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So you think your kids won’t like cooking? Try this beef Patties recipe today.

Beef Patties are perfect for a snack, Appetiser, kids lunch bags, game nights and any occasion. Help them eat healthy whilst they are off school and stay entertained.

There are several components to this so you could delegate tasks.

I know it might be easier to let them vegitate on their play stations, but I recommend getting them involved so you dont burn out mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually.

You can buy a pack of mince meat and let it go far. Great for freezing.

Ingredients

1 lb of mince beef

1 (8 oz) can of sweet green peas

2 beef bouillon

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 yellow onion minced finely

2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme

4-6 small fresh peppers if you like them spicy or just a prince of black pepper.

3 tbsp finely minced celery leaves

2 blades of scallion minced

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp ground coriander

½ tsp salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Egg wash(consisting of 1 egg beaten and 1 tbsp water)

Pastry Dough (you can buy ready made dough) or

3 cups of flour

1 ½ sticks or 12 tbsp of cold butter

1/4 cup of shortening or vegetable oil

1 tspn salt

8 tbsps of iced water

Instructions

Sift flour and salt in a large mixing bowl

Dice butter into tiny cubes and add

Add shortening or vegetable oil

Use fingertips to mix together

Add cold water one tbspn at a time

or until all dry ingredients has

been absorbed

Mold into a ball, wrap in plastic

Refrigerate for 30 minutes before

using

Method

Season meat with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce,

onion, allspice, pepper, and coriander

In a skillet, add oil and heat then add meat and bouillon

Saute on high heat or 2 minutes

Add thyme, sweet green peas, and continue to cook for 1 minute

Remove immediately in order to have a half cooked meat mixture

Bring to room temperature

Add scallions and celery leaves and incorporate using a spatula

Roll out pastry dough and cut rounds using a biscuit cutter

Fill center with approximately 1 ½ tbsp meat filling

Brush egg wash around the edges, top with another round of pastry dough

Press to seal edges with fingers, then use a fork to create indentations on edge

This will create a nice finish

Finally, prick the top with a fork, and baste with egg wash

Place on a greased flat sheet pan, and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes

Cool on a rack, but serve warm

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How to clean surfaces properly to kill virus & bacteria

How to clean to kill off coronavirus

Each disinfecting chemical has its own specific instructions. But an important general rule is that you shouldn’t immediately wipe a cleaning solution off as soon as you’ve applied it to a surface. Let it sit there long enough to kill viruses first,” says Donald Schaffner, professor and extension specialist in food science with expertise in microbial risk assessment and handwashing.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends daily disinfection for frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

The CDC also recommends the use of detergent or soap and water on dirty surfaces prior to disinfection.

If someone in your home is sick with flu-like symptoms, consider regularly disinfecting objects in your home, since SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to survive for 16 hours on plastics.

Whatever cleaning solution you use, let it remain in contact with the surface long enough to kill viruses and other pathogens. The time needed will depend on the chemical.

Don’t use different cleaning agents at the same time. Some household chemicals, if mixed, can create dangerous and poisonous gases.

How do I clean with bleach?

Bleach can be diluted with cold water to make an effective disinfectant against bacteria, fungi, and many viruses including coronaviruses. You can typically use one-quarter cup of bleach per 1 gallon of cold water—but be sure to follow the directions on the label of your bleach.

Make dilute bleach solution as needed and use it within 24 hours, as its disinfecting ability fades with time.

Non-porous items like plastic toys can be immersed in bleach for 30 seconds. Household surfaces that won’t be damaged by bleach should get 10 or more minutes of exposure.

Bleach solutions are very hard on the skin, and should not be used as a substitute for handwashing and/or hand sanitizer.

What about alcohol?

Alcohol in many forms, including rubbing alcohol, can be effective for killing many pathogens.

You can dilute alcohol with water (or aloe vera to make hand sanitizer) but be sure to keep an alcohol concentration of around 70% to kill coronaviruses. Many hand sanitizers have a concentration of about 60% alcohol, and Lysol contains about 80%; these are all effective against coronaviruses.

Solutions of 70% alcohol should be left on surfaces for 30 seconds (including cellphones—but check the advice of the phone manufacturer to make sure you don’t void the warranty) to ensure they will kill viruses. Pure (100%) alcohol evaporates too quickly for this purpose.

Containers of 70% alcohol should be sealed to prevent evaporation. But unlike bleach solutions, they will remain potent as long as they are sealed between uses.

A 70% alcohol solution with water will be very harsh on your hands and should not be used as a substitute for handwashing and/or hand sanitizer.

Can I use hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is typically sold in concentrations of about 3%. It can be used as is, or diluted to 0.5% concentration for effective use against coronaviruses on surfaces. It should be left on surfaces for one minute before wiping.

Will vinegar kill off coronavirus?

Vinegar, tea tree oil, and other natural products are not recommended for fighting coronaviruses.

A study on influenza virus found that cleaning with a 10% solution of malt vinegar was effective, but few other studies have found vinegar to be able to kill a significant fraction of viruses or other microbes.

While tea tree oil may help control the virus that causes cold sores, there is no evidence that it can kill coronaviruses.

Source

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How Hair Loss Can be Related to Liver Dysfunction by Diane Shawe

THE LIVER AND IT’S ROLE IN HAIR GROWTH

Has there ever been more pressure to have a full and luscious head of hair?

Article by Diane Shawe

Whether it’s dating app snaps, Instagram selfies, or even that corporate head shot on LinkedIn, maintaining a youthful appearance has become a critical feature of modern life and more and more people experiencing hair loss can suffer anxiety attacks at the sight of a mobile phone snapping their photo.

In the randomised study of over 2,000 women in the UK, more than one in five said they are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning. When you add in the number of women who have suffered from this in the past, the figure rises to almost 30 per cent.

A further 25 per cent who did not have the problem themselves knew friends or family who did.

The emotional toll can be devastating: many of those the researchers spoke to described how they had begun to withdraw from everyday activities.

As many as 51 per cent say they now shy away from having photos taken, 47 per cent say they avoid social events and 40 per cent said the same for meeting new people. Anxiety and embarrassment were also common responses to developing the condition.

One of the main reasons we lack an effective way to prevent hair loss is that we still understand very little about the molecular mechanisms that underpin human hair growth and loss.

Each hair follicle on our scalp is a miniature organ, which follows its own rhythmic cycle of growth, regression and rest throughout our lifetimes. With age, some of them become sensitive to hormones on the scalp, most notably dihydro testosterone or DHT, which binds to the follicles and miniaturises them until they no longer produce visible hair. However, we know hardly anything about how this miniaturisation process happens, or how to prevent it.

According to Prof Ralf Paus, a dermatologist at the University of Manchester, this is because hair loss is still viewed largely as a cosmetic problem, rather than a disease. Because of this, in the western world, neither industry nor academic funding bodies have been willing to spend substantial sums of money on hair research.

Despite the scale of patient demand, they have been dissuaded by the knowledge that any drug that hits the market is unlikely to be covered by the NHS or insurance companies.

So how could you self help and what does this have to do with your liver.

Liver disease can impact hair growth and trigger the onset of hair loss. Therefore, improper functioning of the liver affects all metabolic systems including digestion and the uptake of fat soluble vitamins. This is primarily because proper digestion and the uptake of vitamins is crucial for hair growth and cycling.

The liver is responsible for the uptake of fat-soluble vitamins, the detoxification of estrogen and the regulation of blood sugar. All of which are important for normal follicle hair cycling. In addition to normal metabolic function the liver performs hundreds of different functions.

Detoxification of the body takes place via a number of body systems. The principle organ of detoxification is the liver. Life is dependent on the function of the liver as the primary defence against any toxins that enter the blood stream.

The liver can be found on the right on the side of the stomach and weighs about 3 pounds. It is divided into two large sections called the right and the left lobes. The liver sits on top off the gall bladder and alongside parts of the pancreas and intestines.

Liver detoxification has been touted as the perfect route to an efficient liver; but is detoxifying the liver treating the cause or the symptom? Detoxifying our organ of detoxification is a contradiction in terms but certain methods can be employed to aid the liver in its normal detoxification process.

A liver that is not detoxifying efficiently could be the result of an iron deficiency or chronic over consumption of alcohol; medication or certain types of hormonal therapy. Liver disease can also be caused by hypothyroidism or adrenal insufficiency


FUNCTIONS OF THE LIVER IN RELATION TO HAIR LOSS

Conversion of ammonia
The conversion of ammonia to urea is essential for normal metabolism. Ammonia is taken up from the blood by hepatocytes (liver cells) and converted to urea through the Krebs-Henseleit cycle. Ammonia is the by product of the break down of amino acids; disorders of the ammonia/urea cycle can lead to iron deficiency. Individuals with hyperammonia (high levels of ammonia in the blood) are likely to develop coarse brittle hair. They may also have brittle hair that breaks easily, a condition known as trichorrhexis nodasa.

Maintenance of blood sugar
Blood sugar  regulation is linked to hair loss and low levels of blood sugar can lead to hair thinning and premature hair fall. Hair follicles require an adequate supply of glucose to remain in anagen (growing phase) and periods of low blood sugar can disturb normal follicle cycling.

Although fatty acids and ketone bodies can be oxidised by the hair follicle, they are poor energetic substitutes for glucose.

Storage of vitamins
Fat soluble vitamins travel through the lymphatic system of the small intestines and into blood stream within your body .

The liver stores fat soluble vitamins: A, D,E and K. The bile secreted during digestion is essential for absorbing them so that the body can use them. If bile production is compromised by liver damage, the proper absorption of these vitamins may be affected. Fat soluble vitamins are essential for norma hair follicle cycling.

Detoxification of the blood
The liver is responsible for filtering bacteria, old red blood cells and toxins (such as alcohol) from the blood. The liver is also the site of biosynthesis hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen is related to hair growth and hair loss. When estrogen levels are sufficient, women have full, thick hair. But when they drop, such as after a pregnancy or during and after menopause, more hair enters the “resting” phase, where it soon falls out and causes thinning and even balding patches .

THE LIVER DETOXIFICATION PATHWAY
The liver removes toxins and metabolic waste by converting them to water soluble compounds that can be excreted in the urine. Substances that are not water soluble are excreted in the bile, the bile is transported into the intestines and excreted in the faeces.

Phase-one detoxification transforms toxins through oxidation, reduction and hydrolysis by utilising a network of around 50 detoxification enzymes collectively known as cytochrome P-450 enzyme system. This transformation process creates free radicals (highly reactive species of oxygen). These free radicals are normally balanced by antioxidants.


Phase I detoxification prepares substances for phase-two detoxification. The liver normally produces a supply of antioxidants to negate any potential damage caused by free radicals. Key nutritional requirements for phase one detoxification include vitamin: A, E and B3. Minerals required include zinc, magnesium; essential fatty acids are also necessary.

Phase II detoxification transforms any toxic agents so they can be excreted in the urine or in the faeces.

If phase-two processing fails to keep up with phase-one free radicals can accumulate, in the form of reactive intermediates. A reactive intermediate is a short-lived, high-energy, highly reactive molecule, when your liver fails to process theses intermediates efficiently they begin to build up. If the liver can not process intermediates; much like a factory line production will slow down considerably

PHASE I INHIBITION
• Vitamin deficiency
• Mineral deficiency
• Oral contraceptive
• Anti-histimines
• Iron overload

PHASE I OVER STIMULATION
• Alcohol
• Caffeine
• Nicotine
• Certain medication

TOXIC OVERLOAD IN THE BODY
If the phase I and II detoxification pathways become overloaded, there will be a build up of toxins in the body. Most of these toxins will fat soluble and incorporate themselves into fatty parts of the body.

The brain and the endocrine (hormonal) glands are fatty organs, and are common sites for storage of fat-soluble toxins. This may result in symptoms of brain dysfunction and hormonal imbalances, such as infertility, breast pain, menstrual disturbances, adrenal gland exhaustion and early menopause.


SECRETION OF BILE AND ITS ROLE IN HAIR LOSS

Bile is a green-yellow fluid that is synthesised by the liver; it is critical for the breakdown of fats and absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Once bile synthesis is compromised essential fatty acid and fat soluble vitamin deficiencies can develop.

Essential fatty acids are essential for hair growth.

Vitamin A;

a lack of vitamin A can cause hypoplasia (dry hair and scalp) or hyperplasia (greasy hair and oily scalp).

Vitamin D;

research shows that a lack of vitamin D in your body can lead to hair loss. When there isn’t enough vitamin D in your system, new hair growth can be stunted.

Vitamin E;

a small trial from 2010 found that vitamin E supplements improved hair growth in people with hair loss. It’s thought that the vitamin’s antioxidant properties helped reduce oxidative stress in the scalp.

Vitamin K;

vitamin K helps regulate calcium deposition in the body; because of this, it helps prevent blood vessel calcification, as seen in pattern hair loss scalp calcification.

NUTRIENT SUPPORT FOR THE LIVER

Vitamin B complex

B vitamins help the body obtain energy from food and is also involved in cholesterol and hormone production.

Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace element and necessary for a healthy liver. Selenium increases levels of glutathione peroxidase, a powerful antioxidant required for phase II detoxification.

Manganese

Alcohol consumption can lower content of several trace elements, as iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.

Beta carotene

Low doses of beta carotene have an anti-oxidation role in the liver preventing damage and inflammation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also important in liver detoxification pathways. It helps protect liver detoxification enzymes, created in phase I and phase II liver detoxification pathways, from oxidative damage.

Vitamin E

Antioxidants such as vitamin E reduce the damage caused by free radicals created in phase I. If antioxidants are lacking and toxin exposure is high, toxic chemicals become far more damaging to the liver.

Copper

Slightly lower than normal levels of copper has been reported as a potential factor in diseases characterised by disrupted fat metabolism such as non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease.

Zinc

Zinc deficiency may manifest itself in many ways: liver disease, poor liver regeneration, slow growing hair, or altered immune function.

LIVER FUNCTION TESTS

Liver function tests help determine the health of the liver by measuring levels of liver enzymes, proteins and bilirubin in the blood. Liver function tests can be used to asses acute and chronic liver disfunction.

Alanine transferase (ALT) ALT is an enzyme made by cells of the liver, an ALT test measures the amount of ALT in your blood. ALT is an enzyme that plays a crucial role in metabolism; it aids in the process that turns food into energy. the hair follicle is energetically expensive and requires high amounts of energy in the growing phase.

When higher than normal amounts of ALT is found outside of the liver it can indicate the liver is damaged or inflamed indicating a problem in phase one/two detoxification.

Damage to the liver causes an increase in ALT; the ALT can assess the amount of liver in the blood but it ca not show how much liver damage is present or how severe liver damage can become. Some drugs may affect the levels of ALT levels in your blood. Most low-normal results for ALT indicate a healthy liver.
Normal range: 0 – 45 U/L Optimal range: 10 – 30 U/L

Aspartate aminitransferase (AST) AST is present in various tissues of the body. This enzyme helps trigger chemical reactions that the body need to function. Only a small amount of AST is normally found in the blood. Higher than normal amounts is associated with liver injury. Liver specialists report that AST is more likely to be related to liver injury than ALT.
Normal range: 0 – 45 U/L Optimal range: 10 – 30 U/L

Albumin Albumin is the most abundant protein in the blood. A proper balance of albumin is needed to reduce leakage of fluid from blood vessels and maintain blood volume. Albumin aids in growth and repair of tissues and appendages such as the hair follicle. An abnormal albumin level indicate liver disfunction.
Normal range: 35 to 55 g/L Optimal range: 38 – 40 g/L

Globulin High levels of globulin may indicate infection, inflammatory disease or immune disorders; these disorders can contribute to anaemia of chronic disease. Anaemia of chronic disease is called by iron withholding which disrupts iron metabolism; critical for the function of healthy hair follicles.
Normal range: 20 to 39 g/L Optimal range: 24 – 28 g/L

Bilirubin High levels of bilirubin can indicate haemolytic anaemia; a condition where red blood cells are destroyed too quickly. Hair is dependant on an adequate supply of oxygen, the premature destruction of red blood cells can affect hair follicle cycling.
Normal range: 1.7 – 20.5 umol/L Optimal range: 1.7 – 20.5 umol/L

5 SIGNS YOUR LIVER IS BEING OVERWORKED
(and what to do about it)

  1. You find it difficult to lose weight; the liver is the primary metaboliser of fat in the body. When liver function is below normal, it eventually impacts on your ability to burn fat. In addition to weight gain, it makes losing any extra pounds nearly impossible.
  2. You have trouble digesting fatty foods; If you find you have a fatty or distended stomach after eating fatty foods, you may have a poorly functioning liver. Bile is required to digest and absorb fat, if you are not digesting fats efficiently you are not absorbing adequate amounts of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K- vital for healthy hair, immunity, bones and much more.
  3. You have dry, slow growing hair; the liver is the main metabolic site of the body. It produces enough energy to sustain thousands of necessary functions performed every second by the body’s cells. Your hair follicles are dependant on a constant supply of energy to grow and regenerate.
  4. You get ill often; the liver is responsible for fighting off infections and when the liver is overworked the immune system cannot hands the extra load leaving you more prone to picking up bugs and infections.
  5. You suffer bad PMS; the liver regulates our hormone levels, an overworked liver results in elevated levels of estrogen which can lead to mood swings and irritability. Elevated levels of estrogen leads to estrogen dominance which can lead to high amounts of thyroid binding globulin. Thyroid binding globulin binds thyroid hormones so that they can not be utilised by cells of the body. The hair follicle is dependant on adequate amounts of thyroid hormone to maintain normal growth.
    WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
    The liver has an amazing capacity to regenerate itself. Through diet, nutritional supplementation and exercise most types of liver disfunction can be resolved.
  6. Ditch the caffeine; Caffeine speeds up Phase I detoxification and can increase the burden on an already sluggish liver. Try a Tumeric latte with almond milk instead. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin that prevents the liver from damage and can help to regenerate new liver cells. Turmeric also helps to stimulate the production of bile, necessary for the breakdown of fats from your food.
  7. Cut back on alcohol; Alcohol increase Phase I detoxification and a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g /dL will affect the livers capacity to regulate blood sugar and metabolise fats. A blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 g/dL will typically occur after 4 alcoholic drinks. Heavy alcohol use is defined by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as drinking more than 4 alcholic drinks on 5 or more days in the previous month.
  8. Supplement to support the liver; the liver requires an adequate supply of iron to fully support its detoxification and metabolic processes. Adequate iron storage is essential for intracellular energy output, from which adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) is produced. ATP administration reduces fat in liver cells. To generate sufficient ATP; a ferritin level over 100 ug/L is essential. Evaluating ferritin can be difficult as it is also an acute phase reactant and can be elevated in chronic and acute inflammatory conditions. Ferritin levels must be assessed in a within a broader blood panel. The phase II liver detoxification pathways is dependant on ATP. Supplementation with vitamins A, D, E and K as well as selenium will support and enhance the liver detoxification pathway.
  9. Pump it up; Regular exercise is key to a healthy liver. Exercise decreases stress on the liver and increases energy levels. Aim for at least 4 hours of exercise, such as brisk walking, weight lifting or swimming per week.
  10. Get tested; Even moderately raised amounts of liver enzymes can indicate fatty liver and liver disease. Fatty liver is linked to insulin resistance; insulin resistance is linked to hair loss. Be warned, even fatty livers can result in normal amounts of liver enzymes in the blood

TYPES OF LIVER DISEASE THAT CAN IMPACT HAIR GROWTH:

  • Caused by viruses, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis
  • Caused by drugs, poisons, or too much alcohol e.g fatty liver disease and cirrhosis.
  • Cancer of the liver.
  • Inherited diseases of the liver such as hemochromatosis and Wilson disease.

A WELL BALANCED DETOXIFICATION CAN SUPPORT HAIR REGROWTH
Because the liver is the primary organ that controls detoxification within the body. It plays a vital role in helping achieve optimal health due to its ability to remove toxins from the blood and converting it to non toxic substances that can be eliminated in urine and faeces.

The liver also processes food and is responsible for the uptake of fat soluble vitamins for use within the hair follicle and throughout the body.
When in good health, phase I and phase II of the liver detoxification pathway are well balanced and the process works to protect against harmful toxins generated from the body’s own biological activity or from the environment. Liver function is almost always compromised, when the amount of toxins within the liver itself is greater than it can process. This toxic overload can be caused by poor nutrition and by the absence of nutrients needed for the two separate phases of detoxification or as a consequence of illness or disease.

REFERENCES

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Try Not To Let Dementia Creep Up On You – Take Preventive Action by Diane Shawe

Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

I just came across this article which I am pasting below.

It outlines some of the things I have been saying this past three years because our parents around the world are increasingly falling victim to these terrible diseases and we could be walking with or eyes wide shut into the same problems.

I am just going to reprint the entire article below, but before you go on to read it, I would also like to recommend that anyone experience memory lapse watch the video and then take a look at this product which is available at Holland and Barrets. Seriously think about incorporate it as a daily supplement.

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Article as follows:

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly antidepressants such as paroxetine or amitriptyline, bladder antimuscarinics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine, antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or olanzapine and antiepileptic drugs such as oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine.

study is important because it strengthens a growing body of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk,” said Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in primary care at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and first author of the study.

We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

What really causes it?

Will there ever be a cure?

Are there any natural preventatives?

How do my other medications that I’m taking affect my risk of such problems?

In fact, many prescriptions have actually been linked to memory loss!

We hope to answer these questions and more below. So, if you or a loved one is worried about or currently living with this problem, please keep reading…

How Common Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Most people associate Alzheimer’s with memory loss, one of first and most common symptoms of the disease. On average, the progressive (and currently) irreversible brain disorder starts affecting people after 60 years of age. However, there are many factors that contribute to an individual’s experience such as their genes, diet, lifestyle habits, and more.

According to Alzheimers.net, there are 44 million people who have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, approximately 5,700,000 of whom are American.

Health officials expect that number to rise to 16 million by 2050. And because it’s the sixth leading cause of death in America – the only one in the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed – it demands everyone’s attention.

10 Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

As outlined by the Alzheimer’s Association, they can include:

Memory loss

Inability to plan things or solve problems

Difficulty completing simple tasks

Getting confused about times, dates, and places

Inability to understand spatial relationships and visuals

New problems when it comes to speaking or writing

Forgetting where you put stuff and being unable to retrace steps

Increasingly poor judgement Growing less and less social

Uncharacteristic changes in mood and personality

How About Dementia?

Not unlike Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, general dementia is also a progressive syndrome that impairs your cognitive function. That is, your ability to think, reason, remember, and behave properly (if at all).

Many of the symptoms actually overlap with those of Alzheimer’s disease.

Growing by 10 million new cases per year, there are around 50 million people worldwide currently living with dementia… According to the World Health Organization, that’s a figure that we expect to hit 82,000,000 by 2030 and 152,000,000.

Although these numbers are alarming, there are numerous ways to decrease your risk of development Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia – naturally and otherwise. But the possibility of keeping the number of dementia cases to a minimum seems unlikely when so many people are on medications that can increase the likelihood of getting it… (RE READ THAT STATEMENT)

Common Drugs Like Benadryl Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
In March 2015, researchers published a prospective cohort study in JAMA Internal Medicine called “Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia.”

The University of Washington and Seattle healthcare system, Group Health, conducted the long-term study which tracked 3,434 men and women who were aged 65 and up, and had no dementia when the study began.

The team accessed every participant’s history of drug use for the previous decade, including both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Over a 7-year timeline, they followed up with all the participants every two years, during which 797 participants developed dementia (637 of whom developed Alzheimer’s disease).

As researchers looked back on what those 797 individuals took, anticholinergic drugs became the main suspect. The most common anticholinergics participants used were tricyclic antidepressants, first-generation antihistamines, and bladder antimuscarinics.

Compared to those who didn’t take anticholinergic drugs, people who did for as little as three years were 54% more likely to develop dementia.

What Are Anticholinergics?

Usually, these types of drugs are prescribed to treat problems including urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

Anticholinergic drugs’ main purpose is to block the actions and effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which causes muscles to contract, activates pain responses and regulates endocrine and REM sleep functions.

It’s just a natural fact of life – as we age, our bodies’ ability to produce acetylcholine decreases. Since the brain actually contains many acetylcholine-producing cells, as Harvard editor Beverly Merz highlights, “blocking its effects can deliver a double whammy to older people.”

Related: NHS outlines over 45 Common Medications Linked to Memory Loss!

If you want to keep your head clear and brain functioning as highly as possible, steering clear of anticholinergic drugs seems ideal.

However, it is important to recognize that the long-term study revealed only a small portion of drugs was interfering with cognitive function. So, please discuss with your doctor if you’re thinking of getting off any prescribed medications.

Experiencing Memory Loss? It’s Not Necessarily Alzheimer’s

There are reversible dementias that, although worrisome, people can treat and even overcome. Some of these problems might surprise you:

1) Delirium
Although this condition seems similar to dementia, the mental changes that occur in delirium happen within days in comparison to months or years. Another key distinction between these two problems is that with dementia, you maintain consciousness; with delirium, you don’t.

2) Depression
People with depression have likely experienced moments of forgetfulness and disorientation. A simple way to tell the difference between depression and dementia is looking at the timeline… Depressed people become depressed first and experience memory-related symptoms later, whereas people with dementia become depressed as a result of their declining cognitive function.

3) Vitamin B12 Deficiency
This crucial deficiency can lead to pernicious anemia, a rare condition associated with confusion, slowness, apathy, and irritability. If you suspect this is the case, see your doctor as soon as possible to make sure your body can even absorb vitamin B12 properly.

4) Thyroid Disease
Individuals with hypothyroidism will likely exhibit dementia-like symptoms. One of the best things you can do is get a thyroid hormone blood test to determine the best possible treatment.

5) Alcoholism
People who are alcoholic can suffer bouts of confusion and amnesia which can mimic the same experiences as someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Although alcoholism can deteriorate the ability to remember and orientate oneself, abstinence and overcoming addiction can help reverse dementia.

Think You Have a Memory Problem?

This Is What You Should Do
Not all memory problems or moments of forgetfulness mean you have dementia! That alone should let you have a sigh of relief. But, if you or someone you think thinks a seemingly small memory problem is getting worse, there are a few things you can try.

First, make an appointment with your doctor and talk about your experience(s) right away. No matter the hold-ups you might have with doctors, they are our best source and can help point us in the right direction.

Second, get some blood tests done to make sure your dementia-like symptoms aren’t being caused by hormone imbalances or nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B12.

There might even be some prescription medications that could be causing your cognitive lapses. In that case, simply ask your doctor for more details about the medications you’re taking.

Third, examine your diet and lifestyle habits. This could look like cutting out sugar, eating healthy fats, and getting a bit more daily physical activity.

It may be hard to make such habitual changes, but a perfect place to start is to visit the Alzheimer official website and downoad 8-Step Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan to Stop Memory Loss Before It Starts.

Forth, try incorporating natural supplements into your daily diet. These can include science-backed herbal remedies such as ashwagandha, turmeric, gingko biloba, and/or coconut oil!

That was a lot of information…
But, we hope that it answered any questions you may have had.

Dementia is a terrible and currgently incurable disorder that scientists, doctors, and people like you and us have all been affected by.

With the growing number of cases each year, we need to do all we can to foster a healthy and protected brain care.

If everyone plays their part, maybe we can keep this heart-breaking health problem from growing and stop walking into it with our Eyes Wide Shut!

Do You Eat Any Of These Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods That Help Keeps You Forever Young?

I came across these superfoods on a home remedy info page the other day amnd was surprised to say that I eat at least three quarters of there recommendations but not as often as I should.

Aging is a natural process but, of course, we all wish we could look young and stay healthy forever. No one can offer us the Fountain of Youth (not yet), but there are some tips that can make a huge difference in slowing down the body’s aging process and leave others wondering how you stay so young.

Medicines keep us alive longer than ever before, but they have side effects. Instead of relying on medicines and beauty products, focus on your food choices. The foods you eat greatly impact how your body responds as you get older.

It is well known that poor nutrition contributes to disease and premature aging, whereas a healthy diet provides your body with essential nutrients to keep your organs in good working condition. Plus, healthy foods will help your body combat the typical problems brought on by aging.

Many foods can help defy the clock and keep you looking and feeling young for years.

Here are the top 10 anti-aging superfoods.

1. Walnuts

Walnuts are considered an amazing anti-aging food. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, one-fourth cup of walnuts provides approximately 91 percent of the daily recommended intake of omega-3 fatty acids.These essential fatty acids help regulate your cholesterol level and reduce the risk of heart disease. They also will help your brain function properly for years to come. Plus, walnuts contain magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, selenium, copper and fiber that are required to keep your body healthy and energetic as you age. Last but not least, they will help you keep your waistline trim as you get older.Walnuts can be eaten as a snack or added to salads, yogurt and stir-fry recipes. Be sure not to have more than a handful of unsalted walnuts at a time to keep calories in check.

2. Blueberry

Antioxidants can slow down the aging process and blueberries are the best antioxidant-rich food available. Antioxidants stop free radicals from forming in your body, which can cause serious diseases and speed up the aging process. Plus, blueberries have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help keep all your body’s cells from aging and keep your skin looking young.Blueberries can also reduce the risk of arthritis, lower cholesterol, improve eyesight and slow down cognitive deterioration that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. You can have them with your cereal, eat them with ice cream or yogurt, or have them as a fruit snack.

3. Spinach

Evidence indicates that spinach can help you stay in top shape as you age. Spinach is a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that greatly help reduce age-related mental decline, eye and vision conditions, and bone degeneration.

Not only that, spinach also has a high amount of vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene, all of which help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays so your skin remains vibrant and healthy even as you age. In addition, this green vegetable can help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It can even reduce the risk of cancer in the digestive tract.

Just one cup of fresh spinach daily can keep your body healthy and your skin young for years. You can eat spinach in salad, soup or juice form.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is used in a host of beauty products due to its powerful antioxidant properties, which help protect the skin from harmful free radicals that cause wrinkling, brown spots and skin aging. These antioxidants can slow down premature aging and help keep your skin supple and looking young. This healthy beverage also helps protect against skin cancer.

Green tea has also been shown to help prevent heart disease and high cholesterol, prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and help you preserve bone density. If you wish to look younger than your age, one or two cups of green tea daily can help a lot. You can also try green tea supplements.

5. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and hence can be used to delay the aging process. Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries, protect against abnormal heart rhythms and keep you mentally sharp as you age.

The anti-inflammatory properties and high protein content of salmon also help keep your skin free from blemishes, acne breakouts and various signs of aging like wrinkles, brown spots, crow’s feet and fine lines. Plus, salmon contains a chemical called astaxanthin, which gives your skin a youthful appearance. In addition, this cold water fish is rich in anti-aging nutrients like vitamins D and E. Try to have three or four servings of salmon per week. You can opt for grilled, smoked or baked salmon.

6. Broccoli

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can significantly slow down the aging process. Broccoli is high in antioxidants and contains an impressive number of anti-aging nutrients. This superfood contains the compounds sulforaphane and indoles, which help protect against oxidative stress, cell damage and even cancer.

The B-vitamin folate in broccoli will help your brain work properly for years, while the vitamin K1 increases bone density and reduces fracture risk. Plus, it is rich in artery-clearing fiber, bone-strengthening calcium and heart-healthy potassium.

One serving of broccoli three or four times per week can make a difference in your health and how you age. Try to always eat fresh broccoli rather than frozen broccoli.

7. Olive Oil

Several studies have concluded that olive oil can make you look younger than your age. Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamins A and E. While vitamin A protects the skin from free radicals that are known to accelerate the aging process, vitamin E aids in skin repair and renewal.

Higher intake of olive oil means less fine lines, fewer wrinkles, a more even skin tone and smooth texture. The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil can also improve heart health, lower cholesterol levels, and control blood sugar.

To enjoy the anti-aging benefits of olive oil, use it as your regular cooking oil. Also, this healthy oil can be used as bath oil and as a topical moisturizer.

8. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that help protect your body from free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals can speed up the aging process and also cause different types of cancer.

The cocoa present in dark chocolate has flavanols that encourage blood vessels to relax, keeping them youthful, supple and pliable. This in turn lowers risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Eat dark chocolate in moderation, as it is high in calories and saturated fat that can cause weight gain. Stick to a small piece of dark chocolate with higher cocoa percentage.

9. Garlic

Garlic has many health benefits and has been used for ages to slow down the aging process. It has allicin that works as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Allicin helps keep the body free from harmful free radicals. Garlic is also useful for decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the body, preventing cancer and acting as an antifungal and antiviral agent.

Plus, it contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium that are essential to keep your body in good health. To enjoy the anti-aging as well as other health benefits of garlic, try to eat two raw garlic cloves daily. Also, use garlic in your cooking.

10. Tomatoes

A tomato a day can reverse the effects of aging. Tomato’s anti-aging benefits are credited to lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from harmful free radicals. Lycopene acts as a natural sun block, preventing the UV damage that causes sun spots, dryness and wrinkles. Also, a tomato-rich diet boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin supple. Tomatoes also have the ability to cut cholesterol, prevent heart disease as well as ward off a range of cancers.

For optimum health and good looking skin, try to drink one glass of tomato juice daily. You can also have tomatoes in your salad or soup. Include these foods in your diet plan to boost your health and reduce the impacts of aging. Along with these foods, you need to follow a healthy lifestyle for better health and looks.

Source: Natural Home Remedies

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Detoxing with Beetroot for a healthy liver

A friend of over thirty years has just been told that she needs a liver transplant! She does not smoke or drink and use to be a aerobics teacher!

So I started to look up some advice about ways to maintain our liver health especially as most of our food and water has synthetic products added to them.

Article by Diane Shawe M.ED

Well it would seem that Beetroot support liver health (one of our main detox organs) and are full of nutrients and antioxidants. Beet roots are an incredible food and if you can use the leaves also, even better.

According to Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, beets are some of the highest antioxidant foods and have nine times more antioxidants than tomatoes and fifty times more antioxidants than carrots! Beets’ unique combination of phytonutrients and antioxidants have been shown to be especially helpful in reducing chronic inflammation. 

Beets have a special pigment, betalin, which strongly supports the body’s phase 2 detoxification process. 

Phase 2 detoxification is when the body neutralises and removes potentially harmful substances from the body by making them water soluble. 

Beets can also spice up your love life! They are high in boron, an element that has shown to increase testosterone levels and therefore sex drive in both sexes. 

Beets have also been shown to widen blood vessels. This increased blood flow throughout the body also supports sexual health. What about beet greens? 

Beet greens are some of the healthiest greens available at your supermarket and have a similar nutrient profile to kale. If you buy beets with the greens attached you’ll know you are buying recently harvested beets, which can also have greater nutrient levels. 

I know you can get jars of beetroot soaked in vinegar, but if you can get the freshly grown from the market I believe this will be better for you.

So what else?

Pepper It’s easy to dismiss pepper as a common spice. Its commonality almost makes it boring. What’s fascinating about peppers that it accounts for 1/5 of the total spice trade in the world! Besides adding a pleasant taste to our food, black pepper is a warming stimulant that promotes good digestion. 

I think the most amazing thing I found out about black pepper is its ability to increase the bioavailability of our herbs and foods. Adding a bit of black pepper to herbal formulas or to our dinner plate means that we have increased the qualities and nutrients available to us. 

So here’s a couple of delicious recipes to help you detox your liver.

Beetroot salmorejo

Check out our super easy recipe to make a fresh and delicious Spanish ‘Beetroot Salmorejo’

Time: 15 mins

Yield: 4 people

Ingredients include:

  • 400 g Beetroot (- Boiled)
  • 600 g Tomato
  • 8 units Strawberries (- Medium size)
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic

Put everything in a blender, add two cups of water and blend until smooth. Pour out into small saucepan bring to boil and then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.

Peppery Borscht

Peppery Borscht Today’s beet borscht recipe is a beloved and traditional soup from Russia. Borscht soup is a fantastic way to support your body’s natural detox abilities while enjoying a delicious soup. There are lots of different borscht recipes out there. 

In this version that I found it includes those incredibly nutritious beet greens and added extra pepper for zing and increased nutrient absorption. 

What you’ll need… 

1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes 

2 cups cubed beets 

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth 

2 tablespoons butter 

1 1/2 cups chopped onions 

4 garlic cloves minced 

1 cup chopped beet greens 

1 tablespoon caraway seeds 

2 teaspoons salt (or to taste) 

1 celery stalk, 

chopped 1 large carrot, 

sliced 3 cups coarsely chopped purple cabbage 

2-3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 

2 bay leaves a couple 

handfuls of shitake mushrooms 

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 cup tomato puree sour cream (optional) green onions for garnish 

Heat the butter in a large pot. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, bay leaves. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, beets, potatoes, mushrooms and stock. Simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. 

Stir in the balsamic vinegar, beet greens, honey and tomato puree. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and green onions for garnish. 

Source of info and recipe

Rosalee de la Forêt Rosalee is the Education Director of Learning Herbs and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal. She is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. Rosalee teaches at international herbal conferences and runs a popular herbal mentoring program. Read more about Rosalee https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/beet-borscht-recipe/