Feed Your Brain!

shake01Oh, my body is hungry. My brain is hungry. Let’s feed them. Let’s give them what they are hungry for, so that they will be happy and serve us well. Yes.

I have learned about a special shake formulated to be extremely healthy, especially for your brain. And I will show you how to make it. The recipe is Free. The ingredients, however, are not. This is my gift to you. I receive NO compensation from any company that makes the ingredients, and I have NO affiliation with whoever makes and sells the Magic Bullet, the particular blender that I use to make my shakes. I recommend what works, period.

Ingredients:

Frozen Bluberries, oregano, sesame seeds, rosemary, cinnamon, olive oil, steel cut oats, and some protein powder.

At first this may sound complicated. It did to me. But every ingredient has a purpose, and they work together for even better results if you give them to the body at the same time. The carpenter building your body will have his wood, nails, glue, sandpaper, and so on at the same time. He will be able to keep working and not have to stop and wait for the glue or the nails. You will find that after you do this for a while you will have the recipe memorized.

shake03First, put two cups of frozen blueberries into your mixing container. I use a blender called the Magic Bullet because the mixing container is the glass you will be drinking it out of; there is only one container to rinse, instead of a glass and a pitcher.

Add a little water. Blueberries have stuff in them that can pass through the blood brain barrier. They increase brain growth, memory, and neuromuscular coordination.  Blueberries are considered a superfood because they are so rich in nutrients.

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Put the container (hopefully not a metal one!) into the microwave and thaw the berries so the blender will not have to work so hard. I usually just put it on high for like 75 seconds (1 min 15 sec).
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Add either one drop of oil of Oregano or some powdered oregano, half a teaspoon.  It is a superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, which protects you from damage from free radicals and helps prevent inflammation of arterial walls and so on. Very good for your brain.
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Add 3/4 teaspoon of sesame seeds.

Why? Because they prevent the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain tissue!  Unless of course you want to go senile. Your choice.
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Add 1/2 teaspoon of Rosemary. It is like Oregano - a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

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Add 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Cinnamon reduces your need for insulin because it mimics the effect of insulin in your body, helping to get blood sugar into your cells. This reduces insulin resistance and helps balance your blood sugar.
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shake09Add a heaping tablespoon of steel cut oats. Rolled oats lose nutrients when they are squashed flat by the rollers. Cutting them up with thin steel blades or wires leaves important nutrients in the oats. Especially GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which is an important essential fatty acid that you cannot make in your body. Your body uses GLA to make important things things called eicosanoids. You need GLA. A lot of us are eating rolled oatmeal to help remove cholesterol from the blood. But steel cut oats are better for you.

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Next, add a teaspoon and a half of extra virgin olive oil, which, in addition to being a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins A, E, and C together, also raises the HDL ( high density lipids — the good cholesterol) and slows the conversion of the carbohydrate of the blueberries into blood sugar.

Okay. Now we have a pile of stuff that is rich in phytochemicals that penetrate the blood-brain barrier to encourage neural growth, suppresses Alzheimer’s plaques, prevents inflammation of arterial walls, prevents damage from free radical oxidation reactions, and prevents blood sugar spiking due to the oil and the cinnamon.

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Now we add some protein. About 20 grams for females, 30 grams for males. The most convenient way to do this so that it will be easily absorbed and digested is to use a prepared form of whey protein from milk, reduced to a powder. Many companies make this. I use the kind made the by Life Extension brand, but there are many other good ones. This particular brand is sweetened not with sugar or artificial sweeteners, but instead with powdered Stevia, a plant called “candyleaf” by the Indians in central america who have been using it a long time since they had no sugar cane or sugar beets to make powdered sugar. Stevia adds ZERO calories and appears to be free of any side effects. I have been using it in coffee since I worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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shake13Now that we have the ingredients collected, it is time to blend. With the magic bullet, the assembly that has the blades is screwed onto the top of the glass with the blades inside. On the top there is a mechanical linkage to make the blades turn.
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shake14You simply screw the cutter top onto the glass and then turn it upside down and settle it into the top of the blender and press down. (There are 3 plastic tabs that stick out and engage connections in the blender to trigger the blender to begin turning. This is a little like the safeties on a 45 pistol that keep the gun from firing unless you are holding it properly. How do I know this? Well I fired 45s when i was at the Naval Academy. That, and the fact that one day I tried a glass that had one of the little plastic tabs broken off. No matter how I pressed it into the blender base, the machine would not start. Examining it, I finally realized that one oif the safety tabs had broken off. I ended up having to pour my contents into another glass in order to proceed.

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I like this design, because it means it is very hard to accidentally start the blender. All three tabs must press down into little recesses to start the blender. I am very attached to my fingers.
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So you turn over the glass, press for a little while, and you will see the contents churned into a light purple shake.
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Ah! Now you can take off the cutter head, add a straw, and suck up one of the best combination of nutrients for your body to put to use. It is good for your body and especially for your brain. I usually do this every morning, an hour before I go out to do my morning walk. (You should never exercise before breakfast, because your body will need protein and if there is none in your digestive system being absorbed, your body will steal it from your muscles. Which is counter productive if you are trying to lose weight and tone up your muscles.)

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This we give the World. The world needs more healthy brains. Make your brain one of them.
—MRK
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