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The Brain – Food Connection
Max Lugavere is a journalist and has worked as a content producer of Al Gore’s TV network, Current. He first became interested in the brain’s health when he noticed his mother was starting to show signs of memory loss and cognitive difficulty. At only fifty-eight years old, her processing of speech was slower that usual.
After accompanying his mother to her doctor’s appointments, Max became discouraged by their willingness to write her symptoms off as “a factor of old age.” So, Max took it upon himself to learn all he could about cognitive deterioration. In his search, he found that risk for neurodegenerative disease is not limited to older people. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease begins at least 20-30 years before symptoms start showing up and by the time you see symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the person may very well be close to death.
Undertrained in nutrition and exercise, doctors really don’t know much about diet and how it affects the brain. Sadly doctors are trained under the economic blueprint and under tremendous pressure from the insurance climate. Surely, this is a systemic problem. The thing is, researchers are finding practical evidence that diet and lifestyle do affect brain health. Unfortunately, it can take over 17 years for what has been discovered in science to be brought out in and put into practice.
The Genius Food Diet
Today, most of the calories that we consume come from wheat, corn and rice. These energy dense, nutrient-poor foods are combined with fat become hyper-palatable and addictive. When eating junk food like chips, the brain is programmed to eat more than one. The processed foods are made to appeal to our human brains even though they are bad for us. Furthermore, research has found that depression and other mental disorders are tied directly to what we eat.
Hundreds of years ago we ate in distinct ways that lead to the evolution of our brains. Max describes that over time our brains have lost volume due to the foods we eat. Research also shows that people that are not aware of their dietary indulgence have more cravings for sugary drinks and confectionery foods. On the other hand, health conscious people are aware of the foods that they eat.
Research is now indicating that we need to take charge of our food choices, because ultimately health is a choice. The choices we make in cooking, shopping for groceries and eating out have a marked impact on how we think, how we age and even mental dysfunction in the future. As Pedram and Max put it, “you are only one meal away from correcting your diet.” Click here to learn more about Max.