Category Archives: Brain Health

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

Are You Medicating Your Way to Dementia?

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

February 13, 2017

  • These brain-draining medications could send you to the hospital
  • Benadryl, Unisom, Xanax, Zyrtec and more…
  • Protect your memories by learning your anticholinergic burden

When it comes to medications, there are plenty of terms that you probably use on a regular basis.

You might tell a friend that you need an antibiotic for an infection. Perhaps you’re on a statin drug to lower cholesterol. If you’ve got allergies, chances are good that you reach for an antihistamine.

But I’ll bet the word “anticholinergic” has never made it to your vocabulary. Continue reading

3 Foods to Banish Brain Fog

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

January 27, 2017

  • Can’t stay focused?
  • Foods that boost focus and concentration
  • 3 more foods to banish brain fog

Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to do something and just can’t stay focused on it? Your mind wants to go everywhere except where YOU want it to go.

And then you have those weird moments where you can’t remember a name, address or phone number… even though they normally come naturally to you. They’re as familiar to you as your own face.

Well, this is something that happens to all of us on occasion. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re experiencing serious memory problems. Instead, you could be putting the wrong foods in your mouth.

That’s right. What you ate for breakfast, lunch or dinner – not to mention all of those between-meal snacks – could be affecting the way your brain thinks. Continue reading

You’re Never Too Young to Have a Stroke

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

December 19, 2016

  • Strokes aren’t reserved for senior citizens
  • How do you know if it’s a stroke or not?
  • Take these steps to slash your risk now!

You may have seen a recent news headline or two that say hospitalizations for stroke have fallen greatly in recent years. This is great news!

But before you start celebrating, there’s another side of the story that I found very disturbing.

You see, strokes are on the decline… in people over the age of 65. However, they’re on the rise in younger adults. Continue reading

Weird Trick to Get Your Memory Back

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

November 9, 2016

  • Are “senior moments” a part of the aging process?
  • Mental workout powers up your brainpower
  • Another shortcut to a sharper and more flexible brain

Is your brain starting to play tricks on you?

I’m talking about those little glitches that keep you from remembering the name of a co-worker or the title of a song you’ve been listening to since you were a teenager. You knew it yesterday so why can’t you remember it today?

Well, your brain can be a tricky thing. Some memories seem to stick to it like glue. Others come and go as they please. A few might even feel like they’re leaking out faster than your brain can store them.

You may attribute these brain slippages to age, calling them a “senior moment”. But I’ll bet you know plenty of people older than you who are still sharp as a tack. So are these mental hiccups really age-related?

Not necessarily. Continue reading