4 Strategies to Help Your Sugar Coated Brain

4 Strategies to Help Your Sugar Coated Brain

4 Strategies to Help Your Sugar Coated Brain Yum, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or cinnamon rolls. Tastes good, BUT the overindulgence of sugar and grains is now being linked to changes in brain health including memory loss, inability to concentrate, brain fog and senile dementia which is now being called diabetes type 3. Your diet today plays a significant role in your cognition for tomorrow. A new study has revealed the overloading of carbohydrates and sugar contributes to problems in judgment, thinking and language over time, however, protein, healthy fats and fermented vegetables were brain protective. WHAT DOES TOO MUCH SUGAR DO TO YOUR BRAIN? The consistent overload of high levels of insulin eventually cause its insulin signaling to shut down which can lead to permanent brain damage. This drop in glucose to your brain cells may lead to degeneration and cognitive impairment as your brain also produces insulin. We are now seeing how the same process leading to Type 2 Diabetes may also be consistent for your brain. Regularly eating more than 25 grams of fructose per day, will increase the risk of you developing Alzheimer’s as well as maintaining proper insulin levels. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH PROTEIN? Rule of thumb is not to exceed one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. Your lean body mass can be calculated by finding out your percent of body fat and subtracting that from 100. Then multiply that times your current weight to get your lean body mass. If you need to reduce your protein, replace the calories with healthy quality fats as...

Are Your Genes Turned On? Methylating?

Are Your Genes Turned On? Methylating? Methylation is a chemical reaction that occurs in every tissue and cell in our body. The chemical structure made up of one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms is known as a methyl group. When methyl groups are added to a molecule, a process called methylation occurs. Methylation plays a few important roles in the human body. The process can help the body detoxify properly by turning a toxic amino acid into a beneficial amino acid. If the body does not undergo the methylation process, toxins may build up and lead to disease. An example is the methylation of Homocysteine, a toxic amino acid, that converts to methionine (a beneficial amino acid. Methylation also helps our bodies work efficiently because of enzymes, which start important processes in the cells and tissues of the human body. They act like switches to initiate chemical reactions. Genes, also made of proteins, are also affected and this may lead to good or bad results depending on what type of gene it is. What is MTHFR? An enzyme known as MTHFR converts folic acid into a form the human body can use. As a very important enzyme, it plays a vital role in detoxification, particularly from toxic to benign. If the enzymes don’t function properly, this can lead to high levels of toxicity in the blood, including homocysteine, and may damage the blood vessels, scratching them, and causing health problems such as stroke, dementia and heart attacks. Other methylation reactions are compromised when the MTHFR enzyme doesn’t function properly, which may affect neurotransmitters leading to depression. This lack...

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