Possibly the most important section of the blog- in this Nutrition section you will find information on how to properly fuel the brain. There is no denying the correlation between proper diet and dementia and alzheimers prevention, proper prenatal care, and improving overall brain health.
Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of giving a keynote presentation at the annual PaleoFx conference. This conference is a gathering of individuals and vendors door focused on the notion of reclaiming health through emulating the environment of our ancestors. Most importantly, the event looks at food, and how that important choice influences health.
Hormone imbalance is extremely common, and generally it is treated with pharmaceutical interventions. Why don’t we take a step back for moment and ask ourselves just why these issues are occurring in the first place?
Once we do that, all roads seem to point us towards an investigation into how our lifestyle choices may be impacting our health, specifically the balance of our hormones. Further, some of the most important lifestyle choices we make are the foods we choose to consume. Continue reading
Without a doubt, one of the most common questions I am asked is on whether or not alcohol consumption is a good idea. And what I have determined, after a fairly extensive review of scientific literature, is that the answer to this question is “it depends”, and you will see why.
Could the food we consume impact our risk for mood disorders and depression?
It’s a fascinating question, and one we should absolutely be exploring further. Today, I want to look at a study from the journal Psychiatry Research, which looks at the relationship between dietary patterns and depression.
For more on how lifestyle choices affect your mental health, visit our Focus page.
There is certainly a lot of discussion these days about the ketogenic diet, especially as it relates to brain function. I thought it would be instructive to review one of the most important, and early, research studies in this area, as it reveals several very important findings that are worthy of attention.
The study, Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults, dates back to 2003. Why this is relevant with respect to the ketogenic diet is because beta-hydroxybutyrate is one of the ketones produced when somebody is in ketosis. The ketogenic diet is one that is aggressive in terms lowering dietary carbohydrate intake while increasing dietary fats. The production of ketones is amplified in people who supplement with things like coconut oil or MCT oil. Continue reading
Whoever thought you could bake grapefruit? Well you can, and this delicious breakfast proves it! Continue reading
What science has revealed over the past decade about the role our resident microbes play in keeping us healthy has truly been remarkable. It’s now clear that the more than 100 trillion microbes living on and within us are, moment to moment, playing a fundamental role in virtually every system within the human body. Who would have conceived that research would have revealed, for example, that the bacteria living within the colon are helping shape our mood, regulating our appetite, manufacturing health-sustaining vitamins, controlling our immune systems and inflammation, and even influencing the expression of our DNA?
This expanding science is compelling, humbling, and, at the same time, empowering, as we now are beginning to make real inroads into understanding how changes in the microbiome (the collection of the microbes, their genetic material, and the metabolic products they create) affect health, disease resistance and longevity. Continue reading
This is a terrific recipe for a great lemon chicken dish sent to us by Al Klapperich. Use free range chicken if available, and if you choose to add the dairy products, make sure to choose organic, again, if available. I am a big fan of cauliflower, not only because it is a brassica vegetable and therefore quite helpful in terms of detoxification, but because it is also a good source of prebiotic fiber that helps nurture your gut bacteria!
I, like many of you, have often wondered about the notion of drinking a cup of coffee after the evening meal. People often say things like, “I can’t drink coffee after 4PM or I won’t be able to sleep,” and this seems to make sense. Others, like myself, can enjoy a coffee after dinner seemingly without any consequences, as far as sleep is concerned.
To help shed some light on this issue, researchers publishing in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine recently reported the results of study in which individuals consumed 400mg of caffeine 0, 3, or 6 hours prior to their normal bedtime. These folks were compared to a similar group of people who received a placebo. Sleep was measured by self-reporting as well as through the use of a portable sleep monitor. Continue reading
As many of you know, I am a big proponent of salmon. Salmon may well be one of the most healthful foods available on the planet. Natural, wild-caught salmon is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium, and phosphorus. In addition, it’s a terrific source for protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
And when talking about the omega-3s, salmon has and an astounding 1.5 g of DHA in just a 3.5 ounce serving. DHA is a critically important omega-3 fatty acid, especially for brain health. Continue reading