Every day, you’re probably doing four things that shrink your brain. These mistakes cause you to lose not only your memory but also your ability to think fast and make decisions. I know you’re probably making these four brain-killing mistakes because almost EVERYBODY makes them.
And it’s easy to know you’re making these four mistakes because your body tells you.
Don’t wait till things get really bad and you can’t remember the names and faces of those you love – or even how to eat or go to the bathroom! Yes, that’s what happens when you have Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
But you can spot brain loss early and stop it, because your body lets you know you’ve got a brain problem way ahead of time. The brain uses other areas of your body to signal that something is wrong. If you learn to pay attention to these common symptoms, you can help avoid the risk of brain decay, age-related memory loss, foggy thinking and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Instead, you can hold on to your foolproof memory and “wow” your friends and family with your mental fitness for years to come.
These are the four surprising factors that may be symptoms of poor brain health -- and what to do about them…
You may think waking up in the morning with back pain is just one of the hazards of getting older. People tend to look at constant aches and pain as normal aging.
It's true that the older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from back, muscle and joint pain. But that does NOT mean you should accept them as “normal.” They aren’t. They’re a symptom of bad health and can be corrected if you take a few easy steps.
What’s more, there’s a little-known connection between back pain and brain health. Researchers have found that people who suffer from chronic back pain also report various degrees of memory loss. The two medical problems share a common cause.
Under normal circumstances, if a person reports both back pain and memory loss to a doctor, the doctor’s response will be to treat the two problems separately. Of course, the majority of doctors might think memory loss means the person may be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. But most doctors will see no reason to connect memory loss to back pain.
However, scientists have found chronic back pain and Alzheimer’s disease have something in common: I’m talking about chronic inflammation.
As you may know, inflammation is the body’s natural response when there is an injury or potentially dangerous threat to health. It’s a result of the immune system’s response to a cut or an infection, for example. The activity produced by inflammation allows the body to heal an injury or remove harmful bacteria, toxins, viruses and fungi that can threaten overall health. The pain, swelling and redness you feel are your body killing off germs.
Chronic inflammation is something different. It doesn’t end when the short-term threat (like a cut or infection) ends. It goes on and on, causing substantial long-term damage and, in some cases, even death. Arthritis is a typical example of long-term, chronic inflammation. So is heart disease.
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Please know this: if you’ve got chronic pain, most likely it’s not just your bones and joints that are inflamed. Other body parts will suffer from inflammation, too – including your brain.>
People suffering from chronic back pain experience frequent bouts of inflammation. Victims will often take over-the-counter pain relievers. And when pain symptoms become too hard to manage, a doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications.
How does chronic inflammation affect the brain? This is how: What should be a normal, healthy immune response turns on you and becomes destructive.
Over time, chronic inflammation begins to attack and destroy a wide range of body parts: individual cells… muscles… bones… and your most vital organs. This destruction can go undetected for years.
Usually you don’t feel or recognize chronic inflammation until more serious health problems develop and the full effect starts to become obvious. But there’s good news: You can watch your pain disappear – and get rid of the threat to your brain at the same time.
In just a minute, I’m going to tell you the four best natural ways to control inflammation.
Inflammation targets precious brain cells and breaks down the integrity of brain tissue. Memory and other cognitive abilities pay a high price for this loss of brain cells. The risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia soars.
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So if you suffer from back pain, assume your other tissues and organs are under attack, even if you can’t feel it yet. Take steps to protect yourself. Don’t go on allowing inflammation to silently attack your brain. Get to the root cause and put out the fire before you run the risk of losing your mind.
BUT... anti-inflammatory medications – so-called NSAID drugs – are not the answer.
It’s important to note that the way you go about treating inflammation can pose another potential threat to brain health.
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There have been many cases where people suffering from chronic back pain have been prescribed pain medications or have started taking over-the-counter pain-killers like ibuprofen (the ingredient in Advil) or, of course, aspirin. They do indeed experience pain relief and may even notice improvements in memory. Long-term use of ibuprofen, for example, is actually associated with a slowing down in the progress of Alzheimer’s symptoms.
But an important study indicates the improvement doesn’t last. After taking these medications for two years, participants reported their Alzheimer’s symptoms actually got worse. That’s because anti-inflammatory drugs cause serious soft tissue damage – and you guessed it – the brain is composed of soft tissue.
You need to fight inflammation with more natural – and safer – alternatives that don’t destroy delicate brain tissue. But it should be noted that brain damage is not the most common side effect of NSAIDs. The most common side effect is intestinal bleeding and damage to the intestinal tract.
When you take them long term, every day, drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen are extremely dangerous. They kill thousands of people a year, and cause thousands more to become seriously ill.
The American Journal of Medicine says 107,000 people a year are hospitalized because of gastro-intestinal side effects of NSAID drugs, and at least 16,500 die. The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine said NSAIDs would be the 15th leading cause of death in the United States if the figures were tallied separately.
Turn instead to the many natural anti-inflammatory nutrients available in whole foods and in supplements. They can help you reduce chronic inflammation gently, relieve your pain, and at the same time lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and many other conditions related to chronic inflammation, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
If you’re looking for fast, long-lasting relief from inflammation – proteolytic enzymes are an absolute must! Proteolytic enzymes are those that help you digest proteins. They’re also called proteases. Studies show they’re the most powerful natural resource available to fight inflammation.
Your body actually makes its own proteolytic enzymes, and they’re its first line of defense against painful inflammation. The enzymes go even further -- they work to reverse the damage caused by inflammation. They have the potential to help slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as heart and artery disease, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer.
Probably the best news about proteolytic enzymes is that they’re free of side effects and deliver better anti-inflammatory benefits than conventional drugs. A wide variety of enzymes is available in any good supplement store.
If you currently suffer from chronic back pain or other symptoms of chronic inflammation, start supplementing with proteolytic enzymes as soon as possible to safely relieve your symptoms and preserve brain health. Enzymes aren’t drugs – they’re natural, healthy foods. Many people get very quick pain relief, and almost everyone sees results if they take enzymes long term (as you should).
Of course, enzymes are not the only natural anti-inflammatories. The spice turmeric is also highly effective. You can take the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, as a supplement.
Another excellent way to reduce inflammation is omega-3 oils, including fish oils and flaxseed oil. As you may know, omega-3 oils also support heart and artery health. Omega-3 oils are among the most widely-prescribed natural food supplements in the world.
Evening primrose oil contains an omega-3 oil not present in fish and flaxseed oil. It is an extremely valuable anti-inflammatory. According to some research, the combination of evening primrose oil with either fish oil or flaxseed oil packs greater anti-inflammatory power than any one of them by itself.
A few months on these safe, natural foods will go a long way toward putting out the fire in your body, including the one that’s scorching your brain.
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Do you suffer from chronic digestive problems? Have you noticed any abnormal changes in your digestion as you’ve gotten older? Would you say the overall health of your digestive tract is good? For tens of millions of people, the answer is no.
Millions of people suffer from ulcers, acid reflux or GERD, constipation, gas, diarrhea -- and even parasites and infections.
It might surprise you to know that what happens in the stomach can give you insight into the health of your brain, because the connection between the stomach and the brain is very strong. Every time you experience a feeling of “butterflies” or a “sinking feeling” in your gut – it means your brain is using your stomach to tell you something.
The health of the stomach – especially the state of your intestinal flora or “friendly bacteria” – can be a valuable symptom if you want to know how well your brain is functioning.
The bacteria in your intestine comprise 100 trillion organisms made up of roughly 500 different species (although few people have all 500). In fact, you have more bacteria in your digestive tract than you have cells in your entire body. The bacteria are smaller than human cells, so they don’t make up as much total weight as the rest of your body.
The bacteria in the digestive tract are responsible for:
Absorbing calcium… magnesium… and zinc
Boosting immune function
Breaking down and absorbing food
Producing B vitamins and vitamin K
So how do intestinal flora specifically relate to the health of your brain and memory?
Intestinal flora contain both good bacteria and bad bacteria. The two types compete with each other, and a balance has to be strictly maintained between them, if you want to enjoy good health. There’s no need to completely eliminate bad bacteria – it’s probably impossible. But healthy levels of good bacteria are needed to keep the bad ones in check.
Intestinal bacteria help determine how well food is digested. If you’re not digesting your food properly, nutrients won’t be successfully transported to the brain to keep it well nourished.
When bad bacteria overpower good bacteria – a condition called dysbiosis -- it creates a vast quantity of toxic byproducts called lipopolysaccharides. These are a nightmare for the brain.
These toxins negatively affect the brain by:
Decreasing dopamine and serotonin levels; these neurotransmitters are essential to good health
Increasing oxidative (free radical) damage
Inflicting serious damage to the hippocampus -- the area of the brain that houses memory activity
Raising stress hormone levels
If you let them run wild, toxic lipopolysaccharides can destroy your brain health and take a dreadful toll on your cognitive abilities – your ability to remember things and think clearly .
A number of factors can contribute to an imbalance or deficiency in intestinal bacteria. Aging, stress, pesticides from foods and environmental pollutants are just some of the many factors linked to an overgrowth of bad strains of bacteria in your gut.
However, antibiotics are probably the biggest threat to your intestinal flora. Taking prescription antibiotics can do extremely serious long-term damage to the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Because antibiotics are prescribed so frequently – often for illnesses like colds and flu, where they do no good – nearly every American has taken these drugs at some time or other. Many of us have taken multiple courses of antibiotics, and some of us have taken them for months or years at a time. In terms of digestive health, this has been a national disaster.
Taking antibiotics wipes out both the good and bad bacteria inside the digestive tract. The resulting bacterial imbalance or dysbiosis is marked by symptoms such as diarrhea… abdominal cramps… nausea… and even yeast infections.
If you suffer from almost ANY gastrointestinal problem, the antibiotics you’ve taken are a prime suspect, even if you took them years ago.
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To prevent the kind of environment where bad bacteria flourish, it’s important to counteract the negative effects of antibiotics by supplementing with healthy probiotics. Probiotics are simply food supplements that contain live bacteria and yeast cultures proven to promote a healthy gut. Fermented foods like yogurt can also provide probiotic cultures, but many brands of store-bought yogurt don’t contain many live cultures. It’s pretty hard to obtain the live cultures you need from foods. That’s why probiotic pills or capsules are recommended.
Look for a probiotic supplement that contains at least 10 to 20 billion active microorganisms, made up of multiple different strains of healthy or “good” bacteria. Some probiotic supplements contain 15 or 16 different species of bacteria, and that’s highly desirable. Generally speaking, probiotic supplements need to be refrigerated – because they’re made up of fragile living cells. Brands that haven’t been refrigerated are suspect.
Two common, healthy bacteria strains to look for are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. They’ll be listed on the label of a probiotic product. These and other healthy strains help restore the balance of good bacteria to intestinal flora and prevent damage to your brain. Read the label to see what strains of bacteria the product contains, and how many total organisms. Generally, the more the better. The best brands contain as many as 100 million bacteria per serving.
There’s no toxicity associated with healthy probiotic supplements and you can safely take 100 million bacteria a day, or even more, until normal bowel function has been restored. Probiotic supplements are actually a proven medical treatment for diarrhea.
How do you know when your bowel function is back to normal? That’s easy. If you suffer from either diarrhea OR constipation, you don’t have normal bowel function. Contrary to what some “experts” may tell you, these conditions signify serious bad health. You should have at least one bowel movement per day. It should be soft and easy (but not watery) and it should come out pretty fast, with no straining.
Here’s something else that’s important: You need to supplement with probiotics for life, because – unlike your own intestinal bacteria, which you developed as a baby and toddler – the ones you introduce into your body by supplements die out after a time and have to be constantly replenished. If antibiotics have essentially wiped out your own “native” intestinal flora, the ones you developed as a baby, then you need to remain on probiotic supplements for good.
Keeping the digestive tract healthy and in balance will help make sure the brain does not become malnourished or exposed to harmful toxins. These toxins not only decrease brain activity but damage your general health as well.
Now for the third common mistake that can shrink your brain. . .
A team of British dentists and psychiatrists conducted a unique study and determined a clear connection between oral hygiene and the ability to think straight…
In this study, researchers examined the oral hygiene of thousands of people ranging in age from 20 to 59. They discovered that people with gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease had poor cognitive activity during their adult life that continued into their later years.
The most likely reason is that gum disease is related to – you guessed it – inflammation. The bacteria that inflame the gums may be systemic – that is, they may affect your whole body and cause inflammation from head to toe.
Gum disease has already been linked to heart and artery disease and to cancer as well. So it’s no surprise it damages the brain. Infected gums affect the whole body. They’re a serious burden on your overall health and wellbeing.
Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. Brush and floss your teeth for several minutes at least once a day, and two or three times if you can manage it.
And here's the fourth common mistake that can shrink your brain. . .
Sleep is a powerful way to restore and revitalize a sluggish brain. First and foremost, a good night’s sleep allows the mind and body to relax and get a break from the constant work they have to do when you’re awake.
So it seems weird that so many people fail to get a good night's sleep. Forty-three percent of Americans are so tired during the day it interferes with their normal, daily activities. And one-third admit they need eight hours a night, but their average sleep time is less than seven.
There's more at stake than just feeling a little drowsy after lunch. Severe cognitive impairment can result if you short-change the brain on quality, restful sleep. Time and time again, research has demonstrated a consistent link between sleep and optimum mental ability.
Concentration… physical performance… memory… and mental reaction time are just a few cognitive abilities that depend (in part) on the amount of good sleep you receive each night.
The Mayo Clinic reported that mild cognitive impairment – MCI -- can be caused by various sleeping disorders known for disrupting sleep patterns. MCI is the early stage of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
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Other studies have revealed an even more serious fact: Lack of sleep may actually kill brain cells. It goes without saying, this opens you up to a higher risk of cognitive difficulties and poor brain health.
It’s often been observed that poor sleep is one of the side effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The victims don’t sleep well. However, more in-depth scientific studies are actually showing this is not the whole picture.
According to this new research, scientists are now leaning toward the view that the cause and effect also go the other way around: Alzheimer’s may be a side effect of poor sleep! In other words, being sleep-deprived may increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the results of a study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine, people who wake up frequently during the night have much higher concentrations of amyloid plaque in their brains. A large amount of amyloid plaque is the defining sign of Alzheimer’s.
When this plaque clumps together and builds up in the brain, neurons die. What follows is an increase in both the frequency and severity of symptoms associated with brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Animal studies brought the connection between Alzheimer’s and sleep to light when a team of experts took mice genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s plaque build-up and altered their sleeping patterns for three weeks.
The sleep-deprived mice – which were only allowed to sleep four hours a day – had more plaque in their brains than the well-rested mice.
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Scientists also found the protein level in amyloid plaque increased in mice during wakefulness and decreased while they slept, supporting the theory that sleep is essential in reducing amyloid plaque levels. And it’s not only true of old animals. This same fluctuation in protein levels was also seen in samples taken from young, healthy adult animals. They experienced the positive benefits of sleep in regulating this potentially dangerous protein.
These study results provide an important insight into the relationship between sleep and brain health. The mouse study in particular found a direct link between disrupted sleep and the growth of brain plaques -- the one physical process that scientists know for sure is a marker for Alzheimer’s disease.
An animal study isn’t conclusive. Human studies are needed. But there’s enough other evidence to indicate without a doubt that lack of sleep damages your brain.
Look at it this way: Sleep is like a “drug” that brings your brain back to health. But you can “prescribe” it to yourself and it doesn’t cost a penny. It’s more powerful than any of the prescription drugs now available for Alzheimer’s. At best, the drugs slow down memory loss a little bit. By comparison, the effects of sleep are spectacular.
If sleep reduces brain plaques in humans the way it does in mice, then it’s a wonder drug indeed. NO drug available from your doctor can do that! Scientists have searched high and low for a drug that reverses brain plaques, and so far they’ve come up with nothing.
So don’t ignore the need for good sleep. Long term chronic sleep-loss changes the brain in ways that make it much more susceptible to brain diseases. Sleep deprivation promotes a vicious cycle where sleep-loss leads to Alzheimer’s – and Alzheimer’s then leads to even more sleep-loss.
Our health care industry needs to place more emphasis and attention on making sure people get enough quality sleep every night. This is a vital preventative step that works to reduce potential threats to the health of your brain.
Though the typical doctor won’t tell you these conditions are linked to brain health, if you suffer from poor digestion… chronic back pain… periodontal disease… and irregular sleep patterns – your brain health is at risk.
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