Grain Brain [Book]

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“Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

Dr Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our ‘smart genes’ through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.

With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.”

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Dietopia’s notes

If you’ve been on our site for a long time, you’ve probably realised that systemic inflammation is a big, big problem for most of the Western World, and that most of it comes from the huge quantities of refined carbohydrates that constitutes The Western Diet. In that respect, this book isn’t ground-breaking, it covers the same issue, however, as always with Dr. Perlmutter, there’s more to be learned! He discusses the use of intermittent fasting and meditation to increase BDNF production – a magical thing called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor that allows us to create new neurons, maintain old ones and even create new pathways within the brain! The upshots of this are huge, ranging from reducing the threat of Alzheimer’s right through to increasing your capability to learn and adjust neurologically.

His book obviously touches on gluten with a title like Grain Brain, so if you’re gluten-intolerant (which Dr. Perlmutter shows us that most people are) then this is a useful read; to the rest of the world, it’s merely fascinating – we’ll have to settle for that I suppose.

If you’ve ever seen him interviewed, he’s a very likable man with a relaxed, objective attitude and an innate positivity towards life. In short, he’s very inspiring and hopefully his writing will inspire a dietary change in you too. The worst you’ll finish this book with is a greater understanding of epigenetics and some amazing facts to impress your friends with. That really doesn’t seem like a problem to me.

If you’re looking for a slower introduction to the world of nutrition and its effects on that most integral of organs – the brain, then Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter’s first book, is very easy to grasp and gives a well-defined look at the gut-brain interaction.

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