Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 3 Foods Your Brain Will Love

BEWARE – Food is medicine, or it’s poison.

LONGEVITY SECRET # 3 – conditions including Alzheimer’s — and other forms of dementia — and also depression, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, even bipolar disorders, are all deeply influenced by the food we eat.

“The real weapons of mass destruction are highly processed, pesticide-sprayed, high-glycemic, low-fiber, food-like substances stored in plastic containers that are destroying the health of America.

Daniel G. Amen, MD

Foods Your Brain will Love

  1. Blueberries are “brain berries.” You want to get them organic or don’t eat them because blueberries hold pesticides more than most fruits.
  2. 80 percent plants — colorful plants.
  3. High-quality fats…  olive oil mixed in with some form of protein because fat and protein together help balance blood sugar. It could be organic tofu; it could be high protein plants like spinach and broccoli.
  4. Wide spectrum of fruits and veggies in order to cover all the bases. We have an overwhelming body of evidence that a healthy diet filled with unprocessed, low-glycemic foods like green, leafy vegetables dramatically improves blood flow, and also lowers our risk of heart disease — for inflammation, for obesity, and diabetes


The Number One Way to Boost Your Brain Power

Nothing protects the brain quite like regular exercise. Here is the list of why exercise is the number one way to boost your brain. Exercise is like investing in a retirement fund for your brain.

Exercise can

  1. Increase blood flow to the brain, which of course increase oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
  2. Enhance the release of chemicals known as nerve growth factors that help brain cells function properly. Nerve growth factors probably also help build new brain cells, giving the brain an extra cushion against age-related losses.
  3. helps prevent hypertension and diabetes, which are two major risk factors for dementia.
  4. seems to be especially helpful for female brains. That might make a good workout even more important because women are generally more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease compared with men of the same age. According to the Alzheimer’s Assn., two-thirds of Americans with the disease are women.

About 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise every week would be a reasonable goal.

Acid Blocking Drugs and Your Brain

The Microbiome Summit this week has been full of amazing cutting edge information. One message that I want to share and have you spread the message is about the use of the common acid blocking drugs (often used for reflux).

Dr David Perlmutter presented on “Healthy Messages from Body to Brain. Dr Perlmutter  is  a board certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is a four-time New York Times bestselling author with his book published in twenty-nine languages. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, has over one million copies in print.

His most recent book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life, is also a New York Times bestseller.

The information I want to share with you is so important to share and it comes direct from his lecture.

“An article in The Journal of American Medical Association Neurology,  demonstrated that people who chronically take these very common acid blocking drugs, over the counter or as a prescription, are associated with a 40% increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Stomach acid activates digestive enzymes and allows us to absorb Vitamin B12. The acid produced in the stomach sets the right level of pH for the entirety of the digestive system, home to over 100 trillion organisms.

These risks may be increased because of changes in the gut bacteria that happen when acid levels are reduced. So once again, threatening the microbiome may well pave the way for health consequences.

Another study he quoted was from Stanford researchers who called attention to the significant increase (16-21% higher) in risk for heart attack in users of protein pump inhibitors.

He tells us that there are times when these drugs are necessary. There are some medical conditions in which there truly is an increased production of stomach acid, and there are conditions, like Barret’s esophagus and ulcer disease, in which reducing the production of stomach acid is worthwhile.

Read more at Dr Perlmutter’s web site and consult your own doctor. I am simply sharing information.

Dr Permutter has great information on his website at
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