Make Your Brain ‘Happy’ Eat Real Food
It is being said by the medical experts that by Y 2020, America will have 14-M people in need of full-time care for Alzheimer’s disease.
Anxiety disorders currently are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40-M adults. Millions suffer from “brain fog,” a term that is only recently getting attention.
The Big Q: What do these alarming statistics have in common?
The Big A: According to leading functional physician, Dr. Mark Hyman, they can be triggered by poor brain health.
Dr. Hyman admits he once suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and felt like he had dementia, depression, and ADD, all at the same time.
“My brain felt broken,” he says. “Although I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I truly believe the experience taught me how to be a better physician and it led me to the world of functional medicine. I finally understand that what we do to our bodies, we do to our brains.”
“The Key insight is that your brain is an organ that’s connected to everything else happening in your body,” he says. “Fixing your brain starts with fixing your body.”
Dr. Hyman says supporting brain health is Key now because Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. He says it is projected to 3X by in occurrence by Y 2050.
“It’s interesting to note the 7th leading cause of death is diabetes, and more than 100-M people in the United States are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes which could increase to a whopping 54%, by Y 2030. We are now finding that these 2 forms of diseased are heavily linked, with Alzheimer’s often referred to as type 3 diabetes.”
Dr. Hyman says the low-fat craze that became popular in the 1960’s hurt our nation’s health because we began to eat more sugar and white flour to replace the fat, and we ate larger portions because without the satiety value of fat, we were hungry all the time.
“Eating fat is the number one thing your can do to help your brain,” Dr. Hyman says.
“The right kind of fats will not make you fat but will provide powerful healing and support to make you feel your best,” he says.
“That’s become 60% of your brain is made up of DHA, an omega-3 fat found in fatty fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and algae. EPA is another important type of omega-3, and both of these fatty acids are critical for supporting brain function and mood, regulating metabolism, and preventing diabetes, and inflammation. Avoid oils like canola, grape seed, corn, sunflower, and soybean and be sure to eliminate hydrogenated oils completely, says the expert, as they contribute to inflammation and the progression of disease.”
Dr. Hyman, author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, adds we should also eat what he calls “slow-carb” foods, which are low glycemic plant-based foods that are rich in nutrients and fiber.
Some examples are dark leafy greens, cauliflower, peppers, onions, asparagus, mushrooms, blackberries sand blueberries.
“Eating healthy fats with these foods helps you absorb more of the essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K,” he says. “In my personal experience, I found that even though I was already eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, embracing more of the right kinds of fats like avocado, olive oil, and even saturated ones like coconut oil and grass-fed beef, pushed my mental acuity through the roof.”
So, eat Real food all the time.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively