Adopting a much lower carbohydrate diet while welcoming healthful fat back to the table is a top-notch approach for achieving better blood sugar control as well as weight loss. To be sure, this is a diet that shouldn’t exclude carbs that contain dietary fiber, which is so important for the health of our gut microbes.
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Low-Carb Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ideal diet for optimal brain function?
Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is not one that is optimized for brain function. Because it is rich in unhealthy fats and carbohydrates, this diet deprives your brain of the nutrients it needs for optimal functioning. Instead, you MUST be eating a diet that gives the brain everything it needs to work at peak performance. The brain thrives on a fat-rich low-carbohydrate diet, which unfortunately, is relatively uncommon in human populations today. Thus, these should be the hallmarks of your diet. Get rid of things like bagels for breakfast, and instead enjoy half-an-avocado or some eggs. For more ideas on how to eat for brain health, try visiting the Eat section of my website. Of note is our listing of gluten-free, low-carb recipes, which are just the thing you need to bring rich food into your diet and lifestyle. If you want to learn more about why this dietary plan makes for the optimal lifestyle for brain health, then I suggest browsing the Focus page on my website dedicated to a gluten-free study. There, we have many videos, blog posts, and studies that highlight the benefits of going gluten-free. So remember, if your goal is to eat to optimize brain health, then you need to push the carbs away from the table, along with unhealthy fats too, welcome back healthy fats (like avocado, nuts and seeds, and fish), and keep as far away from gluten-rich, processed foods as possible! Here's to eating for your brain, and a lifetime of health.
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• September 5, 2017
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Plant-rich mixed meals based on Palaeolithic diet principles have a dramatic impact on incretin, peptide YY and satiety response, but show little effect on glucose and insulin homeostasis: an acute-effects randomised study
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