Archives for November 2018

Got Anxiety? Try Some Omega-3’s!

Hello again to all: Hope everyone had a really great Thanksgiving, and for those of us with anxiety, we may want to add fish and/or omega-3 rich foods to our Thanksgiving spread. It turns out that essential fatty acids known as the Omega-3 group, can have very brain favorable health benefits: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2702216 The author’s state: Conclusions and Relevance: This review indicates that omega-3 PUFAs might help to reduce the symptoms of clinical anxiety. Further well-designed studies are needed in populations in whom anxiety is the main symptom. Bottom Line: As part of a brain healthy program, most people can add a dietary and/or supplemental source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids to the mix. There is enough research to validate this approach, but in my opinion, it should not be a stand-alone therapy. Because of the way that ... Read more

Gratitude As A Component of Wellness

Hello again everyone: First of all, everyone here at Richmond Chiropractic Neurology sends you warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday…a time to give thanks and express gratitude. As it turns out, practicing gratitude in our daily life has positive health benefits and can be a foundational conscious activity that supports your health on many levels. To start, here is a basic definition: gratitude is the sincere appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation. There are a lot of studies on gratitude, and here is a good one: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15427609.2018.1499350?scroll=top&needAccess=true “Gratitude provides many advantages throughout development…Mounting evidence shows that gratitude is advantageous because it helps reduce antisocial behavior and pathology, protects from ... Read more

Your Brain On Sugar: Not A Good Idea

If you have a relative with dementia of any type, or if you are experiencing brain fog, then please be aware that eating sugar is a sincerely bad thing to do. Yes, it tastes Ok, and you are right, I don’t seem to feel much of a bad effect right away…but please do not let that fool you. Sugar is not a wholesome food and consumption of sugar is NOT associated with any known health benefits…that momentary pleasure comes with a heavy price. Here is a really great, easy to read article that you might want to pass on to your family members, relatives, co-workers and friends: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prime-your-gray-cells/201110/why-sugar-high-leads-brain-low Bottom Line: Skip the sugar and any type of sweeteners, at least 98% of the time. Not even a daily sugar bomb of any type!! Try this for 90 days and let me know how you feel. Be warned, some of us will have ... Read more

Brain Destruction and Bad Carbs

If anyone in your family tree has a history of Alzheimer’s or any dementia, it means that your risk for brain loss and destruction is elevated. If that is the case, you should work diligently with your food choices, exercise, supplements and stress reduction to lower your risk in order to save your future brain health: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2398420 Conclusions and Relevance: Our results show that insulin resistance, a prevalent and increasingly common condition in developed countries, is associated with significantly lower regional cerebral glucose metabolism, which in turn may predict worse memory performance. Midlife may be a critical period for initiating treatments to lower peripheral insulin resistance to maintain neural metabolism and cognitive function. Bottom Line: It is estimated that one in three have insulin resistance, and ... Read more