Preventing Dementia, Fighting Breast Cancer, Food Sensitivities, Relieving Migraines Naturally!
In This Issue:
- Preventing Dementia with Citrus
- 4 Foods that Fight Breast Cancer
- 5 Top Food Sensitivities
- Ginger for Migraines
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Message from Bernadette Wulf
Happy October! I love this time of year when Nature breathes a sigh of relief after a busy season of growth and production. It is a good time to celebrate the harvest and think about preparing for winter.
Are you getting plenty of sleep and daily exercise to boost your immune system? Do you make sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables every day? Are you taking time to relax and spend time in Nature? We all know these things are important, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves to get back on track – ideally before a health crisis pushes us to do it.
Did you check out my new website last month? If not, you will find lots of great information to help you enjoy a healthy plant-based diet, or at least include more plant foods in your diet. Visit Plant Based for Life and let me know what you think.
As always, I would love to hear what you want to read about. Feel free to send requests, suggestions, or any sort of feedback. I appreciate hearing from my readers.
To your health!
As our population ages, the issue of dementia will affect more and more people. Families, friends, and the medical system are starting to feel the impact of cognitive impairment in the aging Baby Boomer generation. The good news is that citrus fruits can help. One great way I’ve found to include more citrus is to squeeze half a lemon or lime into each glass of water you drink. Limes are my favorite and it is easy to find organic ones at this time of year.
[ ]… benefits of eating citrus fruits were found to be substantial. In fact, there was as much as a 23 percent average risk reduction for getting Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Not bad, when you consider the alternative of eating unhealthy foods, less brain function and the final years of life on all sorts of ineffective pharmaceutical drugs for dementia.
[ ]… The findings are quite compelling. With 13,000 older adults studied, a distinct pattern emerged showing that the more citrus fruits were consumed, the lower the risk of dementia and its associated memory issues and cognitive impairment. The study results were published in the ANI (Journal of Nutrition).
And there is more hope! If you or anyone you know is affected with Alzheimer’s or dementia, there is still time to get the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit recordings and bonuses. I’ve had a chance to listen to a couple of the speakers and they were excellent. I wish I had time to listen to all of them.
Unfortunately, I don’t think you can listen to the free recordings anymore, but the price to buy the whole package of summit recordings is very reasonable, considering how much information you get. Here’s the link – http://alzheimersdementiasummit.com/order
One thing I learned is that men have a much faster decline of brain function than women, but they can counteract that by doing isometric exercises several times a day. Very cool! Just press your fists together, one on top of the other, until you feel your muscles start to burn. Repeat six times for each session. You can do the same with your leg muscles.
Also, laughing and crying can help to restore brain function, so don’t be afraid to tear up when watching sad movies (or the news!) and hang out with people who make you laugh. Being in touch with your emotions seems to be a protective factor in brain health.
Learning new things and eating a clean diet will also help. Apparently, dementia is closely related to heart disease and diabetes. Some are even calling it Type 3 diabetes. So sticking to a whole foods plant-based diet and getting daily exercise has been shown in multiple studies to prevent heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, so it stands to reason that it will also help prevent dementia.
Aside from dementia, cancer is one of the most feared diseases in our modern world. Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to lower our odds. Since October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s look at some foods that can help win that battle.
Legumes – [including beans, lentils, and peas – Ed.], get their anti-cancer benefits come from the natural compounds found in them called phytosterols.
Mushrooms – [ ] Woodear, crimini, oyster, Italian brown, enoki, button, stuffing, shiitake, chanterelle, and Portobello mushrooms all have reported anti-breast cancer properties.
Nuts – [All nuts – Ed.] One study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that walnuts contain bioactive molecules that provide them with anti-cancer properties. [ ] Another study out of the British Journal of Cancer found that even two handfuls of nuts a week may protect against pancreatic cancer, one of our most fatal malignancies.
Cruciferous Vegetables – [including broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are particularly good at fighting cancer. – Ed.] These compounds have been shown to have anti-cancer properties in many different types of cancer, not just breast.
Factors That Increase Breast Cancer Risk – Being overweight – Not exercising – High saturated fat intake – Taking oral contraceptives – Lack of sleep – Use of cosmetics and other products containing parabens.
If you already have cancer, or you just want to learn how to prevent it, sign up for the free Truth About Cancer live stream speaker’s event October 5th – 7th – https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/2017-live-event/ – I expect it to be amazing!
A word of caution, though – I would be wary of Dr. Mercola’s advice on diet, since he tends to advocate a high fat, high meat ketogenic type diet that has NOT been proven to heal or prevent cancer long term (though it may have short term benefits). In fact, all the reliable studies I’ve seen show that a whole foods, plant-based diet of mostly raw fruits and vegetables and their juices is best for fighting cancer (as well as every other type of degenerative disease).
You can also find lots of good information at https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/
Read more about foods that fight cancer – http://naturalmentor.com/lowering-your-breast-cancer-risk-by-eating-these-4-foods
5 Top Food Sensitivities
Here are the top five foods that cause allergies and food sensitivities according to Dr. Susan Blum. Coincidentally (or not), these are all foods that Anthony William The Medical Medium also says to avoid.
If you have any sort of health issue, try cutting these out of your diet for at least 3 weeks and see if it makes a difference. You have to read labels to make sure you aren’t getting any of these products in packaged foods – even if you have keep a magnifying glass in your pocket when you go grocery shopping.
Gluten – found in wheat, barley, kamut, rye, spelt [and anything containing them, such as soy sauce and beer. Also oats, unless the label says “gluten free oats.” Choose quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, rice (in moderation because of arsenic levels), and gluten free oats. – Ed.]
Dairy – all animal milks and milk products (cow, goat, or sheep, etc.), including yogurt, cheese, milk, kefir, and butter. [There are lots of good plant-based dairy substitutes on the market. Look for the ones made from whole foods, with no artificial ingredients like “natural flavor.” Some great substitutes for dairy products. – Ed.]
Corn – …whole corn whether on the cob, in a can, or frozen, and popcorn, too. You also need to be careful about reading labels, look for the word corn, which can often be found as corn starch, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, and high fructose corn syrup. [Unfortunately, almost all corn is now GMO contaminated, even if it is organically grown. – Ed.]
Soy – …Soy is also used as an additive in many foods, especially packaged processed foods so you must read labels and avoid anything that lists soy protein, soy lecithin, or soy oil in its ingredient list. [Includes tofu, tempe, soy milk, soy miso, soy sauce, tamari, soy protein, soy lecithin, or soy oil, and anything with soy ingredients. Soy is also mostly GMO contaminated now. – Ed.]
Eggs – Unfortunately, eggs have proteins that are [ ] common triggers for food sensitivities, too. [Anthony William also says eggs feed viruses in our bodies. Read labels to make sure eggs are not listed in the ingredients. Some great substitutes for eggs. – Ed.]
Though it was particularly hard to give up corn and soy (tamari and tofu mostly), I have to say I’ve been feeling better and better since I eliminated all these foods from my diet. It has also improved my immune system, making it easier to fight off the constant barrage of “bugs” I’m exposed to while hanging out with my little grandchildren.
I have never had a migraine (knock on wood), but I know people who get them and it seems awful. It looks like ginger provides just as effective relief as the commonly prescribed drugs, without all the dangerous side effects. Sounds good to me!
For each headache that occurred during that month, participants recorded the time the headache began, headache severity before taking the medication and degree of pain relief at 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes as well as 24 hours after taking it.
Results showed that ginger was equally as effective as sumatriptan achieving 90% relief within two hours after ingestion. While ginger had a very small percentage (4%) experiencing minor digestive symptoms, 20% of patients taking sumatriptan reported dizziness, drowsiness, or heartburn.
Read the entire article for more information about ginger and migraines – greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-effective-synthetic-drug-migraine-without-side-effects