Dec 29, 2011

Ten Effective Brain Foods for Parkinson’s sufferers

The brain is very much like the motherboard of the body or the engine of a car. It’s no use buying rims for the vehicle if the transmission is busted. You have to fix the heart first. Here are ten effective super brain foods to improve concentration, memory, mood, and disposition. Some of these items are already on our menu. See how you can integrate them into your diet for a saner, clear-headed you.
1              Wild Salmon – rich in Omega 3 fatty acids – helps your brain develop tissue for increasing brain power.
2              Coffee – contains anti-oxidants and is known to reduce Alzheimers and age-related cognitive disorders. This excludes sweet and sugary coffee drinks.
3              Mixed nuts is a potpourri of good health – walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids – almonds contain natural mood enhancing neurotransmitters – nuts also promote mental clarity and strong memory.
4              Egg yolks are rich in choline, an essential nutrient to improving memory function.
5              Avocados – a great tasting fruit that promotes blood flow and known for reducing blood pressure.
6              Flax seeds – a healthy fat that aids the cerebral cortex to function better – part of the brain responsible for processing sensory information.
7              Blueberries should really be first or second on the list. Eating blueberries improves memory function; they are high in anti oxidants and aids in preventing free radical damage.
8              Dark chocolate – rich in anti oxidants, it improves focus and concentration.
9              Whole grains are excellent brain foods and improve circulation.
10            Broccoli – a vegetable we have all tasted and enjoyed. Eat this great tasting veggie to improve memory function as well as stave off aging.

You are what you eat - Healthy alternatives

Are you one of those women who has had a bad experience and turned to chocolates and biscuits and binge eating for comfort? Do you stuff yourself with foods that are bad for you and afterwards become depressed as you see the pounds pile on? There is real truth in the saying that you are what you eat. You have scoffed muffins and pies and sugary doughnuts and now look like a ring doughnut yourself. Don’t fret. If you have the patience and tenacity, you can turn this around by doing the following in three stages:

Stage 1
·                     Drop the attitude and get real. Being embarrassed about your weight and becoming sarcastic with everyone is not going to help.
·                     Cut out sugar right now; not even a comfort size teaspoon of sugar.
·                     Open the fridge and discard all margarines, creams, fats, and anything containing cholesterol, except olive oil and real cream.
·                     Get rid of all cake, biscuits, desserts and sugary products. Replace with fruit and crunchy vegetables.
·                     Open the meat section and throw out wieners and sausages and any other meat products and/or salami which contain fat except for skinless chicken breasts.
·                     Discard fizzy drinks and invest in mineral water.
Have you noticed that exercise has not been mentioned yet? That is because you first have to get rid of the junk food in the house. You first have to have a willingness to accept that you have to lose weight and want to do it, and you first have to have a plan.

Stage 2
·                     There is no easy way around this except to do it. Draw up a plan that includes an hour or less every day to take a walk with a friend or go by yourself to the beach, the park, or any place where you are able to get at least forty minutes worth of exercise.
·                     Start with stretching exercises of ten minutes first thing in the morning.
·                     Do some meditation and think of yourself as a thin person.
·                     Get some books on healthy eating for recipes you can make for one.
·                     Stay away from sweets, rice, bread , biscuits or any kind of flour. Drink lots of water.
·                     Always read the ingredients on the package for hidden sugars.
·                     If you like riding a bike but are afraid to ride too far, get a stationary recumbent bike which gives good back support and makes it less wearing on the knees.
·                     Try to do a little more as far as exercising every day.
·                     You are what you eat; love yourself by staying away from the foods which you know are bad for you. Say goodbye once and for all to deep dish pizza or pizza of any kind and have a bowl of unbuttered but seasoned popcorn instead.


Becoming friends with Parkinson's

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that gets progressively worse over the years. Some people live with the disease for twenty or more years, for others it progresses slowly and some patients have lived into their eighties. It is impossible to gauge or predict how long a P.D. sufferer will live as it depends on many factors. Still, there is much someone afflicted with the condition can do to live a healthy and productive life.

If you have always been averse to exercise, this is your time to get out your walking shoes and take active steps to keeping healthy. Walking is good for you as it contributes to good blood circulation, gets your endorphins going and also creates an overall feeling of well being. Every day you walk or do some form of exercise is a treat for your body as you cannot afford to get stiff from being sedentary – and you should not be sitting in one position for long periods of time.

Things you can do to keep active include:
·                     Playing games where words and puzzles are involved as it exercises the brain and keeps you in the loop.
·                     Work in your garden for fifteen minutes or so. Clip the dry leaves, pull some weeds, water the plants.
·                     Don’t isolate yourself from your friends. You want to live as normal a life as possible. Arrange a card game for your friends or go to the cinema once in a while.
·                     Have a nap in the afternoons; it refreshes you.
·                     Meet your friends and go out for tea or go for a walk to the park. Don’t let the words – I don’t feel well – become part of your repertoire.
·                     Get a novel from the library once or twice a day and read.
·                     Most of all stay positive and tell yourself every morning when you wake up that it is going to be a great day. Remember, not all days are rough days and everyone gets older; not only P.D. sufferers.
·                     Say thank you to God for giving you the wisdom and strength to look after yourself. The mind is a wonderful thing; it can heal. Believe that a cure is on the horizon.

Reversing Parkinsons