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Keep Aging at Bay

Thursday, 01 Mar 2012 08:57 AM

Last week, I gave you six tips on how to use nutrition to protect your brain. This week, we'll cover six more ways to stay young and vigorous. In addition, my special report "Stop Aging Naturally" gives more in-depth ways to slow the relentless march of time.
1. Eat complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. These include broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and onions. You can find the index on the Internet. These foods are absorbed slowly and help avoid an insulin surge (which can lead to hypoglycemia). It is also important to eat only limited amounts of carbohydrates each day. That means no more than two servings (a serving is a cup) with each meal.
2. Drink a combination of white tea mixed with rosemary tea. These teas contain powerful antioxidants and have been shown to especially protect the brain against abnormal aging. Two cups a day should be adequate. White tea is the same as green tea but contains much lower levels of fluoride with higher levels of antioxidants. (Green and white tea can improve your health in many ways. To learn more, read my report "Miracle Tea.")


3. Remove "silver" fillings. If you have amalgam (silver) fillings in your teeth, find a dentist specially trained in their safe removal and have them taken out and replaced with ceramics. Contact the IAOMT organization (www.iaomt.com) for a list of trained dentists near you. The mercury from amalgams has been shown to vaporize in the mouth, at which point it is absorbed into the blood. In addition, the mercury can travel directly to your brain by way of the olfactory nerves in your nose.
4. Avoid continuous stress. Unrelieved stress greatly increases free-radical production and lipid peroxidation in the brain, causing it to age abnormally and rapidly. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Regular moderate exercise is also an excellent way to relieve stress. It has also been shown to slow brain aging. However, extreme exercise can have the opposite effect. The omega-3 oils have also been shown to protect the brain against stress damage. For more information on reducing stress, see my report "Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health" for detailed information.
5. Avoid depression. If you become depressed, seek treatment early. A number of studies have shown that depression causes learning difficulties and a loss of memory, and that over time the hippocampus of the brain (the memory and learning center) actually shrinks. Depression is best treated with regular exercise. Avoiding omega-6 fats and increasing omega-3s also helps. Omega-3 fats have been shown to improve depression and protect the brain from depression-related damage.
6. Once a week, you should fast at least until dinner. Fasting once a week has been shown to dramatically slow brain aging and accelerate repair of this essential organ. Experiments have demonstrated that fasting causes the brain to generate growth-stimulating chemicals (brain growth factor and epithelial growth factor) that promote healing of damaged neurons.
For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.



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