Articles tagged with "food"

  • Antidepressant Foods? You Bet!

    By: Austin Perlmutter, M.D. Depression is a global epidemic, a leading cause of disability that affects over 300 million people worldwide. Unfortunately, rates of diagnosed depression are continuing to rise in the United States, especially in our youth. When these disheartening statistics are combined with the relatively poor efficacy of our antidepressant medications, it becomes increasingly important to ask whether there may be non-pharmaceutical methods of treating this crippling condition. In recent years, scientific research has increasingly answered “yes.” In the past (and even today), depression has been explained as a simple neurotransmitter deficiency. This is why and how the conventional treatment for depression, drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (commonly known as SSRIs), is thought to work. The putative mechanism of these drugs is that they increase the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, resolving deficiency, improving mood, and alleviating depression. However, if it were this straightforward, we’d expect a Read More

  • Differences Between Grass-Fed, Grass-Finished, and Grain-Fed Beef

    By the Dr. Perlmutter Team As previously discussed, there are significant nutritional differences between the meat produced by cows that eat grass and those that subsist on grain. Beef from cows that eat only grass contains higher concentrations of essential nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid. It also has lower levels of hormones, antibiotics and other toxic remnants from the industrial production process, which can have significant ramifications on our health, ranging from the microbiome to cellular health. Additionally, grass-fed cows live out their lives more closely aligned with how nature intended—freely roaming pasture land and consuming grasses available to them in their immediate environment—which makes the process more humane and environmentally-friendly. However, like many of the buzzwords surrounding healthy living, there’s a lot of confusion and outright deception that surrounds the “grass-fed” descriptor. While certain trade organizations do their best to impose uniform standards, the use of Read More

  • Grain-Fed vs Grass-Fed and Finished Beef — Why Does it Matter?

    By the Dr. Perlmutter Team Americans eat a lot of meat. In 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture projected that the average person would consume over two hundred pounds of chicken, pork, and beef by year’s end. That’s more than half a pound daily per capita, every day of the year! While it is possible to consume an omnivorous diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle, we recommend viewing meat as a garnish or side dish rather than the focus of your meal. The perfect plate is full of colorful, above-ground leafy vegetables and healthy fats, with a three-to-four ounce serving of meat. Furthermore, should you choose to consume meat, it’s very important to remember that not all meat is created equally. One of the most important factors in determining the overall quality of meat—especially red meat—is the dietary patterns of the livestock that produced it. When you think about Read More

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Anna Cabeca

    Dr. Anna Cabeca has written a new book, The Hormone Fix, that focuses on the important role of diet and other lifestyle issues in terms of gaining hormone balance. She especially focuses on menopause and leveraging the fundamental relationship between a ketogenic diet and hormone function in what she calls the “keto-green way.” This is a unique feature of her new book that takes into account the importance of alkalinity for feeling well while engaged in a ketogenic program. Dr. Cabeca is a very special individual whom I deeply admire and respect. Please enjoy this interview, and be sure to let me know your thoughts below. If you want to learn more about Dr. Cabeca’s book, certainly check it out at the link above, but you can also explore Dr. Cabeca’s Breeze Through Menopause 10-Day Masterclass, which is a completely free way to learn about a keto-green lifestyle, and how it can heal the Read More

  • How to better prepare your daily fruit salad

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