Nutrition and the Brain…

There has been a big upsurge of brain conditions like Alzeheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, ADHD, autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and many others in the last few years with no meaningful treatments or cures for them.

An incredible 2/3 of children (over 6 million) that have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are taking mind-altering medications of which the long term effects have never been studied.  At least 85% of these medications  used in the entire world are in the USA.  The rising prevalence of autism shows that 1 in 45 children ages 3 to 17 months has been diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) . What is going on?

The stats for Alzheimer’s and dementia are just as staggering with no real medical recourse in sight.

(The majority of the statistical information mentioned here is found in “The Grain Brain…” by David Perlmutter, MD)

It is far easier – and cheaper – to prevent illness than to treat it once it is established.

The solution may well lie outside the medical arena and the brain itself.

It is in the food we eat.

It is in our gut.

It is in how we deal with our commitments & responsibilites.

It is in how we move our bodies and stay mobile & active.

It is in how we deal with illness, injury, and pain.

It is in our relationships and outlook on life.

Virtually every non-communicable disease, whether it is asthma or dementia, arthritis or diabetes, has a common thread that provides a connection of how the body combats all disease and strives to heal itself.

One answer lies in Healthy Fat Consumption!!!

While we are finally accepting the fact that it is not dietary fat but the sugar that creates fat storage and is making us fat, we are going to concentrate (for purposes of this post) on how healthy dietary fats affect the mind and brain.

We have been consuming animal protein and saturated fat for the past 100,000 generations.  Yet we have been told that saturated fat is dangerous.  The fact that approximately 50% of the fat in human breast milk is saturated should go a long way to demonstrate the value & importnce of saturated fat.

When we follow a diet low in carbohydrates, minimal in protein and rich in healthy fats & plant-based fiber, you stimulate the body to use fat rather than glucose for fuel.

The brain demands high amounts of cholesterol as a source of fuel.

When cholesterol levels are low, the brain simply does not work well.  Cholesterol serves a crucial role as a brain nutrient essential to the function of neurons.  It is also critical in building cellular membranes  Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant and a precursor to important brain-supporting molecules as well as steroid-related hormones.

The aftermath of this move from real food to manufactured food has caused us to suffer rising rates of chronic diseases rooted in inflammation, many of which are the very maladies we were hoping to prevent such as diabetes and heart diesease as well as brain related diseases.  Ancel Keyes did us a great disservice when he promoted the use of low-fat foods to lower our cholesterol.

But there is no such thing as ‘spot prevention’ targeting one specific area: 

We have to honor the body as a whole, complex unit.

Healthy Fats to Consume:

Raw Milk (pasture fed goats & cows)

Allmond milk (in moderation)

Avocado Oil

Cheeses (except blue cheese)

Coconut Oil (great in cooking or eaten plain))

Coconuts

Ghee

Extra-virgin olive oil

Grassfed Tallow / Lard

Pasture Fed Butter

Nuts & Nut Butters

Olives

Seeds (flaxseed – sunflower – pumpkin – chia)

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