New Year Resolutions

It’s a new year…and that usually means a new list of resolutions. For many, the list may include losing weight, eating healthier, saving money, spending more time with family and friends, quitting smoking or drinking, and learning or doing something new. Perhaps instead of resolutions, we should consider commitments for the new year…commitments to a healthier lifestyle.

You are already familiar with the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™, which include diet and supplements, exercise, and stress management. Make a commitment to eat healthier. Just like your body, your brain needs proper nutrition, blood flow, energy, and care to operate effectively. There is growing evidence that links brain health to heart health. Many of the conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes, appear to increase the risk of developing vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. Eating a heart-healthy diet rich in cold-water fish, lean protein, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables can help protect against these conditions. Additionally, antioxidants found in foods and supplements, such as Vitamins A, C and E, help protect against free radicals, which are highly-reactive forms of oxygen that create chemical reactions that damage brain cells. Foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, kale, citrus, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, wheat germ, and seeds, are great sources of antioxidants. Read the rest of this entry »

THE LINK BETWEEN INFLAMMATION AND YOUR DIET

As you know, fruit and vegetables are the foundation of any anti-inflammatory dietary prescription.  This is for good reason – fresh produce is the best source of natural antioxidants and nutrients, many of the important micronutrients to help keep our entire body running smoothly.

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Three Simple, Affordable Ways to Prevent and Even Reverse Alzheimer’s

We are delighted to feature this recent article written by Dr. Nan Fuchs which highlights the benefits of ARPF’s research using meditation, namely the 12-minute Kirtan Kriya singing meditation… 

When we’re young, we don’t think about living with impaired memory and loss of cognition. But as we get older we worry about even minor memory lapses. Are they just signs of normal aging or some form of dementia? Do we have the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease? Will we eventually need to depend on caregivers? Are we going to lose our minds? It’s frightening.

 Alzheimer’s is on the rise. In fact, doctors diagnose one in eight people over the age of 65 with this progressive degenerative brain disease. And even more people are living with it without a diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association expects 10 million Baby Boomers to develop Alzheimer’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Food And Your Health

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine once said, “Let food be thy medicine.”

Can food help prevent memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses? I believe it can.

In fact, I believe that food is the original and best medicine. Today this idea has become one of the guiding principles of healthy living. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Every schoolchild knows that one. Beyond that, there are certain foods that activate our body’s natural healing force. When this takes place-when we eat specific foods in a carefully chosen way–we are able to prevent and heal scores of ailments safely and effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Holistic Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Strategies You Can Start Today

For Alzheimer’s, prevention is the best medicine. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to cure this dreaded disease.

That’s why a holistic Alzheimer’s disease prevention strategy involving mind, body, nutrition, and stress — one that prevents cognitive decline and actually enhances mental capacity — is an excellent option. Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s and Nutrition – What You Deserve to Know

There have been many studies recently linking Alzheimer’s and nutrition. More and more, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that proper nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy brain:  it plays a major role in cognition, memory, and various neurological disorders — including Alzheimer’s disease.
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Boost Your Brain Power with Health Foods – Part II

As we discussed last time, everyone wants to boost their brain power.  The following are a set of basic, flexible principles that can be followed by anyone. Following these guidelines will put you on a continuum, moving toward a plant-based diet that’s low in calories and high in nutrient-dense organic foods. Wherever you are on the continuum now is fine – it’s just a starting point.

1) Detoxify Your Body

The human gastrointestinal system is like an elastic pipe; this pipe can trap waste, and toxins may be absorbed as a result, creating a foundation for illness. Periodic fasting – two or three times a year – is an essential part of yoga nutritional therapy. It cleanses your digestive tract, detoxifies and revitalizes your body, and lifts your spirit – and it’s a great way to start the transition into a better way to eat.

The most convenient way to fast doesn’t require total abstinence from food. Neither does it mean that you only drink water, which is a powerful, but not very comfortable, way to go. I recommend fasting using a combination of water with lemon, herbal tea, juices, and soups. “The 36 Hour Fast” is one such fast that won’t disrupt your life. For extended fasts, I recommend consulting with a doctor or nutritionist.

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