Reversing False Alzheimers
The last time I wrote, I pointed out that what gets diagnosed as Alzheimers - or some other form of dementia-is often a nutritional problem. And if that's the case, let's fix this baby right up.
Great idea-with one kind of huge hiccup. Signs of dementia point straight at a problem with absorbing nutrition, specifically protein. Neither food nor nutritional supplements make much of a dent. You're starving yourself-and your brain.
You need a pile of protein. For instance, an adult who weighs 156 pounds should get 90 grams of protein a day.
Reversing False Alzheimers
How can you tell if you're deficient? Besides a failing memory pushed along by an unreliable brain, you feel down, a little depressed, the condition of your skin keeps you away from mirrors. Muscles outdo one another turning into flab. Ankles get puffy. Fingernails get flimsy. Your hair loses its oomph.
Your muscles, hair, nails, skin and eyes come from protein. Protein repairs our bodies and builds new tissue. It makes the neurotransmitters in our brains work. Boosts our immune system, too.
But don't bother scarfing down an entire rump roast to ramp up your protein. You're in the predicament you're in because you can't absorb protein.
So what to do when you need protein but can't absorb protein?
Our bodies handle protein by breaking it down into its component parts and absorbing it that way. When we say our bodies can't absorb protein, we actually mean they can't do that business about breaking it down.
Protein and amino acids
We can absorb the basic components once we get to them. So, let's start there-with the basic components of protein, amino acids.
Specifically, let's talk about the amino acid our bodies have the most of: glutamine. That's our answer. Glutamine performs many amazing feats, including restoring our ability to absorb nutrition.
It's rare indeed for glutamine not to do a body a world of good. I'll give you an idea of how to use it, and you can research it from there.
Get a jar of free form glutamine powder. "Free Form" is very important; if it doesn't say it, it isn't. I recommend IronTek. (I have no connection.) You can get capsules, but you'll be chugging them all day long to get enough.
Start taking glutamine
Start each day, an hour before breakfast, with two slightly rounded teaspoons (10 grams) of glutamine powder in a glass of water. (I take mine with my Armour thyroid.)
What little taste glutamine has falls pleasantly on the taste buds.
Eat breakfast, including some protein, and take your vitamins and minerals-which your body will start to absorb.
Mid-morning, take another slightly rounded teaspoon (5 grams) of glutamine in water-again away from food.
Eat lunch, including some protein, and take your vitamins and minerals.
Mid-afternoon brings another round of a teaspoon (5 grams) of glutamine in water.
Eat dinner, including some protein; take your vitamins and minerals.
Some people find glutamine helps them sleep, so you might take another teaspoon in water before bed.
That adds up to a maximum of 25 grams of glutamine. For myself, I've found that a little dab of glutamine doesn't make it. I take at least 20 grams of glutamine a day-and have done so for several years. If I cut back to see if I still need that much, my body tells me to quit goofing around. (My protein problem comes from cranky adrenal glands. It's fairly common with aging, too.)
Dr. Robert Atkins had patients who took up to 40 grams of glutamine a day with no side effects. I can't find any credible research that disagrees.
As for the vitamins and minerals, consider getting my e-book, Pep for the Pooped: Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Is Starving For. Besides the e-book, you'll get a series of e-mails to help you use the book's information. One such is a chart of the vitamins and minerals in the book that I take, how much and when-along with a blank chart for you to set up for yourself.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.