We know that eating a whole food plant based diet can reverse cardiovascular disease and diabetes but what about diseases of the brain or mind? I have the pleasure to chat with Dr. Richard Aiken today about such topics. Refer to Episode 47 for our last discussion of his book, The New Ancestral Diet. He has just released another book, Neurodietetics. We discuss how plants protect themselves with compounds such as flavenoids and polyphenols that these same compounds help to boost our immunity and reduce inflamation. This can promote brain health by a variety of mechanisms including stimulation of neurotransmitters and improved brain blood flow and the decrease in inflamation. Dr. Aiken is practicing psychiatrist but he also has significant experience as a chemical engineer. In his bood he even explains how to maximize nutrient extraction when cooking and blending. We talk a littel cognative therapy to help transition to a plant based diet as well. I hope you check out his book and website moodforlife.com and thenewancestraldiet.com. You can follow him on Twitter @rcaiken.
Don’t forget to get your tickets on Eventbrite.com for the Second Annual Charlotte County Plant Based Nutrition Conference at Twin Isle CC in Punta Gorda, Florida January 21, 2017. Email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. My website is doctordulaney.com and you can see what’s cooking in my house on Instagram at Jaimeladulaney.
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