Positive Aging: Genius Foods

Marilyn Murray Willison on

It's no secret that when I come across an amazing book, I feel compelled to sing its praises to anyone who will listen. I'm practically a professional proselytizer for the publishing industry! (How's that for alliteration?)

The latest book that I'm urging everyone -- especially baby boomers -- to read is "Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life." I first saw the author, Max Lugavere, on an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" talking about his film, "Bread Head," which followed his immersion into the world of Alzheimer's disease after his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia in her 50s. Now that his book has been published, we can all benefit from what he learned during his journey to better understand how to help his mother and protect himself -- and the rest of us -- from this cruel illness.

The book is divided into three parts: You are what you eat, the interconnectedness of it all (your brain response) and putting yourself in the driver's seat. In the first part, we learn about which foods best protect our brain's cellular makeup. In the second part, we learn about the interconnectedness between our gut and our brain cells, and why what we eat affects every aspect of our body's performance and well-being. And in the last section, we learn about ways to create "a more robust organism" and receive instructions on how to eat and live according to "The Genius Plan."

In case you're wondering which 10 readily available foods fall into the Genius Making category, here is a cheat sheet:

--Extra-virgin olive oil.




--Dark chocolate.


--Grass-fed beef.


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