by Karen Railey
Author of the popular “How to” guide, How to Improve Fading Memory and Thinking Skills with Nutrition.
Water: Drink pure filtered water to avoid heavy metals and toxins such as chlorine that may be in tap water. According to Dr. Trukington, lack of water in the body has an immediate and deep effect on memory; dehydration can generate confusion and other thought difficulties. A good guideline is to drink about 48 ounces per day. For optimum benefit, add electrolytes, fresh lemon juice, or raw organic apple cider vinegar to your drinking water.
The consumption of distilled water should be avoided unless electrolytes are added to it. Plain distilled water is dead. Having no minerals of its own it may draw precious minerals out of the body. This can be extremely detrimental, particularly for those who already have low mineral reserves or mineral imbalances.
Fresh vegetable juices contain a myriad of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as enzymes. Because they are juices, containing no fiber, they are easily assimilated and go to work in the body via the blood stream in a matter of minutes. Juices are very cleansing and aid the body in expelling unwanted toxins.
Fresh vegetable juices can be very healing and are good liver builders and cleansers. Carrot, beet, cucumber, and greens make a good combination and carrot juice mixes well with many other vegetable juices. It is best to take some oil, flax or fish, along with vegetable juices. Beta-carotene cannot be converted to vitamin A in the body without the presence of fat.
Fruit juices are not recommended for daily, consistent use as they contain extremely high amounts of sugar. Vegetable juices also contain natural sugars and in some cases, people with candida or blood sugar imbalances cannot tolerate consuming large amounts. Take care not to over do juice consumption.
Recommended Dosage: One or two 4-ounce glasses every day for about a month. After that every other day or so should be sufficient.
Green Tea is a powerful antioxidant containing polyphenols such as catechins and quercetin, which can increase antioxidant activity in the blood by as much as fifty percent within a half-hour of drinking the tea. Green tea also assists the liver by improving the efficiency of its enzyme detoxification system. This is important for excreting toxins before they damage cells.
Green tea is also rich in flavonoids and is relatively low in caffeine. If not over consumed caffeine can be beneficial for cognitive function however, no more than 100 mg of caffeine should be consumed in one day. (Khalsa, 1997:266) Green tea typically contains 20-45 mg of caffeine per cup.
Decaffeinated green tea is also available and a decaffeinated concentrate, Herbagreen Tea, is available from HerbaSway laboratories (available in health food stores). This eliminates the tea bags and also the concern about the substances used to bleach them.
Ginger Tea: Ginger has been used in China for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. The herb contains antioxidant properties, aids the digestive process, supports the cardiovascular system, and inhibits the inflammatory process.
Ginger is available in a tea, named Rubus-Ginger Tea, also from HerbaSway (available in health food stores). This tea contains ginger, green tea, and blackberry. The blackberry in this tea adds the benefit of nourishment for the liver and kidneys and is anti-inflammatory as well.