Episode 5 : Alzheimer’s – A well sweetened brain.

 Diabetes Type 3?

Missing memories

From all the evidence, Alzheimer’s is now being called diabetes type 3.  Researchers are uncovering the depth of inflammation evident in the brain despite the blood brain barrier from our not so carefully balanced glucose/insulin levels.

It was previously thought nothing could get through the thin membrane called the blood brain barrier affording a protective covering for our brain.  We now know this is not so.  Blood glucose is eagerly taken up by the brain, its preferred source of energy and if levels are high in our blood, they will be high in the brain.  This is tricky because the brain’s sensitive tissues can be easily damaged by glucose especially when it is consistently high.  When the brain is inflamed it will protect itself by creating and laying down amyloid plaque which in itself is damaging to the brain tissues and the functionality of the brain neurons talking and responding to each other.  The end result is loss of function and a consequent barrage of symptoms creeping up over time; short term memory loss, loss of fine motor skills, language loss, a decreased capacity for complex thought processes.

Prevention is key with this debilitating disease.  The most important preventative solution to put in place right now is to…

Balance and maintain blood sugar levels and insulin as low as possible.

This often requires a change in dietary habits, reducing any reliance on processed carbohydrate foods like breads, pasta, rice, crackers, cereals and replacing them with wholefood options; vegetables, nuts, seeds.  Using wholegrains like quinoa, buckwheat, oats, rye (if you are not sensitive to gluten) and adding fibre to your diet in the form of inulin, psyllium, fibrous vegetables are the best; celery, kale, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli.

Prevention

Other preventative habits to wire into your health regime include:

  • Reducing inflammation through diet changes.
    Listen to episode 1 if you haven’t already.
  • Exercise!
    The research is resounding and determined, we need to move our bodies far more than we currently do.  On a daily basis find ways to move your body, through a gym class or a walk or join a walking group or jump on your old bike, or simply walk up and down the stairs in your home, or put some music on in the lounge room and dance wildly – no one is watching! Regular movement is the key to maintaining great health.
  • Stay hydrated.
    Most of us don’t drink enough water.  Our cells need to be hydrated so they can communicate and function optimally.  Aim for 1.5-2L daily, acheive this with plain filtered water, herbal teas even salad greens will add to your water intake.
  • Sleep.
    A totally underrated topic and we cover in another podcast but for now we need to understand sleep is essential for detoxification in the body, to embed new ideas, thoughts, memories, skills we need to sleep each night so our brain computer can literally reboot and update the hard drive!
  • Cognitive therapies.
    Tango dancing, learning a foreign language, playing chess, doing crossword puzzle all improve our brain health and functionality at the same time preventing or slowing the onset of alzheimers.

With so many people affected today and with the development of this disease looking set to strike a whole generation, it is vital we make a change today in our health and wellbeing.  Consider which of the preventative measures listed above you could start with and take action today.

Turmeric & Ginger Spiced Prawns
with quinoa cabbage salad.

Suggested by Susan Kath from AboutNutrition.me.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 large green prawns per person, peeled. Or  use wild caught alaskan salmon.
  • marinade:
  • 2 tsp macadamia oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red chili seeded and finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon

Salad:

  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/4 cabbage finely shredded
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 spanish onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt and cracked pepper

Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 minced clove garlic

Method:

  • Combine all marinade ingredients together and pour over the prawns or salmon, mix well and leave to marinade for 1hr.
  • Boil 2 cups of water or bone broth, add quinoa and stir.  Cook for 10-15 mins until nearly but not quite cooked.  Add peas and cook for further 5 mins. Drain and set aside.
  • Toss cabbage, onion and celery on a large platter along with quinoa and peas.
  • Place dressing ingredients in a bottle and shake to mix well.
  • Drizzle 1/3 of dressing over the salad and toss again.
  • Lightly coat pan or bbq with a little oil and place prawns or salmon on heat turning a few times until just cooked through, approx 10mins.

Arrange salmon or prawns atop the salad, enjoy!

Music in this episode.

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