An acute myocardial infarction is a heart condition that happens when the blood circulation or flow is abruptly cut off from the heart. Risk factors of myocardial infarction include high blood pressure, high triglyceride and cholesterol, obesity, diabetes or high blood sugar, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and being under too much stress. The early sign of an acute myocardial infarction is angina which is chest pain provoked by ischemia. Signs and symptoms include anxiety, cough, dizziness, fast heart rate, heaviness in or across the chest, pain in the chest, back, jaw, and other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath and sweating. Creatine phosphokinase, Muscle Band or the CPK-MB test is used to assist diagnoses of an acute myocardial infarction.
Neurovascular compromise occurs when there are physiological indicators of injury to blood vessels or nerves. Addison’s disease is a disorder that occurs when the body produces insufficient amounts of adrenal hormones. Symptoms of Addison’s disease may include muscle weakness and fatigue, weight loss and decreased appetite, skin darkening, low blood pressure, fainting, salt craving, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle or joint pains, irritability, depression, body hair loss, and sexual dysfunction in women. Cushing syndrome, on the other hand, is a disorder that occurs when the body has a high level of the hormone cortisol. Anticholinergics are medications used to block the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. Anticholinergics are usually not prescribed to people with conditions like myasthenia gravis, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, hypertension, blockage of the urinary tract, increased heart rate (tachycardia), heart failure, severe dry mouth, hiatal hernia, severe constipation and liver disease. The side effects of anticholinergics include dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, drowsiness, sedation, hallucinations, memory impairment, difficulty in urinating, confusion, delirium, decreased sweating and decreased saliva. The main symptom of ARDS is severe shortness of breath which develops within a few days after the original disease or trauma.
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a condition wherein blood clots form throughout the body’s small blood vessels. Symptoms of DIC are often those of an underlying condition such as sepsis or severe infection, trauma, organ destruction, solid tumors, myeloproliferative or lymphoproliferative malignancies, obstetric calamities like amniotic fluid embolism and abruptio placentae, vascular abnormalities like Kasabach-Merritt syndrome and large vascular aneurysms, severe hepatic failure, and severe toxic or immunologic reactions.
Triggers for autonomous dysreflexia in persons with spinal cord injuries include a distended bladder, blocked catheter, urinary retention, urinary tract infection, bladder stones, constipation, bowel impaction, hemorrhoids, skin irritations, pressure sores, and tight clothing. Symptoms include anxiety and apprehension, irregular or racing heartbeat, nasal congestion, high blood pressure (with systolic readings often over 200 mmHg), pounding headache, flushing of skin, profuse sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness or confusion, and dilated pupils. The pressure prevents the ventricles from fully expanding, thus, keeping the heart from functioning properly.
Bell’s palsy refers to the paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Symptoms include sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of the face, drooling, eye problems such as excessive tearing or a dry eye, loss of ability to taste, pain in or behind the ear, numbness in the affected side of the face, and increased sensitivity to sound. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) are the two most common, yet threatening, diabetes-related emergencies. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include cold, clammy skin, trembling or feelings of nervousness, lack of motor coordination and fatigue, irritability or confusion, blurred vision, headache or dizziness, nausea or stomach pain, and fainting or unconsciousness.
On the other hand, the symptoms of hyperglycemia include increased thirst and urination, sweet odor to the breath, fatigue, agitation and confusion, high levels of ketones in the urine, and weight loss. Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder which is commonly caused by a gallstone stuck in the cystic duct. Chronic Kidney Disease Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD) occurs when the kidneys fail to maintain the proper levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.
Compartment syndrome occurs when injury causes generalized painful swelling and increased pressure within a compartment which may lead to lack of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and nerves.
Symptoms include persistent deep ache in an arm or leg, pain that seems greater than expected for the severity of the injury, numbness, pins-and-needles or electricity-like pain in the limb, swelling, tightness and bruising. Meningitis refers to the inflammation of the lining around the brain and the spinal cord which is usually caused by an infection from viruses (Viral meningitis) or bacteria (Bacterial meningitis). The most common symptoms include a stiff or painful neck, fever, headache, vomiting, trouble staying awake, and seizures. Diverticulitis refers to a condition where the diverticula, the small, bulging pouches that form in the lining of the digestive system, become inflamed or infected.
Symptoms include belly pain, usually in the lower left side, that sometimes worsens when you move.
Dumping syndrome is a group of symptoms that usually occur after having part of the stomach removed. The symptoms of the late phase of dumping syndrome include fatigue or weakness, flushing or sweating, shakiness, dizziness, fainting or passing out, loss of concentration or mental confusion, feelings of hunger, and rapid heartbeat. Erythropoietin is the hormone produced in the kidneys that influences the rate of production of red blood cells (erythrocytes).
The major functions of the kidneys include filtering out wastes to be excreted in the urine, regulating blood pressure via both urinary excretion of wastes and initiating the renin-angiotensin hormone regulatory system, regulating an acid-base balance via the bicarbonate system, and stimulating red blood cell production via the release of the hormone erythropoietin. The most common cause is an infection in the stomach associated with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. Gastroenteritis refers to the inflammation of the lining of the stomach and small and large intestines, which is usually caused by an infection or ingestion of toxins or drugs.
Glomerulonephritis is the inflammation of the glomeruli, which normally remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream and pass them into the urine.
Signs and symptoms of glomerulonephritis include pink or cola-colored urine (hematuria), foamy urine due to excess protein (proteinuria), high blood pressure (hypertension), fluid retention (edema) with swelling evident in the face, hands, feet and abdomen, and fatigue from anemia or kidney failure. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves.
Hemophilia is a rare inherited disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot normally because it lacks sufficient blood-clotting proteins (clotting factors). Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and the digestive system and affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. Signs and symptoms vary, but they usually include a persistent cough that produces thick sputum and mucus, wheezing, breathlessness, a decreased ability to exercise, repeated lung infections, inflamed nasal passages or a stuffy nose, foul-smelling and greasy stools, poor weight gain and growth, intestinal blockage particularly in newborns (meconium ileus), and severe constipation. In a hiatal hernia, the upper part of the stomach slips through the diaphragm and into the chest.
Increased Intracranial Pressure may be caused by a mass (tumor), bleeding into the brain or fluid around the brain, or swelling within the brain itself.
Signs and symptoms of shock include decrease in blood pressure, rapid, weak or absent pulse, irregular heart rate, confusion, cool and clammy skin, rapid and shallow breathing, anxiety, lightheadedness, decrease in urine output, chest pain, nausea, thirst and dry mouth, low blood sugar, dilated pupils or lackluster eyes, fever in septic shock, and hives and swelling of the face and throat in the anaphylactic shock. Intussusception refers to the condition in which a part of the intestine is pulled inward into itself, making it difficult for food to pass through. Locked-in Syndrome is a rare neuromuscular disorder which involves total paralysis of voluntary muscles except for the eye muscles. Necrotizing Enterocolitis refers to an idiopathic injury of the inner surface of the intestine, which usually occurs in premature babies. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas, which may be caused by gallstones, alcohol, various drugs, certain viral infections, and digestive enzymes. Signs and symptoms of acute pancreatitis often include upper abdominal pain that radiates to the back or worsens after eating, nausea, vomiting, and tenderness when touching the abdomen. Signs and symptoms of chronic pancreatitis, on the other hand, include upper abdominal pain, weight loss without trying, and oily, smelly stools.
Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disorder in which the body fails to make enough healthy red blood cells.
Reiter’s Syndrome, or Reactive Arthritis, is a form of arthritis which may cause inflammation and pain in the joints, the skin, the eyes, the bladder, the genitals, and the mucous membrane. Signs of renal failure include weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, confusion, and generalized swelling.
Blood tests that measure levels of creatinine and urea nitrogen in the blood are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Other blood tests may determine metabolic imbalances that occur if the decline in kidney function is severe, such as increase in blood acidity, phosphorus, and potassium levels, and decrease in magnesium and sodium levels.
There may be no symptoms in the early stage, but as the disease progresses, symptoms may include blurred vision, floating spots, blind spots, changes in color perception, sudden loss of vision, double vision, and eye pain. Increased Intracranial Pressure is a rise in pressure around the brain, which may be caused by an increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or blood due to an injury or a ruptured tumor. Shock may be due to trauma, heat, blood loss, an allergic reaction, severe infection, poisoning, and severe burns.
Toxic shock syndrome is a group of severe symptoms, including dangerously low blood pressure, usually caused by toxins produced by staphylococci (and sometimes streptococci). Symptoms usually start with a fever of 102 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by severe headaches, sore throat, red eyes, extreme tiredness, confusion, vomiting, profuse watery diarrhea, and a sunburn rash all over the body. Muscle twitches may occur due to dehydration, caffeine overdose, and imbalance in electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and sodium. An imbalance in electrolytes may be the result of fluid loss from vomiting or diarrhea, excessive sweating or inadequate dietary intake. Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) is a condition in which the ventricles of the heart beat very quickly.
The most critical concerns in postoperative care are airway clearance, pain control, mental status, and wound healing. Postoperative complications include primary hemorrhage, basal atelectasis, shock, and low urine output, acute confusion, nausea and vomiting, fever, secondary hemorrhage often due to infection, pneumonia, wound or anastomosis dehiscence, deep vein thrombosis, acute urinary retention (early stage), bowel obstruction, incisional hernia, persistent sinus, recurrence of reason for surgery, and keloid formation (late stage), among others. Late postoperative bleeding occurs several days after surgery and usually occurs when an infection damages vessels at the surgery site. Signs and symptoms for circulation deterioration include tachycardia, pale and cool extremities, normal blood pressure, oliguria (early stage), cyanosis and hypotension (late stage), and bradycardia, weak thready pulse, arrhythmia, and no cardiac contractions (arrest). Signs and symptoms for Central Nervous System include irritability, restlessness, lethargy (early stage), stupor (late stage), and unresponsive, flaccid, and tonic posturing (arrest).
Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia happens when electric signals starting in the atria fire irregularly. Episodes of Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia may often be stopped by one of several maneuvers that stimulate the vagus nerve.
Adenosine is a short-acting medication that is commonly used as a first-line drug to treat Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia.
As you over-indulge on sugar and grains, your brain may become overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of blood sugar and insulin and leptin.
Many people now associate elevated blood sugar levels with diabetes or even pre-diabetes, but new research has highlighted a little-known adverse effect of higher blood sugar levels that can impair your brain – even if your levels are technically still within a ‘normal’ range. The study – an extremely important one considering the epidemic of people with out-of-control blood sugar metabolism – showed that lower blood sugar levels are associated with better brain function and may even help you avoid age-related declines in memory. It’s already known that people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing cognitive impairment, including dementia. Still, even among this group, those with higher blood sugar levels scored lower on memory tests. Scientifically, we were able to shed further light on the mechanisms mediating these effects. They concluded that even if you don’t have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, higher blood sugar levels appear to have a negative influence on cognition.
Most adults have about one gallon of blood in their bodies and are quite surprised to learn that in that gallon, there is only one teaspoon of sugar!
Your body works very hard to prevent this from happening by producing insulin to keep your blood sugar at the appropriate level. To compensate for this your pancreas secretes insulin into your bloodstream, which lowers your blood sugar to keep you from dying. Also, insulin quickly drops blood sugar levels, which threatens to cause your brain to go through an acute deficiency state; this vicious cycle often causes a roller coaster of intense cravings for more of the same endocrine disruptive carb rich foods.
Unfortunately, If you consume a diet consistently high in sugar and grains, your blood glucose levels will be correspondingly high and over time your body becomes "desensitized" to insulin and requires more and more of it to get the job done. While insulin is usually associated with its role in keeping your blood sugar levels in a healthy range, it also plays a role in brain signaling. It's becoming increasingly clear that the same pathological process that leads to insulin and leptin resistance and type 2 diabetes may also hold true for your brain. Research has even shown that higher glucose levels are associated with a higher perceived age;3 in other words, the higher your glucose levels, the older you’ll tend to look! There is no question in my mind that regularly consuming excessive sugar will dramatically increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as consuming too much fructose will inevitably wreak havoc on your body's ability to regulate proper insulin levels.
Although refined fructose is relatively "low glycemic" on the front end, it reduces the affinity for insulin for its receptor leading to chronic insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar on the back end. Additionally, refined fructose has other modes of neurotoxicity, including causing damage to the circulatory system upon which the health of your nervous system depends, as well as profoundly changing your brain's craving mechanism, often resulting in excessive hunger and subsequent consumption of additional empty carbohydrate-based calories.
Since the average American diet is heavy in fructose, sugars and grains that will wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, this is a pervasive and serious issue. About 85% of Americans are insulin and leptin resistant and are likely best served by limiting fructose intake, including that from fruit, to 15 and no more than 25 grams per day.


In the long run, making sure you’re eating a healthful diet is the key to stellar brain health. Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by stimulating nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage. To get the most out of your workouts, I recommend a comprehensive program that includes Peak Fitness high-intensity exercise, strength training, stretching and core work. The process of growth, known as plasticity, is believed to underlie the brain's capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. If you want a quick brain boost, a mid-day nap has been found to dramatically boost and restore brainpower among adults.7 You can also find 33 tips to help you get the shut-eye you need here.
Activated vitamin D receptors increase nerve growth in your brain, and researchers have also located metabolic pathways for vitamin D in the hippocampus and cerebellum of the brain, areas that are involved in planning, processing of information, and the formation of new memories. Appropriate sun exposure is all it takes to keep your levels where they need to be for healthy brain function. Mental fogginess and problems with memory are two of the top warning signs that you have vitamin B12 deficiency. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, an omega-3 fat, is an essential structural component of both your brain and retina.
To compensate for our inherently low omega-3 diet, a high quality animal-based omega-3 supplement is something that I recommend for virtually everyone, especially if you're pregnant. Although each of us is a person made of parts, there is a single part of our body that defines who we are—the brain. Just think, the food you’re eating could be contributing to that foggy feeling, depression, or anxiety that you battle. Eating the right foods can provide anti-aging effects inside your brain keeping you alert, focused and mentally invigorated long past retirement! However, simple carbohydrates like those found in refined grains and white sugar can lead to spikes in blood glucose.
Interestingly there’s little evidence that consuming a lot of carbohydrates is necessary for fueling the brain. A common neurotransmitter is serotonin, which is helpful for sleep patterns, blood pressure and a calm mood. It is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal levels of neurotransmitters.[3] Eating adequate levels of protein increases neurotransmitters and therefore increases brain activity. Mayo Clinic research found that individuals who ate high carbohydrate diets had a remarkable 89% increased risk for developing dementia! I understand that promoting these two forms of fat in the diet probably goes against everything you’ve been taught about a healthy diet. Therefore, it is no surprise that cholesterol-lowering medications now warn against memory decline.
Interestingly, those with the highest levels of cholesterol may have the lowest risk of dementia.[5] Remember, cholesterol isn’t the bad guy! When incorporating fat into your diet, always stay clear of trans-fats and hydrogenated oils. Putting these brain-boosting fats onto your plate and into your body will enhance brain function, increase mental performance and preserve memory. Each one of these specific nutrients has an important job in the brain by impacting the way we think, feel and remember.
B vitamins are often referred to as the “anti-stress vitamins” because of their ability to increase our tolerance for stress.
Vitamin B12, in particular, is of greatest concern because deficiencies in this important vitamin are associated with dementia, memory loss, depression and even schizophrenia. As we age, we often lose the ability to absorb B12 properly, so blood testing is important in maintaining proper levels. Vitamin D, though not found naturally in many foods, is another important vitamin for the brain.
Increasing your vitamin D is done easily by exposing yourself to sunshine for just 20-30 minutes a day.
Consuming a diet that promotes a healthy, focused and energized brain takes a diet that is balanced in both micro and macro nutrition. Below are two recipes that incorporate foods that are low in carbohydrates, rich in healthy fats and brimming with vitamins and minerals. This recipe can be adapted to fit your preferences.[8] You can use cold brewed coffee, tea, almond milk, or coconut water as the base and add other fruits or flavors. Toss the grapefruit segment into the salad, divide among 4 plates, and top with the salmon kebobs. Are you looking to improve your brain function, preserve your memory and increase your focus and concentration? Incorporate healthy fats, protein, omega 3s, B vitamins and vitamin D into your daily life and feel your mind transform.
Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health.
If you are a member of Home Cures That Work, click on the image above to download your monthly issue in pdf format. Washington, Feb 12 : High blood sugar levels may lead to memory loss in diabetes patients, say researchers. During the study, the researchers conducted a 30-minute battery of cognitive tests to nearly 3,000 individuals ages 55 years and older. The results showed that 1 percent increase in A1C corresponded to slightly lower scores on tests of psychomotor speed, global cognitive function, memory and multiple task management. It measures the blood level of CK-MB, the bound combination of two variants (isoenzymes CKM and CKB) of the enzyme phosphocreatine kinase. Signs include pallor, loss of palpable pulses, paralysis, paresthesia, coolness, and severe pain.
It happens when the adrenal glands are damaged, producing insufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol and aldosterone.  It occurs in all age groups and affects both sexes and can be life threatening.
It is usually caused by taking too much glucocorticosteroid medications like prednisone, dexamethasone, and prednisolone. These drugs are used to treat conditions like asthma, incontinence, gastrointestinal cramps, and muscular spasms. More fluid in the lungs means less oxygen can reach the bloodstream, thus, depriving the organs of the oxygen they need in order to function. Other signs and symptoms of ARDS include labored and unusually rapid breathing, low blood pressure, confusion and extreme tiredness. These clots may reduce or block blood flow through the blood vessels, which can damage the body’s organs. Cardiac tamponade is a life threatening medical condition in which blood or fluids fill the space between the sac that encases the heart and the heart muscle, placing extreme pressure on the heart. The heart then will not be able to pump enough blood to the rest of the body, which can lead to organ failure, shock, and even death. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of the face to droop. The gallstone blocks the flow of fluid out of the gallbladder, which results in an irritated and swollen gallbladder. It is contagious and can be passed from one person to another through coughing, sneezing and through close contact.
The most important laboratory test for meningitis is the lumbar puncture or the spinal tap wherein a sample of fluid is removed from around the spine and tested to see if it contains organisms that cause the illness.
Other symptoms include fever and chills, bloating and gas, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and sometimes vomiting, and loss of appetite. Surgery is necessary only if diverticulitis doesn’t get better with other treatment, or if there are other conditions such as long-lasting (chronic) pain, a bowel obstruction, a fistula, or a pocket of infection (abscess).
Symptoms include a feeling of fullness even after eating just a small amount, abdominal cramping or pain, nausea or vomiting, severe diarrhea, sweating, flushing, light-headedness, and rapid heartbeat. When the number of red blood cells decreases or when the oxygen transported by the blood diminishes, a sensor detects the changes and the production of erythropoietin is increased.
To identify this sign, the patient is placed in supine position with hips flexed 45 degrees and knees flexed 90 degrees. Other causes include prolonged use of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and gastrinomas which are tumors of the acid-producing cells of the stomach that increases acid output. It is very rare, and the first symptoms are usually weakness and tingling sensation in the extremities. These bodily fluids are usually thin, but in cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become thick and sticky, so instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions block the tubes, ducts and passages. Common symptoms include heartburn that gets worse when you lean over or lie down, chest pain, trouble swallowing, and belching. Shock, on the other hand, occurs when there is not enough circulating blood, which can lead to multiple organ damage, and may cause serious complications, such as heart failure. Symptoms usually include blood and mucus in the stool, vomiting, a lump in the abdomen, and lethargy. Causes may include exposure to Chlamydia or other bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, Yersinia, or Campylobacter.
Signs and symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, increased blood pressure, decreased mental abilities, confusion, double vision, shallow breathing, pupils that are not responsive to the changes in light, seizures, loss of consciousness, and even coma. Signs and symptoms include cool and clammy skin, weak and rapid pulse, nausea, lackluster eyes, and decrease in blood pressure. It occurs when sickled red blood cells block small blood vessels that carry blood to the bones.
VT may lead to ventricular fibrillation, which may cause the heart to fail and lead to death if not treated promptly. The triad basically consists of alterations in normal blood flow, injuries to the vascular endothelium, and alterations in the constitution of blood, or hypercoagulability. Preventing urinary retention, constipation, deep venous thrombosis, and BP variability (high or low) are also prioritized.
To recognize patient deterioration, one always needs to observe and monitor the patient, acknowledge deterioration, call for help, and ask for expert intervention if needed. The condition originates in heart tissue other than that in the ventricles and is often associated with symptoms such as weakness, light-headedness, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
This adversely affects the signals transmitted from the sinoatrial node which is the heart’s natural pacemaker. These include straining as if having a difficult bowel movement, rubbing the neck just below the angle of the jaw (which stimulates a sensitive area on the carotid artery called the carotid sinus), and plunging the face into a bowl of ice-cold water. Other treatment options for other atrial tachycardias include calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, digoxin, and amiodarone.
It causes the pylorus muscles to thicken, blocking the food from entering the baby’s small intestine. However, the new study involved people (with an average age of 63) who were free from diabetes and pre-diabetes (or impaired glucose intolerance). In other words, your body is designed to have just one teaspoon of sugar in your blood at all times -- if that. Any meal or snack high in grain and sugar carbohydrates typically generates a rapid rise in blood glucose.
Insulin, however, is also very efficient at lowering your blood sugar by turning it into fat – so the more you secrete, the fatter you become. As you over-indulge on sugar and grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of insulin and eventually insulin and leptin levels and  signaling becomes profoundly disrupted, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, and eventually causing permanent brain damage, among other health issues. Just realize that it's possible to have low fasting glucose but still have significantly elevated insulin levels.
So, while you may not notice a steep increase in blood sugar immediately following fructose consumption, it is likely changing your entire endocrine system's ability to function properly behind the scenes.
I view significantly reducing fructose consumption as one of the most important steps you can take to protect your brain function as you age. If you are not insulin and leptin resistant and are well adapted to burning fat as your primary fuel then you could likely consume larger amounts of fruit, especially if you ate them immediately before or after a workout so the sugar would be burned as fuel. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. If this is not an option, a safe tanning bed is the next best alternative, followed by a vitamin D3 supplement.
Minus the water content, approximately 60 percent of your brain is composed of fats—25 percent of which is DHA (assuming you have adequate levels in your diet). A study conducted by German researchers have found that people with high blood sugar levels performed badly on memory tests compared with those with lower blood sugar. This will preserve our memory, give us the focus we need for daily tasks and keep us in good spirits.


This makes it imperative that your daily diet contains the proper nutrition that the brain needs. Furthermore, what you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner can directly act on your brain’s capacity to remember. Glucose literally acts as a source of fuel by powering the brain and keeping brain cells alive. The brain can also run on ketone bodies, which are an alternative fuel when glucose is not available. Following the Barton Publishing Food Plate provides a great visual for how much of the diet should include carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Amino acids from proteins are used to make neurotransmitters, which allow your brain to network and communicate. Tyrosine converts into dopamine and norepinephrine, which contribute to alertness and promote mental energy.
Remember, although plant protein found in beans and nuts is beneficial, it is missing important amino acids.
Eat foods that provide the full spectrum of amino acids your brain needs for an appropriate harmony of energizing and calming neurotransmitters. The human brain is composed of around 60% fat, making dietary fat incredibly important for brain health!
Often demonized as the culprit behind heart disease and even strokes, cholesterol actually protects the brain! These are not natural forms of saturated fats and can cause damage and inflammation throughout the body.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include: fatigue, shortness of breath, diarrhea or constipation, problems concentrating and pale skin. So it may be necessary for strict vegetarians and vegans to supplement B12, since it can be difficult for them to get enough of the vitamin.
If you have any concerns about your B vitamin levels, it is a good idea to get them checked. Brain cells, otherwise called neurons, transmit messages throughout the brain and to other parts of the body. If these membranes become stiff, molecules cannot pass through the neurons correctly and can result in mood imbalances, difficulty learning, and impaired recall.
The Barton Publishing Brain Health Solution Kit contains a list of the top 20 memory boosting foods.
These foods will fuel your brain, increase your mental performance and sharpen your memory. This healthy dinner provides you with the healthy fats, protein and vitamins to boost brainpower.
Whisk 3 tablespoons of the grapefruit juice with the vinegar, honey, ginger and salt to taste in a medium bowl. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Elevated levels may also be due to electrical injuries, heart defibrillation, heart injury, inflammation of the heart muscle usually due to a virus (myocarditis) and open heart surgery.
Some people develop Cushing syndrome because their bodies produce too much cortisol, which is a hormone made in the adrenal glands. Beck’s triad includes distant heart sounds, distended jugular veins, and decreased arterial pressure. It is not the result of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack; instead, most cases are caused by the herpes virus.
The kidneys normally maintain the blood creatinine which is found to be a reliable indicator of kidney function.
The usual causes of a hip fracture include falls to a hard surface or from a great height, blunt trauma to the hip such as from a car crash, diseases such as osteoporosis, and obesity.
The height of the patellae from the foot of the table is then observed, as well as femoral length discrepancies.
Emergency symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and the inability to pass gas or empty bowels. The level of creatinine is also one of the best indicators of the degree or severity of the decline in kidney function. Symptoms include dull, sharp, throbbing, or stabbing pain in the back, knees, legs, arms, chest, or stomach. Symptoms include palpitations, dizziness or lightheadedness, shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope, and weak or absent pulse. The triad was first formulated in 1856 by a German physician named Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902). This in turn speeds up the heart rate and prevents the heart from having enough time to fill the blood before pumping out, which means that there won’t be enough blood or oxygen transported throughout the body.
If your blood sugar level were to rise to one tablespoon of sugar you would run the risk of going into a hyperglycemic coma and even dying. One in particular, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity.
What's important is your serum level, so you need to get your vitamin D levels tested to make sure you're staying within the optimal and therapeutic ranges as indicated below. DHA is found in high levels in your neurons -- the cells of your central nervous system, where it provides structural support.
Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The research was conducted with 141 participants of an average age of 63, who did not have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Typically, our focus concerning health centers on preventing things like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Studies have shown that those with diabetes and unstable blood sugar are at risk for developing cognitive impairment and dementia![1] Another study found that high blood sugar led to brain shrinkage that resulted in loss of memory![2] Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is extremely important in preserving the brain’s functions and memory. However, you still must provide the brain with healthy fat in order to have ketones available. The Barton Publishing Food Plate offers a great improvement over the outdated and unhealthy US Food Pyramid.
The low fat diet trend in recent years has starved the brain of necessary fat and cholesterol.
However, folic acid deficiency contributes to aging brain processes, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia especially among the elderly. Many tissues in the brain contain vitamin D receptors, which when activated by vitamin D, encourage nerve cell growth.
Taking 35 IU per pound of body weight is a great daily dose to keep your blood levels within a healthy range. Adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet can restore the flexible nature of the neuron cell membranes. This makes a great reference and shopping guide for those of you just beginning your journey towards a healthy, balanced diet. It contains healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, which nourish your brain cells and provide the mental energy it needs to focus.
Boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a stream to make a slightly thick dressing. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.
This information and products described are not recommended for pregnant women or children. S at the Wake Forest has shown that as the average blood sugar levels rise, cognitive functioning abilities subsequently declined in type 2 diabetes patients. CPK-MB levels do not usually rise with chest pain caused by angina, pulmonary embolism or congestive heart failure.
They help block involuntary movements of muscles associated with these diseases and they balance the production of dopamine and acetylcholine. Also, exercise happens to be one of the only ways you can enhance your utilization of fructose, as the depletion of your glycogen stores opens up a role for fructose for replenishment if used post-workout. Furthermore, certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you slumber. When your omega-3 intake is inadequate, your nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation as the missing omega-3 fats are substituted with cholesterol and inflammation-feeding omega-6 instead. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. The participants had to undergo a blood sugar examination and complete a series of memory tests. When it comes to diet, most of our healthy choices have to do with the cardiovascular and digestive systems.
What you eat throughout the day directly affects the health of your brain and its ability to function at maximum capacity. Though most foods contain some sort of macro and micro nutrition, only a specific combination of these two forms can create the perfect combination for brain health. It is only complex carbs like those found in whole grains and vegetables that keep your blood glucose levels stable. Incorporate plenty of animal sourced complete proteins into your diet in order to maintain the levels of amino acids needed for the brain’s neurotransmitters. Instead, low fat diets promoted carbohydrates, which raised blood sugar causing both damage and atrophy of the brain. An infant requires this high fat content to meet the needs of its brain growth and development. Grill the skewers, turning as each side browns, while keeping the salmon moist, about 3 minutes.
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Please note that we have a material financial connection to the provider of the goods and services from links on the website in that we receive payment for each qualified sale or potential customer referral. Once your nerve cells become rigid and inflamed, proper neurotransmission from cell to cell and within cells become compromised. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. The researchers also took note of the size of each participant’s hippocampus area, which plays an important role in memory. They provide a constant flow of glucose to keep the brain alert and functioning at maximum capacity. This form of fat is not enemy #1, rather the form of fat that nature provides to promote growth of the human brain! Mercola encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. The findings were reported in the medical journal Neurology, published by the American Academy of Neurology, adds that with this research, lowering  blood sugar levels may prevent memory problems in the future. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products based on this content.
However, Flöel points out that the study was conducted on a small scale and does not prove cause and effect. There's a need for large clinical trials to test whether lowering glucose will help with the prevention of dementia, she says.
Robert Ratner, the chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association, says that this study at least shows an “association.
Research done by Senior Research scientist, Rachel Whitmer,  shows that people with type 2 diabetes who have poor blood-sugar control are at a greater risk of dementia. For those who have perfectly normal glucose metabolism, there is little they can do to change their level. This means a healthy diet of a reasonable number of calories and balanced protein, fat and carbohydrate intake, he says. Exercise is also important, because it will help improve the body’s ability to utilize insulin, making a person more insulin-sensitive.



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