Your Brain, how do you keep it healthy?

August 2017, Warren Matthews

Summary

If you are over the age of 40, you may from time to time think about the possibility that your memory or general cognitive abilities will decline as you age.

If you are over the age of 40, you may from time to time think about the possibility that your memory or general cognitive abilities will decline as you age. Maybe you have a family member who has suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's and you have experienced the pain that it can cause to loved ones. Additionally, the anguish which the sufferer has to endure particularly in the early stages when they are aware that they ‘are losing their mind’.

We owe it to ourselves and to those who care about us to do everything in our power to ensure that we do not become ‘victims’ of what is largely a preventable disease. Yes, preventable! Dementia in whatever form it takes is not a foregone conclusion as we age. There are many people who live to ripe old ages and never suffer any form of cognitive impairment…in fact, many people become ‘sharper’ as they age.

Much of the problem is that most people are totally unaware of what must be done to keep their brain functioning effectively throughout their lives.

There is a multitude of things that you must do and also many things that you must not do!

The Brain is not Isolated

The most important thing to be aware of is that although we think of the brain as a separate ‘unit’ of our body it is totally connected to all our organs and systems. It is the conductor of the ‘orchestra’ and is crucial to the proper functioning of our bodies…but, it cannot conduct the orchestra if the players within it are either ‘not present’ or are on ‘sick leave’. When that is the case additional pressure is put on the brain ‘conductor’ as it doesn’t have the resources to work with which in turn has a negative impact on the health of the brain.

To perhaps better illustrate the interaction between the organs and systems consider the role the digestive system plays in the health of the brain. Your brain is directly impacted by what you put in your mouth. The bulk of serotonin is produced in the gut and is transmitted to the brain and it makes you feel good. But, if your digestive system is compromised those messages do not make it to the brain and you will feel poorly.

The same principle applies to all the organs and systems in your body. Your brain relies on those organs and systems to ‘feed’ the brain and keep it healthy, so if they are impaired that will negatively impact on the health of your brain and the ability to retain good cognitive ability as you age.

Exercise your brain

I don’t have to tell you how important regular exercise is to keep your body functioning well and your muscles toned. If you don’t exercise your muscles will atrophy and waste away. Your brain is the same. If it is not exercised it will steadily deteriorate and your likelihood of suffering from some form of dementia or memory loss goes up exponentially.

Obviously, you cannot exercise your brain like you do your body. Brain exercise is mental and different people do it in different ways. You need to have puzzles or problems to resolve by thinking. Some people may learn a new language, others do cross word puzzles. Bottom line…if you have a job where you don’t have to seriously think, preferably ‘outside the square’ and you go home at night and watch TV then you are setting yourself up for future dementia.

But, my Mom had Alzheimer’s so I expect to get it.

If you expect to get it you will get it because you are indirectly instructing your body to make sure it happens. Genetics only play a very small role in the health of your body. Most experts believe 10 – 20% and they can be overcome by taking the appropriate action.

Are Brain Supplements the answer?

The first thing to remember is that very few nutrients can cross the blood/brain barrier. That is one of the amazing things about the brain and how it protects itself. It is largely dependent on your organs to send nutrients to it in the form that crosses the blood/brain barrier that can be used to keep it fully nourished. Only a few of the ingredients in a brain supplement actually get to the brain because of this. Most of the ingredients in brain supplements are there to support general health which in turn helps the brain.

Nonetheless, some brain supplements can indeed be beneficial. For general brain and nervous system health, we developed an excellent one some years ago as part of our Neuro Natural range. The one I would recommend is our Neuro Natural General which contains a number of specialty ingredients to specifically support the brain and nervous system.

However, I would not rely on any ‘brain supplement’ on its own to protect myself from degradation of my brain. I would do all the following first and only use the addition brain supplementation as an adjunct to my general health program. In other words, there is no point is trying to target the brain if your general foundation is weak.

So, what protocol should I be following to support my brain health?

Here are some of the key components in very simplistic terms.

  • Ensure you are eating a healthy diet. I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that, but I would like to make the point that although sugar is brain-food as it is one of the few substances that can cross the blood/brain barrier it is dangerous when taken in excess, particularly to your brain as well as the rest of your body. Your sugar should come from the natural sugars in fresh whole fruit, not as additives. 
  • Ensure that you get adequate physical exercise.
  • Ensure that you exercise your brain as I mention above.
  • Focus on your general health and understand that the health of all your organs and systems must be addressed as part of your brain health program. That means providing them with the nutrients that you cannot get from even a quality diet.

The last point leads me on to what I do to protect my brain…and I know it works and does for 10’s of thousands of our customers.

I use the following products as the basis of my general health protocol which in turn supports my brain function. As you probably know I am 70 years of age now and my brain has never functioned better.

  1. Total Balance (Any version is OK, but the Premium will give the best results). This is great for general health
  2. Kiwi-Klenz. This is an amazing product for keeping the digestive system in good order which is so critical for good brain health.
  3. Omega 3 Fish Oil. I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of a quality fish oil when it comes to cognitive health and general health.

Now, if your budget will allow it and you want to get a specific additional boost to your brain and nervous system, you could add one of our Neuro-Natural Range to the above protocol. This selection of scientifically designed brain nutrients, support a healthy brain function as well as specifically target memory or stress and mood.

I hope that you found this article of help. There is much more I could say about brain health such as the importance of avoiding AGE’s in your brain as a result of glycation. AGE’s are a major factor in Alzheimer's. You need carnosine to help reduce glycation. This ingredient is included in Total Balance as are many other ‘brain friendly’ ingredients.

In good health and to a sharp brain!

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN,
XTEND-LIFE NATURAL PRODUCTS

8 Comments

  • “Hi Carin, Nice to hear from you. It is great that you and your husband are able to add those products to your monthly regime of Total Balance Premium, Kiwi-Klenz and QH/Ultra. This really covers such a wide spectrum of giving your organs the best support nutrients possible. I wish more people were in a position to follow such a protocol and then we would have many more happy and healthy people enjoying life. Thank you for your comments and of course your loyalty. Take care, Warren”

    Warren Matthews - August 28 2017

  • “Brain controls a large portion of the exercises of the body, processing, integrating, and coordinating the information it gets from the sense organs, and settling on choices with regards to the <a href="http://www.assignmentarena.co.uk/">UK Assignment Writing Service</a> guidelines sent to whatever is left of the body. The brain is contained in, and secured by, the skull bones of the head.”

    Rollins Jack - August 12 2017

  • “I am looking for a fish oil which has a high content in EPA & DHA. What does your OMEGA 3 product contain in both EPA & DHA?”

    JENNY L sHABUDIN - August 26 2017

  • “Hi Warren, I use Nuro Natural Recall & my husband uses Serenity. We both are having very good results. I highly recommend anyone try them along with Total Balance Premium, Kiwi Klenz & Omega 3 ultra. We have been taking them for about 1 year.”

    Carin - August 17 2017

  • “Hi Jenny, It is great to hear that you are being proactive about your health and are looking for an ideal fish oil product to support your needs. We have a unique and very beneficial range of Omega 3 fish oil products and I am happy to help answer your question. Xtend-Life’s Omega 3/DHA fish oil contains a high quality blend of bio-available Hoki and Tuna oils, sourced from sustainable fisheries. In each recommended daily serving of two soft gels there is a minimum of 700mgs of DHA and 300mgs of EPA in all three version in our range; the Omega 3/DHA, Omega 3-Premium and Omega 3/QH Ultra. We choose to focus on the DHA level in our fish oil as this is in the best interests of our customers. Research clearly shows that DHA is the most valuable component of Omega 3, especially for the brain and nervous system. In addition, it is difficult for the body to convert EPA to DHA because two carbon bonds must be added. On the other hand the body only has to ‘drop off’ two carbon bonds from DHA to create EPA. It is important to make sure you are using a fish oil that is DHA dominant, because it is much more valuable for cardio, brain and general health than EPA. If you need EPA, your body can convert from DHA as needed. I hope that you have found this information useful. We would be delighted to provide you with any further product advice that you may require, as well as with placing your order. We are always here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us. In good health, Rose.”

    Customer Relations - September 01 2017

  • “Hi Mr Tariq, thank you for your interesting question. Our Neuro Natural products are a great option for a range of ages, and may be used by teenagers over 12 years old. There are four different options so it would be great to get some further information from you so that we can recommend the best choice for the person you had in mind. Our Neuro Natural General offers support to brain function and the nervous system overall, while the other three options are more specialised for stress, sleeping or memory recall. Our customer relations team are just a call away and would be more than happy to advise you on this, as well as helping to place your order. You can contact us at customer.service@xtend-life.com. In good health, Rose.”

    Customer Relations - September 05 2017

  • “May persons below 40 y of age especially teen agers use your neuro natural range while there is less chances of dementia etc in ages 15-30.”

    Mr M Tariq - September 01 2017

  • “Hi Carin, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! It is fantastic to hear that both yourself and your husband are really enjoying and benefiting from our Neuro-Natural products. We would love to hear more about your experiences. Perhaps you may be interested in sharing your story about your journey to better health with our customers? I will email you directly. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations Team who will be more than happy to help you with any questions! Warm regards, Summer Customer Relations”

    Customer Relations - August 21 2017

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