For November, we are going to look at three common health conditions that are increasing in awareness and individuals who are diagnosed. Our goal is to help you this month look at ways you can begin to make steps to prevent losing your memory, taking insulin shots, and having acne or other skin condition.
Why is Alzheimer’s more common today than previous generations?
From my experience, the leading cause of Alzheimer’s is due to inflammation and the fact that as a society, we have more adrenal gland fatigue. Your adrenals create cortisone, which puts out the fire in your body. Stress and sugar consumption place a demand on your body’s adrenal function. I often notice elevated aluminum on a mineral tissue hair analysis with those who have adrenal fatigue, which presents itself as low sodium and potassium on the assessment. The best way, from observation to prevent Alzheimer’s, is to reduce the presence of inflammation.
What is the best way to reduce inflammation in the body?
I currently use two tests to evaluate inflammation in an individual’s body. The Bloodspot Fatty Acid Profile test and Serum Ferritin (contact). On the EFA bloodspot test, there may be an increased amount of arachidonic acid and GLA. Ferritin increases with those who have inflammation, and the results can show us if you have a “rusty” heart.
Dr. Bob, what do you do to prevent Alzheimer’s?
I avoid all refined sugar. I do not drink alcohol, or consume dairy products including ice cream and yogurt. I consume two tablespoons of coconut oil daily, which reduces your body’s overall inflammation. I also take omega-3 oils (flax and marine) to keep my inflammation at a minimum.
I have heard those born between 2000 and 2010 have a higher potential to be diagnosed with diabetes; why the increase?
Diabetes is increasing because those born in that time frame statistically will be overweight. Diabetics characteristically are overweight, and the extra tissue places a demand on your pancreas, which is already working to capacity.
Besides excessive weight, what else can cause diabetes?
It has been estimated twenty-five percent of those living in America did not exercise last year. Muscle movement uses up the extra glucose moving in your body. Exercise is an important tool to help manage blood sugar.
Are there any statistics to manage blood sugar?
I would suggest two blood tests. Your fasting glucose should be no higher than 84. It has been suggested there is a 6% increase potential to become a diabetic for every point above eighty-four. If your fasting glucose is 90, you have a 36% increased potential to become a diabetic. I also encourage our practice members to have their HA1C completed each year. The HA1C or some may say A1C, is a measure of glucose in a red blood cell, this will reveal or show the amount of glucose in your system for the last three months. There is one “catch” to this test; men and or women who have increased iron in their system may also have an elevated HA1C; a fructosamine test would be a better choice.
The appearance of your skin in very important; what is the primary reason you might have skin issues?
Your liver is the key organ for optimal skin health, and a toxic environment and food choices places a demand on it. The liver is also one of the main detoxifying organs in the body, and when the liver is overworked, other glands and tissue need to be recruited to take up the slack. Your skin is the largest gland or organ in the body, and when you are constipated, the liver is overworked which can be the primary factor for skin challenges.
Are there any particular foods that cause skin problems?
From my research and experience, the following foods are the most common in regards to creating skin blemishes. Gluten-based foods deplete your body of zinc, which is essential for skin health. Dairy products congest your liver and lymphatic system, which is a leading cause for adolescent acne. Any other food, medication, or toxic exposure including medications may create liver distress and skin eruptions. Drinking water and eating green vegetables is an excellent way to promote skin health. Eating a medium carrot daily also is a wise habit for excellent skin vitality.
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