Wonderland, that was a reference to the “hatters” in Danbury, Connecticut. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the processes of making felt for hats used mercury nitrate, a toxic substance that hatters were exposed to, causing a vari- ety of physical and mental problems.

8. Limit Pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical drugs have many side effects and the interactions aren’t known, especially when taking more than one drug. The number of prescriptions per capita in the United States in 2013 was twelve. For a person over age 65, that number jumps to 27. Who knows what the effect on the brain is from these drug interac- tions. Dr. Duane Graveline, an astronaut and fl ight surgeon, wrote a book about his memory loss when taking Lipitor® cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

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9. Gut Flora. Intestinal health is directly related to brain function as the gut is looked upon as a second brain. The brain’s longest nerve, known as the Va- gus nerve, innervates our gastrointestinal system. This connection is a two-way

street, the brain can have a direct effect on the gut, and the gut can have a direct impact on the brain. This relationship is why having a healthy and balanced gut microbiome (bacterial environment) is so important. In fact, the bacteria in our gut make numerous neurotransmitters that can affect our gut motility and brain function. Consuming a gut-healthy diet is essential and this can be different for individuals; however, eating processed and sugary foods is a problem in general for everyone.

10. Foods and Supplements for Brain Health. Avocados, blueberries, broc- coli, celery, bone broth, extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil, walnuts, coconut oil, eggs, and beets are foods that are rich in the nutrients for your brain. You may need to supplement your diet, as support for numerous biochemical pro- cesses is essential for brain health and function. For instance, a new clinical trial published in The Lancet’s EBioMedi- cine (July 2020) suggests higher Ome- ga-3 DHA dose may help Alzheimer’s

Disease. To list all the supplements that aid in brain health would require a sepa- rate article. Your holistic practitioner is often the best resource to advise which supplements are best for you at this time in your life. He or she usually has access to high-quality, medical-grade products that are not readily available elsewhere.

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