New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind

Overview

How we think and feel is directly affected by what we take into our bodies. Although it may seem strange, eating the right food has been proven to boost IQ, improve mood and emotional stability, sharpen the memory, and keep the mind young. Similarly, the harmful things we take into our bodies, anti-nutrients-including oxidants, alcohol, sugar, and stimulants-negatively impact mental health. These are the main issues world-renowned author Patrick Holford discusses in New Optimum ...

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Overview

How we think and feel is directly affected by what we take into our bodies. Although it may seem strange, eating the right food has been proven to boost IQ, improve mood and emotional stability, sharpen the memory, and keep the mind young. Similarly, the harmful things we take into our bodies, anti-nutrients-including oxidants, alcohol, sugar, and stimulants-negatively impact mental health. These are the main issues world-renowned author Patrick Holford discusses in New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind.

From boosting one's memories, solving depression, and beating addictions to overcoming eating disorders, preventing age-related memory decline, and balancing out mood swings, New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind covers a wide range of important topics and will be of interest to anyone who wants to think and feel great.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591202592
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 516,857
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction to the new edition xv

Acknowledgments xviii

Guide to abbreviations and measures xix

A note on notes, recommended reading, and resources xix

Part 1 Food for Thought 1

1 You think what you eat 2

2 The five essential brain booster foods-check yourself out 10

3 Complex carbohydrates-the best brain food 17

4 Smart fats-the architects of higher intelligence 29

5 Phospholipids-your memory's best friends 43

6 Amino acids-the alphabet of mind and mood 51

7 Intelligent nutrients-the brain's master tuners 61

8 Your methyl IQ-the ultimate balancing act 70

Part 2 Protecting Your Brain 77

9 The brain agers-oxidants, alcohol, and stress 78

10 Sugar and stimulants make you stupid 87

11 Avoiding brain pollution 96

12 Brain allergies 109

Part 3 Improving Your IQ, Memory, and Mood 119

13 How to boost your intelligence 120

14 Enhancing your memory 128

15 Beating the blues 143

16 Balancing out hormonal mood swings 164

17 Unwinding stress and anxiety with natural relaxants 173

18 Solving sleeping problems 184

Part 4 What Is Mental Illness? 197

19 Understanding mental illness 198

20 Getting the right diagnosis 204

21 What's your problem? 213

22 The dangers of drugs and how to get off them 226

Part 5 Solving Depression, Manic Depression, and Schizophrenia 239

23 Overcoming depression 240

24 Mood swings and manic depression 261

25 Demystifying schizophrenia 273

26 Schizophrenia can be cured 277

Part 6 Mental Health in the Young 301

27 Learning difficulties, dyslexia, and dyspraxia 302

28 The attention deficit disaster 309

29 Answers for autism 324

30 The way up from Down's syndrome 339

31 Diet, crime, anddelinquency 346

32 Beating addictions 354

33 Overcoming eating disorders 366

34 Fits, convulsions, and epilepsy 373

Part 7 Mental Health in Old Age 379

35 Putting the brakes on Parkinson's disease 380

36 Preventing age-related memory decline 389

37 Preventing and arresting Alzheimer's 398

38 Smart drugs and hormones 413

Part 8 Action Plan for Mental Health 423

39 Finding help 424

40 The brain-friendly diet in a nutshell 428

41 Brain-friendly supplements 430

Last word 432

References and Resources 435

References 436

Recommended reading 471

Useful addresses 474

Product and supplement directory 486

Index 487

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