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Healthy Brain foods

Healthy Brain foods

Hi Everyone,

If you are like me, enjoy learning. Especially about health benefits of simple spices and foods.

Here’s a spice that is worth keeping AND using in your kitchen !

If you want a future that is free of Parkinson’s disease, the smart choice for dinner tonight may be curried vegetables.

Why? Because curry spice — a staple of Thai and Indian dishes — is rich in turmeric. And in a recent lab study, turmeric appeared to help protect the brain against Parkinson’s damage.

Brain-Shielding Spice
Parkinson’s disease affects about 1 million people in theUnited States, and researchers are actively seeking a cure. The disease works slowly over time, destroying the brain neurons that make dopamine. And that can have wide-ranging effects because muscles need dopamine to function smoothly. When they don’t get it, everything from walking to talking to breathing becomes difficult. Enter curcumin. In a lab study, curcumin helped protect dopamine-producing brain cells by clamping down on a mutant Parkinson’s protein that tends to do in those cells.

Curried Brain Protection
Because this was just a lab study, more research is needed to determine whethereating curry and other turmeric-containing dishes could help protect brain cells. But animal research already suggests that curcumin in the diet may help guard against other inflammation-induced conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even some cancers. And if Indian dishes with curry are done right, they can be not only tasty but downright good for you, too

Generally, what’s harmful to your heart is also harmful to your brain.

Make no mistake about it — while fried potato skins are busting your buttons, there’s also a portion that gets shuttled up through your arteries to your gray matter.

Saturated fats, for example, clog arteries that lead to your brain, putting you at risk of stroke, while omega-3 fatty acids — the good fats found in fish — are helpful for your brain, because they help keep your arteries clear. They also alter your neurotransmitters and reduce depression.

These are the best foods to keep your brain Young:

Food Why Recommended Amount RealAge Difference
Nuts Nuts contain monounsaturated fats to keep your arteries clear, as well as precursors of serotonin, which boosts mood. One ounce of nuts a day is just right. (More is fine, but be careful of calorie overload.) An ounce is about 12 walnuts or 24 almonds. Men: 3.3 years youngerWomen: 4.4 years younger
Fish
(especially wild salmon, whitefish, tilapia, catfish, flounder, mahi mahi)
Fish contain artery-clearing omega-3 fatty acids. Aim for 13.5 ounces of fish a week, or three servings, each about the size of your fist. 2.8 years younger
Soybeans Soybeans contain heart- and artery-healthy protein, fiber, and fats. 1 cup of soybeans a day. 0.4 years younger
Tomato juice and spaghetti sauce Tomatoes contain folate, lycopene, and other nutrients to keep arteries young. Aim for 8 ounces of juice or 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce a day. At least 1 year younger
Olive oil, nut oils, fish oils, flaxseed, avocados All of these foods contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Twenty-five percent of daily calories should be healthy fats. 3.4 years younger
Real chocolate
(at least 70% cocoa)
Real chocolate increases the release of dopamine and provides flavonoids, which keep arteries young. One ounce a day (to replace milk chocolate). 1.2 years younger

Of course here are some Yum recipes for you to enjoy these Brain Health foods.

Shrimp with Snap Pea and Curry

Shrimp with Snap Pea in Curry

Shrimp with Snap Pea in Curry

List of Ingredients:

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoonsMadrascurry powder

1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined

1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed

1 cup “lite” coconut milk

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Prep:

  1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and peas and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a boil then cook until the shrimp have cooked through, for about 2 minutes more.

Another Favorite of mine …..

Chicken Curry Pitas !

Chicken Curry Pitas

Chicken Curry Pitas

List of Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast (see Tip)
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
  • 4 4- to 5-inch whole-wheat pita breads, cut in half
  • 2 cups sprouts

Prep:

  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder in a large bowl. Add chicken, pear, celery, cranberries and almonds; toss to combine.
  2. Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup chicken salad and 1/4 cup sprouts.

Some Tips …

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the salad (Step 1) for up to 2 days.
  • Tip: If you don’t have cooked chicken, poach about 12 ounces chicken breast for this recipe. Place boneless, skinless chicken breast in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To toast sliced or slivered almonds: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Folks, it is possible to be up to 200 percent more productive if you make the right eating choices. Stock up on these items to halt mental decline, jog your memory, sharpen your senses, improve your performance, activate your feel-good hormones, and protect your quick-witted sharpness, whether you’re 15, 40—or not admitting to any age whatsoever!

FOR SHORT-TERM MEMORY
Drink This!: COFFEE

Fresh-brewed joe is the ultimate brain fuel. Caffeine has been shown to retard the aging process and enhance short-term memory performance. In one study, British researchers found that just one cup of coffee helps improve attention and problem-solving skills.

Not That!: ENERGY DRINKS/TOO MUCH COFFEE

Ever heard of the concept “too much of a good thing”? If you OD on caffeine—too many cups, a jolt of caf from the late afternoon onward, a Red Bull cocktail—it can mess with your shuteye schedule. Sleep is reboot time for your mental computer, and you don’t want to mess with it.

FOR LONG-TERM MEMORY
Eat This!: BLUEBERRIES

Antioxidants in blueberries help protect the brain from free-radical damage and cut your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. They can also improve cognitive processing (translation: thinking). Wild blueberries, if you can find them, have even more brain-boosting antioxidants than the cultivated variety, so book that vacation in Maine now. The berries will ripen in July.

Not That!: THE UNRIPE AND UNREADY

Here’s a cool tip: if your favorite berries are out of season, buy them frozen. The freezer locks in peak flavor and nutrients, so the berries’ antioxidant capacity is maxed out. Those pale, tough, and expensive off-season berries usually ripen on a truck, rather than on the bush, so they’re nutritional imposters compared to the real thing.

TO THINK FASTER
Eat This!: SALMON OR MACKEREL

If the Internal Revenue Service picks you for some up-close-and-personal auditing, you’ll want to be on your toes when they vet your deductions list. So put salmon or mackerel on the grocery list. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fishes are a primary building block of brain tissue, so they’ll amp up your thinking power. Salmon is also rich in niacin, which can help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and slow the rate of cognitive decline.

Not That!: FULL-FAT ICE CREAM

Not all fats are created equal: Beware foods high in saturated fats, which can clog blood vessels and prevent the flow of nutrients and blood to the brain. Ice cream is not a brain-health food.

TO ENERGIZE:
Eat This!: HIGH-PROTEIN SALAD WITH VINAIGRETTE

The oil in the dressing will help slow down digestion of protein and carbs in the salad, stabilizing blood-sugar levels and keeping energy levels high. Build your salad on a bed of romaine and spinach for an added boost in riboflavin, and add chicken and a hard-boiled egg for more energizing protein.

Not That!: PANCAKES OR BAGELS

MIT researchers analyzed blood samples from a group of people who had eaten either a high-protein or a high-carbohydrate breakfast. Two hours after eating, the carb eaters had tryptophan levels four times higher than those of the people who had eaten protein. The tryptophan in turkey is one of the reasons you crawl off for an afternoon nap after Thanksgiving dinner. So watch what you gobble.

TO CALM DOWN
Eat This!: LOW-FAT YOGURT OR MIXED NUTS

Scientists in Slovakia gave people 3 grams each of two amino acids—lysine and arginine—or a placebo, and asked them to deliver a speech. Blood measurements of stress hormones revealed that the amino acid-fortified guys were half as anxious during and after the speech as those who took the placebo. Yogurt is one of the best food sources of lysine; nuts pack loads of arginine.

Not That!: SODA

A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that people who drink 2½ cans of soda daily are three times more likely to be depressed and anxious, compared with those who drink fewer. So Mountain Dew is a Mental Don’t.

TO CONCENTRATE
Eat This!: PEPPERMINT TEA

The scent of peppermint helps you focus and boosts performance, according to researchers. Need to reach Chicago before nightfall, and you’re stuck in traffic around Cleveland? One study found that peppermint makes drivers more alert and less anxious.

Not That!: CANDY

Sugary foods incite sudden surges of glucose that, in the long term, cause sugar highs and lows, leading to a fuzzy state of mind.
FOR GOOD MOODS AND GRINS
Eat This! ARUGULA OR SPINACH SALAD

Leafy greens—arugula, chard, spinach—are rich sources of B vitamins, which are key components on the assembly line that manufactures feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, a lack of B6 can cause nervousness, irritability, and even depression.

Not That!: WHITE CHOCOLATE

White chocolate isn’t chocolate at all, since it contains no cocoa solids. So it won’t stimulate the euphoria-inducing mood boosters like serotonin, as real chocolate does. Grab the real thing, the darker the better. More cacao means more happy chemicals and less sugar, which will eventually pull you down.

FOR SHARPER SENSES
Eat This!: 1 TBSP OF GROUND FLAXSEED DAILY

Flax is the best source of alphalinoleic, or ALA—a healthy fat that improves the workings of the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain that processes sensory information, including that of pleasure. To meet your quota, sprinkle it on salads or mix it into a smoothie or shake.

Not That!: ALCOHOL

This one’s obvious, but worth mentioning anyway. A drink or two can increase arousal signals, but more than that will actually depress your nervous system. This makes you sloppy, not sharp.

Dark Chocolate is Good for your Skin too !

Dark Chocolate is Good for your Skin too !

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Healthy Water !

Healthy Water !

Hi Folks,

Here’s a Super Easy way to burn some unwanted F..A…T  !!!

You CAN Drop 8 Pounds

Worth Of Calories In 33 Seconds A Day !

water in a glass

Yep… Here’s a quick, super-easy, totally FREE way to burn off the amount of calories that make up 8 POUNDS OF FAT…
and do it in just 33 measly seconds a day!

Here’s what you do: Go to your refrigerator first-thing in the morning before you eat anything. Get a 20-ounce glass. Put ice in it. Pour fresh water in the cup…

Then drink it down.

Repeat this 2 more times between meals but an hour before you eat.

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Here’s how the ice water trick works:

The definition of a “calorie” (scientifically speaking) is the amount of heat required to raise 1 milliliter of water by 1 degree Celsius. Pretty boring, right? (And all this time you may have thought calories were evil demons that you should count and avoid! … : )

Ice water is roughly 0 degrees Celsius… and your body has to maintain a temperature of around 32 degrees Celsius. So, when you drink ice water on an empty stomach, your body is FORCED to increase it’s calorie-use… remember, calories are just units of HEAT and your body must heat up to solve the problem of “cold water” entering your system!

About 60 ounces of ice water takes 72 calories of internal body heat just to normalize your body’s temperature… and this does not count the natural weight loss benefits of drinking water that’s documented in a thousand journals!

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“Big deal!” you may say… and YES… it IS a big deal. 72 calories a day = over 25,000 calories over a year… or in other words… more than 8 POUNDS OF BLUBBER!

So enjoy some sparkling H2O while knowing you are helping hydrate AND burn that blubber !

Here’s to Living a Happy ~ Healthy Boundryless Life !!

Enjoying H2O and burning Blubber Too !

Enjoying H2O and burning Blubber Too !