The Healthy Brain Podcast
029 Brain-Healthy Diet: Plant-Based Whole Food Nutrition
There is a bigger pandemic out there that has been wreaking havoc long before the coronavirus – the pandemic of chronic diseases that affect not only our bodies but also our brains. There is, however, a way for you to protect yourself and that is not through prescription drugs but through a healthy diet. What could be the healthiest eating plan for your body and brain? Carrie Miller explores the research-backed benefits of plant-based whole food nutrition in preventing chronic diseases, especially heart disease, which have been linked with brain conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Brain-Healthy Diet: Plant-Based Whole Food Nutrition
I want to welcome you to the show where we stand up and boldly speak the truth about what’s healthy in this world, especially when it comes to brain health. You won’t find any sugar-coating in this space. I watched a couple of films back-to-back, some interesting documentaries and the names were The Game Changers, What the Health, and The Marshall Plan. They all had one thing in common, whole foods plant-based nutrition. They are excellent films. Thank you, Reese Vincent, for sharing. I want to encourage you all to make a note of those and go and view the first chance you get. Personally, I’ve concentrated more on a brain-healthy diet due to my mom’s dementia diagnosis.
I’ve never considered a whole foods plant-based diet because as a Texan, there are not too many people walking around eating plants in this cattle country. At least that’s what I thought, but as I researched more and more, people are absolutely open to a whole foods plant-based diet as their ticket for prevention. I know I am. We all have friends and family members who’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, dementia, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and obesity. The list goes on. Look around. We have a lot of unhealthy people who are depressed and overweight. They’ve got some low energy levels. They’re lethargic, unenthusiastic. They’re having some brain fog, maybe reflux, joint pain. They’re a little sluggish. Maybe having some tightness in their chest. They have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. That list is endless.
In Texas, we’re a thriving state and people are fleeing their states to move to Texas. That might be for our beef or it could be because we’re a gun-carrying people and we choose to defend ourselves around here. Let’s look at the bigger picture. The diet here is simply not cutting the mustard. Chronic disease continues to climb. Look around the world. This is the real pandemic. The bigger thing that is creating so much destruction. The number one killer is heart disease, which in turn affects the brain. I’ve said this more than once, prescription drugs are not the answer and they never have been. My mama was prescribed seventeen drugs by some pretty highfalutin professionals who attended their very prestigious schools for many years to learn about sick care.
I know all about the games that are being played behind the scenes in the pharmaceutical world. It’s corrupt and downright wrong. That all being said, there are two things that come to mind. Why have we been relying on drugs to get our health and why do we eat the food that makes us sick? Your food choices matter. You’re paying a big price with food if you choose to eat unhealthily. Most of you already know that and know what works for you may not work for another. That’s why it’s always good to explore all things healthy and test your own body with the different foods and lifestyle changes that are available out there. Please don’t take my word for it or anyone else’s for that matter.
You’ve got to do the work and find out what’s good for your body and brain. Take control of your own health.