in fact considered a fruit? No? Me either. But that's ok. Your stomach doesn't mind.
Before we get into the science behind this fruit/veggie let's have some fun, watching this hilarious video that prompted me to write this blog about cucumbers. Enjoy!

With B vitamins, vitamin C, copper, vitamin K, manganese and potassium, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical Aussie diet. Cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They contain fisetin that appears to play an important role in brain health. Studies have shown that fisetin improves your memory and protects your nerve cells from age-related decline and prevents progressive memory loss and learning impairments in mice with Alzheimer's disease.
Laboratory studies suggest that cucumber extract helps reduce unwanted inflammation, in part by inhibiting the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes and, as such, they have the capacity to reduce the inflammatory response in your body.
Cucumbers contain vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 known to help ease feelings of anxiety and reduce the effects of stress on your body.
Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, which also have anti-cancer properties.
Cucumbers contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, powerful antioxidants and flavonoids such as quercetin, apigenin, luteolin, and kaempferol that confer additional benefits to your body. Kaempferol may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease. Quercentin has natural antihistaminic properties.  
Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber which helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly and provide the means for a healthy elimination. Cucumbers are very low in calories, one cup of sliced cucumber contains just 16 calories and, as such, snacking on cucumbers could be a good idea if you are interested in weight control.
Cucumbers contain potassium, which is vital for your body to function properly. Potassium interacts with sodium to help control nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction and heart function and as such is associated with lower blood pressure levels.
Flavonoids and tannins in cucumber have been found to have free-radical scavenging and pain-relieving effects. As written in the Journal of Young Pharmacists: "Traditionally, this plant is used for headaches; the seeds are cooling and diuretic, the fruit juice of this plant is used as a nutritive and as a demulcent in anti-acne lotions."
As you now, if you have issues with acid reflux, drinking water can help in raising your stomach pH and, as such, suppress your acid reflux symptoms; it is possible that water-rich cucumbers (95% water content) may have the same effect.
Cucumbers make an ideal base for your veggie juice due to their high water content. 
Starting your day with a simple juice of cucumber and celery is ideal for those new to juicing.
From there, you can work your way up to romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, cilantro and why not some kiwi fruit or a green apple to sweeten your day. 
If you love your energy or sports drink and wonder how you could replace it with a healthier option, you may want to try this simple homemade recipe:

Green Heaven 
1/2 cucumber
1 kiwi or green apple
1 lime peeled or half a lemon peeled
1 cup of coconut water
Juice the cucumber and lime (or lemon) and kiwi (or green apple) in a juicer. 
Add chilled coconut water. 
Serve immediately.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Important Neuroscience Discovery - Brain and Mental Health

Researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a rare and powerful type of immune cell in the meninges around the brain. This suggests that the cells may play a critical role in battling neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Meningitis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease etc. Researchers believe that the cells may be the missing link connecting the microbiota in our guts and the brain.
The finding builds on previous work by the lab of Jonathan Kipnis (left) and researcher Sachin Gadani, that found an unexpected link between the brain and the immune system.
“This all comes down to the immune system and brain interaction,” said Kipnis, chairman of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience. “The two were believed to be completely not communicating, but now we’re slowly, slowly filling in this puzzle. Not only are these cells (immune) present in the areas near the brain, they are integral to its function."  
The immune cells play important roles in the body, triggering allergic reactions and guarding against pathogens. Kipnis team has determined that they are the vital communicator between the brain's immune response and gut microbiome. This could be of great significance as our intestinal flora is essential for maintaining our health and wellbeing. 
This comes as a confirmation to what naturopaths have been saying for decades about the gut and brain axis. What a relief. If we would have only worked together, we could have saved the pain and the sufferings of so many.

The findings have been published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine by Gadani, of UVA’s Medical Scientist Training Program, Igor Smirnov, Ashtyn T. Smith, Christopher C. and Kipnis, the director of UVA’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia.


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Source: news.virginia.edu , The Rockfeller University Press

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hookworms may not be that bad if you have coeliac

                                                                                        Credit to glutendude.com 
Up to 60 people suffering Coeliac disease are expected to take part in a medical hookworm trial in Queensland and a New Zealand hospital this month according to Herald Sun. Researchers from the Australian Institute of Tropical health and Medicine a James Cook University in Cairns are leading the trial. The sufferers will be ingesting up to 20 parasitic worms and allowing them to multiply in their stomach may modulate the immune response of the person and hold the key to alleviating the coeliac disease debilitating symptoms.
The trial has already shown to be effective in an earlier 12-person study, leaving them symptom-free after eating a bowl of pasta every day for two weeks says Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch who made the announcement of the trial on Wednesday.
Lead researcher and immunologist Paul Giacomin is optimistic that the trial could mark a breakthrough research and lead to the development of a drug for patients as ingesting live worms could be a turn-off for some people.
My question is, how are we going to control the hookworm population down there to make sure the "helpers" of today will not become our "enemies" later on?
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Source:  news.com.au , Heraldsun.com.au .