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Way back when, we used to die early, before a disease could slowly kill us off. But now that we are living longer thanks to medical knowledge, we are seeing the effects of long life. And in this case, it’s not exactly a healthy one.
In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food, in 1997 $100 billion on fast food, Americans now spend more money on fast food than they do on higher education, personal computers, software or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and recorded music – combined. http://www.mcspotlight.org/media/press/rollingstone1.html
Though you may be obese, don’t worry you won’t die from it! There are surgeries and gyms. But while your body can live until 93, your brain may not.
*Background info*In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells sometimes ignore the insulin created by the pancreas. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, your body needs to produce more insulin for the cells to react to the glucose. The high insulin levels damage small blood vessels,which don’t help at all with blood circulation in the brain.*
A big factor in Type 2 diabetes deaths is the increasing levels of nitrates in the food we eat.
Nitrosamines are chemical compounds, most of which are carcinogenic, and are produced when the food preservative nitrite combines with amino acids in the stomach.
Read more here: *http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009/07/06/nitrate-environment-study.html*
The Nitrosamines also affect the brain, it is now known that Alzheimer’s is basically diabetes of the brain. The brain is not reacting to the insulin because the neuro transmitters (they “carry” thoughts and memories) are being broken or deteriorated by the nitrosamines. So this means that the “wires” that carry your memories are being “cut” and the insulin that helps repair them is not being allowed in. We need the right amount of insulin to make our brain function properly.
So how are we getting these nitrites? Well some of them are our favourites.
-Smoked Meats such as bacon, smoked turkey from the deli counter and ham.
-Processed Foods specifically processed cheeses – everybody knows that McD. is poisonous, now we know exactly why, it deteriorates your brain.
But there is hope, the damage can be reduced if you start soon.
- Lentils provide a steady stream of glucose to your brain. Glucose, a sugar and key source of energy for cells in the body, is the only fuel your brain can use. The high fiber content of lentils is a key component in keeping your brain in optimal shape. The fiber regulates the release of the glucose, providing a steady stream of fuel that powers your brain cells.
- Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been found to keep the arteries of the brain clear of plaque. They nourish the brain by helping communication between brain cells. Sprinkle some into your yogurts, cereals and salads, or munch on them alone.
- Brazil nuts are an excellent source of healthy, or monounsaturated, fats. They are also high in magnesium, a mineral that’s essential to the transmission of signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Almonds, walnuts and cashews are also excellent brain foods. Eat a fistful of brazil nuts or mixed nuts a day.
- Coffee can protect the brain. One study found that coffee can help keep the blood-brain barrier intact; this barrier acts as a coating, and protects the brain from unwanted materials and damaging elements, like harmful cholesterol. Another study showed that coffee may also improve short-term memory. Coffee is high in antioxidants; Americans get most of their antioxidants from coffee. Drinking one or two cups a day is healthy, just remember to use modest amounts of milk and sugar.
Watch the Dr.Oz episode (pt. 1) here: