The Aging Brain
- How to Slow the Aging Process with Minerals
(The Body’s Electrical Transmitters)
by Gloria Gilbere N.D., D.A.Hom., PhD
70 million baby boomers are reaching “that” age when we need to ensure
we’re doing as much as possible for our brain health as well as our
With aging comes the reality that our brain
chemistry can easily become unbalanced if it isn’t provided the proper
nutrition, especially minerals and electrolytes—the body’s electrical
When we’re younger, our bodies are better able to
tolerate abuse from various sources, including, but not limited to,
consumption of processed and overcooked foods (depleted of enzymes and
nutrients), excessive stress (mental and physical), and consumption of
alcohol and soft drinks (found to actually deplete mineral reserves),
as well as environmental factors. Slowly, however, the symptomatic
progression of “dis-ease” manifests.
As we age, it is vital our brains maintain a
constant storehouse of neurotransmitters and the raw materials
(minerals) to keep them in synchronicity (balanced), for optimum
Keeping the Messengers Healthy
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that occur naturally
in the brain, allowing for the transmission of messages from one nerve
cell to another. They are essentially chemical signals used by neurons
to communicate with one another, responsible for making the brain work
and also determining how you think, feel, and act.
Minerals are cofactors for enzymes, meaning that
enzymes depend upon minerals for their function, being the actual
life-blood for the enzymes. When the body is depleted of minerals, the
enzymes become sluggish or paralyzed, detoxification systems are
compromised (especially the liver, kidneys, and large intestine), and
pH balance is lost, leading to the development of chronic disorders we
many times wrongfully associate with “normal” aging.
According to Michael Lesser, M.D., “You never get
any more neurons than you are born with.” In fact, the brain loses
nerve cells as it ages. The stepped-up breakdown can throw your brain
chemistry out of balance and lead to, among many other things, a
decrease in the general level of brain activity, interference with the
ability to think and remember, and depression.
Diseases of Aging
After age 50, startling new conditions emerge, the
most prevalent being depression, muscle weakness and cramping, brain
fog, soft and connective tissue pain, and insomnia. Additionally, many
conventional drug approaches used for these and other conditions can
themselves create chemical imbalances and depletion of essential
minerals, adding to the very problems they’re meant to resolve.
Health experts worldwide agree that mineral
combinations found in whole foods possess what the body needs most for
maintenance, healing, and longevity. Minerals from a whole-food source
are important because they offer the best absorption and utilization
within the body.
Minerals, in order to be effective, must work in
synchronicity with one another. An example of this includes: Calcium,
magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and iron
- Copper, iron and zinc
- Sodium and potassium The whole-food source I
found that contains minerals essentially predigested and in natural
combinations easily used by the body is Capra Mineral Whey, derived
from natural goat-
milk mineral whey.
Nature’s Anti-aging Tools
Goat-milk mineral whey by Mt. Capra is plentiful in
electrolytes, making up the electrically charged ions that help
regulate water balance, acid-alkaline balance, osmotic pressure, nerve
impulse conduction, muscle contraction and transport of energy in and
out of the cells.
It is known that 90 percent of the minerals in milk
are contained in the whey, which is a natural by-product of the cheese
making process. The dehydrated goat-milk whey in
Mineral Whey is a pure alkaline-based food, and is derived
from goats raised free of chemical additives. It is made by
dehydrating goat-milk whey from which residual fat and protein have
been removed, retaining all the minerals of the original whey. Thus,
the milk minerals and more than 20 valuable trace elements are
contained in the dehydrated whey powder and are readily available for
absorption and assimilation by the body, soothing the stomach while
providing the electrical “charge” needed for neurotransmission, as
well as promoting health-enhancing intestinal flora.
from Far Away Neighbors
Our neighbors in the Middle East and Europe have
valued goat whey for centuries as a prized special drink to promote
health, youthfulness and longevity. They know the importance of
supplementing with minerals that are easily digested and contain a
broad array of minerals and trace elements, assisting the body in
making up for some of the abuses of our lifestyles and dietary
“Wheys” to Build Health and Slow the Aging Process
Most people over 50 associate aches, pains, and
digestive distress as a “normal” aging right of passage; it is not.
Chronic indigestion, intestinal irritation, and joint and soft tissue
pain, such as that experienced in arthritis and fibromyalgia, are
often signs that bio-organic sodium is deficient in the body.
Bio-organic sodium is not to be confused with table salt sodium, which
is processed at extreme heat and is ionized and crystallized.
Organically bound forms of macro and trace minerals are better
retained in the body than inorganic or manufactured forms.
Bio-organic food sodium is always found with
potassium, calcium, magnesium, and in trace elements. It is almost
never found in nature. Heart irregularity, fatigue, constipation, and
immune deficiency may also be signals of bio-organic potassium
deficiency. Few people get enough of the right kind of sodium and
potassium from food sources as part of their normal diet.
Sodium is stored mainly in the wall of the stomach
and small bowel, as well as in the joints. Potassium is stored mainly
in the muscles, including the heart muscle. Deficiency of either
mineral affects their main storage sites, but also affects the
acid/alkaline balance, the water balance and the blood and lymph
fluid. If there is not enough sodium in the blood and lymph, calcium
can come out of solution and deposit within the joints, causing the
joint pain we so commonly attribute solely to aging to actually have
manifested from mineral deficiencies.
The bio-organic minerals available in dehydrated goat-milk whey aid in
correcting many problems associated with aging, as well as with
generalized sodium and potassium deficiencies. Likewise, digestive
system problems, perhaps due to inadequate diet, have been reported to
be dramatically improved or corrected, along with the life-altering
challenges associated with stiff, swollen and painful joints when
bio-organic minerals are added as a regular supplement. Excess acidity
(pH), is neutralized by organic sodium, potassium, calcium, and
magnesium—all of which are present in dehydrated goat-milk whey.
Capra goat-milk mineral whey as part of a balanced diet has
shown to be beneficial in all of the following health and age-related
incidents, but not limited to:
- Mineral and trace element replacement, vital to
pregnant and breast-feeding mothers (to replace minerals depleted
through pregnancy and breast-feeding), children, active adults and
- Correction of stomach acidity and sensitive
- Benefiting joint pain disorders, including
arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Immune system enhancement
- Overcoming lethargy, fatigue, brain fog and
depression associated with nutrient deficiency As we baby boomers
age, it is important to remember we are not our parents’ or
grandparents’ generation—being 60 years of age is now the youth of
old age. Today we have more health information available than ever
before, along with the unlimited opportunity to educate ourselves in
non-drug methods of maintaining health and adding life to our years,
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Gloria Gilbčre, N.D., D.A.Hom., PhD., is a
traditional naturopath, homeopath and doctor of natural health. She is
internationally respected as an authoritative influence in the causes,
effects and drug-free solutions for fibromyalgia, leaky gut syndrome,
chronic fatigue and chemically induced immune system disorders. She is
author of I Was Poisoned by My Body, Invisible Illnesses, Nature’s
Prescription Milk, and her newest release: What Works, What Doesn’t
and What It Takes to Stay Healthy in a Toxic World, Naturally.
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