The #1 Food that Causes Memory Loss
by Kelley Herring From Healinggourmet.com
We have a brief article for you today about an important topic: the health of your brain… and the #1 food that causes brain degeneration and cognitive decline.
We also want to tell you about an upcoming documentary that our friend Max Lugavere is creating on the subject of how your diet and lifestyle can impact brain health and your risk for Alzheimer’s.
His movie is called Bread Head, and Healing Gourmet is proud to be offering financial support to Max in his efforts. You might have noticed that some of the biggest grassroots movements over the last decade have been fueled by documentaries. In fact, movies like Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and others have done more to awaken people to the dangers of processed foods and the power of nutrition to prevent illness than most books and articles combined.
People are captivated by a compelling story told on film. And we are confident that Max is going to do an amazing job telling the story about how our dietary choices affect our risk for brain disease… and how we can change our fate by changing our diet.
Max has already surpassed the funding goal he set on Kickstarter. So his project will get funded and the movie will be made. But Healing Gourmet would like to add to his total and help him reach his stretch goal.
For the next 48 hours, 50% of the revenues from sales of our e-books will be donated to the making of the documentary Bread Head.
If you have any interest in this project or in the e-books we publish, we encourage you to check out Better Breads, Guilt-Free Desserts and Carefree Candies (Don’t forget, Valentines Day is this week!)
If you have already purchased, perhaps you will consider a gift for a friend knowing that these funds will go toward a good cause. And if you have not purchased our books before and want all three… purchase Better Breads first. Once your order is complete, you will have the option to add the other two titles at a discount.
And in the spirit of today’s topic, here’s a little tidbit on…
The #1 Food that Causes Memory Loss
A recent article about Alzheimer’s in a major health publication stated that “Age is the biggest risk factor for the disease.” The author was referring to the fact that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years in people over 65.
The same is true for most chronic diseases (including macular degeneration, cancer, heart disease and others). Their prevalence increases as we grow older. But this is merely a correlation. Age itself is not the “cause” of these diseases.
Degenerative diseases have very little to do with chronological aging. Instead, they are the long-term ramification of unhealthy choices. It is the end result of chronic stress, poor nutrition and toxic overload that occurs over a long period of time.
But here’s the good news: There is a lot you can do right now to protect health (and your memory) tomorrow. And the first step to protecting your memory into your golden years is to dramatically reduce the amount of sugar you consume.
Type 3 Diabetes: The Blood Sugar Connection to Alzheimer’s
Did you know that insulin isn’t just produced in the pancreas… but also in the brain?
It’s true. Just as excess dietary sugar causes the cells of the pancreas to wear out over time, the same thing happens to brain cells. Insulin receptors in the brain also begin to malfunction. Ultimately, this can lead to those embarrassing “senior moments”… and potentially Alzheimer’s.
In fact, researchers from Brown Medical School are now calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes” and link the disease to impaired blood sugar metabolism. When these researchers looked at the brain tissue of 45 Alzheimer’s patients, they found abnormal protein deposits that were similar to those found in the pancreases of diabetic patients.
It’s no wonder that people with diabetes have a 65% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s!
Balance Your Blood Sugar, Protect Your Brain
As you may have read in previous Healing Gourmet articles, eating a low-sugar, low-glycemic diet is the best way to lose weight, reduce cravings, boost mood, reduce inflammation and balance hormones.
It also happens to be one of the best ways to reduce the risk of chronic disease – including Alzheimer’s. Eating less sugar equates to better brain health by reducing inflammation.
Low glycemic foods – like vegetables, leafy greens, wild seafood, grass-fed meats and nuts – enter the bloodstream at a slower rate than higher glycemic foods – like grains, starches and sweets.
Delaying the entry of carbohydrates into the bloodstream reduces the production of insulin, which in turn, reduces the generation of an inflammatory compound called arachidonic acid.
But you don’t have to know all the chemistry behind the glycemic index and how inflammation works in the body to get the brain-protecting benefits of a low glycemic diet.
Simply base your meals around leafy greens, bright colored non-starchy vegetables, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry and wild fish to keep your body and brain in tip top shape – at any age!
And if you’re interested in Healing Gourmet’s suite of grain-free, low-glycemic recipe and nutrition education e-books, we encourage you to visit Better Breads, Guilt-Free Desserts or Carefree Candies today and help us to support the creation of the film Bread Head.
To Keeping Your Brain Sharp… at Any Age,
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
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