According to research from the Mayo Clinic, eating a high sugar and carbohydrate diet seemingly increases the risk of dementia. The study of 1,230 people between 70 and 89 found that those who ate the most carbs in their lifetime were 3.6 times likely to suffer from cognitive decline including problems with memory,  language, thinking and judgement.

Researchers believe that sugar and carbs interfere with body’s ability to metabolise glucose and insulin and therefore starve the brain.
Interestingly, those who ate more fats were 42% less likely to suffer cognitive decline and those who ate more protein had a 21% reduced risk. (J Alzheimers Dis 2012; ).

Word of caution: before you all rush out and eat fat and lots of protein, its important to eat the right fats and good quality protein…. plus lots of vegetables and fruits as well as a moderate amount of unprocessed carbohydrates.


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Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram

Michelle Toocaram has been a natural therapist for over 20 years. She has a life long interest in health and natural medicine and has trained extensively in both the UK and Australia. She graduated from the Dorothy Hall College of Herbal Medicine with distinction. Dorothy Hall is Australia's most well known herbalist with over 40 years of professional practice and teaching and the author of many leading books on the subject. She also founded the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, which regulates natural therapists.

Michelle studied in the UK with both the School of Phytotherapy and the Self Heal School. She also had a Diploma in Iridology from the Independent School of Iridology.

Michelle also studied Journey Therapy with Brandon Bays and is an accredited Journey Practitioner.

Advanced Diploma (Dorothy Hall) Classical Herbal Medicine

Diploma of Iridology

Diploma of Anatomy & Physiology

Accredited Journey Practitioner

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society

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