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September 1, 2014

Best Brain Food Tips

When I was young I remember my mom telling me how fish was “food for my brain.”  She would go on about how important fish was to my health, especially my gray matter.  Since my mom is 100% Norwegian and I figured that fish and Norwegian simply went hand in hand (like Italian and spaghetti).  Fish wasn’t exactly my favorite dinner food so I wasn’t sure if she was trying to sell me on finishing dinner or if fish really was somehow helping me become smarter.  That was then and this is now.

Our knowledge of the foods that support health have greatly improved and yes, mom was right all those years ago…fish really is brain food.  Fish oil and good fats are part of my daily routine so are colorful fruits and vegetables packed with healthy phytonutritents and antioxidants.  Science has shed light on foods that help defend against depression, psychosis, dementia, stroke, ADHD and more.

Brain function and health is my main interest in practice so when I found this information on foods and brain health I couldn’t resist passing it along to you.

There is much more to brain health than just fish oil.

The Number One Migraine Myth …. Busted!

Coconut Oil Touted as Alzheimer’s Remedy

You must watch this.  Everyone should be using high quality pure coconut oil for cooking. It contains many important components including MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which are a great source of energy, especially for the brain.

Even though coconut oil is a fat it acts more like a carbohydrate in that the body can easily convert the MCT’s into energy all without raising blood sugar. It’s really the best of both worlds from an energy perspective.

Click here to read the article and get more information.

Getting To The Cause Of Migraine Headaches

More Proof That Diet Soft Drink Put You At Risk

An article in the J. Gen Intern Med Jan 27, 2012, stated that those who drank diet soft drink daily (vs. none) was associated with multiple vascular risk factors and increased risk for “vascular events.”  What’s a vascular event?  How about hardening of arteries, heart disease, high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels!

Funny thing is the study also stated that drinking regular soft drinks didn’t cause the same vascular and heart problems.  Of course there is the diabetis and many other issues associated with “regular” soft drink consumption.

You may ask yourself, “So what am I supposed to drink?”  How about good old fashion WATER!  You can even mildly flavor your water to keep your taste buds from rebelling.  Many of us our functionally dehydrated.

You may experience fatigue, body aches, and difficulty concentrating all because you need water.   Drink a big glass of water to get your day started and keep sipping all day long.  You’ll probably notice more energy and better mood.

Stay away from soft drinks (diet or regular) accept an occasional treat if you need.  Your mind and body will repay you with vibrant energy and health.
1. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan 27.  Diet Soft Drink Consumption is Associated with an Increased Risk of Vascular.  Events in the Northern Manhattan Study.

Gardener H, Rundek T, Markert M, Wright CB, Elkind MS, Sacco RL.

Dr. Serpe Partners with the Dana Foundation

 The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the successes and potential of brain research.  Dana produces free publications; coordinates the International Brain Awareness Week campaign; supports the Dana Alliances, a network of neuroscientists; and maintains a Web site, www.dana.org.

I’m hoping to extend public understanding of how the brain works and how to preserve brain function as we age.