Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a large group of symptoms that are caused by diseases that affect the brain. It is caused by loss of nerve cells in the brain. This is a progressive medical condition and naturally gets worse. This happens when brain cells starts dying which isn’t replaced, and as more and more cells die, you lose your brain structure and function, and your ability to think clearly is lost.


People can be affected by dementia in many different ways, depending on the area of the brain affected. Some type of dementias that are caused by reactions to medications or vitamin deficiencies, might improve with treatment.

It’s a terrible illness where you could see the affected person go from being very active to being bedridden.


Generally with dementia, a person's consciousness is not affected. Therefore, the diagnosis requires a change from a person's usual mental functioning and a greater decline than one would expect due to ageing.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia which makes up 50% to 70% of cases.

Symptoms to watch out for:
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Trouble planning & problem solving
  • Daily tasks are a challenge
  • Times & places are confusing
  • Changes in vision
  • Words & conversations are frustrating
  • You lose things
  • Lapse in judgement
  • Social withdrawal
  • Mood changes


There are many factors that could eventually lead to dementia. 

Some of them can be beyond your control, and they include factors, such as age; family history; Down syndrome; mild cognitive impairment. 

While some can be addressed to reduce your risk, viz., heavy alcohol use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, depression, diabetes, smoking, and sleep apnea.

During initial stages, several of these dementia symptoms and behaviour problems might be treated with nondrug approaches, such as occupational therapy, modification of environment where the affected live, monitoring systems that can alert if the person with dementia wanders, breaking down tasks into easier steps with a focus on success and NOT failure and reduce confusion.

Other useful remedies include music therapy, pet therapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, and art therapy.


Improve Your Brain Health By:
  • Eliminating simple carbohydrates
  • Eliminating gluten & processed food
  • Increasing vegetables, fruits & non-farmed fish in your diet
  • Reducing stress with yoga & meditation
  • Getting adequate sleep of 7-8 hours per night
  • Taking vitamin B12, vitamin D, CoQ10, & fish oil each day
  • Fasting for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner & breakfast
  • Exercising for a minimum of 30 min, 4-6 days per week
Respect & empathise with their emotions!

A lack of social stimulation is harmful for people living with dementia. It exaggerates the impact of the condition, can lead to depression and it encourages the person to withdraw into themselves.

Although dementia causes the loss of some abilities for the affected, their feelings remain intact and it’s essential to respect & empathise with their emotions.


Caring and supportive relationships help people to cope with the difficult experience of living with advancing dementia.

“Those with dementia are still people; they still have stories; they still have character; they are all individuals; they are all unique. They just need to be interacted with on a human level.”

Carey Mulligan 




It's how you carry it!

India is home to about 200 million adults with high blood pressure or hypertension, according to a latest study while globally the number of people with high blood pressure has reached 1.13 billion.

Can high blood pressure be reversed?

You have high blood pressure and you have been advised to lower it in order to avoid the serious complications that high blood pressure can cause.

If it’s not handled properly at the right time in the right way, it could lead to many different complications to your health. Sadly, today when you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you are immediately put on antihypertensive medication and you hear that you need to be on it for lifetime. 


This wrong piece of advice could discourage you to realise the effect of lifestyle or dietary change recommendations that could potentially help you to come off of the drug that you are on. Doesn’t mean that you should never take any medication when you are diagnosed with hypertension. 

Regulate your lifestyle!

But lifestyle modification can certainly help you get off the medication in a safe way. It's about bringing in some change. Change the way you eat; the way you move; the way you sleep; the way you think  - these little efforts can go a long way in reversing many diseases that you suffer from today which includes hypertension as well. The human body is designed to heal itself. 

You really got to regulate what you eat, the amount of what you eat and be conscious of what contains in each food you consume. 


Every single moment, your heart works hard to pump blood through your arteries and veins, to make sure the oxygen, nutrients that your body needs are delivered. High blood pressure or hypertension can be causing damage to your body for years before you experience any discernible symptoms. It might leave you with a permanent disability, a poor quality of life or even a fatal heart attack if you fail to take control of it. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage your heart in a number of ways. 

Toxins in the food we eat and the air we breathe, sugar & excess consumption of salt cause inflammation in your arteries which makes the arteries to become narrower. What also narrows these arteries is the buildup of plaque on the walls of your arteries. When this happens the pressure builds up and makes your heart to work harder to pump the blood through the arteries. Smoking, overweight, lack of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle, too much of salt in your food, too much of alcohol consumption, chronic stress - all these can lead to high blood pressure. 

As you age in an unhealthy body that’s not been active or not been looked after properly can contribute to high blood pressure. Genetics/family history, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, thyroid problems, sleep apnea can also contribute to high blood pressure. 

Understand deficiency in your body & act on it!

People who get moving are often able to reduce the number of hypertension medications they’re on. Pick up an activity you like, viz., walking, running, swimming, cycling, but make sure you stick with it.

You are told to cut down salt intake to control your high blood pressure, but many aren’t aware of the benefits of potassium, which counters sodium’s ill effects. Bananas are a good source of it!

De-stress - yoga and pranayama is a great de-stressor and can have significant impact on your control of high blood pressure.

Correct your vitamin D3 levels. Studies have shown that there is a relation between vitamin D levels in your body and hypertension. Those who have higher vitamin D tend to have lower blood pressure. 

Intake of nutrients such as magnesium and calcium and optimising levels of it in your body can also help reduce hypertension. 

Quit smoking if you do; lose weight; drinking too much alcohol can too elevate your blood pressure.

There you go, you do have the ability to actually repair your arteries and reduce your high blood pressure. These simple modifications can help get your blood pressure back into a healthy range. 


Remember every medicine that you put in your body has a side effect. 

Love your life and enjoy it to the fullest!

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Alexander fleming discovered the first antibiotic in 1928. And this revolutionised all fields of medicine for ever!
Bacteria are among the oldest living things on the planet. They are masters of survival and are found everywhere. They make 90% of body cells in a typical human body and 10% of body weight. Most of them are in our gut and are harmless or even beneficial to our body. 

But there are a few bad apples that cause disease and most of them are kept in check by our immune system. It’s estimated that, at least, 50% of the antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary and, in fact, you could be at more risk from the disease. The end result you become more resistant to antibiotics and resort to larger doses of antibiotics.


Now, with the overuse of antibiotics, we are starting to see infections that you can longer treat. Bacteria are rapidly becoming resistant to all the antibiotics we have by overly using this precious medical resource. We cannot afford to look at antibiotics as an easy fix. That’s the paradox of antibiotics - the more we use them the less effective they become.

Antibiotic should be your last resort drug!

You don’t need to be a doctor to know whether you need an antibiotic or not to treat a disease, and this has been going on for long. This has created super bugs.

Antibiotics can be used to treat diseases that are caused by pathogenic bacteria. 


There may be a place for prescription antibiotics in extreme cases, but nine times out of ten prescription antibiotic use could be mitigated and avoided altogether.

Most antibiotics don’t have any effect on your immune system. Antibiotics are useless when it comes to treating diseases caused by viruses as they do not work on viruses, that’s because viruses have a different structure to bacteria. Viruses incorporate themselves into a host cell in order to multiply. Viruses don’t have a cell wall and therefore the bactericidal antibiotics that act on cell walls cannot kill viruses. 

Most common diseases such as cold, cough, sinus or ear infection, etc., cannot be treated using antibiotics. Understand that the more antibiotics you take the less immunity your body has and the more complications for your body. They even destroy the good bacteria in your gut.

Take Antibiotics Responsibly!

Next time when you are prescribed antibiotics please get it explained to you by your doctor the reason why you are put on antibiotics.


Ever had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic? You must tell your doctor and/or pharmacist. 

Reactions to antibiotics can be very serious, and sometimes fatal - they are called anaphylactic reactions.

Also, please ensure you inform your doctor/pharmacist if:

  • you have reduced liver or kidney function.
  • you are pregnant
  • you are breastfeeding
Please note, even if you are feeling better, you still need to complete the course prescribed for you.

There are powerful antibiotics available in nature that will super boost your own immune system.


If it's absolutely necessary for you to take antibiotics, it’s also important that you take something rich in probiotics & B vitamins; be it yogurt or probiotic supplement. Remember B vitamins are the ones that maintain your immunity in your body which is the only thing that can heal you. 
"It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently." - Tom Freeden









When you go past 50, it’s about aging and aging gracefully! You can either choose to age gracefully or spend time between doctors, hospitals, bed and medicines. Some feel better with each passing year while some not so lucky! It’s about aging smarter. There are lifestyle tips that you can choose to age gracefully. Be it our parents, be it our loved ones, be it the elderly people all around us - everyone deserves a healthy & quality life. 


The problem today is we become too reactive and we have too much of fear that’s brought on to us by medical community, by social media and we run after life insurances and health insurances which are necessary. But oftentimes, we tend to ignore the fact that the human body has enough intelligence to prevent and heal disease. It has the brilliance of letting us live over 100 years. It’s true that medicines and technology made it possible to improve our life expectancy and quality of life, but we cannot just depend on them. We all know that the medicines can only treat the symptoms, and we will be trapped in the vicious circle of hospitals & medicines; we can use that when we need to, but on the other hand, we can start investing in some small lifestyle changes that can help us enjoy our everyday life.

Here are a few modifications that all the elderly people out there can start making to their lifestyle right now. Try to reflect on what you did when you fell sick or put on a few pounds to your weight, and you will notice that the staple food has rarely caused you health problems, but it’s your own lifestyle habits that has brought diseases or deterioration in quality of life. Yes, with good lifestyle modifications, you can reverse that and start enjoying your life.

1. Eat what you want in moderation; don’t overeat!

As you age, you need to put more focus on nutrition. Yes, nutrition is a must as soon as you are off breast milk. The pollution and contamination in food & water cause depletion of certain minerals and vitamins, which if we don’t get from food leads to low immunity and disease. So, when it comes to nutrition, consuming fewer calories is one good lifestyle habit you can make; doesn’t mean that you need to starve yourself or be on a restrictive diet.  
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Many of us eat more than what our body requires; we overeat and overeating is the number one cause of most issues we face today. As we age, our appetite automatically decreases and we need to respect that and realign our eating habits with the laws of nature. Our digestive system uses 75% of our energy every single day. The digestive system is not supposed to use so much energy. We need our energy to be distributed equally around our body for repair, for healing, and for functioning of our vital organs. But if our digestive system is stealing most of the energy because of poor eating habits and we end up developing ill health. You might have noticed that you lose your appetite when you fall sick and that’s because your body wants to use the energy for repairing the cells / healing.

Add variety to your diet. Outside eating is also one major cause of many health issues that we have today. You might also notice that, when you resort to eating home made food, most of your health issues start falling in place.

2. Add raw food to your diet

You want live enzymes that repairs inflammation, improves immunity, and heals your body and you get them from the raw food. Make it a habit to have a simple raw vegetables as part of your daily diet.

3. Eat slow, chew your food, & enjoy what you eat

Acidity is not something what you want to have when you are aging. The mucosal lining of your stomach becomes weak over time and you don’t want the acid to make it weaker. 
Acidity

4. Check B12 & D3 Levels

A variety of diseases can be prevented with sufficient D-3 and B-12 levels. Almost one in two people across age group has D3 or B12 deficiency. Likewise, you see a number of cases of osteoporosis, cases of low immunity which is caused by deficiency of these two vitamins. Vitamin B12 is extremely beneficial for your mind health, for your memory, your neurological health. You look around, you can see people suffer from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s - we brought these diseases to ourselves. You may have the money to get treatment, but understand that deficiency of B12 & D3 could be causing this. 

Combination of coconut oil, black pepper, turmeric, walnuts all these ingredients can take care of your brain health. So, add a little portion of these ingredients to your daily diet.

5. Walk as much as you can!

When it comes to exercising, walking is the best exercise for you. You must understand that you may not be able to lift weights, do intensive training, or running that you could do when you were younger. We all age and we have to be okay with accepting and letting go of things that we could do. But walking is something that you can do even when you are 90 years old. It’s great for circulation, It’s a weight-bearing exercise, it’s great for your posture, and it’s great for your body. Walk as long as you can every day, make it a habit to walk. 

6. Call it yoga or stretching, get that into your life!

Make it a habit to do some yoga as it improves the flexibility. Most of the aches and pains or you need assistance to get up starts when you lose your flexibility. Deep breathing exercises improves the strength of your lungs. 


We are not living in an ideal world; all of us are breathing air that is polluted and these pollutants increase toxins in our body. Toxins and toxicities lead to diseases and aches & pains. Five minutes of pranayama will help you immensely to live a life of fulfilment. 

7. Get Adequate Sleep

You will find that your body requires it as you age; it’s a natural thing. Sleep refreshes you, rejuvenates you, balances your hormones, repairs your cells, so it’s okay to sleep if your body needs it. 

8. The Magic of Oil Pulling

Your dental health - if want to enjoy quality life, you need quality teeth as well. Explore oil pulling: it’s a simple lifestyle habit of waking up in the morning and taking two table spoons of pure coconut oil in your mouth, gargling and pulling it all over, swishing it around in your mouth and spitting it out. This will take care of the most dental problems you have today. 

9. Generation below is changing!

Most of elderly people including your parents come from a space of control. Things are constantly changing around us. There are certain ideals that we cannot hold on to any more. Probably, this can bring immense stress and anxiety to you. Be it bringing up children, marrying off them, family life, etc. end of the day it’s damaging your health. How do you sort that out? 

You need that extra strength

Realise that you cannot change a situation, but you can change the way you look at a situation and deal with it. So, you need to look within you to gain that strength to take control of these situations - you gain that through medication, prayer, chanting, or visualisation - indulge in whatever that works for you. You need that strength to accept all that’s happening around you, to let go off things that you don’t like. No amount of worries or stress can solve the problems in your life.

10. Socialise, Volunteer & Have Good Friends!

Channelise your  energy to socialise and help people around you. Probably, you could counsel people, spend time with people, etc. Doing service to those in need is one of the most meaningful and beautiful things you can do in your life. It’s not your money, but your time and wisdom that keeps you fulfilled. Choose community over society, because community is something that you build.


Remember - healing comes from within and it’s never external. Your body keeps giving you biofeedback all the time, listen to it carefully and respond.




Reference Range for LDL-P

WE ARE SURVIVORS FROM THE MOMENT OF DIAGNOSIS

Laboratory testing plays a very important role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of any disease in patients. Generally, 70% of the information needed for a correct diagnosis & health management is in your blood. This data is critical for not just treating the disease, but for wellness & prevention as well. An estimated 70% of all decisions on diagnosis & treatment, hospital admission & discharge of a patient are based on the outcome of laboratory investigations.


Did you know that your blood cells regenerate every 120 days? This allows you to quickly measure the progress you are making from lifestyle & nutritional modifications.

Approximately 41% of the people who experience a heart attack will die from it!


Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine; 50% of heart attack patients have normal HDL & LDL levels. That means we need to look beyond HDL/LDL levels.

The common misconception is that cholesterol is fat and the more you consume fat the higher your risk for heart diseases. Then, what is cholesterol? It is not technically a fat; in fact, cholesterol is fat-soluble while blood is mostly water. Cholesterol gets transported around the body in blood, carried by special proteins called lipoproteins. Based on their density, these lipoproteins are classified into two, viz., low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

LDL-P is a much better predictor of heart disease!

But there is another important factor that gets ignored so often while measuring the cholesterol, the number of LDL particles or LDL-P. Actually, the number of LDL particles (i.e., LDL-P) is a much better predictor of heart disease risk than the amount of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) or total cholesterol. The lower the particle number and the larger the particle size, the less risk you face.


The Car Analogy!

The following analogy will help you understand it better: 

Consider the lipoproteins as cars that carry the cholesterol and fats around your body, and the cholesterol and fats are like passengers in the cars. Historically, we were falsely led to believe that the number of passengers in the car (i.e. concentration of cholesterol in the LDL particle or LDL-C) is what is causing the development of heart disease, but actually, it is the number of cars or particles of cholesterol that is causing the real damage. 


The more cars you have on the road at one time, the more likely some of them “crash” into the fragile lining of the artery, leading to artery wall damage and other complications. So, it’s not the number of passengers (cholesterol) the cars are carrying is the real villain, but the number of cars on the highway. In other words, patients with high LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and low LDL particle number (LDL-P) are not at high risk of heart disease.

So, how do you know your LDL-P number? You get it by undergoing a test called NMR LipoProfile.


Heart disease is a complex, multifactorial process. The likelihood that we’ll have a heart attack depends on numerous factors, including genetics, diet, lifestyle and living environment. And LDL-P is NOT the only risk factor that matters!


The more risk factors you have & the greater the level of each risk factor, the higher your chance of developing coronary heart disease

PUT A STOP TO IT BEFORE IT STOPS YOU!


Reference: https://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-why-everyone-should-know-their-ldl-particle-number/


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At any given moment, millions of processes are taking place within your bodies. These processes include when your immune system causes inflammation while fighting off bacteria with the pollutants, pesticides, and cigarette smoke detoxifying your body, or when the body cells use glucose to create energy. When this happens your body naturally undergoes something called oxidation resulting in the production of free radicals. These free radicals cause ageing, heart diseases, cell damage & death, and that’s a pretty serious statement and conclusion! 



What is oxidative stress?

Your body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. By wrong lifestyle choices, you make billions of free radicals in your body resulting in oxidative stress. This can also increase when you are physically and/or emotionally stressed. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants (too many free radicals and too few antioxidants). It is a condition that results when your body does not have enough antioxidants to counter free radicals in your body. 


Oxidative Stress
What are free radicals?

Free radicals are unstable molecules that has atoms with electrons that are not in pairs. Electrons love to stay in pairs. They go looking for electrons and steal them from nearby atoms. This process spreads like a chain reaction all over the body, and in no time your body is filled with atoms without paired electrons. This leads to cell damage, cell death, fatigue, and accelerated ageing.  

Free radicals are associated with diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and among others.
Cell damage and cell death

Basically, free radicals can be seen as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that, when built up, harm the cells of your body.

Where do they come from?

Sources of free radicals can be found right from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the medicines we take, and the water we drink. They include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.

Here are a few signs that you could look for when oxidative stress occurs in your body - fatigue, headaches, noise sensitivity, memory loss and brain fog, muscle and joint pain, wrinkles and grey hair, decreased eyesight, and susceptibility to infection.  


Signs and symptoms

Also, your body is a well-oiled machine well into your 20’s with respect to antioxidant production. During this stage of your life, free radicals don’t stand a chance against natural disease, but as you grow older, your antioxidant system slows down and you have increasingly harder time fighting free radicals. As a result, your body begins an accelerated ageing process.

The remedy!

The only way you can neutralise those free radicals is by consuming antioxidants in the form of fruits & vegetables. Antioxidants are molecules in cells that prevent free radicals from taking electrons and causing damage. They are basically atoms in the body that donate electrons to free radicals to behave nicely before they attack healthy cells. 
Nutralise free radicals


Limit your consumption of processed foods, alcohol, quit smoking (if you do), exercise less strenuously, eat bright coloured fruits and vegetables and you are well on your way.

Remember, the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do NOW!




The importance of adding raw food is extremely beneficial when it comes to healing and prevention of diseases. The inner lining of your cells got ultra-thin sensitive cells called endothelial cells or endothelium. The function of these endothelial cells is to regulate blood pressure and blood flow. When these endothelial cells are in good condition, they allow communication between cells and they allow the absorption of vital oxygen and nutrient rich blood to your cells, and that’s the foundation good health and good immunity. 


The enemy called free radicals!

Your body consists of billions of molecules with atoms that contain electrons; the electrons inside the atoms get upset when they are not in pairs and these molecules with upset electrons are called free radicals. The increase of free radicals in your body causes oxidative stress. With wrong food choices, inactivity, stress, pollution, and smoking a lot of free radicals get into your body and disturb the bonding of electrons within the cells. These free radicals look for electrons from healthy cells and take away electrons from cells that are bonded with two electrons and make them free radicals and trigger a chain reaction to other cells. This process keeps repeating and cause cell damage, cell death, fatigue, and accelerated aging. An elevated oxidative stress load is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases such as cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases among others.


The oxidative stress is caused by poor eating habits, too much of sugar, smoking, processed food, stress, improper sleep, and too much of exercise. With oxidative stress, the endothelial get damaged and the body’s natural defense mechanism is inflammation.

When you have inflammation in your endothelial cells:
  • It alters the way your blood flows
  • It reduces the production of a very important molecule called nitric oxide. 
Nitric oxide is a molecule that signals your arteries when to dilate. So, when you have less nitric oxide in your blood vessels, you will have high blood pressure.  High blood pressure is the leading cause of many cardiac diseases such as clots, stroke, and cardiac arrest.


So, how do you improve the health of these endothelial cells? The addition of raw of foods into your diet could be handy. Most of the nutritional value of your cooked food is very low. We live in a world where most of the soil is depleted; which means, a plant that grows from a depleted soil is also depleted in nutrition. By the time a bunch of vegetables reaches your table, they are devoid of most of the nutrition. On top of that, you cook it, steam it, or fry it - we kill most of the nutrition. Doesn’t mean you replace your food with raw food items. 

Why go raw?

The lifestyle change we all should aim at is to have some raw food with every meal we eat, i.e., give yourself some cooked food and also give yourself some raw food so that your body gets live enzymes that do most of the repairing job in your pancreas, endothelium, and your entire body. This means better digestion and better absorption of nutrients. We all know that it’s not about what we eat, it’s about how our body breaks it down.


So, try adding some fruits to your breakfast along with your cooked food. Similarly, have some raw vegetables as part of your lunch along wth your cooked food. Likewise, for dinner, you could include a glass of vegetable juice or a bowl of salad or fruits. The idea is to include a proportion of raw food into your each meal along with your cooked food. A good proportion would be 50% raw and the balance 50% cooked. Probably, you can start with 30% raw and 70% cooked.

Even if you are eating junk food, try having some raw food before you eat them as your junk food does not have any nutrients in them. This way you strike a good balance. 


Try bringing in this lifestyle change and you will notice your overall health start falling in place.

Weight loss is not about dieting or burning calories, it’s about good chemistry and good communication between your cells and your hormones. 

Save your endothelial cells!

When you take up the raw food diet, you become a new, different and better person. You don’t just stay the old person, only a little healthier. You become, to a great extent, a new being with new interests, a new philosophy & outlook on life, new goals, and desires. You become more of your essence, your true and natural self.


Save your endothelial cells with every bite you take!