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Recovering From a Sugar Damaged Brain

The obesity epidemic has made it impossible to ignore the deleterious role sugar plays in our diets. CNN jumped on this bandwagon in their report on the impact quitting sugar has on your brain. Not surprisingly, sugar has an extremely negative impact on cognition and recovery is far from painless. 

Alzheimer's disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics. One in 9 seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.

A growing body of research suggests there's a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, your brain does not require glucose, and actually functions better burning alternative fuels, especially ketones, which your body makes in response to digesting healthy fats.

Alzheimer's disease was tentatively dubbed "type 3 diabetes" in early 2005 when researchers discovered that in addition to your pancreas, your brain also produces insulin, and this brain insulin is necessary for the survival of brain cells.

With diet playing such a crucial role in cognitive health, it is important that all the cards are laid on the table. Arriving in May, the strategies I present in my newest book, “Fat for Fuel,” are just too important for your health and well-being to set aside and “wait until the timing feels right.” You’re growing older each day. Your body is producing fewer mitochondria, so that puts you at a disadvantage right from the gate. Time really may not be on your side.

“Fat for Fuel” is not available until May, but there are other resources available. To help you get started on a healthier diet, I suggest following my free nutrition plan, which starts at the beginner phase and systematically guides you step-by-step to the advanced level. Preparing your own food may sound time consuming but the health benefits are immense.
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