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What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 1

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Just in case you need another reason to cut back on sugar, it now turns out that Alzheimer’s could well be a form of diet-induced diabetes.

What Is Alzheimer’s?

A neuropathologist named Alois Alzheimer noticed, over a century ago, that a certain protein was taking the place of normal brain cells. How those proteins (beta amyloid plaques as they’re called) get there has been a mystery. What’s becoming clear, however, is that a lack of insulin — or insulin resistance — not only impairs brain function but seems to be implicated in the formation of those plaques.

The Diabetes/Dementia Link

We know that people with diabetes are at least twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and that obesity alone increases the risk of impaired brain function.

What’s new is the thought that while diabetes doesn’t “cause” Alzheimer’s, they have the same root: an over consumption of those “foods” that spike insulin. (Genetics have an effect on susceptibility, as they appear to with all environmental diseases.)

If the rate of Alzheimer’s rises in lockstep with Type 2 diabetes, which has nearly tripled in the United States in the last 40 years, we will shortly see a devastatingly high percentage of our population with not only failing bodies but also brains.

The link between diet and dementia negates our notion of Alzheimer’s as a condition that befalls us by chance. Adopting a sane diet, a diet contrary to the standard American diet (called SAD), would appear to give us a far better shot at avoiding diabetes in all of its forms, along with its dreaded complications.

CLICK HERE for PART 2 explaining how Alzheimer’s is considered Type 3 Diabetes.

Sitting is the new Smoking – Why I have a Stand Up Desk

My STand Up DeskI recently heard a new phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Where did this phrase come from, and what does it mean?

Marc Hamilton, a leading researcher on inactivity physiology, suggests that sitting is “the new smoking.” James Levine, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and researcher, says obese people sit on average two-and-a-half hours more every day than thinner people.

When you sit for long periods of time, your body goes into “storage mode”. We move 90 percent less than our ancestors did 100 years ago. Sitting in front of the TV isn’t the only health concern. Any prolonged sitting, such as behind a desk or behind the wheel, can be harmful.

I wanted to share the  ergonomic stand up workstation I use. I love that it is adjustable so I can sit or stand and it was easy to assemble (very important) and easy to adjust from the sitting to standing position and visa versa. I discovered them at the National Wellness Conference and knew I needed one.

Carrie Schmitz WORK FIT TThought I would share the one I have and maybe you can explore one that meets your needs. By the way I do not get any compensation from sharing this. This is part of my overall wellness plan and I always like to share what I am doing.

Ergotron website: http://www.ergotron.com/

WorkFit line: http://www.ergotron.com/Products/Workstations/StandUpDesks/tabid/803/Default.aspx

My one is the WorkFit-T

CLICK HERE for some deskercises to keep your body limber

What is Vitamin D?

vitamin d 3d illustration on white surfaceWhat is Vitamin D? It is unique compared to other vitamins because when  your body gets it, it turns it  into a hormone. This hormone is sometimes called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”

When you get vitamin D  in your skin from sunlight and the vitamin  from supplements, is has to be changed by your body a number of times before it can be used. Once it’s ready, your body uses it to manage the amount of calcium in your blood, bones and gut and to help cells all over your body to communicate properly.

Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:

  • Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
  • Muscle function
  • Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Anti-cancer effects

If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D to keep it healthy, this is called vitamin D deficiency. Severe vitamin D deficiency can sometimes cause a condition called rickets in children and a condition called osteomalacia in adults. Both of these conditions cause soft, thin, and brittle bones.

A lack of vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s and type-I diabetes.

CLICK HERE to learn how you can measure your Vitamin D level.

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Sugar Buster Boot Camp

Want to get off the Sugar Roller Coaster? Join my 28 Day Sugar Buster Boot Camp that begins Monday April 24th

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The 4 Week Sugar Buster Boot Camp is for anyone who wants to

  • Come to peace with the diet and exercise roller coaster
  • Learn a lifestyle that enables and promotes wellness
  • Reduce sugar cravings so you crave healthy food
  • Recalibrate your digestive system to function like a well-oiled machine
  • Learn portion control
  • Boost your immune system
  • Learn how to make easy delicious food
  • Receive personal coaching from Dr Karen
  • Receive ongoing support for your lifestyle changes
  • Release weight
  • Sleep like a baby while your body detoxes