Several months ago, in this weekly roundup, I commented about the book “Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life”, and said:
“I’ve just finished reading an advance copy of this book, written by my friend and former podcast guest, Max Lugavere. At first, I figured it would be another “eggs, walnut and fish make you smarter” type of book, but instead, this manuscript took a deep, deep dive into specific genes that affect intelligence and how to pair them with food, mouthwatering recipes for everything from liver to avocado-salmon bowls, and some very good, step-by-step tips for optimizing your personal environment to enhance your cognition. It is a must read, with many pages folded over in my own copy.”
Max, a former podcast guest in the episode “The Surprising Facts About What Bread Does To Your Brain (And What You Can Do About It)” also created the documentary “Bread Head“. In the film, he explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. In addition to being a filmmaker, health and science journalist and author, Max is also the host of the podcast, The Genius Life. Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, and appears regularly as a health and nutrition expert on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors.
During our discussion, you'll discover:
-Why a decrease in walking speed and pattern, and forgetfulness of kitchen recipes in Max's mother inspired his latest book…10:30
-Why Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease drugs are so damaging…15:45
-The little-known but serious risks of MDMA and ecstasy…18:30
-Max's interesting perspective on dopamine and abstinence from hedonism…23:45
-Why Ben eats all the bones and cartilage and skin when he has chicken…33:15
-Why a specific population of Nigerians carry the genetic risk for Alzheimers but don't get Alzheimers…38:30
-The profound effect of ketones, fish oil and extra virgin olive oil on the brain…41:30
-How you can naturally increase blood glucose and ketones simultaneously…49:00
-The potential damage of using to much fish oil while excessively limiting omega 6 fatty acids consumption, and the actual percentage of saturated fats that you should eat…1:03:00
-When high HDL could be a bad thing…1:09:30
-Why Max is a bigger fan of tracking Homa IR versus tracking blood glucose… 1:16:45
-A blood test that can predict Alzheimer's…1:21:00
-And much more…
Resources from this episode:
–Kion Clean Energy Bar Stable energy, real food, no sugar crashes! Just a tasty punch of mouth-watering, chocolatey-salty-coconut goodness.
–Blue Apron A better way to cook. Get your first 3 meals free using my link!
–Harry's Razors Get the Harry's trial set, a $13 value, for FREE when you use my link.
Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Max or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!