When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, every day can feel like a battle. Forces are destroying our bodies and our minds. The standard American diet is making us sick; we are constantly bombarded by a fear-mongering news media; and we’re hypnotized by technical gadgets that keep us from our loved ones. Even our own genes can seem like they’re out to get us. But you can win the war. You can live your life to the fullest, be your best, and feel your greatest, and the key to victory rests between your ears.
Your brain runs your life. When it works right, your body works right, and your decisions tend to be thoughtful and goal directed. Bad choices, however, can lead to a myriad of problems in your body. Studies have shown that your habits turn on or off certain genes that make illness and early death more or less likely. But, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on brain imaging, you can master your brain and body for the rest of your life with a scientifically-designed program: The Brain Warrior’s Way.
Fuel your body with brain-healthy foods and supplements in order to optimize your brain and fight Alzheimer’s, depression, obesity, and a host of other illnesses with the help of New York Times bestselling authors Daniel Amen, MD and Tana Amen, BSN, RN. The Brain Warrior’s Way is your arsenal to win the fight to live a better life. Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist who uses brain imaging tools to help optimize and treat his patients. Amen clinics have one of the highest published success rates for patients.
According to the Amens, the standard American diet (SAD) is filled with pro-inflammatory foods that increase your risk for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, ADHD, depression, and dementia. It is also associated with a smaller hippocampus, one of the major memory structures in the brain.
When it comes to our health, the authors believe that the real weapons of mass destruction in our society are foods that are:
- Highly processed
- Pesticide sprayed
- Artificially colored and sweetened
- High glycemic
- Low fiber
- Food-like substances
- Laden with hormones
- Tainted with antibiotics
A fast-food, processed-food diet can actually change the chemistry and function of your brain. If you feel depressed, foggy, unmotivated, and disempowered, it may not all be psychological. It may be the food you’re eating.
Being low in serotonin is a common cause of depression and anxiety. It can also make you crave carbohydrate-rich foods like pasta, bread, and sugar-filled treats. But you can boost serotonin levels with healthy foods like sweet potatoes, hummus, apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, bananas, oranges or tangerines, grapes, figs, mangoes, and pineapples.
The Amens believe that you can master your brain and body for the rest of your life by changing your diet. This is not a program to lose 10 pounds, even though you will do that—and lose much more if needed. You can also prevent Alzheimer’s, reverse aging, and improve your:
- Overall health
- Mood stability
- Inner peace
Never forget to flex the muscle between your ears. When the training is hard, the battle is easy. Warriors don’t wait until the fight day to start training. They train every day!