Articles tagged with "food"

  • Added Sugars – Not a Good Choice for Infant Nutrition

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Who can forget the message of Mary Poppins telling us that “…a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Yes, we humans certainly like our sugar. To be sure, added sugar certainly increases our desire to consume a lot more than the “medicine” described in the song. It’s concerning to consider that of the 1.2 million food products sold in America’s grocery stores, approximately 68% have added sweeteners. This represents an active attempt to hack into our primitive desire for sweet and to alter our food choices moving forward. Even more worrisome is the fact that 60% of infants are given foods and beverages that contain added sugar. It is this very early exposure that may significantly influence food preferences for the rest of that child’s lifetime. As Robert T. Murray at Read More

  • Sleep and Food Connected: How You Eat Affects How You Sleep

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. One of the central themes in Brain Wash is regaining the ability to make good choices. Not a day goes by that we don’t see or hear about another new book telling us how a specific diet, or other lifestyle change, will likely bring about health.  As you might expect, I know many of these authors (and I’ve been honored to host many on The Empowering Neurologist) and, these days, almost all of these books are absolutely providing terrific information. Where the disconnect happens is between information and action, meaning it’s all well and good to read these books, but thereafter, choices have to be made to implement the material that has been learned. Our choices, especially those that involve planning for the future, are by and large mediated by an area of Read More

  • Reducing Inflammation for Better Health

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. The leading causes of death and disability worldwide are chronic degenerative conditions. These familiar diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and type II diabetes are increasing globally, at a dramatic rate, in every region, and in all socioeconomic classes. To be clear, chronic degenerative conditions exceed deaths caused by famine, war, and even infectious diseases. Importantly, this was not always the case. What has changed? Certainly, it hasn’t been our genetics. Our DNA has changed very little in the past hundred thousand years. And yet, we are suddenly experiencing a virtual explosion in the prevalence of these conditions. To understand why do these conditions are now so widespread, we have to ask if there’s any shared mechanism that underlies chronic degenerative diseases as a group. Indeed there is. In a word, it’s Read More

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Suzy Amis Cameron

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. The plant-based diet is gaining more and more attention these days, and with good reason. It’s clear that less reliance on animal derived food will have a positive environmental impact. In addition, there is compelling evidence that favoring a more plant-based diet may well provide significant health benefits. Our guest on this episode of The Empowering Neurologist is Suzy Amis Cameron. She is the author of a very important book, The OMD Plan, that advocates that at least one meal each day should be derived entirely from plant-based sources. Suzy is a noted environmental advocate, former actress and model, mom of five and new grandma of one. In addition to founding MUSE School with her sister, a topic we explore in some detail, she has founded a number of plant-based focused organizations, including Cameron Family Farms Read More

  • Unhack Your Brain – Eating Mindfully

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Today, we’re releasing the third and final video in our Unhack Your Brain miniseries. Did you know the food you eat can affect your decision-making? It’s true! It’s one of the central themes of Brain Wash, the idea that what we eat affects our choices, and not the other way around. And this extends beyond food. Unhealthy food choices can affect our sleeping habits, how we choose to interact with others, our ability to feel empathy…the list (and the science) goes on. We’ll explore this further in today’s third, and final, episode of Unhack Your Brain. Catch the whole series here. The post Unhack Your Brain – Eating Mindfully appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • Holiday Treats and Depression

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. It’s something we all do at the holidays, when we’re surrounded by gingerbread men, hot cocoa, fruitcakes, and chocolate candies. Faced with the choice of the sweet treat or healthier alternatives, we remind ourselves the holidays come but once a year, and we all fall into a sugar-laden trap. Here’s the thing: you may know it’s Christmas or Chanukah, but your cells and your body don’t, and how they’re going to respond to that sugar influx isn’t going to be any different than if you had those cookies in April or September. With sugar in mind, a new study looked at the depressogenic impact of your food choices. Keep in mind, sugar is known to trigger inflammatory and metabolic changes already, so this was a smart avenue for investigation. What they found may Read More

  • Coffee – Good for Your Brain!

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. There has certainly been a lot of information appearing in scientific literature as of late indicating that coffee consumption is good for the brain. One recent report has revealed what I believe to be a very specific mechanism that directly relates the consumption of coffee to the well-established reduction in risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Researchers in Toronto, Canada, recognizing that coffee consumption is correlated with the decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, set about to unravel the specific mechanism whereby coffee is neuroprotective in humans. They explored whether certain compounds found in brewed coffee can protect the brain by reducing the aggregation, or clumping, of specific proteins that occur in the brain. The aggregation of these two proteins, amyloid-beta (Aβ) and tau, seems to set the stage for brain degeneration. When this aggregation Read More

  • Nutritional Training for MDs? Yes!

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Nutritional education for medical doctors is rudimentary at best. This reality is difficult to embrace as we recognize the incredibly powerful role that nutrition plays in human health. Recently, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this failure of medical education was called out, along with some very meaningful recommendations for how we can improve medical education moving forward. The post Nutritional Training for MDs? Yes! appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • 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