Nutrition and Cognitive Decline
In today’s society, proper nutrition has become so overwhelming. It’s a wonder anyone should know what to eat! Should I be Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Carb Free, Grain Free, Sugar-Free or Fat-Free? Are these all just a fad? And why is my doctor not telling me about the proper nutrition to help my body thrive?
Well, let’s give our doctors a break. Currently, the curriculum for medical school does not include nutritional coursework, and even the nutrition classes I took in nursing school are already outdated by today’s standards. There is so much information out there and such a lack of information being taught that sadly, we are all misinformed.
All of the eating lifestyles mentioned earlier were created by individuals who needed an effective and specific nutritional protocol to help heal a particular degenerative disease. One is not necessarily better than the other but they all have their benefits for different reasons. Remember when it comes to any nutritional change, the only ones that are labeled “diets” are the ones that are temporary. They are short-lived to obtain a quick fix, and that “fix” generally is not permanent. Lifestyle nutritional changes are put in place to help one’s own body heal and reverse symptoms of degenerative illnesses.
Sounds too simple you say? Well, it is and it isn’t. Food is nature’s way of healing and has been since mankind started walking on the earth. Because we are all so different, it is important to learn what foods you need to help you fuel and heal your body and what foods you need to stay away from. Think of it the way you care for your car. There are different types of fuels and oils that will make your car run more effectively without it breaking down and worse yet, not running at all. It’s the same for our bodies. Lifestyle nutrition can be tweaked and refined based on an individual’s degenerative markers. We are living in an age of knowing that we all have to take responsibility to help heal ourselves by combining both western medicine (treats symptoms and acute illness) and Functional Medicine (treats the cause of any degenerative illness).
So, what if I told you everything you knew about fat in your diet was completely wrong? What if I told you the most important things you could do for your loved one with a cognitive disorder was to eat more fat and reduce sugar intake? What if I told you that fat is the most important fuel you need for fixing a “broken brain”? I know our doctors have been telling us something different for 40 yrs. I also know that Dementia is now called “Diabetes 3.” Please see the years of research that are documented in “The Real Skinny on Fat” and “The Broken Brain Series” by Dr. Mark Hyman and other Scientists. I also recommend the book “What the Heck Should I Eat” by Dr. Mark Hyman (New York Times Best Selling Author) and “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” by Dr. Joel Wallach (Won the United Nations Award for being able to reverse Degenerative Diseases in Animals and Humans around the world).
For anyone who is working on their relationship with food (which is most of us), this is something you don’t want to miss out on, as some small changes could add years of quality to you and your loved one’s life.
Eat Healthy and Self-Educate. It is so worth the increase of wellness and the decrease of illness.