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Month: May 2008

Your Brain: Maybe You’re Depressed

Depression is the result of low levels of the stress-buffering brain chemical serotonin trying, but failing, to protect you against assaults of unchecked stress.

The same holds true for similar disorders, like anxiety, fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

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Q&A: Brain-Healthy Diet

Q: Is there really such a thing as a brain-healthy diet?

A: Very definitely! And it’s really quite easy. First, let’s start with the chocolate. Have one piece of expensive dark chocolate every day. Of course, you must be reasonable about this. A small piece, not something the size of a Cinnabon.

Then (you knew this was coming) the inevitable five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Select those richest in antioxidants and carotenes: dark green leafy vegetables; bright carrots and squash; richly colored fruit like blueberries and apples. Eat a wide range of the foods called produce, and eat mostly those foods.

At the same time, reduce your saturated fat intake: use meat and poultry as a side dish or garnish. Your good animal protein source is fish, because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids that are especially required for brain health. If you can’t handle fish, take omega-3 supplements twice a day.

Enjoy black or green tea as a daily beverage (high in antioxidants). Prepare foods with extra virgin olive oil, ideally, or canola oil.

Reduce your intake of high-glycemic foods. These are the ones that convert quickly to sugar (glucose). Thus, you’ll phase out refined white-flour breads and processed foods wherever and whenever you can. Replace these with whole-grain foods as well as beans and other legumes.

Eliminate all sources of high fructose corn syrup (this requires label reading). Limit alcohol to one or two drinks a day.

Finally, tobacco smoke is a killer of brain cells. The more you smoke, the less you may realize that cigarettes are turning your brain to mush.

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Your Brain: It Could Be Low Serotonin

Serotonin is one of the brain’s neurotransmitters–molecules that allow brain cells to talk to each other. Sad to report that serotonin levels either decline or become less efficient with age. This is because estrogen, in its own inevitable decline, is linked to serotonin like the front car of a two-car roller coaster.

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Your Brain: Yes, It Could Be Your Hormones

During the years of the menopause transition–before and during actual menopause–the hormones estrogen and progesterone begin an inexorable decline.

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Breathing Out Stress

In our last health tip, we talked about how stress is toxic to your memory.

This breathing-out-stress exercise can be done when you’re all alone, with eyes closed in a quiet place, or when chaos seems to surround you, such as rush hour traffic (but with your eyes open and hands on the wheel).

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Your Brain: Maybe It’s a Human Version of Computer Overload

Maybe there’s nothing wrong with your brain at all. Maybe it’s a human version of computer overload.

Stop and reflect on the amount of information our parents or grandparents dealt with every day and compare it to the volume of 24/7 info-tainment most of us are exposed to today.

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What’s Happening to My Brain

That’s a question I hear from patients several times a week. The inquirer, usually a woman in her late forties or early fifties, knows for certain something is wrong.

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In this workshop you will:

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*Self Care for Chronic Pain with Yoga Therapy and Healing Touch
Monday May 15th and Monday May 22nd
6pm – 7:30pm
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Are you looking for ways to manage chronic pain that doesn’t involve medication? Consider a gentle exploration in Healing Touch and Yoga Therapy that connects mind, body and spirit for overall health and wellbeing with WholeHealth Chicago’s Healing Touch practitioner Katie Oberlin and Yoga Therapist Renee Zambo.

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*May Lyme Academy
Lyme & Lymph; A Source of Pain and Swelling
Tuesday May 16, 5:30-7:00pm

People with Lyme disease may experience pain, swelling and have decreased ability to move toxins out of their body. Karen Meier, Doctor of Physical Therapy, will be presenting information about the lymphatic system, how Lyme affects it, self care and manual techniques for treatment.

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An innovative workshop series for relieving mind/body stress and tapping into your true power and natural health.

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Thursday June 8, 2017, 6:30-8PM, $65 course fee

Join us and learn a traditional Chinese facial rejuvenation technique that you can do yourself! Guasha treatment is a 2,000 year old Chinese massage technique that uses a flat tool to apply pressure to the skin to increase circulation as it moves along acupuncture channels.

Facial guasha is an easy to learn technique that:
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* prevents wrinkles
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