Best foods for the brain!???

A picture speaks a thousand words- or does it miss a few salient parts?! And yes, flaxseed is there again. Plus a few others like pumpkin seeds. Sesame seeds – a note of caution, some people are allergic to sesame seed. Which one is missing though? See *** below.

Broccoli is my all time favourite vegetable. I eat it every day unless I am in France where, paradoxically, they hardly eat any veg but are still very healthy! It’s known as the French Paradox (honestly – it’s a technical term). I’ll write about that another day.

However! Another note of caution even on good ‘ole broccoli! It contains goitrogens, Goitrogenic foods can affect thyroid function. Goitrogens inhibit synthesis of thyroid hormones making the thyroid gland enlarged. If you can feel your thyroid at the front of your neck, it maybe down to ‘drinking’ raw broccoli from a juicer. Possibly a factor behind Hashimoto’s disease, vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and others have glucosinolates which impairs iodine thyroidal uptake. Just lightly cook or steam it and you are done with the goitrogenic effect.

*** Fatty fish!

Omega 3 science proves that fats from certain fish are the best for brain health, and yet a fish is not even in the picture. Fatty fish like salmon (wild – not farmed) mackerel and herring provide the long-chain fatty acids omega 3 EPA and DHA. These regulate the inflammatory process. Inflammation of the brain is another way of describing dementia.

What if you are vegan or vegetarian. There are other fats, like Echium seed oil. Classified as an invasive species in Australia, the oil in its seed form is a perfect balance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 . Amazingly, it also has healthy amounts of something called stearidonic acid (SDA). While the body still has to convert SDA to EPA, much as happens when flax is ingested, Echium seed does so 5 times more efficiently. Vegans take heart! Echium seed oil is the answer. So valuable in optimising health for those who don’t eat fish.

Make sure it is cold pressed, like any oil, heat pressed destroys nutrient. So a picture speaks a thousand words but still may not give the full picture!

Celery – more than a superfood

I am passionate about eating a stick of celery nearly every day. This simple stalk provides a bundle of goodness. You won’t believe how amazing it is! First – it alkalises the body. It helps prevent your body from becoming too acidic, something associated with pre-cancerous states. Tick this box!…

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Food additives – are they the problem!

Before the industrialisation of food, very little of what we consumed had any preservatives. Now, food is big business, with a strong focus on massive output. Britain was the first country to see agriculture become an industry. Its land workers left the soil as machines took over. This was a…

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Chewing gum – can it be good for you?

Well I used to think not! I thought all chewing gums were sweetened by Sorbitol, or E420, which can trigger weight loss by preventing absorption of nutrients. It doesn’t take a lot of Sorbitol to produce a laxative effect. It’s a well known fact in medical literature, going back 20…

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The Seaside – you must go down to the sea today..

Walk with your family AND your friends Some of the most profound healing can take place with the minimum of intervention. A woman come to see me in great distress. Her daughter was about to be referred to a psychiatrist with suspected ADHD. Her classroom behaviour was giving her teachers…

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Foraging for food – a wild experience!

Several years ago my daughter bought me a day out with Rosie and Chris of Taste the Wild. It had a massive impact on how I saw the countryside! https://tastethewild.co.uk/ Big plug for these guys! https://tastethewild.co.uk/about/meet-the-team/ My experience was in the spring, so I got to know about wild garlic…

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Flaxseed – is it a superfood?

So far it’s benefits have only been scientifically proven with research on mice! But take a moment to understand how this vital nutrient has played a part in health for centuries. The flax plant (Linum usitatissimum) has been around for at least 10,000 years. It’s been found in Stone Age…

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Inner Talk – Mind Changing

For almost as long as I can remember being in practice I have been recommending these amazing CD’s from http://www.kiki-health.com/innertalk/ as a means of changing the subtle chatter that goes on inside our heads. Yes! We all do it! The chitchat is more self-harming than anything I can think of.…

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Is cinnamon the next tumeric?

The true cinnamon known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum dates back in Chinese writings to 2800 B.C. It’s as beneficial as turmeric, a known anti-inflammatory. My bet is, it will be hailed as the next great discovery. The one I love is Cinnamon Zeylanicum from Sri Lanka Cinnamon is a spice used…

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How Apple Cider Vinegar helps healthy living

For hundreds of years apple cider vinegar has been used to support digestion. Recently, it has been credited with powers of detoxification, relieving joint pain and helping weight loss. In fact Hippocrates (the “father of medicine”) is said to have used it for its healing properties and to fight infections.…

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