Dr. Oz: Simple Formula to Prevent Alzheimer’s
Dr. Oz talked about a new simple formula that helps to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s been making headlines all summer and now Dr. Oz is delivering the goods to us.
As if you needed another reason to feel bad about eating your favorite pasta dish, it turns out that carbs could be increasing our risk for brain disease.
Dr. Oz: Carbs & Brain Problems
Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, said that since there is no treatment for Alzheimer’s, doctors are now looking at prevention. They looked at lifestyle changes and acknowledged that the food that you eat plays a role in your brain health.
So what’s the plan? You have to cut out carbohydrates. Yes, even the whole grain pastas and breads. These are still powerful sources of carbohydrates, raising the blood sugar. High blood sugar is the worst thing you can do for your brain.
About 2/3 of people living with Alzeimer’s are women, and older women are two times more likely to get Alzheimer’s than cancer, so this is critical for women, but Dr. Perlmutter said this is for everybody.
Dr. Oz: What Foods Should We Avoid For Brain Health?
Dr. Perlmutter said we should be avoiding high carb foods such as pastas, breads, and grains, as well as sugars and “fat-free” and “low-fat” products.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Fat For Brain Health
Dr. Perlmutter said it’s important for people to eat the right fats, such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds. He said that healthy fats are important to reduce inflammation. Reducing inflammation is key to reducing everything bad in the body. Two tablespoons of olive oil three times a day, with every meal, is all you need.
Dr. Oz: Proteins For Brain Health
Dr. Perlmutter said to eat some great proteins like eggs, grass-fed beef, and salmon. He said that a good brain healthy diet is light on meat, with maybe 3 to 4 ounces for each meal. The meat sort of becomes the side dish.
Eggs are a good source of both fat and protein. It also has a zero glycemic index, which means that it has no effect on the blood sugar.
Dr. Oz: Probiotics For Brain Health
Probiotics are also key to brain health. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, a Korean food. Then, of course, there’s Greek Yogurt. Doctors now know that brains are responsive to levels of good bacteria in the gut. We’re totally dependent on the health of the gut to nurture a healthy brain.
Dr. Oz: Yogurt Test
This is possibly the grossest test Dr. Oz has ever recommended. Are you worried your Greek yogurt might not have the probiotics you need? Dr. Oz said that sometimes Greek Yogurt has no or very little probiotics, which means people are getting tricked.
The gross test is where you take a bowl of milk and warm it up. Don’t boil it, just warm it up. Then add a tablespoon of your yogurt. Leave it out overnight outside of the refrigerator. In the morning, the bowl of milk should have become seriously curdled. If it didn’t and remained thin, then your yogurt doesn’t have the probiotics you need. See? I told you it was gross.
Dr. Perlmutter’s new book is called The Grain Brain Cookbook and it has recipes that follow the brain healthy diet.