Dietary Defenders of the Mind

Dietary Defenders of the Mind

“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.”

No?

How about…

“Der Mensch ist, was er icht.”

Still don’t get it?

Ok, fine.

I’ll make it easy for you…since your brain might not be operating at its peak –YET

“You are what you eat.”

There have been many literal and metaphorical meanings attached to these words of wisdom, but for our purposes today, let them just be a reinforcement of knowing just how significantly the foods we eat can impact the complex systems of your physical brain as they also do the beautiful intricacies of your proverbial mind.

The PaleoBurn system was created on the foundation of one of these systems and thus is the source of its greatest strength…

Ketosis.

The under-appreciated  process by which your body and mind begins feeding off of the body’s fat stores rather than glycogen (from consuming carbs and/or sugars).

You see, aside from effectively incinerating excess body fat, the lesser-known power of ketosis lies within the mysterious ability of the actual ketones to have –in published studies– successfully improved symptoms of devastating diseases, such as:

  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s

…and I mean “mysterious” as in –literally– nobody truly knows how.

Numerous hypotheses have been presented over the years of intense research, by many brilliant minds, but none have so far been able to definitively explain just how ketosis lends such powerful, neuroprotective qualities.

Something of interest that CAN be explained is the fact that tumor cells are not only dependent on glucose to thrive and replicate, but also are completely inefficient at processing ketones for energy.

Scientists believe they can apply this knowledge to effectively starve out cancer cells, by way of a ketogenic diet (i.e. PaleoBurn).

Please tell me I’m not alone in finding this to be absolutely amazing information to have in your arsenal.

And don’t go anywhere yet…

If ketosis is the weapon against disease, obesity, and illness –then let’s take a look at the “ammunition“.

…after all, if it’s a specific type of “diet” it must be made up of specific types of food, right?

Right.

In general, a diet designed to trigger ketosis will focus on eliminating any and all grains, starches, and simple or processed sugars –ultimately, anything that is easily converted to glucose by your body.

While that does eliminate a SIGNIFICANT amount of foods from the menu, it does still leave you with a healthy selection of your choosing.

Here’s brief look at some of my personal favorites, along with a quick breakdown of how each one lends a hand to a healthy hippocampus:fresh salmon steak on white background

Salmon – just 1 ounce of raw sockeye salmon contains a rich array of minerals, such as 8.4 mcg of selenium, 7.6 mg of magnesium, 67.2 mg of phosphorus, and 101 mg of potassium, as well as a healthy dose of brain-nourishing Omega-3′s.

almondAlmonds - these little gems are one of the best sources of alpha-tocopherol…which is the form of vitamin E that’s best absorbed by your body. Healthy levels of vitamin E have been shown to prevent cognitive decline, boost alertness and preserve memory longer.

Apples – so it turns out an apple-a-day will do more than just keep the doctor away. These delicious fruits are a apple2rich source of quercetin, which protects the brain from oxidative damage that causes neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

asparagusAsparagus - for the sake of comparison, if the brain had its own elite royal guard, Glutathione would be it. This master anti-oxidant literally guards the blood-brain barrier, capturing and removing free-radicals with extreme prejudice…and these mini-trees pack a mega-punch of glutathione in every crunchy bite.

Blueberries – these delicious jewels are rich in antioxidants and other phytochemicals that have been linked to improvements in blueberrylearning, thinking and memory, along with reductions in neurodegenerative oxidative stress. The best part is they’re also relatively low in fructose -compared to other fruits- making them a perfect addition to a ketogenic diet.

Well, we’ve really just scratched the surface in a long and delicious list of foods that nourish your noodle…but, what do you think?

What are some of your personal favorites?

Do some looking around, and find out what kinds of appetizing meals you can throw together that will give your brain a “head start” (pun intended) in the race to optimal health.

And, by the way, if giving ketosis a shot is something that interests you, but putting together all the right foods to eat seems like it might be too involved, click here to check out the awesome meal-plans I’ve already put together for you that will eliminate all of the work and confusion.

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5 Comments

  • posted March-25-2014 by burnsey

    What about the humble organic carrot? Coupled with the power of slow juicing Checkout:"The Beautiful Truth" on Youtube. Also a remarkable Book: Healing the Hopeless by Howard Straus. Burnsey


  • posted March-20-2014 by Darryl61

    cliffjohnson  Wow! Another AWESOME and super relevant question! It sounds like the person you've been speaking to is confusing the nutritional ketosis --that I passionately encourage-- with a life-threatening condition, known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).  Here's a couple of interesting articles you can take a look at to bring some clarity to the confusion.  http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/is-ketosis-dangerous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetic_ketoacidosis The nutritional ketosis, I'm a proponent of, has actually been endorsed by the medical community as an effective way to naturally treat Type-2 Diabetes...even in some cases helping patients to completely free themselves of being dependent on insulin medication.


  • posted March-20-2014 by Darryl61

    prescottp  Great question! There's actually much back and forth debate in the health community on this exact subject. The type of sugar blueberries and apples contain is called Fructose. When it comes down to it, fructose is found -at some level- in ALL fruits and vegetables. Some have more...some less. Fructose, however, has been shown to have a minimal effect on blood sugar, and the fruits and vegetables that contain fructose also deliver essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants and other important nutrients. So while it would be wise to put a smart limit on the amount of fructose-rich fruits and veggies you take in every day, there's no doubt those food groups play a vital role in maintaining a healthy, ketogenic diet.


  • posted March-20-2014 by cliffjohnson

    I have been told by my health worker that Ketosis is a bad thing she said ketosis happens when you have diabetes and if you diet produces ketosis the diet is too extreme, can you please clarify this for me please  Cliff


  • posted March-20-2014 by prescottp

    But don't blueberries and apples have sugar in them that would prevent ketosis?


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