Last week we discussed some great super foods for feeding your brain. But what about all the brain-robbing toxins lurking out there? Brain toxicity is a major factor in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Today, there is no shortage of neurotoxins in our air, food, water, and products.
Here are four of the major substances you should consider taking steps to remove from your families’ lifestyle and diet.
• Fluoride: Fluoride’s ability to damage the brain is one of the most active areas of fluoride research today. Over 300 studies have identified fluoride as a neurotoxin. Fluoride is associated with brain damage, especially when coupled with aluminum excess or iodine deficiency. It has been shown to reduced intelligence and damage to a baby’s growing brain.
• Aspartame: Toss this artificial sweetener. Study after study confirms that aspartame can damage the brain and central nervous system, as well as being carcinogenic. Aspartame is an excitotoxin, triggering a brain inflammation cycle that may play a critical role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease and other brain diseases.
• Gluten: With increasing recognition among medical professionals and the public alike that the health of the gut and brain are intimately connected, the idea that gluten can damage your brain is beginning to be taken more seriously. Neurotoxicity is one of gluten’s primary health-damaging effects. In fact, gluten can do harm to the brain even if you have no intestinal symptoms. Which means, even if you are not diagnosed as gluten intolerant or with having celiac disease, you should consider at least limiting regular bread and other products made with gluten.
Years ago, wheat was different. Today, the hunger to mass produce and quick grow wheat to feed the masses has increased its gluten levels and in general played badly with nature. Try some other grains on for size and taste how good bread is made with gluten-free brown rice flour, teff, amaranth, and more.
• Heavy Metals: While heavy metal music is awesome, heavy metals in your body aren’t. Metals such as aluminum, mercury, lead and others may cause brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and other degenerative conditions.
To reduce aluminum getting into your body, use a natural deodorant without aluminum, avoid aluminum cans and stop using aluminum cookware. To reduce mercury, do not get “silver” fillings and do not eat larger fish such as swordfish and tuna.
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