Everyone wants to boost their brain power, retard brain age, avoid dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as all the chronic diseases of our modern times.
These days we have instant news, instant money, instant communication, instant information, and instant gratification, and we’re stressed out like never before. We manage many chores at the same time, calling it multitasking. We have land phones, cell phones, pagers, electronic mail, snail mail, and hand-held computers. All these technological gadgets have been invented to help us be more productive.
But productive doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Simply put, life moves at a much faster pace than ever before, and most people’s nervous systems are not strong enough to handle it. Stress, no longer an abstract concept, is a physiological condition that can affect all of our bodily systems and contribute to heart disease, many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other prevalent diseases of our time.
What you eat can either help prevent disease or help cause it. The standard American diet, with its emphasis on refined grains, big portions, and unhealthy fats, exacerbates the effects of stress and pushes the body’s nutritional limits.
Using food as peaceful medicine can help to bring balance back to your body and fend off illness. The steps described below are not part of an extreme diet or rigid food pyramid, which, based on my 25 years of experience as a physician, are neither effective nor necessary for most people. This is a summary of my book Food as Medicine, which contains terrific information to help anyone with the best choice of foods for specific health concerns.
In my next blog, I will give you a set of basic, flexible principles. Following these guidelines will put you on a continuum, moving toward a plant-based diet that’s low in calories and high in nutrient-dense organic foods. Wherever you are on the continuum now is fine – it’s just a starting point. This program is a foundation for you to build on as you strive for the best possible health. Tune in next time.