December 02, 2015

Innovative approaches to brain health and wellbeing

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Brain maker : the power of gut microbes to heal and protect your brain -- for life
Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise -- from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: New research indicates that the health of your brain may be, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome -- the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What's taking place in your intestines today may determine your risk for any number of brain-related conditions. Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies may alter your brain's destiny for the better.

Grain brain : the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar--your brain's silent killers
by David Perlmutter
The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.
Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: 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 4-week plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.
It's never too late to change your mind : the latest medical thinking on what you can do to avoid dementia

  • It's never too late to change your mind : the latest medical thinking on what you can do to avoid dementia
...We can help to protect ourselves against the scourge. There are practical things that we can all do to mitigate against course of dementia. Using the latest research, It's Never Too Late to Change Your Mind explains just what dementia is and what causes it. And most importantly, what you can do to avoid it. Understand the importance of having a healthy heart – the link between vascular health and forms of dementia is paramount • Learn the link between diabetes and dementia and how the oxidation theory works • How can cholesterol and what we eat affect brain function? • Is there a link with hymocysteine levels? • How mental activity promotes brain growth – even in adults! • Use it or lose it – what mental activities are best?
The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science
by Norman Doidge
A new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychoanalyst Doidge traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they've transformed--people whose mental limitations or brain damage were seen as unalterable. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, blind people who learn to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, stroke patients learning to speak, children with cerebral palsy learning to move with more grace, depression and anxiety disorders successfully treated, and lifelong character traits changed. Using these stories to probe mysteries of the body, emotion, love, sex, culture, and education, Dr. Doidge has written an inspiring book that will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.
Brain food : the essential guide to boosting your brain power
Eating the right foods can dramatically improve the performance of your brain and help you to think quicker, have a clearer memory and maintain a brighter outlook. This book contains 50 nutritious recipes to boost memory power, reduce stress and beat depression. Identify the key IQ-boosting foods and discover how to fuel your brain and eat your way to exam success!

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