I am very excited to announce that my public television special BrainChange is currently airing across the country. Over the next two weeks, check our page and your local listings to find when you can catch this valuable information.
You can make changes in your lifestyle today that will have a profound impact on how your brain will be working tomorrow. I hope you can join me.
The focal point of many of our most debilitating ailments, particularly those that involve brain health, is inflammation. We’ve all experienced inflammation at some point (from a swollen joint to arthritis), but inflammation in the brain is both silent and deadly. In Grain Brain, I identify the role inflammation plays in a myriad of brain diseases, but what you need to know now is that because there are no pain receptors there, you won’t ever know if your brain is experiencing inflammation. So, you need to be proactive about maintaining a diet that is anti-inflammatory: keep your blood sugar in check and enjoy those healthy fats (like avocados and olive oil).
I did a video on this topic on Sharecare. Watch it here for more information.
It may not be that hard for you to believe, but the quality of your sleep matters for more than just how tired you will or won’t be when you wake up. Drugs aren’t the answer, because they’ll just put you to bed, they don’t help you rest and restore your body. If buying a white (or rain) noise machine doesn’t sound appealing to you, watch this video to learn more about how you can set the stage to give your body the uninterrupted and restorative sleep it needs.
If you haven’t had a chance to explore it yet, the Science section of this website is filled with scholarly articles and research on topics ranging from the relationship of diabetes and Parkinson’s, to the efficacy of the Atkins Diet as a treatment for intractable epilepsy. If you have a question, it’s likely that the answer to it can be found in one of the studies that exists in this area. Recently, I added two new studies, published this year, both of which are products of my recent research. Their findings continue to reinforce the conclusions I reached in Grain Brain. Continue reading
As some of you may know, I was recently on Fox & Friends Weekend to talk Grain Brain. After a great appearance Clayton Morris, one of the show’s hosts, reached out to me because he is a big fan of Grain Brain. He thought it would be great for us to continue our conversation, and to take it to the web, where we could allow all of you to participate with us.
So, we took to Google+ for an hour-long conversation about the finer points of the argument I put forth in Grain Brain, taking time to answers questions submitted by those of you who tuned in to join us. I had a great time doing this, and I always appreciate an opportunity to interact directly with all of you. After this success, I’ll be sure to do another one soon!
We’re just one week away from that most food-centric of American holidays, Thanksgiving. Myself, I’m very much looking forward to carving a big turkey with my family and feasting on some brain-healthy sides, like broccoli and cranberries.
Next week, I’d like to feature some recipes that you can use to produce a Grain Brain-approved Thanksgiving dinner that nobody will forget. If you have something you want to share with our community, send it to me at recipes@DrPerlmutter.com, and you may see it features here on the site!
Since the release of Grain Brain a few months ago, I’ve seen a number of question come in about whether or not certain foods are permissible on the Grain Brain diet, below is a list of some of those most common ones, as well as information on how permissible these are in a diet geared to boost brain health:
- Einkorn wheat, Ezekiel bread, and similar products: Visit the FAQ section of my site
- Rice: Along with some other non-gluten grains, rice can be consumed in strict moderation. The list of non-gluten foods on this site is a helpful resource in this case.
- Fruit: Overall, fruit plays in an important role in a well-rounded diet that is geared towards brain and body health. However, because of the sugar content, you should always be wary of the fruits you’re putting into your body. If you’re going for fruit, trying grabbing a handful of berries, or similar low-sugar fruit.
- Bacon: Generally, I am not a fan of bacon.