Monday, December 17, 2012

Is Your Diet Making You Mad?


We have all known for a long time eating certain foods effect your behavior.  For example, ask any school teacher who hasn't heard eating alot of sugar "makes you hyper".   Or college students who drink coffee to "stay awake" for late night studying?  My mom used to give me warm milk before bedtime to "help me sleep" because it has a relaxing effect much like after you eat turkey and all those carbs right after Thanksgiving Dinner.

Does it come to surprise foods can and do effect your mood too?  In TheGuardian.com the article Omega 3, junk food and the link between violence and what we eat reported in 2006 research study published with British and US inmates suggesting Omega 3 fats and nutritional deficiencies plays a key role in aggressive behavior. In fact, the study in the UK Aylesbury jail demonstrated 37% decrease in aggression with the addition of healthy Omega 3's fats, multivitamins and minerals. Denmark was doing similar studies at the time. Omega 3 oils are found in certain kinds of fish, nuts, seeds and nuts. Not your typical jail house food.

In a new study reported by PLOS ONE reviewing dietary data on 945 adults demonstrated a link between Trans Fats and Aggression.  Trans fats (unhealthy fats) are found in margarine, shortening, cakes, chips, french fries and processed foods. Researchers found that the more trans fats were consumed the easier it was to predict whether a person was more aggressive towards another person.

Trans fats also known as hydrogenated oil along with being one of the contributing factors to heart disease, weight gain and diabetes, are also known to inhibit the body's ability to process omega-3 oils which translates to brain function. This mechanism decreases the ability for your body to absorb those healthy Omega 3 fats impacting brain function causing increased irritability and aggression. 

Next time you get mad, angry, irritable or aggressive may be it was something you ate! 
Angry all the time? Look at your diet.
 
What to do? 

1. The best plan would be to load you diet up with foods you know are healthy then you will not have room for the not so healthy foods. 

2. Read food labels and look for foods with trans fats or hydrogenated oils and but it back. 

3. Buy the healthiest foods you can afford. Is organic best? Absolutely! Is it necessary? No. 
Better to eat some fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains than none. 

4. Try "Traffic Light" eating. Red foods are "bad for you" foods. Yellow foods are "sometimes" food. Green foods are "good for you" foods.

 Your partner in health,

Health Consultant
C2 Your Health LLC



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Alzheimer's Plague?



To my surprise this week I heard Alzheimer's / Dementia referred to as a plague. A plague? Like the Blubonic Plague?  Like the plague of locusts we remember every year at Passover? Since when has a chronic disease been a plague?  I got to thinking ....what is the definition of plague and how does it fit here? 

It's not an easy answer. According to the online dictionaries of the world there seems to be a consensuses that the definition of a "plague" is a wide spread highly contagious infection of some sort causing wide spread death or involves insect infestation followed by devastation

Interesting but this does not describe Alzheimer's or Dementia.  So I investigated a little further and came up with this definition from the online Collins Dictionary that a plague is a pestilence, affliction, or calamity on a large scale and the online Oxford Dictionaries defines a plague as a thing causing trouble or irritation. Two definitions I can work with here.

The Collins Dictionary definition of a plague when referring to Alzheimer's is definitely a calamity on a large scale. 

According to the Alzheimer's Association  Facts and Figures:
  • 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease 
  • One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease
  • Sixth-leading cause of death in the United States 

And the Oxford Dictionary description can be applied here as well. If you know someone who has Alzheimer's or Dementia it can be said it is a thing that can cause trouble or irritation to put it mildly just ask anyone who has known someone or lives with someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia. 

So there you have it a plague it is. The Alzheimer's Plague is here. 
Now you know ... what now? 
Start reducing your risks. As Dr. David Katz said at a conference I attended last year 
"It's never too late to get started on the road to better health". 

You and you alone are responsible for your own health. 
Not a doctor, health care system, your friend or family. 

We do what we can to help, but it's up to you to take those baby steps in the right direction.

Dr. Oz has a 5 Step Plan that is a good one for Alzheimer's prevention. 
However, I would like to add one more step. I thought I would share it with you.
  
5-Step Alzheimer's Prevention Plan plus 1 More
Click here for the whole story.

1.  DHA Supplement
2.  Brain Stimulating Switchups
3.  7-7-7 Stress Busting Breaths 
4.  Tease Your Memory
5.  Brain Pushups

6.  Eat a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. 
Research shows that a healthy diet not only keeps your brain healthy, it keeps the rest of your body healthy too. The USDA recommends 6 cups of fruits and veggies every day. If you can't, won't or don't know how to add them we recommend Juice Plus+ Whole Food to help you. 
The website HelpGuide.org has a 6 Pillars to Brain Health approach click here to learn more.

Let us know if we can help.
Your partner in health,

 C2 Your Health LLC