You’ve probably heard the old saying “you are what you eat”, and that is because the food we eat affect every function of our bodies. Many people would be surprised to discover just how many food ingredients are linked to a variety of chronic conditions, as well as cognitive disorders, like dementia, which is considered by many to be an age related disease.
However, contrary to many beliefs, dementia isn’t a specific age related malady, rather a general term that encompasses a variety of cognitive impairments in memory, thinking, and communication. Thus, since what we eat nourishes every cell in our bodies, it is not a surprise that food can alter, and damage our brains.
Consider the following as a list of ingredients that are best classified as brain poison, and if your brain cells are important to you, it is best to avoid them:
1. Advanced glycation end products (AGEP) may cause plaque buildup in brain.
Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEP) May Cause Plaque Buildup in Brain – AGEP also known as glycotoxins, are proteins that have become glycated through exposure to sugars. Cooking foods at high temperatures, including fries and meats, can produce AGEP. These harmful compounds have been linked to hypertension and diabetes; however, recent evidence suggests that AGEP are associated with dementia as well. Increased levels of AGEP may cause amyloid plaques, which are protein pieces that are characteristic of dementia, to concentrate in the brain. A study published in journal PNAS found that the consumption of glycotoxins led to dementia in mice.
2. High amounts of aluminum are toxic to brain tissue.
The human body was not designed to ingest aluminum. Nevertheless, aluminum is a food additive used in almost every pre-packaged processed foods, including cheese, cake mixes and milk formulas. In addition, heavy metals including high levels of aluminum are found not only in commercial anti-perspirants, but also in the air we breathe due to the ever present chem-trails and bio-engineering. Toxic heavy metals are regarded as a dangerous neurotoxin, and are directly linked to a broad spectrum of chronic conditions, including cancer, autism, and dementia. Aluminum directly effects the nervous system and scientists are certain that toxic metals damage brain tissue.
3. Artificial sweetener aspartame linked to neurological complications.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute for a variety of processed diet foods and drinks. Among all the artificial sugar products, aspartame is the most controversial and repeatedly has been linked to brain tumors, seizures and, perhaps unsurprisingly, dementia. One controversial ingredient in aspartame is methanol — a harmful toxin linked to neurological complications.
4. Fluoride increases brain decay.
Many U.S. municipalities fluoridate drinking water ostensibly to help reduce tooth decay, even though fluoride only works on the surface of teeth, not when you ingest it. Rather than using naturally occurring fluoride, cities instead tend to buy hydrofluorosilicic acid, chemical waste from phosphate fertilizer industries in China. Despite its purported use to improve public health, this chemical has been associated with a swath of health problems like dementia. Historically, Fluoride had been used by the Nazis in Germany to control prisoners.
If clinical studies that examine the effects of fluoride on rats shed any light on the effects that fluoride has on senior citizens, the results are unsettling. According to research stemming from Charles University in the Czech Republic, exposing rats to the same amount of fluoride in the public’s drinking water resulted in the formation of amyloid — the plaque that proliferates brains ridden with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, a plethora of studies have shown that water fluoridation causes brain damage and is associated with lower IQ in children.
5. Long-term mercury exposure linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Nearly everyone knows that many vaccines contain mercury; so do a variety of foods and ingredients, including salmon, rice and high-fructose corn syrup. Like other toxins, research suggests that long-term exposure to mercury may produce Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in people.
In another study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers reviewed more than 100 studies that examined mercury exposure in cell models, animals and humans. The team found a strong link between mercury exposure and behavior associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Although the researchers could not prove that long-term mercury exposure causes Alzheimer’s disease in people, the results shouldn’t be taken with a grain of salt.
6. Artificial flavoring diacetyl is junk for the brain.
An artificial flavoring known as diacetyl used in popcorn butter has been linked to dementia. It’s not just found in butter though. Diacetyl is in snack foods, baked goods and beer. Many companies have ceased using diacetyl because of its health risks.
Like other noxious ingredients associated with dementia, diacetyl has been shown to produce the Alzheimer’s-linked protein amyloid. Moreover, other research suggests the diacetyl disrupts the production of glyoxalase I, a detoxifying protein that prevents amyloids from sticking together.
7. Food preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG) accelerates cognitive decline.
Similar to diacetyl, MSG is a preservative and flavor enhancer used in almost every processed food. Unfortunately, like diacetyl, it also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
MSG is an excitotoxin, meaning it causes brain cells to fire uncontrollably. This can worsen pre-existing cognitive disabilities, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
8. Soy tofu may impair memory.
Soy products like tofu are often considered a healthier alternative to meat; however, not all soy products are created equal. According to a study published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, high tofu consumption was linked to worsening memory, whereas high tempe consumption, a fermented soy product, was shown to improve memory.
9. Trans fats shrivel brain.
Trans fats are the fats to avoid when it comes to warding off Alzheimer’s disease. They have been shown to shrink the brain and increase the risk of dementia. Many fast foods, fried foods, and processed foods are loaded with trans fats.
Trans fats deprive the brain of oxygen by clogging veins and arteries. In particular, trans fats rob the brain of the essential chemical apolipoprotein E, which helps regulate amyloids in the brain. When unregulated, amyloids form plaque that interfere with neuron function.
10. GMO – Glyphosate herbicide kills pests and brain cells.
Glyphosate is the main ingredient used in Roundup herbicide and has been estimated to be in most processed food and produce. It’s the most popular herbicide used in the world. Glyphosate doesn’t just kill pests though; it kills brains cells. Glyphosate is virtually present in all non-organic produce, and contrary to a common belief, it cannot be washed off, as it is imbedded inside the produce through absorption of contaminated soil and water.
When we consume produce sprayed with glyphosate, it changes our body chemistry. Independent studies have shown Roundup herbicide produced the same oxidative stress found in cells associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In order to avoid glyphosate, try switching to whole organic foods.
Although this list might be somewhat overwhelming to the healthy lifestyle novices, the transition is actually quite simple. In a nutshell, in order to reclaim our wellness and wellbeing, one must first become aware of the surrounding dangers, and then make appropriate changes.
Food Matters – although healthier food choices might be tad more challenging, it is really not that complicated. It is all about getting back to your grandma’s basics – invest in yourself and take the time to prepare your food. In the grocery stores, choose GMO FREE organic whole foods, pass on the pre-packaged, hormone, antibiotic, and chemical laden foods. Read the labels. If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, avoid them. Make a food preparation a fun family time. Teach your children that freshly prepared meals from your own kitchen, made from organic ingredients, and prepared with a lot of love, are fundamental to your health.
Your health begins in your gut, and “Food for thought” just took on a whole new meaning. Truly, the convenience of pre-packaged processed foods is slowly and surely killing us. In addition, since our skin is the largest organ in our body, it is best to avoid toxic chemicals which are present in most commercial “lotions and potions” and instead develop a healthier routine of pampering your skin, hair, and nails, with organic, vegan, and chemical free variety.
Thus, if quality of life, wellness and wellbeing matters, avoid these quick but costly solutions, and instead make a commitment to yourself and your loved ones to optimize your health!
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