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For a better brain…which diet is best for YOU?

Our brain fog, forgetfulness and severe energy depletion is taking its toll and wearing us down.

Recent healthcare mantra touts this is NOT part of normal aging yet when consistently experienced, leads to dementia.

So you perk up and pay a bit more attention to your health, your actions and what healthcare professionals are saying: that our cognitive impairment, brain fog, forgetfulness and lack of energy begins in our gut brain, it starts by the foods we eat.

Yes we have a gut brain, a small and separate nervous system in our gut that communicates with our head brain. Communication between these two brains is called… health. For more details on this in ‘easy English’ you can read this article I wrote here.

Bottom line: for our head brain to function at top performance we must first get our gut brain in order and functioning correctly. And we do that by accessing our diet and changing what we eat.

“But what about these other brain helping diets? Where do they fit in?” you say maddened with confusion in reference to the

MEND,
DASH,
MIND,
Meditterranean ,
Paleo,
Keto-Ketogenic,
FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet,
Longevity ,
Nordic,
Atkins,
MAD and
SAD diets.

For an explanation of each one, click here.

Well yes, the majority of these diets will help some with improving their brain health, but the problem is, the same diet will not work the same on all people.  Just ONE diet will not work for all because everyone is different with different genes, different lifestyles, different motivations and different health conditions. And yes, different too based on what you have historically eaten, even since a baby.

Specifically, depending on a person’s DNA, which codes for the amino acids that make up proteins and proteins power our cells, people will require different diets to optimize their own health. This is also why pharmaceutical drugs won’t work the same in every person and may result in a whole host of different side effects.

Every diet must be different for every person based on their microbiome, head brain/gut brain connection and their daily activities of life.

Making eating changes in finding that perfect diet is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – even before you take on the diet.

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

Helping you keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully. Here’s to your good brain health!

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.  

                                                                                  www.JanetRichPittman.com  

 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Explanatory List of Brain Diets

Here is a list of brain enhancing diets.  The recommendation for my Gut in Gear participants is based on their current cognitive abilities and is tailored to them depending on THEIR microbiome, lifestyle, genes, health condition and motivation.  My suggestions are a combination of many of these diets.

 

MEND

Metabolic Enhanced Neurodegerative Diet or Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It,

Combination of a Paleo and Keto diet

from Dr. Dale Bredesen and UCLA

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/mend-protocol-for-alzheimers-disease/

 

DASH

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

Various servings of specific all natural foods from U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

 

MIND— Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

Eating specific all natural foods per a scheduled number of times a day or week.

From Tufts University

https://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/14_6/current-articles/MIND-Diet-for-Better-Brain-Aging_2413-1.html

 

Mediterranean

Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

 

Paleo-Cave Man diet, all natural foods around paleo times.

https://paleoleap.com/paleo-101/

 

Keto-Ketogenic Diet—low carb, high fat diet.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101

 

FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet

1100 dropping to 800 calories a day for 5 days to mimic a water fasting diet.

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/fasting-mimicking-diet-longevity/

 

Longevity Diet

Eat whole grains and high quantities of vegetables (tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, legumes, etc.) with generous amounts of olive oil (3 tablespoons per day) and nuts (1 ounce per day).

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/daily-longevity-diet/

 

Nordic Diet

Eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and seafood.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-nordic-diet-review

 

Atkins—low carb diet

From Dr. Robert Atkins

https://www.atkins.com

 

MAD (current 21century)  Modern American Diet

SAD (current 21century) Standard American Diet

 

To figure out which diet is best for you and your brain health…click here.

Or if you want to quickly talk, for free, about how to resolve your brain health issues click here to schedule an appointment.

 

The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professionals. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.   

                   

www.JanetRichPittman.com 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away,  Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.