Sleep is, of course, incredibly important for our bodies. It allows our brain to consolidate thoughts into memories, and clean itself of toxins. Beyond that, numerous studies have pinpointed the adverse health impacts of not getting enough sleep.
Exercise is a healthy choice no matter how you choose to look at it. Research demonstrating the importance of exercise for cardiovascular health dates back at least four decades. Even more recent research shows how important exercise is for not only brain function, but even in terms of reducing dementia risk.
The importance of gut health, and specifically healthy gut bacteria, has really taken center stage in terms of it’s wide ranging effects on overall health and disease resistance. Relevant to today’s blog post, we are now seeing research that adds gut health to the list of benefits associated with physical exercise. Continue reading
There is clear scientific evidence that supports the idea that lifestyle interventions like caloric restriction, fasting, and a ketogenic support the health of positive gene pathways, enhance the production of endogenous stem cells, power up the brain, increase the production of antioxidants, and even reduce inflammation.
But there is no doubt that implementing these ideas, in terms of creating a workable diet, may well prove challenging.
Our guest today on The Empowering Neurologist is Valter Longo, PhD. Dr. Longo has created a new dietary approach that in many ways mimics the effectiveness of the more difficult approaches described above, but at the same time is much easier to implement. He calls this diet the Fasting-Mimicking Diet, or FMD, and it is described in great detail in his new, best-selling book, The Longevity Diet. Continue reading
I want to dive a bit deeper today into our discussion of the relationship between diabetes (and even mild elevations in blood sugar), and the overall health of your brain. With that, it’s becoming increasingly clear the lifestyle factors that impact metabolic disease, of which insulin resistance is at the core, also play a key role in influencing the health of the brain and long-term cognitive capacity. Let’s look at this recent study published in Experimental and Molecular Medicine in today’s video. Continue reading
It’s a great pleasure to have my colleague Dr. Steven Masley on The Empowering Neurologist today. Dr. Masley, the author of the upcoming book The Better Brain Solution, recently published a groundbreaking study that proves, once again, that lifestyle choices help determine your brain’s destiny! We’ll discuss in our conversation today. Enjoy!
Is there any question more fundamental to our health than “What should I eat today?” It’s something we grapple with daily, and how we answer that question can set the tone how we feel for days, weeks, or months. Today on the program I’m joined by Dr. Cate Shanahan, who is here to help us better answer this crucial question. Continue reading
Why red wine is a healthy choice
I’m often asked how red wine is part of a healthy diet. Not only does it taste great and pair well with grass-fed beef (an excellent source of protein and healthy fat) but it also provides a number of additional health benefits.
As with all food, it’s important to be a discerning consumer when it comes to red wine. If you keep in mind a few considerations (which I’ll discuss below), red wine can be a healthy choice. Here’s why.
Food & Health
One of my core messages has always been that the dietary choices you make on a daily basis have a profound impact on your overall health and well-being.
Our best peer reviewed research continues to indicate that, by far, the best diet for human health is one that favors whole foods that maintain blood sugar, keep the gut lining intact, are devoid of pesticides and provide optimal nutrients for the body.
One food item in particular meets all of these criteria and adding it to your diet – or, I should say, adding it back – can benefit your health in a number of ways. Continue reading