Alzheimer recovery is possible. A recent study on patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) found that less than a gram (1,000 mg.) of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in ‘remarkable improvements.’
Though hot cocoa is a winter classic, making this super-charged hot cocoa could conceivably rival your morning coffee all year ’round. You might even experiment, adding coffee to this recipe and invent your own brain-awakening, satisfying Starbucks-esque caffè mocha cuppa! To your healthy, I say!
Want to slow down aging and increase your overall strength, stamina and mental sharpness? I know I do, so I’ve been playing around with using coconut oil and turmeric together (there she goes again with the turmeric and the coconut oil!) daily for a way to boost brain power and overall immune system capacity. Add a few other super-foods as part of your routine, and there you have it:
Drinking this super-food hot cocoa every day could very well keep the doctor away. My husband and I drink a cup of this twice a day and he has seen big results in his joint pain and general inflammation. See below for the reasons I can make that statement. (Note: If you get too close to bedtime, the caffeine in the cocoa could keep you awake).
In 2012, news about coconut oil benefiting those with Alzheimer’s disease started making it into mainstream media. That’s not terribly surprising, as big news about the failure of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s also made headlines about the same time. Drug companies Medivation and Pfizer admitted the new drug they were developing for Alzheimer’s, dimebon, not only did not help patients in trials, but made patients worse! The expensive drug had already reached phase III trials. (See story on ABC News)
So as the development of this drug has now been abandoned, and so many other potential drugs have also failed, many have begun to look at the role of diet in Alzheimer’s and focus on prevention.
Also, in a 2004 study published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects. Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently. (3)
Pumpkin cheesecake sounds amazing right now, doesn’t it?
There is something about pumpkin blended with lots of rich spices that makes me feel all warm and cozy. The rich, deep flavors that make pumpkin so special will be equally appreciated whether the leaves of the trees are just turning color or the first blanket of fluffy snow is falling outside your door and the log stove warming your tootsies.
If you are trying to avoid grains and gluten as more and more people are, you’ll be excited to find a recipe that is easy and company-worthy. I’ve given my version a 5-star rating, as no one would ever suspect it’s ‘healthy.’
Recently, I experimented with Tasty Yummie’s Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe that’s made by blending cashews and pumpkin. My first attempt was pretty good, but it simply wasn’t spiced richly enough for us, so I tried it again and bumped up the warming spices. This time, it was just right.
I had never heard of leaky gut before our youngest son exposed to deadly Stachybotris mold at the age of 4. We didn’t know what happened to our son and had to find a way to help him. He was losing weight from being unable to absorb foods properly and wailing with stomach pain. He developed a severe case of eczema, and his jammies stuck to his legs in the morning from the seeping at night. And worst of all, he started having behavioral problems from what the allergies did to him on a chemical/cellular level.
We needed intervention and visited a well-known complimentary medical doctor I trusted. I had some ideas and asked her to run stool tests. The results showed no ‘good’ bacterial flora such as lactobacillus acidophilus…none. He did have a terrible overgrowth of ‘bad’ bugs; Klebsiella, a powerful, damaging gram-negative bacteria; and overgrowth of candida albicans. She explained that his immune system had taken a terrible hit with the mold and the bacteria was able to grow unchecked, damaging the gut whole lining from the stomach through the small intestines. It was wreaking havoc on his ability to absorb foods and grow.
That was the first time I heard the words ‘leaky gut’.
When the new day dawns with its glorious array of sunbeams and there’s lots to be done, it helps to have a cheerful real food breakfast to wake up the sleepyheads. Egg-in-the-basket is one of the easiest I know and a favorite around here.
An egg fried in the center of a piece of bread—a simple concoction that raises the union of my two favorite breakfast foods, eggs and toast, to a whole new level. I’ve heard this combo referred to as Popeye, toad-in-the-hole, and the more literal eggs-in-toast. Wikipedia gives even more: moon-egg, Kibbee Egg, hen-on-the-nest, cowboy-egg, and one-eyed-jack.