How Food Effects Your Brain

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Could a scientifically proven new approach to dieting boost brain power as well as weight loss?

20 January 2014

Think you know what healthy means? Think again. Dr David Perlmutter’s new book, Grain Brain (Hodder & Stoughton, £13.99) is about to make you re-think your lifestyle. It turns out that some of our staple foods are doing more harm than we realise – and not just to our waistlines.

Having studied brain disease for 35 years, Dr David Perlmutter is a world leader in cognitive nutrition. He wanted to write a book that would make people think about the effect food is having on their brains as well as their bodies. Grain Brain is the result. 

The science behind the book speaks for itself. Elderly people with a high carb diet are more than three times as likely to develop cognitive impairments. With one hospital patient in every four currently suffering from dementia, Grain Brain offers a diet that can help relieve symptoms. And it’s not just unhealthy carbs, like white bread, cakes and biscuits that cause problems, but Dr Purlmetter says that even the healther carbs like whole grains can have a negative effect on your health. 

As Dr Purlmetter explains, the heart is considered the centre of life, but without the brain it would not function. By shifting patterns with small changes to your lifestyle, you’ll begin to take control of your cognitive and bodily health. Dr Purlmetter argues that these simple changes will help improve memory, boost energy levels, and alleviate ‘brain fog’ symptoms – not to mention aid weight loss.

In Grain Brain, Dr Perlmutter outlines the science behind his ideas, plus offers recipes and meal plans to keep your brain functioning at its best. But Dr Perlmutter’s meal plans will not only help you improve brain function now, but science suggests that you can also change your genetic destiny too – just by making the lifestyle changes set out in the book.

So, start by making one small change today.

Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter (Hodder & Stoughton, £13.99)

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