Eating healthy to boost your brain function

For healthy memory function, the best defense is a good offense. Feed your body the things it needs for maximum protection of your memory and brain function. Each part of our bodies has its own function and its own nutritional needs. If your body does not get the proper nutrients, it will eventually fail. For a long life with a healthy body, we must eat right. Do not think of eating as something we must enjoy, but as something we must do to strengthen our bodies and its functions.

There are foods that need to be avoided or limited for a healthy body.

  1. White foods
  2. Beer
  3. Processed meats, cheeses
  4. Microwave popcorn

Not a surprise. We have all heard that we need to limit these foods, not just for weight-loss, but also to control your blood-sugar, and to limit the “bad nutrition” in our bodies that causes inflammation.

If we want to support our bodies and encourage good nutrition and protect our memory (brain), we need to focus on these nutritious foods. We then should focus on added more colorful vegetables to encourage a stronger inflammation-fighting response.

Start with these important food:

  1. Dark-skinned fruit, berries
  2. Coffee and chocolate (dark is best)
  3. Coconut oil, cold-pressed virgin
  4. Leafy green vegetables (collards, turnip greens, etc..)
  5. Cold-water fish, salmon
  6. Extra virgin olive oil

With the myriad ways to incorporate these and more fruits and veggies in smoothies or hide them in other dishes it should not be too hard to add these nutritious foods to your diet.

Beware of Pink Solution Products. Changes are coming

If you use Pink Solution because you are sensitive to fragrance and other chemical additives to other laundry or cleaning product, be aware that Pink Solution has decided to add petroleum-based fragrances to some of their products. There will still be fragrance-free products, but they will be made in the same factory as the fragrance-added products. Concetta La Marca on the Creation of a Fragrance-Free Environment Everywhere (COFFEE!) facebook page stated: “I don’t recall who, but someone in this group had posted something about Pink Solution now adding essential oils to their product and to call the company to protest. I called, they are in North Vancouver not far from where I live. I spoke to a very nice employee who was very honest. She told me they will not be adding essential oils, but it gets worse. They are not adding essential oils because they won’t work in their product, what they will be adding is chemical fragrance petroleum based. She told me they are in the process of beginning to manufacture a fragranced line that will be manufactured in the same facility. I told her this is not good news, and asked her to pass my concerns to the company heads, told her 35 percent of us have adverse reactions to scent, that clean has no fragrance or smell, that clean is neutral, mentioned Dr. Anne Steinemann, mentioned concern about cross contamination. She was very sympathetic and admitted to me that she is among the 35%, and that she too is not happy with her company’s decision to manufacture this scented line of Pink Solution. Way to contaminate a previously safe(ish) product. I told her they lost my business and will be losing several other customers as a result. She understood.” I am still searching for a truly safe and fragrance-free company that sells safe cleaning and laundry products. Please let me know of any company, products that I can test.

2018 A New Year, Fresh Start as many of you know, my New Year’s resolution is to begin fresh. Leaving the past behind and stating over with a positive and joyous outlook. This  is, in my opinion, making a healthy new start to the new year.

I began by getting rid of photos. Now I know, many of you will think this is a bad move. Let me explain. had many photos that I had not looked at for about 5 or 6 years. When I began sorting them, there was so much pain, sorrow, regret, anger, bitterness and very little joy or happiness in the remembrances. So I asked myself, “Do I really want to keep all this negative reminders around or have only happy, joyful memories? I decided to get rid of it all. Now I did keep a very few of the photos that had no negative effects. But it was like 6 or 7 photos. I had previously sent some photos to those who might appreciate them.

After throwing them in the dumpster, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. Like I was FREE. I am glad because I didn’t want to change my mind and have to jump in that dumpster to retrieve them. 😊

I also did a lot of shredding. Getting rid of old papers like tax returns from years ago. It was a very busy day. I empty out two storage bins. I felt so good about what I had done that I decided to keep going.

I guess what you would call my new outlook would be “minimalist”. I don’t need or want too much “junk” cluttering up my house or my mind.

So far, I am off to a good start. My new mantra is, “If you have not used something or even taken it out of the storage bin in a year, you don’t need it. Throw it out or sell it on LetGo.

Now I have about 3 or 4 more bins to go through. Next, my closets!

Cranberries and UTIs

So I started researching cranberry juice as a way to prevent urinary tract infections. I have had issues with this condition for awhile and not having much luck preventing it. I read many articles stating that cranberries really do help by discouraging bacteria from attaching to your urinary tract.

Apparently, no one knows for sure. WebMD says it seems to work for some. In an article titled Are Cranberries Good for UTI Prevention? They say, “It could be that nutrients in cranberries change the bacteria so that they can’t stick to the urinary tract. Or it may be that cranberries create a slippery coating on the urinary tract walls that makes it hard for E. coli to get a good grip.”

While I cannot say yes or no, I can tell you that I used to have UTIs frequently, but since I started taking a cranberry supplement, I no longer have that problem.  Try it for yourself, but be advised to check with your doctor first. WebMD states,” If you take the blood-thinning medication warfarin, you should avoid cranberry products, because cranberries can interact with warfarin and cause bleeding.” So Always check with your doctor before starting any new supplement. I take chewable CranActin by Solary. They are easy to take and taste great!