Every time we eat, we have a chance to boost our brain function.
In medical school, we’re taught the brain is immutable, that we can’t grow new brain cells or change the brain once dysfunction or injury has occurred. Now, we know that’s just not true. The decisions we make each and every day, like what we eat, how much sleep we get, and how often we move are all steps that can dramatically shift the health of the brain for the better. And there’s so much more we can do, too.
Dr. David Perlmutter joins me on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy to talk about an empowered approach to supporting the brain, starting with food first. Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist and four-time New York Times best selling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. His books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. He is the editor of the upcoming collection The Microbiome and the Brain that will be authored by top experts in the field and will be published in 2019 by CRC Press. Dr. Perlmutter’s new book, Brain Wash, co-written with Austin Perlmutter, MD, will be published in January 2020.
A poor diet affects our brains in more ways than one. What we eat influences everything from our mood, ability to focus, and memory to our tiniest gut friends—microbes—and how well they function and fight off invaders. Dr. Perlmutter and I discuss the power of eating the right kinds of carbs for supporting the gut-brain connection and how certain dietary interventions, like including healthy fats such as MCT oil, can boost cognition.
Dr. Perlmutter is also passionate about the topic of connection; he shares how “disconnection syndrome” is altering many parts of our health—including our DNA—and what we can do to change our relationships with others and our bodies by becoming more present.
You’ll hear all this and more on this week’s episode. I hope you’ll tune in.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD