severity of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline in the elderly. Unfortunately, the current standard diet is high in processed grains, refined sugars, and industrial seed oils, which don’t provide many nutrient-dense foods.
Functional Medicine identifies the underlying insults—inflammation, oxidative stress, nutrient deficiencies, atrophy, toxins, pathogens, or some combination—and treats them on an individualized basis.
Some experts suggest following a diet to boost brain health and function one that is rich in non-starchy vegetables, includes some pastured-raised meats (about 10% of the diet), bone broth, fermented foods, and other nutrient-dense foods, and offers sufficient protein required for brain health.
For optimal health, it’s crucial to consume a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene are beneficial for preventing and supporting AD. Following the diet I suggest in my book, Eat well, move well, think well, age well, is a great option for increasing antioxidant intake.
Consuming a diet with a large variety of fruits and vegetables is key. Some nutrients are difficult to consume enough to gain medicinal benefits. If you feel supplementation is necessary to receive optimal antioxidant benefits, schedule a consultation with me, read my book, or test for deficiencies.
Keep the following in mind when considering supplementation:
For more information, check out this YouTube video on how to detox your brain.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.