Medications That Cause Memory Loss

According to Harvard University, prescription drugs cause over 128,000 deaths per year in the United States

Shockingly, this does not count deaths in nursing homes — an estimated additional 350,000 deaths annually.

Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US and the fifth leading cause of death in Europe.




Common side effects of anticholinergic drugs include:
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • lightheadedness
  • difficulty starting and continuing to urinate
  • loss of bladder control

leeping Pills

Prescription sleeping pills like Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta are notorious for causing memory problems.
Ever since these drugs hit the market, people have been reporting “Ambien amnesia” or “Ambien blackouts” during which they have walked, eaten, and even driven their car in their sleep with no recollection of it the following day.
Dr. Kirk Parsley is a physician, former Navy SEAL, and a sleep expert for the US Navy.
He found a large number of Navy SEALS were using sleeping pills and made a startling discovery while studying EEGs of their brains.
Brainwave patterns showed that, under the effect of sleeping pills, these men were as unconscious as if they were drunk or in a coma, but were not actually asleep.
According to Dr. Parsley, this means that these men were not experiencing the restorative sleep their brains needed to consolidate new memories and to maintain and repair itself. 
In an interview on the investigative news program 20/20, Charlie Sheen openly called Ambien “the devil’s aspirin.”

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

Cholesterol-lowering medications might just be the single worst group of drugs for your brain.
Memory loss is now required to be listed as a side effect on the label of statin cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor and Crestor.
When researchers examined the medical records of nearly a million people, they found that statin use increased the risk of memory loss four-fold.
And it’s not just statins, other kinds of cholesterol-lowering drugs were also strongly linked to increased forgetfulness.
Here’s why lowering cholesterol is a problem for your brain.
One-quarter of your brain is composed of cholesterol.
Cholesterol is necessary for memory, learning, and fast thinking.
Cholesterol is needed to make neurotransmitters, chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other.
So it is not such a surprise that cholesterol-lowering drugs negatively affect the brain.

20 Prescription Drugs That Cause Memory Loss]


  • Parkinson’s — scopolamine, atropine, glycopyrrolate
  • epilepsy — phenytoin or Dilantin
  • painkillers — heroin, morphine, codeine
  • sleeping pills — Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • benzodiazepines — Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Dalmane
  • quinidine
  • naproxen
  • steroids
  • antibiotics (quinolones)
  • antihistamines
  • interferons
  • high blood pressure drugs
  • insulin
  • beta blockers (especially those used for glaucoma)
  • methyldopa
  • antipsychotics — Haldol, Mellaril
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • lithium
  • barbiturates — Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, phenobarbital
  • chemotherapy drugs

FLUFFIEST VEGAN PANCAKES

There are two things I love about today’s post. First, is the recipe, of course.
I’m sharing the most light, fluffy and delicious vegan pancakes I’ve ever tasted! No bananas, no fuss. Scroll down for the recipe…
The second thing I love is that I got to create this recipe with one of my favourite blogging friends, Kimberly from The Little Plantation. You might remember our collaboration from this time last year where we made a cute mini pumpkin cake.

These pancakes… Seriously. SERIOUSLY good. (Seriously.)
I actually based the recipe off one of my cupcake recipes as I was curious to see how an ordinary cake batter would work for pancakes. Turns out it’s the way to go. No need for bananas, applesauce or anything else.

These are inspired by American-style pancakes but also remind me of Scotch pancakes that I used to eat as a child, with jam. It definitely brought back a nostalgic taste and I cannot wait to make these again soon with a dollop of raspberry jam!
We chose to add some orange zest, cinnamon, cardamom and top them with figs and date syrup. The combination was divine! But I first tested these just plain and simple and they were delicious in their own right. So feel free to mix it up however you like.


INGREDIENTS

  • 90 g plain white flour or white spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 120 ml dairy-free milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a dry frying pan on a low heat. A small non-stick works best but use your first try to assess if you need to add a small amount of oil.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients until well combined and the texture is runny but thick.
  4. Ladle approximately 1/4 cup of the batter onto the dry pan and cook for 20-30 seconds (or when bubbles start to form on top) before carefully flipping onto the other side. Cook for another 20-30 seconds.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


SWEDISH MEATBALLS AND GRAVY

Chances are if you have ever been to Ikea, then you have tried their Swedish Meatballs and Gravy with lingonberry sauce.
Well now you can make them at home and much lower in syns, plus this version tastes amazing. I might be a little biased, but seriously, these Swedish Meatballs and Gravy taste amazing, especially with a small dollop of said lingonberry sauce and my creamy Syn Free Mashed Potatoes – heaven!!
If you can’t get lingonberry sauce then cranberry sauce will work just fine or if you are going near an ikea store, pick up a jar of their lingonberry sauce, it is only 1.5 syns for a tablespoon.
The gravy kind of follows on the same ingredients as my ever so popular syn free gravy with a couple of additions to turn it into that delicious creamy gravy that is traditionally served with the swedish meatballs.
I blend the onions for the gravy using my awesome new Ninja Duo Blender with Auto IQ technology that you can see below. It is a super clever blender that features intelligent programs that combine pulsing and blending patterns, meaning no having to guess how long to pulse or blend etc. It’s amazing.
For the meatballs it’s very limited ingredients, all you need is the ground beef and some seasoning and you are good to go, no complicated fancy ingredients.
This recipe is gluten free, it isn’t however dairy free, although you an option to make this dairy free, is to use a little bit of coconut milk and add a little starch to thicken (corn, arrowroot or tapioca).

Most Effective Abs Exercises

We’re all for planking your way to a stronger core. And odds are you have a handful of go-to bodyweight abs exercises that you do on the mat when you’re cooling down.
But if you’ve ever wondered how you can work your abs with the equipment available at your gym, we’ve got you covered with 17 creative and effective ways to take your abs routine up a notch.

1. Hanging Leg Circles

How to:
  • Grip a pull-up bar with palms parallel, arms extended. (The bar should be high enough to hang from with legs extended, without feet touching the ground.)
  • Engaging core and keeping legs straight, draw a big circle in the air with feet.
  • Be sure to brace your abs tight so your body doesn’t swing back and forth.
  • Reverse the circle.
  • One circle in each direction equals 1 rep.
  • Do 8 to 10 reps.
Make it easier: Work up to the pull-up bar by doing the move in a captain’s chair first, which will provide more stability.



2. Hanging Bicycles

How to:
  • This one may look like you’re running in the air, but hey, it works.
  • Grip a pull-up bar with palms parallel, arms extended.
  • Engage core and pull knees up to a 90-degree angle, thighs parallel to the ground.
  • From here, pedal your flexed feet as if riding a bicycle.
  •  Repeat as quickly as possible while maintaining control for 30 seconds.

3. Hanging Side-to-Side Knees

How to:
  • Grip a pull-up bar. Engage core and lift knees toward the right side of torso, allowing legs to bend naturally.
  • Pull knees as close to right side of chest as possible, then slowly lower back to starting position.
  • Repeat by pulling knees to left side of chest.
  • Completing both the right and left sides counts as 1 rep.
  • Do 8 to 10 reps.

4. Cable Isometric Hold

How to:
  • Don’t let the cable machine intimidate you—it’s easier to use than you think.
  •  Stack on a light weight (start with 10 pounds or fewer) and position the carriage so it’s even with chest.
  • Stand next to machine, left side facing away from machine.
  •  Hold one cable handle with both hands, then take one big step away from the machine.
  • Extend both arms fully at chest-height, come into a comfortable half-squat, and hold the weight steady.
  • Engage abs to hold the handle straight in front of body—don’t twist body toward the machine.
  • Aim for perfect posture.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

Hacks:CRISPY FLOURLESS OATMEAL WAFFLES

Healthy gluten-free breakfast make in minutes with just 6 simple ingredients.
These tasty waffles are flourless, made with rolled oats and flaxseed meal. They are crispy on the edges but a little fluffy in the middle, with good flavor.
In this recipe I used coconut milk instead of almond/soy milk. I love using coconut milk in my waffles. I have tried using almond/soy/cashew milk in my waffles and coconut milk gives the most incredible crunch and fluffy interior, not to mention the heavenly coconut fragrance and flavor I love. You can always use regular milk if you prefer, they will still be great.
The other thing i love about this recipe is the waffle batter is mixed up in a food processor or blender. So easy and the clean up is quick!
I hope you enjoy the recipe and give it a try. 🙂


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, liquefied or soy/almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water or soy/almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffles iron
  2. In a food processor, pulse oats until resemble fine. Add flaxseed meal, baking powder, pulse to combine.
  3. Pour in coconut milk, water, coconut oil and maple syrup. Give it a quick pulse until well combined.
  4. Spoon batter into your preheated waffle iron and cook according to your waffle iron's instructions. Serve straight with maple syrup and fresh fruits. 

Healthy Snacks:SUGAR-FREE CRANBERRY SAUCE

DELICIOUS Sugar-Free & Low-Carb Cranberry Sauce that is ready in 20 minutes! It’s also keto, vegan, paleo, low-calorie, and gluten-free.

I loooove me some cranberry sauce!As y’all have probably noticed, I’m kind of a sweet-o-holic.

So (naturally) I love cranberry sauce and slathering it all over everything at the Thanksgiving table.

​Everything is just better with a little bit of cranberry sauce, am I right?!

Anyway, this Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce is out of this world amazing.

So easy to make with only 4 ingredients.

You literally can’t mess this up. Don’t you love recipes like that?!

This post is the part of my series of lightened up Thanksgiving sides & desserts!
A few more recipes coming to y’all soon!


Cost per serving: $0.60
Calories per serving: 32
Equipment you’ll need: stockpot
Ingredients: makes 8 servings (1/4-cup per serving)
1 cup cranberries
​1 cup water
​1 cup Swerve sweetener, granulated (or other granulated sweetener of choice)
1/4 tsp salt
Method:
1. Combine all ingredients in stockpot, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
2. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until desired consistency is reached (mine took 20 minutes). Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

Desserts:Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

Satisfy your cookie craving with these tasty no-guilt, no-bake energy bites naturally sweetened with honey!

I don’t know about you, but almost every day I have a craving for just a bite of something sweet. I don’t particularly want a full-size dessert—and certainly don’t need that every day—so these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites are a great alternative over grabbing a cookie or scoop of ice cream.

Energy bites (or energy balls) are pretty popular over on Pinterest, There are so many variations. I’ve found that you can start with a basic recipe and mix it up depending on what you have on hand. My recipe today starts with old-fashioned oats, chunky peanut butter, and ground flax seed—for a few additional health benefits—and added mini M&M’s to satisfy my chocolate craving! You could add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, or even chia seeds.

The secrets to this recipe are making sure you get a good balance of dry ingredients to the peanut butter and honey, which will bind it all together, and letting the mixture chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before you form it into balls.

The mixture will be pretty crumbly and you won’t be able to roll it in your palms like cookie dough. Instead, use a one-ounce scoop to portion out the balls, press it together firmly into a ball in your palm, and it will hold together very well. If the mixture seems TOO crumbly, add a little peanut butter or honey. If it feels TOO sticky, toss in a few more oats. You can’t mess it up, so just adjust the portions as needed.



Instructions


  • Using a wooden spoon or heavy spatula, stir together all ingredients in a large bowl until coated. If the mixture seems too wet or sticky, add a few more oats. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit more honey. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove mixture from the refrigerator and portion the energy balls using a one-ounce scoop. Press each portion into a small ball, using your palms and fingers (note: the mixture will not easily "roll" into a ball, but can be shaped easily using the pressure of your fingers). 
  • Store in an airtight container.

Diet: Yellow Split Pea and Bacon Soup

This recipe for Yellow Split Pea and Bacon Soup is full of flavor and an easy alternative to traditional split pea and ham soup.

Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of thick hearty soup?  There’s something so wonderful about it that takes you right back to childhood.
My grandmother always made spit pea soup using leftover ham bones (you can see my recipe for split peas and ham soup if that’s what you’re looking for) after a big family gathering.
I absolutely LOVED her soup, but let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have ham bones to work with.
I created this recipe which is a lot easier to prepare, but doesn’t scrimp on flavor.

Why This Recipe Works:
  • The bacon adds a meaty flavor without the need for bones.
  • The smokes paprika gives it a rich smokey flavor.
  • This soup is just as tasty as traditional split pea soup with a lot less hassle.
  • Yellow Spit Peas Vs Green
    There aren’t any major differences between yellow and green split peas.  They have similar flavors, nutritional content and cooking times. Yellow split peas sometimes have a milder flavor than the sweeter green peas.
    This soup is total hearty comfort food. It’s packed with flavor and fills you up so this soup is an all around win!
    It’s so good that if you do make the classic split pea soup, you might just find yourself converting to this easier recipe!
  • Cook’s Tips:
    • Leave a little fat on your bacon.  It adds loads of flavor!
    • On dry frying bacon – some lean bacon doesn’t brown well when dry frying.  If it needs some help, just add a little oil. 
    • Have some extra stock on hand.  Split pea soup thickens a lot and may need some thinning out.
    • For extra pork flavor, make some stock using ham hocks and replace the chicken stock with ham stock.
    • For extra smokey flavor, use smoked bacon.
    • Can’t find Yellow Split Peas? Green work just as well.
    • Careful salting – Some bacon can be quite salty so you may want to wait to season the soup and taste at the end.
    Top Tip:
    • Over seasoned your soup? All is not lost.  Acid neutralizes salt.  Add a teaspoon of white vinegar at a time and taste in between.  You won’t taste the vinegar, but you’ll save the soup!

Fitness:7 Ab Exercises for A Tummy Makeover

Many people store extra fat in their abdomen. If you’ve had children, your stomach muscles may be slightly separated, making them more likely to protrude.
If you want to makeover your tummy, you have to know what is possible and what’s not.
Ab exercises can help you build up muscle in the area, strengthen your core,and create a tighter midsection that’s less likely to bow out when you eat a big meal or have gas.
Ab exercises cannot help you shed that layer of fat that sits on top of the muscles.
Yes, you will burn calories when you work your abs. However, that calorie burn will cause your body to lose fat all over, according to Greatist.
If you incorporate more fat-burning workouts in with your tummy makeover exercises, eventually the layer of fat over your entire body will dissipate (assuming you have the proper diet in place).
If you’ve kept working your abs, that strong midsection will really start to shine through.
Here are 17 ab exercises that work your entire core without boring crunches, giving you better posture, a sleeker silhouette, and a flatter stomach.



Plank Jacks

This move requires no equipment. You can do it anywhere, including your cubicle at work.
Even if you only have a minute to exercise, you can raise your heart rate to burn calories while working your core. The secret is to hold in your abdominals tightly while you perform the exercise.
Make sure that your butt isn’t sagging toward the ground or raised high up in the air. Your body should form a relatively straight line from your head to your toes even as you’re moving your legs.

Ballerina Abs

One of the things that make ballerinas so graceful is their posture. According to Women’s Health, every move a dancer performs comes from the core. Their strong abs make everything they do seem effortless.
This ab move is a little more complicated than a crunch, which makes it more fun. Doing it will help tone the front, sides, and back of your core.

Spiderman Plank

Do this plank on your elbows or your hands to work your core in a slightly different manner each time. You will feel your muffin top getting stronger every time you bring your knee to your elbow.
Go slowly, focusing on holding your knee up as you bring it forward. You’ll target those muscles that wrap around your abdominals and spine, helping improve your posture and stability.

Swiss Ball Knee Tuck

If you have a large exercise ball, you can use it to work your abs. This move engages the front of your abdominals. It really strengthens your lower abs.
It also forces you to stabilize your back, strengthening it as you bring your legs in and out.

Seated Knee Tuck

If the Swiss ball knee tuck is too difficult, get stronger by doing the seated knee tuck. This is a great alternative to the traditional crunch.
If you don’t have a bench, you can do this while sitting sideways on a step or the floor. Keep your back straight, and try not to place too much weight on your hands while doing this exercise.

Windshield Wipers

This exercise combines strength training with flexibility work. It will make your spine more agile as it develops the muscles surrounding your abdomen. It even helps strengthen your lower abdominals, a common trouble spot for women.
Squeeze a towel, dumbbell or medicine ball between your knees for an added challenge.

Jack Knife Crunch

This exercise works your upper and lower core at the same time. You can make it more difficult by stretching your legs out. You can also alternate legs and arms to focus on different muscles.

Baked Pumpkin Cookie Cake

Pumpkin+cookie+cake+creamy spiced frosting= the best fall dessert combination known to (wo)man, according to yours truly anyway. Perhaps a bit premature but I think I’ve got my Thanksgiving dessert covered already
Why is pumpkin so popular around the Thanksgiving holiday anyway? Yes, these are the questions I ask.



After doing a little digging, it turns out that pumpkin recipes gained more mainstream exposure during the late 1600s. It wasn’t until the 1800s when sweeter versions of pumpkin dishes, such as pumpkin pie (or “pompion pye” as it was called) increased in popularity.

Take a pound of Pompion, and slice it; an handful of Time, a little Rosemary, sweet Marjoram stripped off the stalks, chop them small; then take Cinamon, Nutmeg, Pepper, and a few Cloves, all beaten; also ten Eggs, and beat them all together, with as much Sugar as you shall think sufficient; then fry them like a Froise; and being fried, let them stand till they are cold; Then fill your Pye after this manner: Take Apples sliced thin round-wise, and lay a layer of the Froise, and another of the Apples, with Currans betwixt the layers; be sure you put in good store of sweet Butter before you close it. When the Pye is baked, take six yolks of Eggs, some White-wine or Verjuice, and make a Caudle thereof, but not too thick; cut up the lid and put it in, and stire them well together whilst the Eggs and Pompions are not perceived, and so serve it up.

Now, I’ve read this recipe at least a dozen times and I still wouldn’t know what to do if I were to attempt following it (what would you bake the pie in?). It’s a reminder of how grateful I am for modern instruction and kitchen equipment, which you will need for this soft baked pumpkin cookie cake recipe (go ahead and say that three times fast!)

Oh, and we’re using a pie dish for baking. So it’s kinda like cookie+cake+pie, right?
Making the batter is pretty straight forward, and it’ll be quite thick.

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Ingredients

For the Soft Baked Pumpkin Cookie Cake:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Spiced Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Spinkles (optional)

Instructions

For the Soft Baked Pumpkin Cookie Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9.5 inch glass pie dish and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. Using a standing mixer or a medium bowl that can accommodate a hand-held mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy, about two minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until just combined. Add pumpkin and beat until just combined. Scrape sides of bowl between each addition.
  4. Add half of flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Scrape sides of the bowl, then add second half of mixture and beat at low speed until just combined.
  5. Add dough to greased pie dish and using a rubber spatula, press the dough out to the sides so that it is easily distributed. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow cookie cake to cool completely before frosting.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY JUICES AND SMOOTHIES

HEALING INFLAMMATION THE NATURAL WAY

Sizzle isn’t just about summer weather or the patio grill. Inside your body, where you can’t see the “smoke and fire,” there may be an internal slow simmer or a rolling boil at work called inflammation.  It is the engine that drives the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.
It is estimated that more than half of all Americans are inflamed, with most people not knowing they are. Most ailments associated with chronic inflammation, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, atherosclerosis, inflammatory bowel, chronic pancreatitis, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, could be helped with an anti-inflammation diet.
If inflammation has been turning up the heat inside your body, you can cool the simmer with a few key changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Certain foods, such as dark red cherries, ginger, dark chocolate, berries and hibiscus, offer superior anti-inflammation properties. The following delicious recipes not only spark your taste buds, they dial down inflammation:

Berry Power Smoothie
Berries help prevent damaging effects of free radicals and inflammation by turning off the inflammatory signals triggered by cytokines (cells that regulate the immune system’s response to inflammation) and COX-2 (an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain) making them an ideal part of your anti-inflammation diet.
Serves 1
1 cup unsweetened plant milk such as hemp, coconut or almond milk
½ cup blueberries, raspberries or blackberries
1 pear
½ cup baby spinach
1 tsp. Indian gooseberry extract (optional)*
1 tbsp. flaxseed
Ice cubes (optional, depending on how cold you like your smoothie)
Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Ginger Twist Juice
Ginger has been shown in scientific studies to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Serves 1
1 handful parsley
½ lemon, peeled
4 carrots, scrubbed well, green tops removed, ends trimmed
1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.
Hibiscus Iced Tea Refresher
Hibiscus has powerful antioxidants, even more than green tea.  It has been shown to lower high blood pressure and uric acid for people with gout.  It also helps to quench the fires of inflammation.
Serves 6
Chopped hibiscus flowers or 5 hibiscus herbal tea bags
12 mint leaves (optional)
Juice of 1 lime (optional)
2 quarts purified water
Steep hibiscus tea or flowers in water. I put it all in the refrigerator. In about an hour you have iced tea.
You can take anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements all year long, but if you don’t get rid of pro-inflammatory foods and toxins, you’ll simply be pouring good things on top of toxins and fueling inflammation.

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