Maintaining memory during ageing

Ageing is a natural part of life, and as just as your body ages, so does your brain. Maintaining memory during ageing is an important factor in being able to maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.
Your nervous system
Your brain is like a ‘master control panel’, controlling all your conscious and unconscious bodily functions through your central and peripheral nervous systems. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that lead out of the spinal cord and into the rest of the body. Neurons or nerve cells carry signals or nerve cell impulses rapidly around the body to control these activities.
Energy for your brain
The brain is one of the most ‘energy hungry’ organs in your body and is energised by glucose and oxygen, delivered by blood cells through your circulatory system. Unlike muscles, your brain cannot store glucose as glycogen, so it needs a constant supply of glucose to work effectively. Brain cells also need an uninterrupted flow of oxygen to allow the brain to function properly.
The ageing brain
The weight of your brain decreases with age due to the loss of neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Nerve cell impulses begin to slow, leading to decreased cellular communication and circulation may be compromised, decreasing the amount of glucose and oxygen delivered to the brain.

4 herbs and nutrients to help maintain memory during ageing:
1. Ginkgo biloba – helps maintain blood flow to the brain, so assists in the maintenance of cognitive function, memory, focus and concentration for study and during ageing, providing antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity.
2. Brahmi – is a brain and nervine tonic of Ayurvedic medicine, traditionally used to improve memory, concentration and learning, supporting cognitive function and memory during ageing. Brahmi contains an active ingredient known as bacoside A, which assists in the release of nitric oxide, allowing the relaxation of blood vessels to enable smooth blood flow throughout the body. This offers a positive effect on learning and memory recall. Brahmi also improves stress adaptation, so is beneficial during periods of stress.
3. Alpha Lipoic acid(ALA) – is a potent water and fat soluble antioxidant and free radical scavenger that’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier. ALA helps maintain nerve health, assists glucose metabolism and is involved in the uptake of glucose into cells.
4. Lecithin – or phosphatidylserine, is the major phospholipid in the brain and is important for cellular communication, which helps improve the transfer of signals between brain cells.

4 Foods to help maintain a healthy brain
1. Blueberries. help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may help to reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
2. Wild salmon. rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for brain function, Omega-3s also contain anti-inflammatory substances.
3. Nuts and seeds. are good sources of vitamin E – higher levels of vitamin E correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older.
4. Avocados improve blood supply and oxygenation to your brain, they contain high quantities of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which help keep your brain cell membranes flexible.
Avocado oil has been shown to help lower blood pressure, and as hypertension is a risk factor for the decline in cognitive abilities, a lower blood pressure should promote brain health.

Nutrients during pregnancy – Vitamins for Women

Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life as she watches the way her body changes and grows to accommodate her unborn baby.

Pregnancy fitness and health

How exciting – you’re pregnant! There’s never been a better time to look after yourself, so you can really sit back and enjoy your pregnancy while making plans to welcome your new baby.

Physical activity

Keeping physically fit and active during pregnancy offers many health benefits, such as improving physical and mental wellbeing while helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

Nutritional support

During pregnancy your dietary requirements increase to support your health, and that of your developing baby. Eating a wide variety of unprocessed foods is a good place to start and taking a specialised pregnancy multivitamin provides a broad-spectrum of important nutrients. In theory, a healthy nutritious diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need while pregnant, but there are some vitamins and minerals that are especially important during pregnancy:

Folic acid & vitamin B12

Folic acid, if taken daily for one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of women having a child with birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Folic acid and vitamin B12 are important for DNA replication, cell division and growth, and are necessary to produce red blood cells and to maintain normal blood in healthy individuals.

Iodine

Dietary iodine deficiency is re-emerging as a significant problem and recent research has identified Australian pregnant women to be at risk. Iodine requirements are increased during pregnancy and adequate maternal iodine levels are important for healthy brain development. To meet the increased demands of pregnancy, it is recommended that iodine supplementation be taken prior to trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Choline

Choline plays a key role in foetal development and is required for the healthy development of the brain and nervous system during pregnancy.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Fish oil provides a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may be beneficial to both mother and development of the baby. DHA in particular is important during pregnancy for healthy brain, eye and vision development.

Birth preparation with Raspberry leaf

Raspberry leaf has been traditionally used as a women’s tonic and is taken during the third trimester of pregnancy to prepare the uterus for labour and to facilitate childbirth.

WHY CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC?

Did you know the term ‘organic’ isn’t regulated in Australia? The term is splashed across labels, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is really organic! Organic Certification logos, like the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo, guarantees you’re buying a truly organic product.

CEO of Australian Organic, Australia’s leading organic industry body, Mr Paul Stadhams, encourages us to look for a certified organic logo whenever we buy organic – like the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) Bud logo. “The Bud logo is your 100 per cent guarantee that you are buying real, honest organic products that have been audited all along the production chain – from paddock to plate – to comply with strict organic standards.” ACO is one of seven certification bodies nationally. Owned by Australian Organic, ACO is now Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and products, certifying in 16 countries and with auditors reviewing and maintaining over 17,000 products with the Bud logo. The ACO Bud logo means that product is cruelty-free, non-GMO, pasture fed, socially responsible, sustainably fished, biodiversity friendly and of course grown free from harsh synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics.  You can find it on a range of products from food and drinks to skincare, clothing, homewares, gardening, and pet food.

Why choose ORGANIC

Go Vita Tanunda give you 7 reasons to choose certified organic

  1. Good for the environment ACO works towards the future, focusing on organic, sustainable farming practices, land regeneration, and biodiversity protection.
  2. Certified organic products are the only true free range products Livestock must be 100 per cent free range to be certified organic. This means no caged chickens and no sow stalls. Animals must be given a high standard quality of life that allows them to perform natural social and physical functions.
  3. Certified organic food products are real Certified organic food is real food made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or GM ingredients, items that can be linked with allergic reactions.
  4. If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin! Skin products aren’t tested on animals and don’t use any synthetic colouring agents, fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients, silicones, paraffin or petroleum.
  5. No GMO Buying certified organic is the only way to know if a product is free from genetically modified organisms as there is no requirement in Australia to label GM ingredients.
  6. Be 100 per cent socially responsible. By buying Australian Certified Organic, you’re protecting workers’ rights.
  7. The Bud logo is a logo with integrity ACO has one of the strictest food regulatory programs in the world. Every ACO product has a certification number unique to the operator, allowing full traceability, and random audits and product testing ensure ongoing authenticity.

 

Adapted from Go Mag issue 44

GOOD FOR YOUR GUTS

We know Licorice as a delicious sweet treat, the herb itself has very different benefits. As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been valued for the profound and positive effect it has on your digestive system.

Licorice has been used in many forms over the centuries. It is known that the glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause high blood pressure. A procedure developed to remove this compound from licorice provides a new safer form known as DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Anti-inflammatory DGL is highly effective for soothing digestive disturbances, particularly gastritis and peptic ulcers.

The mechanism of DGL in peptic ulcer treatment is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the factors that protect against ulcer formation. Specifically, DGL improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. The licorice produces a thick protective mucus gel that covers the lining of the stomach wall providing welcome relief for heartburn sufferers too.

Chewing DGL between or twenty minutes prior to meals seems to produce positive results as it must mix with saliva to promote the regeneration of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells.

DGL may also prove useful in eradicating Helicobacter pylori. Patients with duodenal and gastric ulcers may test positive to this bacterium.  Stress and anxiety were thought to be the main cause of ulcers, but H. Pylori causes damage to the stomach lining and DGL can combat this damage.
 
Licorice is also one of a group of herbs that has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. It was traditionally used as an adrenal tonic. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, similar to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, these glands have the task of responding to any stress the body is under, whether it is study, work or life.  
 
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) may help relieve:

  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Gastritis
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers

Licorice supplements contraindicate with anti-hypertensive or diuretic medications. Do not take if you suffer kidney insufficiency, liver cirrhosis or are pregnant.

IBS SOLUTIONS – Go Vita Tanunda

If you have tummy troubles you may be among the 20% of Australians suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Naturopath, Peter Balogh, outlines a six step process to help your stomach smile.

Stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation are common IBS symptoms. It’s best to visit your healthcare professional for a diagnosis as IBS can continue indefinitely if mismanaged.

Six steps to IBS relief

The key to overcoming IBS is the discipline to avoid allergens, eat mindfully, relax and take appropriate complementary medicines consistently.

1. Exterminate aliens
Remove parasites contributing to gut inflammation with wormwood, black walnut hulls, or oregano. Ask a Go Vita health specialist for the best product for you.

2. Cleanse the colon
Flush out toxins with magnesium oxide for two consecutive nights. Then take aloe vera juice for a week. This mild laxative softens stools, heals gut lining and reduces gut sensitivities seen in IBS.

3. Eliminate allergens
Every IBS sufferer has food foes. Along with food allergy testing, which can be done at Go Vita Tanunda, by Naturopath, Peter Balogh, an accurate way to identify allergens is to remove them from your diet and reintroduce them with awareness.

Common irritants include lactose, gluten, legumes and yeast.
Stimulants should be reduced including cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol.
Sugars tend to feed IBS.

4. Focus on what you eat and how you eat

The following foods minimise post meal moans.

  • Peppermint tea has been shown to reduce all symptoms associated with IBS.
  • Fibre intake builds beneficial bacteria but too much can trigger diarrhoea and too little bogs up bowels. Try soluble fibre sources such as dates, prunes, figs, carrots and sweet potato. Eat flax seed oil for softer stools. If you get constipated, try psyllium as a bulking laxative.
  • Probiotic foods like yoghurt and sauerkraut banish bad bacteria and heal the gut.
  • Prebiotic rich foods such as bananas, garlic, and honey fertilise probiotic flora.
  • Fruits are less likely to ferment when eaten alone and before 6pm. Papaya is rich in enzymes and pineapple contains anti-inflammatory bromelains.
  • Add anti-gas herbs like cumin, dill, mint and ginger to dishes.

How you eat is as important as what you eat. Try these tips:

  • Don’t eat three hours before bed
  • Sit in an upright posture, breathing deeply
  • Take digestive enzymes with each meal
  • Chew each mouthful 20 times
  • Sip warm water
  • Take a stroll after dinner

5. Heal your gut
There are many complementary medicines important for gut health:

  • Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory turmeric provides improvement to IBS symptoms.
  • Slippery elm: Heals gut inflammation and softens stools.
  • Probiotics: Improve abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

6. Dissolve stress
IBS sufferers often hold tummy tension. Therapies like meditation and yoga are recommended. Regular exercise is also important.

 

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