The typical American diet is laden with unhealthy trans fats, sugars, processed foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones. With all these “ingredients” in our so called “food,” it is of no surprise a myriad of diseases caused by nutrient deficiencies are at an all-time high and vitamin supplement sales are soaring.
Many young adults & athletes in pursuit of sculpting the perfect body often times turn towards nutrition and protein powders as well as sports drinks to ensure they are getting the nutrients their bodies need. Often times these products are riddled with dangerous fillers, hormones, and chemicals that can cause liver, kidney and heart damage with long term daily consumption. Unfortunately, many of these well meaning folks don’t realize the dangers hidden in these “power” products.
The most important thing one can do for their body is EAT – chew, swallow, stimulate, digest, and absorb real food. So, consume nutrient-rich Brain Foods first and consult with a doctor trained in functional nutrition for additional necessary support to ensure a safe and profoundly healthy brain and body.
The most natural form of any nutrient is found in nature’s goodness— real food. The synergistic effects found only in the whole food’s natural state provides us with the most bioavailable forms of their nutrients. While taking supplements to boost our deficiencies is important, isolating these nutrients in the forms of powders, pills, and even essential oils can be risky business.
A nutrient rich diet complete with organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains & legumes, as well as organic lean meats are the best way to ensure safe nutrient balance in our bodies. However, a completely organic diet could be cost-prohibitive for many American individuals and families. I encourage patients to choose first the organic foods they really like and eat regularly, and then if cost is an issue reach for non-GMO, natural or free range for the foods they eat less often. By doing this, you limit the amount of harmful “ingredients” and remove many of the overly processed and packaged foods completely.
Incorporating foods for brain health into your diet isn’t hard. Just keep these 5 simple principles in mind:
SUPER BRAIN FOODS
Blueberries (fresh or frozen): contain anthyocyanins known to improve memory, learning, reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension, and numerical ability avocado; help maintain communication between brain cells by stimulating the production of BDNF(brain derived neurotic factor) a protein that stimulates cell growth.
Avocado: boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine to help keep your brain focused.
Green Leafy Vegetables: contain folic acid, Vit B6 & Vit B12 work synergistically to reduce brain atrophy, improve brain function, and dramatically reduce brain shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s. Also contains L-Tyrosine which works synergistically to reduce brain atrophy, improve brain function, and dramatically reduce brain shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s. They also contain Vit K, also thought to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Peppers (hot & bell peppers): high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytonutrients such as beta carotene and capsaicin which improves circulation to the brain.
Root Vegetables: high in fiber and complex carbohydrates that are good at supplying your brain with a steady stream of energy.
Rosemary: has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to fight free radical damage in the brain. It also contains Carsonic acid, a phytonutrient particularly good for protecting the brain from a stroke and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Other herbs good for supporting your brain are: basil, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme.
Turmeric: a potent antioxidant that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier that improves memory, increases BDNF production in the brain, reduces brain inflammation, can break up the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.
Nuts and Seeds like walnuts, chocolate, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, and chia seeds: contain brain-essential omega-3 fatty acids, B complex vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Chocolate (70% Cacao or more): contains flavinoids thought to reduce the risk of dementia. Also contains caffeine & theobromine contribute to the improved memory, focus, and attention that chocolate lovers experience.
Salmon (wild-caught only), Grass-fed beef and meats: contain amino acids and high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in reducing inflammation.
Coconut Oil: contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which enable it to supply energy directly to the brain with no insulin spike making it a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
Athletes, Parents, Grandparents,Teachers, Doctors, Fitness Professionals… You won’t want to miss out on this very important talk! Be sure to register here: www.SoCalConcussionSeminar.com Invite your friends, neighbors, families, athletic teams, classes, gym friends, patients, etc… Sponsored by Dr. Julie Brown, DC, DACNB of Southern California Brain Centers in Los Alamitos. See you there!!!
With the changing of seasons, there’s been a lot of cold/flu illnesses going around, so I wanted to share with you a great tea recipe that is rich in antimicrobial properties. A cup of this tea each day will go a long way to boost your body’s natural immunity.
While you’re cuddled up in your comfy chair sipping on this delicious tea, why not expand your knowledge on how these spices have incredible neuroprotective properties too, like helping to prevent neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Depression, and sooooo much more! file:///Users/mindijentes/Downloads/nihms307525.pdf
At Brio, we’re a family. Each of us brings inspiration to others. We celebrate and encourage it!
This month is patient appreciation month and I’d like to take a moment to reflect our amazing patients! For patient privacy I’ll just refer to them neutrally and by a single initial.
M has been through much in life. They have battled many health & personal concerns and although they are still in the heat of many of those battles, they made a comment this week while wiping away tears, that really encouraged and inspired me. “Thank you, Jesus! Even when life is hard, I still thank Jesus for it all.”
It really takes a special kind of faith and relationship to be able to say thank you even when you’re broken. Thank you, M, for inspiring me!
R came bounding through the door with the most positive energy I have seen from them since they started under care. Laughing, smiling, and genuinely full of happiness. R too has been through many trials, conflicts, and health concerns. They commented “I am so glad to be here ~ I’m feeling great and have lost 20 pounds since I started coming here!”
It is AMAZING what happens when we give our brain and spinal cord the support it needs! Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body is controlled by the nervous system. Our brain fog clears, our energy levels increase, and our attitudes often change. Without even trying, we could begin to lose weight, because now, organs responsible for digestion and elimination are getting clearer signals through this amazing communication system God designed in our bodies! Thank you R for being a good example of how amazing our bodies are, and inspiring me too!
J like many of my patients has a severe health concern that is quite debilitating. In addition, J has suffered from terrible migraine headaches for many many years. As they were leaving the office this week, they commented, “Thank you so much for a whole month migraine free!”
This was the icing on the cake for me this week. Choking by tears (because my personal chiropractic story flashed before my eyes), I gave them a hug, thanked them for being such an encouragement and said isn’t it amazing how regular chiropractic care can impact our lives?!?
These are real stories of real patients with real struggles. These are the family members of Brio Wellness Center.
Brio = LIFE with enthusiasm & vitality.
Wellness = a state of optimal health.
Center = in the middle of it all.
If you haven’t already found that center in the middle of it all where you can experience a state of optimal health that frees you to live LIFE with enthusiasm and vitality, I invite you call & schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation. You never know if that one baby step could be the first of many great strides towards…
LIVING THE LIFE YOU DESIRE & DESERVE!
What a privilege for Dr. Mindi to be interviewed and share her expertise with Tom Hicks and his listeners. It was a great time!
Below is the info from the podcast:
Dr. Mindi Jentes is a chiropractor specializing in full service wellness care for motorcyclists. As she says, “you need to tune up your body just like you tune up your bike”. An avid rider herself, she can help you with riding injuries, neck pain, foot pain, numbness in the hands, feet, or limbs, and digestive problems, just to name a few.
Press Release: 12-17-2014
Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, B.A., D.C. is the owner & doctor at Brio Wellness Center of Los Alamitos, CA. She is a married mother of 4 awesome kids, a 2014 graduate of SCUHS, a member of the OC-CCA, and actively involved in her local church & community.
While promoting her MotoChiro services at this year’s Wings Wheels & Rotors Expo on the Joint Forces Military Base in Los Alamitos, Dr. Jentes met the marketing director for Southern California Suzuki located in Brea, CA. Dr. Jentes is known for her high energy, enthusiasm, passion, and ability to communicate the many benefits of chiropractic care for motorcycle riders. Because she is a female rider who can speak to the needs of riders, Suzuki contacted her to be a guest on their weekly radio show. Their weekly radio show podcast is distributed around the world to avid motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. Suzuki believes Dr. Jentes has the qualities they are looking for to communicate to their audience the impact chiropractic care can have on their sports performance, riding skills, and overall health.
In addition to speaking about the importance of regular chiropractic care, Suzuki has asked her to promote her private practice and the exciting benefit drive going on at Brio. During the month of December, direct pay new patients who donate winter coats & blankets to the homeless preschool children of Precious Lamb Preschool in downtown Long Beach will receive their new patient visit Free of Charge.
What an exciting and impactful opportunity this is for the chiropractic profession!
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