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Genius foods : become smarter, happier, and more productive while protecting your brain for life / Max Lugavere with Paul Grewal, MD.
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New York, New York : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.

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viii, 388 pages ; 24 cm
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612.82 LUG Book Adult General Collection
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Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere.

After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about brain health and performance. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of leading scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country's best neurology departments--all in the hopes of understanding his mother's condition.

Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere presents a comprehensive guide to brain optimization. He uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain functions, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a balanced mood.

Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes. He shares invaluable insights into how to improve your brain power, including

the nutrients that can boost your memory and improve mental clarity (and where to find them); the foods and tactics that can energize and rejuvenate your brain, no matter your age; a brain-boosting fat-loss method so powerful it has been called "biochemical liposuction"; and the foods that can improve your happiness, both now and for the long term.

With Genius Foods, Lugavere offers a cutting-edge yet practical road map to eliminating brain fog and optimizing the brain's health and performance today--and decades into the future.

Author Notes

Max Lugavere is an American health and science journalist, filmmaker, and TV personality. His film work includes the documentary, Bread Head. He has written for Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, the Daily Beast, and more. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Rachel Ray Show, and NBC Nightly News, and other popular television shows. He is a sought-after speaker in the US and Internationally. From 2005 to 2011, he was a journalist for Al Gore's Current TV. He and Paul Grewal, MD are the co-authors of the bestseller, Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, published in March 2018.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 6
Part 1 You Are What You Eatp. 11
Chapter 1 The Invisible Problemp. 13
Genius Food #1 Extra-Virgin Olive Oilp. 25
Chapter 2 Fantastic Fats and Ominous Oilsp. 27
Genius Food #2 Avocadosp. 59
Chapter 3 Overfed, yet Starvingp. 61
Genius Food #3 Blueberriesp. 89
Chapter 4 Winter Is Coming (For Your Brain)p. 91
Genius Food #4 Dark Chocolatep. 115
Part 2 The Interconnectedness of it all (Your Brain Responds)p. 117
Chapter 5 Healthy Heart, Healthy Brainp. 119
Genius Food #5 Eggsp. 143
Chapter 6 Fueling Your Brainp. 145
Genius Food #6 Grass-Fed Beefp. 173
Chapter 7 Go with Your Gutp. 177
Genius Food #7 Dark Leafy Greensp. 209
Chapter 8 Your Brain's Chemical Switchboardp. 211
Genius Food #8 Broccolip. 243
Part 3 Putting Yourself in the Driver's Seatp. 245
Chapter 9 Sacred Sleep (and the Hormonal Helpers)p. 247
Genius Food #9 Wild Salmonp. 267
Chapter 10 The Virtues of Stress (or, How to Become a More Robust Organism)p. 269
Genius Food #10 Almondsp. 297
Chapter 11 The Genius Planp. 299
Chapter 12 Recipes and Supplementsp. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 343
Resourcesp. 347
Notesp. 351
Indexp. 373