January 24, 2017

Nutrition for a Healthy Thyroid

By Amanda Box

What you eat can literally turn the dial-up or down when it comes to your thyroid. This little butterfly shaped gland controls your body’s metabolism and it is very particular about what it needs in order to function properly.  Thyroid hormones, like T3 and T4, also need specific nutrients in order to carry out their tasks throughout body.  Plainly put, the food you choose on a daily basis can either starve your thyroid or feed it what it needs.

Taking prescription thyroid medication isn’t going to solve a thyroid problem caused by a lack of nutrition.  It will only serve as a band-aid.  Only a healthy diet combined with the needed supplements can remedy a nutrient starved thyroid.  Most of the nutrients needed for a healthy thyroid and for proper use of thyroid hormones, are found in common, health promoting foods.  However, millions of people are deficient of these nutrients because of their poor food choices.  Processed foods and fast food are leaving people malnourished and vitamin deficient.  Thyroid problems are one of many health issues that can occur from this lack of proper nutrition.

If you suffer from thyroid issues of any kind, take note.  A prescription is not going to truly fix the anything.  Your diet may need a thyroid boosting makeover!  The first step is to start making the nutrients below part of your daily lifestyle and diet regime.

vitamin d and hypothyroidism

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency and hypothyroidism are nearly always found together. This is because vitamin D is needed to hold thyroid hormones onto their receptors sites.  Without enough vitamin D, thyroid hormones aren’t used because they aren’t able to bind to those receptors.  When these thyroid hormones go unused, hypothyroid symptoms are the result.  This may be another reason why people feel so tired and sluggish in the winter as their vitamin D exposure declines.

Most foods claiming to be fortified with vitamin D contain very low levels of artificial vitamin D. Eggs do, however, contain some naturally occurring vitamin D. But the best way to get vitamin D is not via food, but with plenty of sunshine: 20-30 minutes a day should suffice.

During the winter, supplement with a natural D3 supplement; 35 IU per pound is a good daily dosage.  Be aware that it can take a few weeks to build up your vitamin D levels.  You will likely feel a difference in your well-being once they reach a normal level.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps the conversion of unusable T4 hormone in the body into the usable form T3 hormone. Studies have shown that it also helps to lower TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in the blood. High TSH levels are a common sign of hypothyroidism.

Vitamin A is also important as it relays information from the thyroid hormone to the mitochondria in the cells. Our thyroid hormones control the function of the mitochondria by telling them how much energy to produce. Without adequate vitamin A, the mitochondria cannot receive that important information! (1)

Vitamin A and Sweet potatoes

Eat your fill of vitamin A by consuming:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Kale

Selenium

Selenium has shown to have a great impact on reducing autoimmune related thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s Disease.  It can reduce inflammation in the thyroid gland, which helps prevent further damage to the thyroid tissue.  Studies have shown that selenium can also reduce thyroid peroxidase antibodies in the blood. (2) This also prevents further damage to the thyroid gland itself from autoimmune thyroiditis.

Selenium is necessary for converting T4 to T3 in the body.  If not enough T4 is converted to T3, then the result is hypothyroid symptoms.  This makes selenium very important in the prevention and treatment of low levels of T3.

High levels of selenium are found in:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Tuna
  • Sunflower seeds

Zinc

Zinc is necessary in order to convert inactive T4 hormones into active T3 in the body.  The hypothalamus also needs zinc to signal the pituitary gland, which in turn tells the thyroid to produce hormones.  As we age, our levels of zinc and other trace nutrients tend to decline.  This is a very important mineral to monitor as it has many other important functions in the body, as well.

High levels of zinc are found in:

  • Seafood
  • Red meat
  • Pork
  • Nuts and seeds, particularly pumpkin seeds

B12

B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism tend to go hand in hand.  Low levels of B12 can trigger the autoimmune Hashimoto’s Disease.  It is also important to note that low B12 levels alone can mimic symptoms that look nearly identical to hypothyroidism.  This is an important vitamin to consider when battling low energy levels, hair loss, and hormonal issues like PMS and infertility.

Some of the highest levels of B12 are found in organ meats like liver. Although most meats such as beef, seafood, and poultry contain high levels, as well.  If your B12 levels are extremely low, it is best to supplement as well.  Methylcobalamin is one of the best forms of B12 for absorption.

Iodine

Iodine is by far the most essential nutrient for thyroid function.  It is like liquid gold for the thyroid. Your thyroid will fail to work without iodine and it cannot make thyroid hormones without it.  Low iodine is one of the more common causes of hypothyroidism.

Although hypothyroidism can benefit greatly from iodine, it is important to note that Hashimoto’s disease is actually worsened with iodine.  It is extremely important that you rule out Hashimoto’s disease before you add iodine to your diet.  Otherwise, you will just exacerbate the problem and your symptoms will worsen.  Having a thyroid antibodies test is the best way to rule out an autoimmune thyroid disease like Hashimoto’s.

Iodine deficiency is more common than one might think.  It’s estimated that around 12% of Americans are iodine deficient.  This is likely due to our over consumption of competing halides Bromine, Fluoride, and Chlorine.  Bromine is found in baked goods and soft drink and Fluoride and Chlorine is commonly found in our drinking water.  These competing halides latch onto your iodine receptors leaving iodine unused.  Cutting out bromine containing food and drinks and drinking filtered water are key to getting iodine levels back to normal levels.

Two of the best sources of iodine are mineral rich salts like Himalayan salt, and kelp.  They add not only an iodine boost to your diet, but flavor to your foods!  Those with a more severe iodine deficiency should consider supplementing with iodine drops or pills.  Most thyroid boosting supplements at your local health-food store will contain iodine, as well.

Foods that Block Thyroid Function

Lacking the right nutrients isn’t the only culprit to impaired thyroid function.  There are naturally occurring substances found in foods we eat that can also disrupt thyroid functions.  Surprisingly, some of these substances are food in healthy foods!

The name “goitrogen” has been given to foods that contain chemicals that affect the thyroid.  Some of these foods activate antibodies, which act against the thyroid, and other foods block the production of thyroid hormones.  Those with a healthy functioning thyroid can typically eat these foods in moderation.  However, if your thyroid is compromised, or you have a family history of thyroid problems, it is best to avoid these foods as much as possible.

Gluten

Food sensitivities have been found to trigger autoimmune reactions against the thyroid. Gluten is by far the most common culprit.  Typically, if gluten is a cause, you will also suffer from other inflammatory issues like joint pain or digestive problems. If these symptoms ring a bell for you, then going gluten-free can be absolutely life changing!

Be patient because it can take up to a month to reap all the results.  However, if a food sensitivity like gluten is the underlying issue, you will feel so much better you won’t want to go back to eating it again!

Soy

thyroid blocking foodsThe chemicals in soy block the use of iodine by the thyroid and prevent the production of thyroid hormones.  But, that isn’t all.  Soy can wreak havoc in other parts of the body, as well.  It mimics hormones in the body and can lead to PMS, infertility and even cancer.

Soy’s downfalls truly outweigh any benefits it may have.  Furthermore, most soy is genetically modified.  This only adds fuel to the fire as GMOs pack their own plethora of negative side-effects, from digestive problems to cancer!

Cruciferous Vegetables

I honestly believe that cruciferous vegetables are among some of the healthiest vegetables you can eat! They contain important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are important for our health.  However, they also contain a chemical that can block the production of thyroid hormones.  It is important to note, that when you cook these vegetables, it lowers the amount of these chemicals called, isothiocyanates.  Some of the vegetables containing isothiocyanates include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts

I can’t, in good conscience, advocate removing these vegetables entirely from your diet as I feel their benefits far outweigh their possible negative effects.  However, if you do have a thyroid problem, eat them in moderation and be sure to cook or steam the vegetables before eating.

Recipes for Thyroid Health

As you now know, what you eat is very important for the health of your thyroid.  Consuming the right vitamins and minerals and avoiding thyroid-blocking foods is important!  Read labels and look out for sneaky ingredients like soy products.  Cooking from scratch helps you avoid unwanted ingredients while getting the nutrition your thyroid needs!

I’m a huge fan of breakfast food.  So much so that I often make breakfast for dinner.  This dish would make a delicious dinner or the perfect start to your morning! Full of thyroid boosting nutrition, the sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, the eggs contain vitamin D and B12, and A, and the chicken or turkey sausage have vitamin B12.  Top it off with Himalayan sea salt for a dash of iodine.

Sweet Potato Hash with Caramelized Onions, Sausage & Eggs*

Serves 8

  • sweet potato hash recipe2 pounds onions, about 2 large
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Himalayan salt
  • 1 pound chicken or turkey sausage
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 large potatoes, ideally organic
  • 6 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt, plus more to taste if necessary
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To serve:

  • Large eggs
  • Himalayan salt and black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve

To make the hash:

Heat the oven to 450°F. Chop onion and add to melted butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with salt. Lower the heat slightly and cook the onions for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and lowering the heat if they seem to be burning. Cook them until they are very dark brown.

Meanwhile, put the sausage in another skillet and brown over medium-high heat, chopping it up into fine crumbles with a spatula. Cook the sausage for about 10 minutes, or until it is browned and beginning to crisp. Drain away any excess fat.

While the onions and sausage are cooking, chop the unpeeled sweet potatoes into cubes that are about 1/2-inch to a side. Add finely mince the garlic and rosemary leaves, and toss them in a large bowl with the sweet potatoes. Toss with the olive oil, Himalayan salt, and black pepper.

When the onions are dark brown and the sausage is crispy, stir these into the sweet potatoes as well. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, and spread out the sweet potatoes evenly. Roast the sweet potatoes for 30 to 45 minutes (roasting time depends on the size and uniformity of the sweet potato chunks, as well as the variety of sweet potato you buy) or until they are soft and browned.

Refrigerate the cooled hash for up to 5 days.

To serve:

Heat the oven to 425°F. Spread a relatively thin layer of the (already cooked) sweet potato hash in a baking dish, such as a cast iron skillet or a 9×13-inch baking dish. You can also bake in individual ramekins. Make small wells in the sweet potatoes and crack in large eggs. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are hot and the eggs are baked through.

Serve immediately, with shavings or sprinkles of Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Coconut oil has been shown to boost metabolism when used regularly.  Although it doesn’t directly affect the thyroid, those with hypothyroidism could use the metabolism increase that coconut oil offers.  These macaroon’s not only contain coconut oil, they are also low in sugar, and are completely gluten-free.  It is hard to find delicious desserts that are health promoting, but these macaroons take the cake!

No-Bake Gluten-Free Chocolate Macaroons**

  • macaroons1⅓ cups raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • Liquid stevia, as needed to sweeten to taste
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin coconut oil melted
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 ½ cups dried, unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients well. Then use a spoon to scoop rounded mounds onto wax paper and put them in freezer.  Freeze overnight or at least for a few hours.  Keep them in the freezer until a few minutes before you serve.

(Editor’s Note: Add peanut butter on top for added protein!)

Eating for thyroid health isn’t just nutritious; it’s also delicious.  Start by preparing your meals from scratch and avoid processed foods that starve your thyroid of what it really needs.  Fill your diet instead with healthy fruits, vegetables, and lean meats that are brimming with nutrition.  Turn the dial up on your thyroid with the right foods.  You and your metabolism will thank me!

Amanda Box

Amanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

 

(1) https://www.worldhealth.net/forum/thread/99076/thyroid-the-vitamin-a-link-must-read/?page=1
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16837619?dopt=Abstract
*Adapted from http://www.thekitchn.com
**Adapted from http://kimberlysnyder.net

 

HOLY TOAST – Adrenal Fatigue and the Church

Exhaustion by Flickr Lee J Haywood

As an itinerant minister, I have the opportunity of meeting people of varying color, creed and country.  In the last 10 years, I have found one over arching commonality… exhaustion!  Let’s look at the Oxford dictionary’s definition of exhaustion. It is, well…exhaustive!

Exhaustion:

  1. Tired out, worn out, weary, dead-tired, dog-tired, bone-tired, ready to drop, drained, fatigued, enervated; (informal) beat, done in, all in, bushed, zonked, bagged, knocked out, wiped out, burned out, pooped, tuckered out, tapped out, fried, whipped.
  2. Exhausted reserves used up, consumed, finished, spent, depleted, empty, drained.

As I was reading this amusing, lengthy definition, it dawned on me that it was merely a list of symptoms, not the root cause. This “old school” term, exhaustion, was missing a prefix that explained everything… adrenal exhaustion!

The adrenal glands are two small glands (about the size of a walnut, weighing less than a grape) that sit atop the kidneys. So, when these tiny glands are depleted by physical or emotional stress, overwork, fear, trauma, etc, the body experiences, chronic fatigue, poor sleep, inability to deal with stress, B vitamin deficiency, difficulty concentrating/brain fog and even food or environmental allergies.

God’s Safety Net

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Recall the story of Elijah, after he had successfully defeated the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel. There was a huge display of the power of God. But when Jezebel, who was just one person, threatened to kill him, Elijah panicked and ran. He had just had a high stress situation, and he was depleted of all strength. So, even though he had a victory, his body could not handle any more stress. Consider the possibility that he was undergoing temporary adrenal fatigue!  God had to take care of him by a brook and sent birds with food to feed him, until he recovered.  You, too, will recover with God’s help! He knows exactly what you need!

Considering the genius of God, I find it amazing that He has left Man, His “crowning achievement,” totally vulnerable to a pair of tiny glands. As with everything our Heavenly Father does, love is the motivator for this vulnerability.

Let me explain; have you ever looked at the back of your office computer, copy machine, printer or flat screen television? There is a tiny little fuse or circuit breaker that protects the machine from damage due to power surges, lightning strikes or polarity issues.

In the same way, our adrenal glands function as a circuit breaker that when depleted, slows the body down before any permanent damage is done.

Christians find this hard to believe, but there is just as much “burn out” within the four walls of the church as there is without. As I mentioned earlier, it is an over arching commonality, truth be told, that the world is full of “quick fried Cretans” and  “crunchy Christians.”

It is extremely difficult to get a chronically fatigued unbeliever to listen to you, if you are a chronically fatigued believer. People are looking for answers, not more questions. Lets examine some of the reasons why Christians crumble even though Jesus lives in their heart.

Works

With all the need in the world, it is important that we “stay in our own lane” and be faithful to the work God has given us to do. Remember, just because something is “good” doesn’t mean it is God!

Illusion

When we assume that because we are Christians, our bodies are impervious to overwork, stress, vitamin deficiency and exhaustion.

Remember, our “earth suits” are not glorified bodies, they are simply carriers of His glory.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

Self-righteousness

We would do well to remember the prophet Elijah’s trip to Horeb. Elijah did not flee to Horeb because God called him, he ran because he was afraid. Elijah was afraid Jezebel would kill him, he also thought he was the only righteous prophet God had left. When Elijah reached Horeb, God asked him a question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah answered,

“I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 1 Kings 19:14

When God asks you a question, He expects a truthful answer! If you read the whole story, after a powerful demonstration of power (tornado, earthquake, fire and a still, small voice), God tells Elijah He was only in the still small voice.

Then, God gives Elijah another chance to answer His question; “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Sadly, Elijah gives God the same self-righteous answer as before and it spells the end for Elijah’s earthly ministry. God ends the conversation with this statement,

”Yet, I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18

Remember, self-righteousness and fear can take you on a perilous journey you were never called to, such as adrenal exhaustion.

The Turning Point

Now, lets find a prescription for our disease.

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Overcome Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Naturally

Has someone you care about recently been told it’s time to settle their personal affairs and start arranging for “long-term” care — all because of symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

If your life seems to be suddenly going down a road you don’t want to go down because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, then STOP and turn it around.

There’s only one reason 50% of Americans are told they will have irreversible Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the time they reach 85 . . . because it’s a BIG FAT LIE that’s sells more drugs!

Statistics like that are appalling because they’re nothing but ignorant predictions based on the absurd assumption people aren’t going to find their own cure for the problem.

Truth is Big Pharma would love to sell their Alzheimer’s drugs to everyone, if they could get away with it. They claim there’s no cure, because they don’t know the cause. Problem is they’re just not looking hard enough.

Just because your doctor is a “nice person” doesn’t guarantee he or she knows what they’re doing. There are a lot of well intentioned doctors out there that are nothing more than glorified drug dealers.

I know. It’s sad. But, what do you expect when only 3% of our medical institutions and universities don’t even offer nutritional and dietary courses? Medicine should be about healing, not money.

The fact is huge pharmaceutical companies currently fund many schools. Once funded, Big Pharma can influence the students, teachers and even the study courses.

“Despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars of research, not even a single degenerative disease has been cured in the last hundred years.” ~ Dr. Alan Greenberg.

So, once you get past the misinformation and lies, you’ll find relief that Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a drug deficiency or the inevitable “longterm” sentence it’s being played out to be.

Discovering The Truth about AD

The cause of Alzheimer’s is suspected to be a combination of poisons from vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metal amalgams (dental fillings) and artificial food additives (known to be neurotoxins), all coming together at once.

Frankly, it’s no wonder we’re seeing an explosion of neuro-degenerative diseases! Consider all the carcinogenic and excitotoxin Americans are exposed to Americans these days.

IF people keep taking drugs to treat simple nutritional imbalances caused from toxic exposure, then 50% or more of Americans will wind up institutionalized in some government funded “long term” care ward for Alzheimer’s victims — maybe even before they’re 85 years of age.

Here’s Where Your Brain Needs To Focus . . .

Alzheimer’s disease has a root cause just as everything does; it’s an inescapable the law of cause and effect.

It’s a simple concept when you think about it. Problem is most “Big Pharma-trained” doctors haven’t a clue how to find the root cause of anything. Not that they couldn’t, it’s just that they’re not inclined to. Most doctors just “react” to whatever effect, or symptoms, you may be complaining about by writing up another prescription or recommending surgery.

That’s typical Westernized medicine in a nutshell.

Getting To The Root Of The AD Problem

The main complaints from Alzheimer’s patients are loss of clear thinking, creativity and mental function. Once you lose your ability to reason, you’re in serious deep water.

When a doctor can’t find the root cause of a health problem, they always treat the symptom and a symptom is just an effect, not the cause.

It’s no mystery why mainstream media isn’t advertising a real solution for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s the same reason why Big Pharma isn’t investing in a natural cure: there’s simply more money and power in just treating the symptoms.

If you want to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease, first you need to look for the root cause. So, let’s put on our detective shoes and see if we can get to the bottom of all this.

Nothing threatens your freedom more than this disease. Read on to learn what you can do!

Normally, when all systems are “Go,” your brain and nervous system are continuously sending electrical signals throughout your entire body. As it turns out, your body is 75% water for a good reason. Water is a conductor of electricity if it contains trace minerals, called electrolytes. Every electrolyte carries an “ionic charge” that’s either negative or positive.

You have about 50 trillion cells that are in constant communication, as long as there is plenty of minerals and water flowing around to produce enough energy.

It’s common knowledge that your mental and motor functions depend primarily on all your cells transmitting and receiving information in the form of energy.

As far as your brain is concerned, all energy is information. The more energy, the better the communication. The better the communication, the healthier you are.

That’s how you see, feel, touch, smell and move around and think. It’s all about communication.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Communication Breakdown

All your cells are electrically charged. Your Red Blood Cells (RBC) carry a small “negative ion charge.”

As long as they carry this “ionic” charge, they are able to bounce off each other and more rapidly deliver helpful oxygen, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to all 50 trillion of your cells.

Healthy Red Blood Cells (RBC) also cleanse your body of acid waste, toxins and carbon dioxide.

Once they lose this electrical charge, then they start clumping together in clusters, literally collapsing in on their selves and creating dangerous blood clots, which can scar brain tissue and become plaque.

The simple lack of healthy water can cause Alzheimer like symptoms. Given time, these clumps of dirty Red Blood Cell (RBC) clots ravage your brain as oxygen, minerals and nutrient levels plunge.

Your Thirsty Brain

A simple case of chronic dehydration threatens all body functions, including your heart, brain and immune system, meaning it is of primary importance to preventing or curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Without adequate water, all of these sensitive body systems will slowly degenerate as toxic build-up destroys your nerve and circulatory system, cell by cell.

To discover the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we must be concerned with how to first stop it before we can begin to heal brain damage. Proper hydration is a vital key.

As you know, your brain is the master control center for everything. Here is an interesting fact:

If you’re an adult your brain weighs about 3 pounds and 85% of it is very similar to seawater in composition. That figures out to 2.4 pounds of water. If seawater weighs about 8 pounds a gallon, then your brain needs exactly one third of a gallon of “electrolyte” rich water.

Keep in mind, water without minerals (A.K.A. electrolytes) can’t carry an “ionic” charge and would be useless to any neurons and other signal dependant cells.

Ions are essential to life. Sodium, potassium, calcium and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.

Two times Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling showed that 90% of all degenerative diseases are triggered from mineral (electrolyte) deficiencies. (Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease).

There’s no doubt if you suffer from brain dehydration, you will also have a mineral (electrolyte) deficiency, which can literally shut down your Central Nervous System (CNS), which your brain is naturally a major cog of.

Considering the rest of your healthy body is only 75% water, it’s becomes obvious why your brain, being 80% water, is more dependent on water than any other part of your body.

The vital water bathing your brain cells depends on large amounts of oxygen rich blood to provide minerals and nutrients to create “cerebrospinal fluid” (CSF). This cerebrospinal fluid is higher in sodium than potassium because sodium is vital for neuron activity1.

Could the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) be from long term dehydration and mineral deficiencies?

The answer is Yes!

Breaking Through The Blood-Brain Barrier

Your brain is pretty well self-contained compared to the rest of your body.

There are special cell membranes that protect your brain from any sudden changes in blood chemistry, acidity or alkalinity (pH). Your brains capillary walls are perfectly sealed by a special cellular filter called the “blood-brain barrier.”

One of the limitations with synthetic drugs is the blood-brain barrier keeps them out. It’s a good thing, too.

However, certain natural plant sourced nutrients, mineral ions and amino acids are allowed to pass through making accelerated healing possible using a few natural remedies.

The problem with drugs and other toxins is they damage the blood-brain barrier trying to break through the capillary walls. The result is microscopic bleeding, which ends up as scar tissue, or “plaque” from the blood clotting process.

It’s this “plaque” that is found present in so many different neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and epilepsy, to name a few of these devastating diseases.

The more dehydrated a person is the more likely microscopic bleeding will cause further scaring.

So, now you can see another reason why proper hydration is “at least” a helpful preventative to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Proper hydration is vital for maximum brain health. Now, let’s discuss some other “less obvious” factors which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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  • Aspartame, an excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • MSG, another excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • Methyl alcohol, a byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Formaldehyde, another byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Mercury destroys neuron fibers. Many researchers, with good reason, feel that the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is due to toxic metal that leaches from mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings.
  • Aluminum is a protoplasmic poison and a deadly, persistent neurotoxin. Since 1934, aluminum hydroxide has been used as an additive to boost the immune response from vaccines.
  • Statins block the cholesterol nutrient necessary for proper neuron and synaptic signaling.

The Natural Solutions I’ve Found

If I were to put together a food support protocol for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), I would consider using all of these:

    • DHA, also known as Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid, comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain. DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline2.

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Huperzine A is believed to work in a manner similar to some prescription drugs for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: increasing the level of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by blocking its breakdown.

  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): alpha-lipoic acid might delay the onset or slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Huperzia serrata: In the late ’80s, a research team found that Huperzine-A, an extract of the ancient Chinese herb Huperzia serrata, easily goes through the blood-brain barrier and stops AChE (an enzyme) from destroying your precious acetylcholine.
  • Acetylcholine: Although the course of Alzheimer’s disease is unique for every individual, AD is caused by reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
  • Phosphatidylcholine: Choline containing phospholipids are essential for the integrity of the cell membrane.
  • Daffodil extract (galantamine) suppresses the death of brain cells3.
  • Lipoic acid increases acetylcholine (ACh) production.
  • Vitamin C may help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s by 78%4.
  • Magnesium depletion, particularly in the hippocampus, appears to represent an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer’s disease5.

These are a few potential cures I’ve found in a relatively short period of time. So, never give up hope.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is considered a progressive neuro-degenerative disorder that destroys human memory and brain function, social communication skills and the ability to carry out every day activities. Leading experts predict if ignored, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the Number #4 Killer of Americans, causing over 100,000 deaths each year in the USA alone. Currently, AD patients occupy more than half of all nursing home beds.

The solution exists. You simply need to believe in it enough to find the right one for you.

So, keep in mind that “you were born to heal!”

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Pollution and Poor Nutrition Causing Migraines

Learn How You Can Spontaneously Transform Your Life
To Be 100% Migraine Pain Free

Did you know at least 45,000,000 Americans report that they suffer from headaches? Personally, I’ve never reported a headache, have you? Just imagine how big the actual numbers of headache sufferers there really are. Sadly, popping all that headache medication isn’t preventing or curing the epidemic migraine syndrome sweeping America. But, it may be actually causing many of them.

It’s called “rebound headaches,” “analgesic rebound headaches” or “medication overuse headaches” (MOH). If you’re having headaches for 7 to 15 days of the month, you may be one of millions of people addicted to anti-migraine or analgesic medications. Considering in the US, 10 to 20,000 tons of aspirin are consumed every year, which only scratches the surface of the total amount of headache medications Americans are swallowing.

There are many types of headache pain along with complications that come with them; the most common type is a migraine. By definition, a migraine is a “one-sided” throbbing pain, hammering away inside your head and robbing you of daily energy.

Migraines are still uncharted territory scientifically speaking, but we do know that migraines are triggered by changes of blood flow within in the brain. When blood vessels in the brain repeatedly contract and expand, nerve endings within these vessels respond by sending out pain signals.

Here are 5 common complications that can come with a migraine:

  1. Light sensitivity
  2. Noise sensitivity
  3. Numbness of limbs
  4. Nausea and vomiting
  5. Hallucinations

Now, common sense will tell you if any Over-The-Counter (OTC) or prescription cure were available, 45,000,000 people wouldn’t be reporting migraines and their dangerous complications, would they?

The good news is there are little known “proven remedies” for chronic migraines and headache pain.

As with any health issues, the solution can be found within the problem. Or, in other words, understanding the cause and undoing it can find the cure.

Rebound Headaches Are Aggravated by Nutritional Deficiencies

The last thing Big Pharma wants you to know is your general health issues, including migraine syndromes, are NOT drug deficiencies. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence reveals missing “key nutrients and minerals” cause a lot of human pain and suffering. Your migraines are no exception.

Yet, despite overwhelming evidence bearing against the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs these days, millions of people still take them regardless of any real benefits and harmful reactions.

To help make my point, let’s take a quick peek at some other examples of serious problems triggered from specific nutritional deficiencies. As you’ll see, following good old fashion common sense can solve many of your health challenges. Of course, common sense really isn’t so common anymore, is it?

For starters, we know some problems are caused by over eating. Take obesity, heart disease and diabetes, these are generally caused from eating too many “empty calories” and not getting enough exercise. Thanks to plenty of fast “junk” food, most Americans over eat and still suffer from “under nutrition,” simply because THEY’RE NOT GETTING ANY REAL NUTRITION.

Isn’t it ironic that over-eating is a main cause of under-nutrition in America?

Read on . . .

Here Are Some Classic Examples Of Dis-Ease Caused From Lack Of Nutrition:

  • Calcium deficiency causes osteoporosis and rickets
  • Iodine deficiency causes goiter
  • Selenium deficiency causes Keshan disease
  • Iron deficiency causes anemia
  • Zinc deficiency causes growth retardation
  • Thiamine (B1) deficiency causes Beriberi
  • Niacin deficiency (b2 or B3) causes Pellagra
  • Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy and heart disease
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes osteoporosis and rickets

Considering this it should be no surprise to learn migraine headache syndrome may be linked to certain deficiencies, as well. Actually, that’s really good news for millions of headache sufferers; perhaps all they need to do is find their own “missing linkto optimum health.

5 Nutritional Deficiencies Related To Migraines:

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