Category Archives for "Brain Health"

Get Your Omega 3 Levels Tested

The primary reason I like to know the Omega3: Omega 6 ratio of people in pain is because omega 6 is needed to start the inflammatory process, but omega 3 is needed to resolve it (which is why we also we use Resolvins)

There are more benefits:

Adequate omega 3 levels are also related to immune health, brain health and heart health.

Indeed Your omega-3 index has a greater impact on risk of heart disease than does your cholesterol level!

The right omega 3 oils also improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

This article is part of one from Dr Mercola.com …

Balance Your Omega-3s and Omega-6s to Protect Your Health

To enjoy optimal health, you must address your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Unfortunately, in the past 100 years, an imbalance in that ratio has grown and likely plays a significant role in the skyrocketing rates of disease. Omega-6 fats are found in abundance in processed vegetable oils, processed foods and restaurant fare.

In combination with too little animal-based omega-3, this sets the stage for the development of chronic disease. Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential to good health, so they are not the problem. The problem is that most people get far too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.

An ideal ratio is in the range of 4-2-to-1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. If you’re regularly eating processed foods or dining out at restaurants this is nearly impossible to achieve. Seek omega-6 fatty acids in unprocessed forms from plant seeds, tree nuts and other plant-based foods. Aim to reduce your intake of damaged omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and those cooked in vegetable oil at high heat.

Raise your intake of marine-based omega-3 fat from small fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies and herring, along with wild-caught Alaskan salmon. If fish are not your fare, consider supplementing with krill oil.

Optimizing your levels of omega-3 fatty acids is truly a foundational strategy to attaining and maintaining good health. The best way to determine if you’re eating enough food with omega-3 is to get tested.

I firmly believe an omega-3 index test is one of the most important annual health screens that everyone needs.

The test I now use retails at £116
https://www.zinzino.com/2008152703/GB/en-GB/products/Health/Balance/309000

 

This is what you will learn:

YOUR PROTECTION (FATTY ACID PROFILE VALUE)

This factor relates the profile of 11 fatty acids in your blood. It is calculated from an equation combining all the long chain essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3), the Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) level and the Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance. The scale goes from 0 -100 and the goal is to help your customer achieve 100 on their second test after 120 days. This does not tell anything about the health status of the person, only the fatty acid protection level.

 

OMEGA-6 (AA) TO OMEGA-3 (EPA) BALANCE

Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance is measured as the ratiobetween C20:4 the “vegetable” omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) and marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This ratio is an approximate expression for the distribution between vegetable fatty acids and fish fatty acids in the diet consumed. A surplus of vegetableomega-6 fatty acids will make a diet unbalanced and pro-inflammatory.The ratio of Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA) should preferably be below 3:1. If this ratio is above 3:1 you will benefit from a change in your diet. A low balance of omega-6 and omega-3 is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development (homeostasis) and help body control inflammation.

OMEGA-3 LEVEL (EPA+DHA)

The ‘Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Level’ is the combined percentage value of the marine omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA out of the total valueof fatty acids found in the blood. Omega-3’s have many benefits because they are the primary building blocks in you cells. EPA is dominant in blood, muscles and tissue, while DHA is dominant in brain,sperm and eyes. In the test report the ideal range is 8% or more. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims that EPA and DHA are contributing to the maintenance of normal heart function. DHA alsocontributes to the maintenance of normal vision and maintenance of normal brain function.

CELL MEMBRANE FLUIDITY INDEX  (for more on WHY this is so important watch my video – https://youtu.be/ZSyOVI5niCE )

The ratio between saturated fatty acids and the marine omega-3essential fatty acids eicosapentaoenic acid (EPA) and docosahexaoenicacid (DHA) is indicative of cell membrane fluidity. The more saturated the fats are in a membrane, the more rigid is the membrane. Conversely, the more polyunsaturated the fats are in a membrane,the more fluid is the membrane. Cell membrane composition and structural architecture is critical for the health of the cells and hence the body. On the one hand, the membrane needs to be rigid enough to provide sound cellular structural architecture. On the other hand, the membrane needs to be fluid enough to allow nutrients in and waste products out. This Index should be below 4:1.

MENTAL STRENGTH – DIETARY INDEX

This is the balance between Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA+DHA).A sufficient supply of marine Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, in the diet contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function. Daily administration of 3 g of marine omega-3’s EPA and DHA for 3 months significantly decreased feelings of anger and anxiety among users compared with placebo group in a study. Several other clinical studies show that cognitive performance improves with increased anti-inflammatory consumption of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA.Childhood and old age are two critical and vulnerable stages and Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and memory deficits as well as mood. This Index should be below 1:1

ARACHIDONIC ACID (AA) FORMATION EFFICIENCY

This shows the efficiency by which your body convert Omega-6 (LA) fatty acids, from food in your diet into the essential fatty acids Omega-6 (AA) in your body. If you have less than 30% efficiency you are recommended to include food in your diet that is high in AA, like chicken, turkey, pig and farmed salmon.

The Wim Hof Method Review

If you Google ‘The Ice Man’ you may well get results about a Dutch extreme athlete names Wim Hof.

Wim has run a half marathon in the Artic, and climbed some way up Everest, just in a pair of shorts.  He holds a number of world records, and has even had himself injected with fragments of the E.Coli bug without getting sick.

And to cap it all – he teaches others to do the same – go beyond their normal perceived endurance – including those with medical issues.

His techniques improve energy, reduce stress, improve mobility and immunity.

There are 3 basic parts to the Wim Hof Method, and you can start doing 2 of them right now, and for free.

I demonstrate the breathing method in the video:

Personally I have more energy, and have become very resilient to the cold, just in time for winter.

This stuff is far more powerful than any medicine, although I do urge caution if you have a medical condition, and do NOT try it if you are pregnant.

I’d love to know your experience.

The Wim Hof Method is just 1 part of the ‘6 Human Batteries’ I teach in my 7 Weeks To A Younger You’ course.

The next step is to learn about Nitric Oxide:
https://nitric.gr8.com/

Related Post:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/at-home-acid-buffer-test/

Instructions from Wim Hof

Learn more – https://www.wimhofmethod.com/free-mini-class

 

Cold Hormesis

Controlled Cold – Simple, Unpleasant, Effective

What happened when I asked an 80 year old to have cold showers?


Known effects of controlled cold exposure, technically known as cold hormesis:

  • Improves the heat output of your cells (so you burn more fat)
  • Increases the amount of energy your cells can make (so you actually get more energy)
  • Improves hormone control, including those to do with appetite control
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Relieves depression
  • increases alertness
  • Improves immunity
  • Makes you more resilient to stress

So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that an 80 year old with brain fog and headaches resulting from a stroke found dramatic improvement just by having a cold shower every day for 2 or 3 minutes.

Hormesis is anything that stresses you that makes you stronger.  So exercise is a form or hormesis, as is fasting, and using saunas.

If you want to learn more about hormesis, and how to get it into your life, along with other techniques that make you more energetic,  then check out my 7 Week Anti- Ageing Program

Get Your Health Back

October 9, 2018

You Can Fix Your Brain part 1

Over the next couple of months I’m going to be sharing with you what I’m learning from You can Fix Your Brain by Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

I apologize for the quality, it was originally a Facebook Live broadcast.

You can request to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehealthlab7/

As well as watching the Facebook Live broadcasts I’d recommend buying the book, especially if there is a history of dementia in your family.

Just click on the picture if you wish to purchase from Amazon:

 

August 15, 2018

Transform Your Brain


This is something we’ve been teaching in Functional Neurology for 15 to 20 years.

It’s always surprising to discover that even neuroscientists need a ‘jolt’ to realise it though:

Her prescription is 30 minutes of exercise that gets you out of breath 4 x week.

One aspect missing from the research though is the effects of poor spinal function on brain health.  If the spine is not moving properly, then you can not get the full benefits of exercise.

So make sure your spine is fully mobile by getting it checked (you’ll also help prevent injuries).

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health: Looking after the Muscle of the Mind

Modern medical psychiatry tries to understand the brain only in terms of gross damage (so nothing can be done) or single chemical imbalances.  This is a simplistic and somewhat foolish approach considering the fact that any neurologist, behavioural scientist or biochemist will tell you the brain is anything but simple.

For the brain to work properly it’s an interaction between the structures,  the chemistry, the electricity, and your lifestyle and social choices.

As you’re about to discover, preventing mental health issues is really very similar to preventing cancer, heart disease, obesity, and all the other chronic diseases of the West.

You’ll also discover there are more treatment options within our control.

These 5 videos are not intended to treat or diagnose any disorder.

I’m going to cover:

  • A surprising way to improve your memory
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Stress
  • Movement and Brain Balance

A Surprising Way to Improve Your Memory (almost immediately)

Alzheimer’s Prevention (and a novel treatment)

If you have any of the following symptoms you should consider following the advice in the next video

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Problems with words
  • Problems with writing
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and behaviour

The nutritional regime form the study mentioned:

For 2 Years:
0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12 (equivalent to 500 micrograms)

20 milligrams of B6

0.8 milligrams of folic acid (equivalent to 800 micrograms)

Name of the test: homocysteine

Nutritional Psychiatry (and Leaky Brains)

Stress

In this video I describe how stress aggravates mental health,  and share my favourite ways to switch stress of and save your brain and your health.

The resources I mention:

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For a 7 day free trial of the BrainTap – http://braintapstore.com/freetrial/drcpickard

If you’re local – http://www.bodyinbalanceuk.com/stress

(or you can sign up just to get the stress articles)

Movement and Brain Balance

Balancing the brain is something NO DRUG CAN DO.

For instance, conditions such as ADHD and OCD can actually problems with the right side of the brain. Drugs work on BOTH sides, so you can never get a cure.  Depression can be just a left sided problem.

Today I’ll reveal how to spot if you have a ‘brain hemisphericity’ and what you can do about it.

R4 – Reduce Inflammation

Are you burning up?

If you’re reading this then I’m 100% certain that this article is of prime importance to either you, or someone very close to you.

There is a large body of evidence that suggests inflammation is the root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.

It can even be behind the inability to lose weight.

Before watching my training video inspired by Dr Pompa, and originally part of www.Mi365.me, here’s a personal story as told by a colleague of mine in the USA:

And here’s my longer training (you may want to get  cup of the anti-inflammatory coffee I recommend):

This is a more recent video, going into some depth at the importance of anti-oxidants and a bit about the good side of inflammation:

 

Inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, leading to a diseases of genetic weakness.

There are 3 main contributors that always need to be addressed in order to down-regulate inflammation.

  • Controlling glucose/insulin

Keeping tight control of your glucose intake is of paramount importance for any anti-inflammation program to be effective as it is a driving force that cannot be remedied by any supplementation or drug protocol. For example, diabetics do not die from diabetes, but from other degenerative conditions. Despite being on medication, 68% of all diabetics die from heart disease, and 50% of diabetics end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s as they age rapidly from the inside out.

This is directly due to the oxidation/inflammation from uncontrolled glucose and insulin.

By the way, grains, not sugar, are the #1 contributor to elevated glucose. Yes, even whole grains. Did you know that 2 pieces of whole grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal raises glucose the same as a can of Coke? This is why a Cellular Healing Diet eliminates ALL GRAINS from the diet UNTIL cellular inflammation is corrected.

  • Eliminate “bad fats”.

What are ‘bad fats’?  Well it may surprise you to know that the worse culprit is probably omega 6 fats from all the processed vegetable oils we’ve been told to consume!  All the sunflower and rape seed oils we buy in supermarkets to cook in, and that are added to all baked goods.

These oils are causing massive imbalance in the oily make up of our cell membranes and are a major cause of inflammation and artery damage.

You need no worry about eating sunflower seeds though – it’s just the processed oils.

Another inflammatory fat (no surprises) is that found in processed meats and beef from non-grass fed cows.

On the other hand, limited fats from grass fed cows are fine (and contain the beneficial omega 3 oils).

You can learn more by downloading Dr Pompa’s ebook, The Cellular Healing Diet, here:
https://drpompa.com/diet/cellular-healing-diet

 

  • The Hidden and Unspoken Truth

Lastly, toxins, in my opinion, are the biggest driving factor of inflammation today. We have discussed this in every ‘R’ of cellular healing, so I will not get into it here but I will say this: if you do not remove the hidden sources of toxins within your body, the chronic inflammation will NEVER be resolved.

For example, personal care products you use every morning contain, on average, 518 chemicals that are known “hormone disruptors”.

There are also the pollutants and toxins in the air we breath (which kills between 20,000 and 240,000 people in the UK every year), the tap water we drink (a known cause of male infertility) and all the pesticides and herbicides on our fruit and veg.

Here’s Dr Pompa’s pdf on inflammation:
R4-Reducing-Cellular-Inflammation-030616

If you have not already started, know would be a good time to ask us about detox!

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/how-to-detox/

The Benefits of Ketosis

Epilepsy, Endurance, Energy and Weight Loss

Did you know that a cure for epilepsy, discovered in the 1920’s is now the ‘new big thing’ in the health and fitness industry? Learn more in the video, including the ‘1 hour keto cheat’

It’s called the ketogenic diet and it was originally developed to treat epilepsy.  The strict ketogenic diet consists of about 90% fat, however a well research, much more sustainable ‘Modified Atkins’ version is

  • 70% fat
  • 20% protein
  • 5% carbs

At first glance, you may think all that fat is a bad thing, and it certainly will be if you are eating rubbish, processed fats. It’s a lot of effort, and a big change, but if you can stick with it and you are eating good quality healthy fats though, this is the list of possible benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Reverses diabetes
  • Starves cancer cells
  • Treats heart disease
  • Reverses non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Cures polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Helps MS
  • Helps Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Helps Parkinson’s’
  • Decreases inflammation (which improves acne, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, IBS, pain, etc…)
  • Up-regulation of brain mitochondria and mitochondrial enzymes: Focus, memory, clarty,
  • Mood
  • Hormone control
  • Improved fertility
  • Improved energy
  • Better sleep
  • Assisting gastrointestinal and gallbladder health (less heartburn and acid reflux, less risk for gallstones, improved digestion, less gas and bloating)
  • Muscle strength, building and endurance
  • Ketosis turns on the SiRT-1 gene that helps extend life

Pretty impressive, and the really good news, is there is now a way to get into ketosis, within an hour, without having to change your diet.

I share some more facts, including the cheat method in the video.

If you’d like to try the ‘exogenous ketones’ I spoke about then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 for more details.

Fixed v Growth Mindset, ‘Oww’ v ‘Wow’

Are You ‘Oww’ or ‘Wow’ When it Comes to Health?

I first encountered the concept of Fixed and Growth mindsets thanks to Todd Herman, a performance expert (in business and sport).

Todd called these ‘Oww’ and ‘Wow’.

More on Brain Chemistry:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-chemistry/

Here’s some cool graphics for summary:

ow v wow oww-brain wow-brain

If you would like to interact with the conversation on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

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