Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, change the way you think about how your brain ages, and achieve optimal brain performance with this powerful new guide from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere.
After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about the workings of the human brain and his mother’s condition. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country’s very best neurology departments.
Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain health, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a healthy, balanced mood. He presents ground-breaking science and distills the latest research, including:How food is like software for our endlessly capable minds;How select nutrients can actually boost working memory and processing speed;How slowing down the cognitive aging process is just as much about the foods you omit from your diet as the superfoods that you consume;And how easy it is to modulate the quality of your thoughts and mood by food.
In the vein of groundbreaking bestsellers such as David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain, Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Body, and Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Diet, Genius Foods presents a comprehensive, practical roadmap to optimizing the brain’s health and performance today—and decades into the future.
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.
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About the Author
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, TV personality, and health and science journalist. He is the director of the film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle. Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and the Daily Beast, among others, and is a regularly appearing “core expert” on The Dr. Oz Show. He is a sought-after speaker, invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, and has given keynotes at such events as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2005 to 2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book 6
Part 1 You Are What You Eat 11
Chapter 1 The Invisible Problem 13
Genius Food #1 Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 25
Chapter 2 Fantastic Fats and Ominous Oils 27
Genius Food #2 Avocados 59
Chapter 3 Overfed, yet Starving 61
Genius Food #3 Blueberries 89
Chapter 4 Winter Is Coming (For Your Brain) 91
Genius Food #4 Dark Chocolate 115
Part 2 The Interconnectedness of it all (Your Brain Responds) 117
Chapter 5 Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain 119
Genius Food #5 Eggs 143
Chapter 6 Fueling Your Brain 145
Genius Food #6 Grass-Fed Beef 173
Chapter 7 Go with Your Gut 177
Genius Food #7 Dark Leafy Greens 209
Chapter 8 Your Brain's Chemical Switchboard 211
Genius Food #8 Broccoli 243
Part 3 Putting Yourself in the Driver's Seat 245
Chapter 9 Sacred Sleep (and the Hormonal Helpers) 247
Genius Food #9 Wild Salmon 267
Chapter 10 The Virtues of Stress (or, How to Become a More Robust Organism) 269
Genius Food #10 Almonds 297
Chapter 11 The Genius Plan 299
Chapter 12 Recipes and Supplements 323
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanna go to McDonald's!!!! >:0
This book is brilliant and he is an amazing writer. So easy to read and understand. Couldn't hardly put it down. Want to read again and again but am opting for the Audio version this time so I can listen to it while doing chores, jogging, etc... Have purchased four books so far and given to family. Was in line at grocery store and told a woman to check it out. She had two cases of soda, Cookie's, Chip's, etc... in her cart. I thought to myself, that woman used to be me. NOT ANYMORE!
I highly recommend this book to others. I have seen positive changes in people following this book's advice. So read & move yourself to a better, healthier life.
Great book. An eye opener. If you can't change all your habits, you will be able to understand how your food can improve your life.
Great information that has been well researched and written. Everyone should read this book to improve their heath and bring about a revolution in the way we all eat. Stop eating junk and get heathy.