Category Archives: Brain Health

Is High Blood Pressure Messing with Your Brain?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 10, 2018

  • Hypertension damages more than your heart
  • Is high blood pressure messing with your brain?
  • 3 simple ways to lower your blood pressure

You already know that uncontrolled high blood pressure is bad for your heart.

It creates microscopic tears in the walls of your arteries. These tears eventually turn into rough scar tissue where sticky fats, plaques and cholesterol tend to accumulate. This, in turn, leads to blockages, narrowing of the arteries and arterial stiffness.

Once this occurs blood flow is reduced even further. And your heart has to pump harder and harder to get blood to all of your organs.

This means high blood pressure doesn’t just place your heart at risk. Continue reading

Is it Time to put Eggs Back on Your Menu?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

July 9, 2018

  • It’s time to put eggs back on the menu
  • 3 more reasons you should eat more eggs
  • Cooking up the perfect egg

Are you still avoiding eggs because you’re afraid they might be bad for you? If so, you’re likely suffering from the lingering effect of what I often refer to as “the great cholesterol hoax.”

So let me be very clear on this.

There is absolutely no scientific evidence showing that eating eggs increase blood levels of LDL cholesterol. There is also nothing that links eating eggs to a greater risk of stroke or heart disease. Continue reading

The Biggest Threat to Your Brain Health

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 13, 2018

  • The biggest threat to your brain health
  • Slash your risk of dementia
  • Simple trick for an even bigger brain boost

One of the biggest aging concerns among my patients is the possibility of developing dementia in their later years. And for good reason! The idea of living without all of your mental faculties intact is just downright scary.

Now I’ll be the first to tell you that a nutrient-rich diet, good sleeping habits, weight management and your ability to control stress levels all go a long way in protecting your brain function.

Staying active and engaged, learning new things and varying your daily routines also help keep your brain firing on all cylinders.

But there is one, single thing that may carry the most weight of all – and it’s something that many people fail to make time for… Continue reading

Eat This and Take 11 Years Off Your Brain Age

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 17, 2018

  • Loss of brain function is a top concern for baby-boomers
  • Eat this every day for a younger brain
  • 2 more tips to slash cognitive decline and dementia

These days everybody wants to live longer… but only if they can experience those later years in good health and with all of their mental faculties intact.

And I have to say, one of the biggest concerns among baby-boomers today is the idea of developing dementia and spending their final days in a long-term care facility surrounded by strangers.

However, if you’ve been eating your greens, you may have a huge advantage when it comes to your brain health. It turns out that eating one or two servings of leafy greens each day could potentially take 11 years off of your brain’s age.

Let me explain what this means for you… Continue reading

4 Simple Steps to a Healthier Heart and Brain, Part 2

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 13, 2017

  • 2 healthy habits that melt pounds and lower blood sugar
  • What does “eat a health diet” really mean?
  • Best exercise for your heart, brain and body

In Wednesday’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, we talked about ways to accomplish the first two steps included in the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7”.

These are the seven steps the AHA has identified as being vital to preventing heart attack, stroke and cognitive decline. As a quick refresher, they include…

  • Managing blood pressure
  • Controlling cholesterol
  • Keeping blood sugar normal
  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Losing extra weight
  • Not smoking

Today, I want to jump right to the third and fourth items on the list, because these two steps are the keystone to all of the other recommendations. Continue reading

4 Simple Steps to a Healthier Heart and Brain, Part 1

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 11, 2017

  • 4 simple steps to prevent heart attack, stroke and cognitive decline
  • Lower blood pressure without dangerous prescription drugs
  • Targeting the real cause of plaque build up

A new presidential advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association notes that the following steps can prevent heart attack, stroke and cognitive decline. The AHA has dubbed it “Life’s Simple 7” and it includes…

  • Managing blood pressure
  • Controlling cholesterol
  • Keeping blood sugar normal
  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Losing extra weight
  • Not smoking

While I agree with most of this advice, there is nothing “simple” about it. In fact, there is a lack of clarity in these recommendations that can lead even the most well intentioned person astray. So I’m going to dedicate this issue and this coming Friday’s issue to clearing up the confusion.

For example, does managing blood pressure means taking blood pressure lowering medication on a regular basis? What about cholesterol? Should you be taking a statin drug?

And just exactly what does “eating a healthy diet and getting more physical activity” really mean? Continue reading

Top 5 Things to Keep Your Brain Young

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 4, 2017

  • Alzheimer’s starts much earlier than you think
  • Why Big Pharma can’t protect you from mental decline
  • Bigger brains are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Most people don’t worry about dementia until they start experiencing mental difficulties. This is a big mistake.

You see, diseases like Alzheimer’s start building long before symptoms appear. In fact…

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Strange Juice to Make Your Brain Young Again

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

June 7, 2017

  • The #1 thing your brain needs to stay fit and young
  • Why do exercisers have bigger brains?
  • Dynamic duo could rejuvenate aging brains

If you want to keep your brain fit and young, there’s one thing it absolutely must have… an excellent supply of oxygen-rich blood. Without it, your brain will start to shrivel up and lose its cognitive function.

But when you boost blood flow to the brain, it delivers all of the blood and nutrients you need ward off brain shrinkage. Great blood flow also cuts your chances of developing amyloid plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Now, there are two great ways to get more blood to your brain. Continue reading

A Fun Way to Sharpen Your Brainpower

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 1, 2017

  • Losing your mental edge? Try this.
  • Boosting your brainpower is child’s play
  • Play like you mean it!

As we age we often forget to flex our mental muscles. It becomes much easier to trust in experience than it is to investigate new possibilities and create new challenges. (After all, you know that if you keep doing things the way you always have, you’ll likely get the results you expect.)

However when you continue to do the same things over and over again… when you quit exploring, analyzing and absorbing the data around you… your brain starts to wither.

The problem here is pretty simple. Continue reading

The Best Sugar Substitute Available Today

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 5, 2017

  • Are sugar-free beverages your best choice?
  • How no-calorie sweeteners sabotage your gut
  • Raise your glass high… and drink to your health

Swapping your sugary soda for a sugar-free iced tea or diet cola might sound like a smart decision. But drinking beverages labeled “sugar-free” won’t do anything to help you lose weight, prevent diabetes or make you healthier.

You see, most sugar-free drinks contain artificial sweeteners.

These “fake” sugars elicit the same response from your body that real sugar does. But they don’t provide any calories. There’s not an ounce of energy in them. This tricks your taste buds – and your body – into thinking a big dose of sugar is on its way. Continue reading