May

24

 I read Power Foods for the Brain by Barnard, MD (not sure how accredited he is) over the weekend

He basically lauds a vegan diet–fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes only.

Points of interest:

1. He says amyloid plaques rise and fall circadian style. Plaques drain from the brain into the cerebrospinal fluid when sleeping, allowing the brain to cleanse itself and recover. When we don't sleep properly, by watching the late show, late snacks, getting up to check the markets, thinking during the night, etc, we are allowing the plaques to stay up and active, basically doing damage to our brain and memory cells.

2. He says people are getting too many minerals in their bloodstreams. Patients have more iron, zinc, and copper levels than non–memory impacted patients. People should be getting minerals from vegetables over supplements. Minerals are in many fortified food products like Total cereal, and too many minerals should be considered as leading to memory loss.

3. All tastes are acquired, except for breast milk, therefore you can reprogram your tastes from unhealthy food to healthier fare. 

4. Exercise, eating less to no meat and dairy, and engaging your mind in learning activities helps your brain and memory to stay intact longer.

 Overall not much new here, but a good book for reading by the pool.

An editor suggests:

I would suggest the book 80/10/10 by Dr. Doug Graham to anyone looking to improve their diet. It is a diet about eating fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and a few nuts, avocados and fats. By following this for a week to a month (I was increasing fruits for about a month, but eating only fruits and greens for breakfast and lunch for about a week) I got rid of my cramps which had been getting worse for years. It was astounding. It is considered the be all and end all healthy diet book in vegan and raw food circles. 


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