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297: Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: The Surprising Science Of Eating To Prevent And Reverse Cognitive Decline At Any Age with Max Lugavere

297: Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: The Surprising Science Of Eating To Prevent And Reverse Cognitive Decline At Any Age with Max Lugavere

In this episode, brain health expert Max Lugavere shares invaluable insights on how to prevent and reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, and cognitive decline at any age. Plus, how to achieve optimal brain performance, increased energy, and improve your happiness by eating genius foods. Listen now to prevent cognitive decline and build your best brain yet.


Brief Bio:

Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and brain food expert. He is also the director of the upcoming film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle and author of the soon-to-be released, Genius Foods. Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and the Daily Beast and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the Dr. Oz Show, and in The Wall Street Journal, among others.

He is a sought-after speaker, invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, has given keynotes at such events as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, he also recently spoke at TEDx. From 2005-2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

– How his mom’s memory problems led to Max’s new book and documentary (5:14)

– How doctors weren’t able to help Max’s mom with conventional treatments (8:15)

– Why Alzheimer’s disease begins in the brain 30-40 years before the first symptom (9:00)

– Why neurodegenerative diseases can affect your ability to walk or balance (12:27)

– How doctors practice the “diagnose and adios” style of medicine (15:20)

– Why new research takes so long to be used by doctors (and why you shouldn’t wait for them to catch up)  (16:42)

– The connection between diet & lifestyle and brain health explained (18:30)

– Why Alzheimer’s is called “type III diabetes” (19:37)

– What type of testing you should do to determine your risk for Alzheimer’s (25:08)

–  Do ketogenic and low carb diets improve your brain health? (29:23)

– Why whole grains may not be the health food you think (33:01)

– Why “eating in moderation” is bad advice (40:42)

– Best genius foods to boost your brain power  (42:56)

– The importance of eating quality meat, chicken and eggs (49:19)

– Is saturated fat bad for your brain? (49:50)

– For Alzheimer’s, it’s not all about the genes (53:42)

– Best ways to improve your brain’s health & performance (55:31)


Resources mentioned:

Terry Wahls TED Talk

Genius Food Book


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