I thought alkaline water was a pretty cool thing, but in my mind, alkaline water has been somewhat left behind in the light of new technology, and a device that creates molecular hydrogen water. I have had the pleasure and fortune of having received one of the Trusii water systems that produces molecular hydrogen-infused water, and it is truly amazing. Not only is it the best, cleanest-tasting water I’ve ever experienced, but I actually feel a boost when I drink it. My energy picks up, my brain perks up, and I feel uplifted throughout my whole body. [Read more…]
Welcome to another excerpt from my upcoming book, Lyme Brain. Today let’s look at the benefits of curcumin and how curcumin supports brain health.
Curcumin, a constituent of turmeric, has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. It is also used in autoimmune issues to regulate immune function. There are many studies demonstrating its efficacy in reducing inflammation and the mechanisms by which it reduces inflammation. One such mechanism is reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1, IL-6, COX2, MMP-9, NF-kB, CRP and TNF, many of the same cytokines that are found to be elevated in Lyme patients. As an antioxidant, curcumin increases levels of vitamins C and E, and prevents lipid peroxidation and oxidative damage.
Having just presented this morning on the microbiome and mental health at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health conference, I thought I’d write about the gut/ brain connection here, and I’ll try to break it down in a way that (hopefully) makes sense to everyone. [Read more…]
One of the first things I do when working with kids on the autistic-spectrum is take them off gluten and dairy. In 80% of cases we see improvement. Many times when taking kids off these two major food categories, we have to wean off slowly, or they will have a withdrawal-type response. I have seen kids fiending for their favorite foods, having not only meltdowns, but true withdrawal symptoms. They look like drug addicts not getting their fix.
How is it possible that these foods can impact behavior and emotions so profoundly? [Read more…]
Long been recognized as a supplement with many benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are a good choice for brain health in both adults and children. Fish oil is perhaps the best known – it is an oil that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, in particular eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – both long chain fatty acids. Other sources of omega-3’s are other cold-water fish, shellfish, krill, algae, plant and nut oils, walnuts and flax seeds. Flax seeds are higher in alpha-linolenic acid, which is a short chain fatty acid. While still providing omega-3s, and still being of health benefit, they are less potent than the fatty acids found in seafood products. [Read more…]
More and more people are realizing that gluten is not the best thing for them, and adopting a gluten-free diet. Subclinical gluten intolerance is a huge deal – it’s very prevalent, and often undiagnosed. One does not have to be full blown celiac to be intolerant to gluten, and testing may or may not show up gluten intolerance.
I think part of the problem is the genetic modification of grains – as grains get further and further from how they exist in nature, it’s naturally harder and harder for us to digest and metabolize them. It’s not just digestive issues that come from gluten intolerance – it can cause neurological issues, profound fatigue, emotional imbalance, hormone issues – and many other symptoms that don’t seem to be related to the digestive system. [Read more…]