Dr. Daniel Amen discusses what new research has to say about how our consumption of sugar affects our brain. We already know sugar is addictive and pro-inflammatory. Let’s see how else sugar is affecting our health. And is stevia a better choice?
Living longer isn’t about just adding years to your life. It’s also about adding life to your years. While the science behind longevity and anti-aging medicine is rapidly growing, it can be difficult to know where to start.
In this video, Dr. Halland Chen reveals to Jim Kwik his proactive science-based approach to improving your body and mind.
Dr. Halland Chen is a double board-certified physician and world-renowned health expert specializing in regenerative medicine, longevity, biohacking, and peak performance.
In this video Dr Mike Diamonds breaks down 10 great tasting foods that we can eat that actually help us to burn our stubborn belly fat.
Hi. Dr Mike Diamonds, that’s me.
These are the meals that helped me drop over 30 pounds of fat. Finally getting rid of my love handles, chest fat, and of course my belly fat.
On top of that, what changed for me completely was the ability to eat burgers, egg mcmuffins, bolognese pasta, and even ice cream on a diet.
I’ve implemented these dieting techniques to get rid of my belly fat and overall fat.
10 foods you should be eating to reach these goals. Visually a caloric deficit looks like this. The green area represents lipogenesis; the metabolic formation of fat occurring in response to a meal. The blue area represents lipolysis; the breakdown of fats occurring in response to fasting between meals and during sleep.
Over a 24 hour period these will be balanced assuming you’re not consuming more calories than you expend. Or the blue portions will be larger burning fat if you’re in a caloric deficit. These 10 foods I’ll be sharing with you will help you get in a caloric deficit and at the same time enjoy the foods you’re eating. Finally having your dream physique that you can maintain year round. But before we dive in, a lot of research and editing goes into making a video like this. I work my ass off just; do me one favor – view it in mind gently hit the like button – I’d greatly appreciate it. And if you enjoy this kind of content hit the notification bell if you’re new. Let’s kick it off.
Meal 1 – Zucchini Noodles
For the exact same serving as regular pasta 77 calories 14 grams of carbs and a six of that in pasta one gram of fat and finally six grams of protein. The taste of zucchini noodles is amazing, easy to get your servings end of vegetables, and a great source of micronutrients.
You could eat five times the amount of zucchini noodles to match that of pasta and still add your favorite sauces in lean ground beef. Depending on where you live, you can buy the zucchini noodles or you can make it at home using a spiralizer. Adding whichever toppings you would like – salsa, bolognese, chicken, and even add some low-fat cheese if you like.
With this meal I felt extremely satisfied and immediately felt like I was no longer on a diet.
Meal 2 – Pumpkin
Time and time again research has shown that high fiber diets are essential to include in a fat loss regimen. In a study by Burton Freeman, inclusion of a high fiber diet promotes satiation and prolonged satiety. It aids in long-term compliance to low energy diets and encourages healthy food choices and eating habits.
My personal favorite high fiber food is pumpkin. I’ve incorporated pumpkin because of the enormous amount of volume and high fiber which has helped me tremendously with hunger. Pumpkin also is the closest tasting to potatoes, and in my seven years of training and dieting, I’ve always included this in my diet to get to single digit body fat.
Meal 3 – Dr Mike’s Mack
A major reason why my diets are successful are because of the foods I’m able to eat on the diet. Allowing healthy burgers helps tremendously with compliance and sustainability. It’s close to impossible to eat chicken and broccoli and rice for six months, but what if I promised a burger once a week? Immediately that seems more realistic.
A BigMac contains roughly 550 calories, 25 grams of protein, 45 carbs, and 30 fats. My burger contains 365 calories, 44 protein, and almost double the amount of protein, 26 carbs which is almost half of the carbs, and 8 fats which is a third of the fats of a McDonald’s BigMac.
The main factor that keeps my macros low on the burger is choosing a leaner cut of the burger patty, using low calorie salsa, low-fat cheese can allow you to have an amazing tasting burger.
Meal 4 – Eggs
We love whole eggs. Having them scrambled with toast, boiled, or making a delicious omelet, or having them fried with rice is amazing, but whole eggs contain a considerable amount of calories and micronutrients that come from the egg yolk.
All of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in eggs are found in the yolk. In addition to the yolks containing the healthy fats and cholesterol necessary for the production of hormones such as testosterone. When dieting, the yolk can add a considerable amount of fats to the diet that can make it difficult to incorporate.
Introducing egg whites. Four whole eggs contains 28 grams of protein, 2 carb, and 21 grams of fat which totals 312 calories, However 8 egg whites gives you the same amount of protein and carbs minus the fats and the calories come out to 137 calories. A nice breakfast meal would be a protein mcmuffin.
I would use one whole egg and add egg whites for the extra protein, One english muffin, and lean ham to make your own version of the popular mcdonald’s egg mcmuffin. This is an awesome alternative if you want to give the oats a break for breakfast.
Meal 5 – Sugar-free Jello
Jello is a low-calorie food and also high in artificial sweeteners, but low in nutrients. While gelatin supplements may have some beneficial effects on your health, it’s unlikely that jello will provide the same benefits. That being said, because of the low calorie nature of jello and its high volume, incorporating this into diets helps tremendously with satisfying my sweet tooth cravings and makes me extremely full. This was amazing to have in my diet when I was eating under 2000 calories.
Meal 6 – Watermelon
If you’ve followed my journey over the past seven years, you’d be familiar with my love for Oreo cookies. Six Oreo cookies contain 320 calories, 50 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fat, and 2 grams of protein. That doesn’t seem bad, right? However, how about rather eating 1 kilogram of watermelon at less than 300 calories, 75 carbs, 1.5 grams of fat, and 6.1 grams of protein? Because it’s packed with so much water, you can find it to be extremely filling and it’s also filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Meal 7 – Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice and white rice contain different amounts of carbohydrates, calories, fiber, potassium, and calcium. Amongst its advantages, it’s made from one of the healthiest cruciferous vegetables you can get. So it’s loaded with nutrients – including fiber, vitamin C, K, and B6 and potassium. Cauliflower has 25 calories per cup versus rice which has 218 for a cup cooked with brown rice. And if you’re watching carbs, cauliflower has 5 grams per cup versus 46 for a cup of white rice.
Comparing the two, cauliflower rice has a tenth of the calories and compared that to white rice. If you’re looking to add volume to your foods, you can’t go wrong with a substitute.
Before we move into meal eight, nine, and ten if you want to directly support me, the best way to do so is hitting the video with the thumbs up, be subscribed, and comment down below which one of the ten meals you’ll be using.
Meal 8 – Supplements
Now supplements is meal number eight and I’ll explain why. Number one, I highly recommend a multivitamin. Why that is? It’s very likely that you’re going to have micronutrient deficiencies and Perform itself has a high profile in terms of nutrients, minerals, and also has neutropics. I felt amazing using this multivitamin.
Number two, it is also very likely you’re gonna be low in energy when you’re performing in the gym – especially if you’ve been in a caloric deficit for one to two, three, four, and even five months. Now, introducing Pride in my personal opinion the best pre-workout I’ve ever used. It has given me energy in the gym and also allows me to retain muscle tissue just because I feel so much more stronger when I’m using Pride Pre-workout.
Alternatively, you can use Oxyshred. Now, Oxyshred is considered to be a fat burner, however we do know that what Oxyshred’s main ingredient is caffeine. Which suppresses the appetite, it also provides energy and fasted it can provide a lipolytic effect like any other caffeine supplement, but I’ve personally felt in a better mood overall and more energetic using Oxyshred. Having this there’s a bundle of links down below which is 20 off using my discount code diamonds10.
So I highly recommend these, and then finally, there is a whey protein from Isopept. Why? Protein infers many benefits from muscle building, satiety, and also if it’s from HP Labs it tastes amazing so you can mix it with a bunch of different foods from protein oats to making protein pancakes. I absolutely love it. So those are the supplements I recommend. Again link in the description and also using diamonds10 directly supports me.
Meal 9 – Zero Calorie Drink
I’ll explain why. Is that it’s carbonated, it can make you feel full, and also at the same time it keeps your sweet tooth at bay, it makes you feel like you’re not on a diet which is super important when you’re trying to maintain this lifestyle for you know years on. So having some zero calorie beverage can help.
Meal 10 – Protein Ice Cream
Last but not least is a protein ice cream. If you’re in the US, you can try Skinny Cow or Ben & Jerry’s low calorie ice creams. If you’re in the UK, Apple is fantastic. I’m sure you can search these on Amazon and you’ll find where to buy it. I’ve also made protein ice cream at home. I’ll link that video in the description down below. And I eat this one which is fantastic it helps me feel like I’m not on a diet. It contributes to that level of sustainability for me and my clients.
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Dr Sten Eckberg breaks down 10 super foods that are claimed to be good for healing a fatty liver. Watch this to make sure you are eating the right ones and avoiding the bad ones.
Hello Health Champions. This is a liver. And if you don’t take really good care of your liver it can turn into a fatty liver a cirrhosed liver and eventually liver failure. Your liver handles over 500 essential functions and it’s the number one organ that will clean out your toxins. It used to be that all fatty liver was caused by alcohol, but chances are that if your liver is fatty today, then it’s because of the foods that you’ve been eating.
I hear so often that people are frustrated with all of the conflicting information out there and there’s a number of YouTube videos on this topic, but I find them all Incorrect and incomplete. So in this video I’m going to help you understand how it really works so you can take care of your liver and stop being confused.
First of all though, we need to talk about what not to eat and here I’m going to talk about some my recommendations, but also comment on some of the myths and misconceptions. So when I looked around, the first thing that I found in many places was sodium. They tell you to avoid salt because it has sodium and sodium causes water retention. Now this is true in a sense because water follows sodium, but it’s only true that it causes water retention if you can’t regulate your sodium. So if you have a hormone problem, if you have an endocrine tumor, or if you have kidney failure to where you can’t regulate sodium, now that is a reason to limit your sodium intake because your body doesn’t know what to do with it. However for the average person, you don’t need to worry about sodium and it really has nothing to do with a fatty liver. So that recommendation is incorrect.
The next one is added sugar. They tell you don’t eat added sugar. I couldn’t agree more because added sugar will increase the liver fat and we’ll talk a lot more about that. So big green check mark on that.
The next thing we see a lot is red meat. And they tell you that avoid red meat because it’s high in saturated fat. Well it is high in saturated fat, but that is not a problem and we’ll talk about that in just a little bit. So that claim is also incorrect.
Also a lot came up about fried foods. To avoid them and they’re saying that this is a bad thing because they’re high in fat and calories. Now I give this a question mark because they are correct; fried foods are not a great thing for the most part because they are using bad oil. It’s not about calories or the amount of fat. It’s the quality of the oils and virtually all fried foods you’re going to find are you using plant oils, vegetable oils, and in order for those oils to tolerate heat (because they’re naturally very heat sensitive), they have to destroy those oils. They have to process them, oxidize them, bleach them, deodorize them and they become toxic and rancid. That’s why you avoid fried foods. If you wanted to have some fried food on occasion and you use a saturated fat like lard or coconut oil, then that would not be a problem.
I want to address this confusion about you are what you eat. All right, that’s not really how it works. And this is why people think that if you eat saturated fat you’re going to store saturated fat in the body. But if we take a look at a cow and we say that the cow, the meat and the cow is the source of the saturated fat, then we know that the cow has a bunch of saturated fat in its body and its meat and tissues, but then the question is, “If we are what we eat, then how does the saturated fat get into the cow?” Because cows don’t eat saturated fat. If the cow is allowed to eat what it wants to eat then it’s going to eat grass and then somehow this grass turns into saturated fat; and that’s called a biotransformation.
So if that happens in the cow then why would it happen very differently in a human? Meaning, not that we eat grass but that the saturated fat in our bodies don’t necessarily come from saturated fat. So in humans it’s also about biotransformations, but in humans the source of it is not grass; it is excess fuel. When we eat more than then we need, then that excess fuel is going to be turned into fat for storage and when that excess fuel is accompanied by excess insulin (because insulin like we’ve said is a storage hormone) and then in humans that is how we end up with our saturated fat. It does not come from the saturated fat that we’re eating and there’s so much confusion on this because people talk about how the studies say that if the liver is full of fat, full of saturated fat, then that liver is insulin resistant. Which is true, but it’s not the saturated fat that caused the insulin resistance, it’s the other way around. It’s the excess fuel and the insulin that creates the saturated fat and now when the liver is congested it becomes insulin resistant.
Now in order for these foods to make sense we need to understand and the real cause of fatty liver and the real cause is overwhelm. When we give the liver more to do than it can handle, then it’s going to get congested and the things congesting the liver are all the substances that only the liver can process. If every cell in the body can process it, it’s much harder to become a burden, but if only the liver can do it now it clogs up pretty quickly. And the first thing that everyone knows about is alcohol and this is why it’s a regulated substance. It’s restricted; they don’t want us to drink a lot, we don’t give it to kids and so forth.
But very few people know about fructose. They’ve heard kind of about sugar, they know sugar is a bad thing, but the real reason sugar is so bad (that white sugar is so bad) is that 50% of sugar is fructose. So if you eat 100 grams of sugar which most people people do in a day, you’re getting 50 grams of fructose which is going to clog up that liver.
The third thing only the liver can do is to process toxins and clean those out and if the liver is already busy with alcohol and fructose, now it’s kind of backed up and it’s not going to be able to process those toxins very effectively. And therefore those toxins build up as well.
And the fourth factor we need to understand is insulin. Now, insulin is the smaller player in this. Insulin doesn’t necessarily cause the fatty liver, but when the liver is already fatty and we have a lifestyle that maintains a high insulin level, now insulin aggravates it. It makes it worse. Insulin is a storage hormone so it’s going to prevent the fat burning in that liver and it’s going to perpetuate the insulin resistance in the liver. So we can’t clean out a fat liver if we still have high insulin levels. And now that we understand the real causes, then it’s pretty simple to know what to avoid.
The first thing, of course, is alcohol because we all know that causes liver failure, but again the second thing is the sugar and we want to avoid all sugar (both the added and the natural) because people have this hang up that added sugar is very different and it’s not. It’s just a quantity that’s different. We’re concentrating it so the quantity builds up faster but even if it’s a natural sugar and you eat a ton of fruit, if you’re just downing the watermelon and the bananas and the mangoes and the pineapple thinking that you’re doing yourself a favor in eating natural fruit, then you’re mistaken because it can still add up and you can still eat a hundred grams of sugar or even 200 grams of sugar from fruit. And then you have to realize that the fructose is the same. The liver doesn’t care if it comes from natural or added sugar. It’s still fructose that can only go through the liver.
So a few berries not a big deal, but don’t think fruit is this saving grace that you’re gonna eat more and more.
The next thing to avoid is starches because starches are made up of glucose that becomes blood glucose that stimulates insulin and, like we said, without any sugar ever in your life you can tolerate some starches and some insulin and some glucose but once you have a fatty liver, once you’re heading that way, now your insulin is much too high and those starches are going to keep driving it up. And this is for both natural and processed. So the processed food is always worse because they have taken away the fiber, they have made that starch even faster to absorb, but there’s very little difference between white rice and brown rice, white flour whole wheat flour. It’s still almost pure glucose.
And then you absolutely want to avoid the foods fried in plant oils. If they’re so-called vegetable oils, you know that is an oxidized toxic oil and that’s the reason to avoid it. It will absolutely damage and put strain on the liver.
And the final thing we need to understand is so many people say that, “well, look at me I eat some starches I eat some rice I eat some potato and I’m doing fine.” And that’s true and we have to understand there’s a big difference between reversing a condition and maintaining health. So if you’re insulin sensitive you can tolerate a certain amount of these foods, even some starch. But if you’re trying to reverse a condition and you have a fatty liver and your insulin levels are super high, then you have to do much much more. You have to be much stricter than a person who’s just trying to maintain their insulin sensitivity number.
Whole grains is an item that makes it onto every politically correct food list regardless of the topic for that list, but is it a health food, is it a superfood? Well most of the time when they promote whole grains all they’re saying is that it’s better than. And what is it better than; it’s a little better than sugar and white bread and that’s not saying a whole lot. Is it because we all know that sugar and white bread is about as bad as it gets? So if something’s a little better than sugar and white bread, that does not make it a health food. In fact, grains have a little bit of fiber and protein and so forth, but most of it is pure glucose. It breaks down very quickly and that glucose becomes blood glucose and stimulates insulin and you have that blood sugar roller coaster that is really not a good idea to make things even worse.
Grains are some of the top allergens of any food out there. There’s so many people, the majority of people are sensitive to wheat. A lot of people are sensitive to gluten. Some people are sensitive to rice and oats and so forth, but it’s very very common. So because of this we’re going to give this food a big red X in general, but especially as far as reversing a fatty liver whole grains are not going to help you. So I’m going to give this a little question mark still though because if you don’t have a fatty liver if you’re insulin sensitive and you tolerate grains well, then you can probably have some right now. Don’t overdo it and don’t think that modern wheat is a good food for anybody, but you may be able to have some. Just don’t think of it as something that’s going to reverse a fatty liver.
Now even though the title of this video has to do with superfoods. And that’s a very very popular concept. People just go crazy for that idea. I want to clarify a few things and I have a real problem with the very word and the concept of superfood. So one question is if we took a vitamin would it be possible to undo a poison? Let’s say that we’re getting some Mercury exposure and we’re getting it on a daily basis, is there any vitamin that we can take to get truly healthy? No, there isn’t. Because as long as we have that exposure we’re going to get sicker and sicker and sicker and maybe that vitamin can help us tolerate it just a little better, but we’re not going to get healthy until we stop the exposure.
Same thing if we have a lake; could we add something to reverse the toxicity of that Lake if all the fish were dying and going belly up? Could we add a vitamin or an antioxidant and all of a sudden those fish would be healthy again? No. If we keep pouring toxins into that Lake there’s nothing we can add that’s going to make those fish clean and healthy until we stop the exposure.
So when we talk about superfood we’re missing the big picture because we’re getting the idea that there’s this miraculous thing like a medication that’s just going to stop things, they’re going to protect me, right? There is no such thing. Now I believe that the only reason that we even buy into the notion of a superfood as a remedy is that we’ve been indoctrinated, we’ve been conditioned for decades into the thinking of an allopathic model. And what is that allopathic model say? It says that if we have a symptom, then we can take something for that symptom so we have a symptom and then we take a remedy now that’s going to have an effect so because of that remedy now we get relief and we’re made to believe that that’s going to make everything okay. But if we understand that that symptom only happened because something isn’t working, then we also understand that that remedy is not actually going to make anything work better because that symptom came about because something is missing or something is interfering. And that remedy is not going to provide anything that’s missing and it’s not going to remove anything that’s interfering. It’s just going to stop the symptom. It’s going to block the signals. So now that we’ve blocked the signal with the remedy we get relief but we also have the continued dysfunction because nothing really changed. We didn’t make anything work better. So we have dysfunction and we have some damage because when something isn’t working, whatever damage is being created is going to be allowed to continue and this is why there is no such thing as a superfood. Because whatever is going on, if it’s a symptom or a fatty liver, we can’t just take a remedy and allow the damage to continue.
We have to do something different and this is where we get into the holistic model. And in the holistic model instead of the symptom and the remedy we do what’s called handle the root cause. Okay, when we handle the root cause we are addressing the real problem. So if there’s something missing, we provide it. If there’s something interfering, we help the body eliminate it and in doing that we still get the relief, we get the same result in that sense, but instead of continuing the damage we have actually handled the root cause.
So now we have improved function. The thing that’s supposed to work is working again so the symptom goes away; not because we block the signal, but because we handled the root cause. And that’s why we want to think of food as good food and there’s bad food. There’s good food that support, there’s bad food that interfere, but there’s really no such thing as a superfood.
Number nine is unsaturated fats. And this is another item that shows up on almost every list. We hear it all day long that saturated fat is bad, but unsaturated fat is good. That’s not really true. All right, but we need to understand when it is and when it isn’t. So the first type of unsaturated is called monounsaturated or MUFA – monounsaturated fatty acids, and this we want to think of as a macro nutrient. It’s something that we eat enough of to give us substantial calories. And these can be things like extra virgin olive oil and we can also get it from meat.
We hear all the time that meat is all saturated fat. When in fact it’s about half. Half of the fat in meat is monounsaturated and about half is saturated. It’s the same in humans. That’s just the way that we store energy. We’re about half of our fat is monounsaturated so so far they get a big green check mark because monounsaturated fats are really good for us as long as they’re minimally processed.
Okay that’s why we talk about the extra virgin olive oil. That’s the first pressing that is done as a cold pressing. They apply minimal heat, minimal pressure so there’s no damage to that oil. Now, the other type of unsaturated fatty acid is called a polyunsaturated fatty acid and here’s where the confusion sets in.
So monounsaturated is relatively stable because it it has one place on the molecule that’s kind of bendy. That is unsaturated polyunsaturated means that there’s more than one place and now this molecule is really really squiggly and that also makes it very unstable. So what they do with these, they’re very unstable they’re highly reactive. so in order to turn them into oil and to fry food and to have salad dressings and not have them taste terrible, they have to process them very very harshly. And now these oils become toxic oxidized and highly inflammatory. So as long as you get your unsaturated fats from things like olive oil and meat you’re good, but when you fall prey to the common recommendation of using more vegetable oil instead of butter and saturated fat, now that’s a huge mistake because now you’re turning this polyunsaturated into a macronutrient. And it is highly oxidized and highly inflammatory. So for that portion we’re going to give it a big red X.
Number eight is soybeans and other types of beans. And these also make it onto almost every politically correct list with phrases like this may help with such and such, or it’s associated with and so forth. And typically when they say that you should eat beans and they say that it can help with things like blood sugar and insulin resistance, now we’re back to the argument that they use with white bread that they’re saying that you know beans are better than. So yeah, I agree beans are better than grain for example, but it doesn’t mean that they’re a good food.
On top of that, virtually all soybean in the world today is GMO (genetically modified) and just like we talked about before about allergens; soy is one of the top allergens. It’s one of the things that people have the most sensitivities to. If you’re sensitive to it, then it causes inflammatory reactions and it is very counterproductive. So I’m going to give this a question mark and an X because I don’t recommend soy to anybody except you get something like organic tofu or miso, but if you are insulin sensitive and you want to have some lentils or some other types of beans and you tolerate them well, then that can be okay. But if you’re insulin resistant with the fatty liver, then beans are not going to help you.
Number seven is oatmeal. It makes it onto a lot of lists and we often hear phrases like “fiber rich foods like oatmeal.” So they’re kind of grouping things together and generalizing without really having any idea of why it would be good. If there’s one piece of research that suggests that oatmeal might help with cholesterol in the blood because it’s better than white bread, now oatmeal becomes a health food. So it’s not the worst. It’s one of the better grains if you have to have a grain. But it is still almost pure starch and it is going to break down pretty easy and turn into glucose. And a lot of people are Gluten Sensitive. And if you don’t buy it with a certified gluten-free oats then you’re pretty much guaranteed to get some traces of gluten in that package. But even if you get certified gluten free, there’s still something called a cross reaction. So a lot of those little markers. A little about the identifying markers on the molecule of oat looks a lot like gluten. So once the immune system has been triggered and a little confused now in a lot of people it’s going to start reacting to oats as well. But like I said, it’s not the worst food. There’s a lot of people that do pretty well with it, but if you’re going to eat oats make sure that they’re steel cut oats because steel cut oats is the whole grain. It’s going to be broken down and absorbed pretty slowly. It’s going to contribute to glucose much much slower than the highly processed. And if you get the instant oats, they’re just barely better than jelly beans. So overall I would give this a red X if you’re trying to reverse liver disease. But if you’re just looking in general and you do pretty well with it, then it’s not the worst food they can eat.
Number six is coffee. And there’s been quite a bit of research done on coffee, but everywhere they report they’re saying things like it may be protective against non alcoholic fatty liver disease. And they’re using phrasing like “associated with”. Nowhere could I find any indication of a mechanism. So they’re saying that we think this is good, but we have no idea why. So in my mind though, then I always want to think what are they comparing it? So in a sense, coffee is just better than something else. And if people drink coffee they probably drink less soda and sweet tea and other things like that so I’m not opposed to coffee. I drink coffee myself. I don’t think it’s a bad thing I’ve never really found any convincing arguments against it. I think if you have weak adrenals, you should not drink six cups a day. But most people can probably drink two cups and be totally fine. Just don’t think about it as some superfood that’s going to help you reverse fatty liver.
Number five is walnuts. And in my mind it’s a good food. It is high in protein and fat. It is low in carbohydrate and as such it’s really no different than most other nuts; especially things like Macadamia and pecans, which are some of my favorites. And when you have something that’s low carb and high fat and protein it’s going to be satisfying it’s going to help you reduce insulin and reverse insulin resistance so in that sense I’m all for it. Just don’t think of it as a superfood that’s going to help fix anything, but again when they put these in lists of superfood and they quote different studies they’re looking for some magical molecule that’s going to start protecting you and reversing disease and it just doesn’t work like that. So overall, we give it a green check mark because it’s a good food. Just don’t think of more as better.
Number four is Omega-3s. And now we’re back to these polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are the polyunsaturateds that we really need. These are essential, but we only need them in very small quantities for specific reasons. One of the best ways to get them is through fish oil, through a supplement, or you can eat the whole fish. And there’s lots and lots of documentation that show the mechanisms and there’s just no doubt that it is anti-inflammatory it reverses it. It addresses the root causes of a lot of the metabolic syndrome. So when we’re talking about fatty liver we’re talking about cardiovascular disease or metabolic syndrome, it addresses the core mechanism in all of those. And for that we give it a big green check mark.
But we’re also going to start asking some questions here because a lot of people think that Omega-3s are all the same. And flax oil, flax seed has a lot of Omega-3s in it, but it’s not the type that we need. We need to convert the flax into something called EPA and DHA and the problem is that if you’re super healthy then you’re reasonably good at converting flax oil into EPA and DHA. However, if you’re not so healthy if you have a lot of oxidative stress and insulin resistance the worse off you are the less flax you’re going to convert into the stuff that you need. So the people who really need it they’re not going to be converting it and therefore flax is not a great source of Omega-3s. Not for that reason, I still eat some flaxseed because I like it. I like to grind it and put it on yogurt with Chia seeds, but I don’t eat it to get the Omega-3s. And I don’t eat more because I think it’s a superfood. And like we said before, we want to think of these very specific Omega-3s. These very specific polyunsaturated fatty acids as a micro nutrient, right? It’s like a vitamin or a mineral or something. We’re not supposed to turn it into energy, we’re not supposed to get large quantities. They’re for very specific reasons. They’re for cell membranes. They’re building blocks and hormone precursors and things like that. And some of the best sources, like we said, is fish. But if you eat good quality eggs you can also get virtually all your Omega-3s. The right ones from eggs. And if you don’t have access to quality fish and eggs, then I would suggest you get a supplement.
Number three is cruciferous greens. And cruciferous has to do with the shape of a flower that’s like the shape of a cross for certain plants. And these plants all have different phyto compounds. They have different chemicals in the plant that actually assist the liver in its detoxification processes. So these foods are things like arugula and bok choy and Brussels sprouts and broccoli for example. But it also includes things like cabbage, and cauliflower, kale, and even rutabaga. And as long as you tolerate these, well you can eat pretty much as much as you like. And the only one I would limit a little bit is the last one, the rutabaga, which is a root so it has a little bit more starch, but it’s very slowly processed. But if you’re trying to reverse something, then go easy on the rutabaga and eat the others. But again, you can have sensitivity so it’s only good for you if you tolerate it.
Number two on the list is meat. And here I might add this is what I added to the list. All right, I think this should absolutely be on the list and I still wouldn’t call it a superfood, but it’s probably as close as we get. With these last two items and interestingly these two last items which are my top two did not show up on any other list. Why? Because we have this misconception and fear of saturated fat and cholesterol. So, meat is a fantastic food it is packed with nutrients. It is a very rich food. It’s very very filling. It is a great protein source and a lot of what I talk about is sensitivities. Okay, a food can be good but if you react to it it’s not good. And the reason carnivore is getting so popular is people have all these food sensitivities and meat (beef) is arguably possibly the least allergenic food out there.
Red meat is also a very rich source of methane, which is a sulfuric amino acid that the body can use to make glutathione. And glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant. Meat also has a lot of saturated fat and monounsaturated fat, both of which are very stable. So if you can get past the fear of saturated fat and you work on lowering your insulin, now saturated fat becomes an excellent energy source. And because it is stable, it is very non-inflammatory.
And number one on my list is eggs. And that’s interesting because I didn’t find it on any other list out there. And again, because we have this phobia and aversion to saturated fat and cholesterol which is completely misguided. Eggs are packed with nutrients. They have a lot of the same benefits that meat does, but it also has something called choline which is a vitamin that is kind of a catalyst for fat burning. It’s one of the things that’s going to help you burn through that fat in the liver. Eggs are also rich in certain vitamins, especially B6, B9, and B12. And these vitamins allow your body to convert a harmful inflammatory substance called homocysteine into a very useful substance called methionine. And then the body turns methionine into glutathione , which again, is our most powerful antioxidants. And not only do eggs have these vitamins to help us process methionine, but it’s also a rich source of methionine in itself. And eggs are also packed with essential fatty acids – the EPA and the DHA that we talked about before. And if you get the good quality, the pastured eggs, they’re going to be many times higher in these essential fatty acids. Very often you can get your complete supply just from eggs. So eggs also obviously deserve a big green check mark.
In this video, Dr. Berg discusses what the most important nutrient is to support a healthy prostate. Dr. Berg is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
Well, today I have a very interesting video on the prostate and the most important nutrient to maintain prostate health. Now this topic was inspired by my new favorite book called Soil, Grass, and Cancer.
Okay. This is a book that I found. It was very expensive. It’s basically $250. I couldn’t find any used books, but it’s filled with nutritional information that’s just fascinating and each chapter is very, very different.
So the last chapter was on insulin, which I did a video on that. And then this one was on the relationship between zinc and the prostate gland. There’s some great data I want to share with you.
I think the first thing to talk about is this big confusion of what the prostate gland is. Very few people know what the prostate gland does. All they know is that as you get older and enlarges, and then it affects your urination.
50% of men over the age of 60 start to get an enlargement of the prostate gland. So what we do know is, as you age, the prostate gets larger and that can affect urination, stream flow, libido, retention of urine and your bladder, backup of urine in the kidney. And so I think it’s important to understand a little bit about the prostate in identifying why this occurs.
I mean it’s kind of weird that as men age, a high high percentage of them start developing prostate problems and then, as it gets bigger, you’re more at risk of getting prostate cancer. But just because the prostate enlarges doesn’t mean that’s cancer.
So, let’s first start with where the prostate is located. There’s a little bone in the front part of your pelvis called the symphysis pubis and the prostate is right behind that bone. Okay and then the prostate also is just underneath the bladder. And there’s a little tube that comes down from the bladder that this prostate wraps around and the size of the prostate would be about equivalent to a walnut size. So it’s not that big, but it can get quite big and then you have the rectum, which is right behind that.
So that’s where it’s located, but what does it do? The prostate is about 70% gland and 30% muscle. So, it does two things. It helps you secrete a certain fluid, which I’m going to talk about, and it also acts as a pump during ejaculation. So it helps push this fluid through the tube, which is the same tube as where your urine goes through and then out of the body.
Now, sperm is created in the testicles, okay, and it takes roughly about 60 to 70 days for sperm to develop. So the sperm travels through this little tube up into the area of the prostate, where you have additional glands that produce fluid with the fluids of the prostate gland all mixing together into what’s called semen.
And so the purpose of semen is to fertilize sperm. And sperm is basically just the genetics from a male body which is then going to join with the genetics of the ovary to form a human body. So to do that, you need something to feed the sperm which is fructose from the semen. You need certain enzymes to help penetrate into the uterus lining, because there’s mucus there and a lot of other factors to keep this sperm fertile. And the sperm outside the body can last roughly about five days. So, on the other end in the female, you have this egg, which is inactive and it becomes active once the sperm penetrates.
So that’s a summary of what the prostate does in relationship to these other factors.
Now, what’s interesting about the prostate gland in relationship to nutrition, is that it is the gland that has the highest concentration of zinc. So the prostate has a hundred times more concentration of zinc than your blood, because if you test your blood and it’s normal with zinc, it might not tell you what’s going on inside the prostate gland.
So in this book I want to mention a couple little points. He’s talking about the relationship between a zinc deficiency and what happens with the prostate gland. It actually enlarges. There is a study done and I will put some links down below that shows a normal prostate and the level of zinc that’s in it. It’s like 744 micrograms, and then you have a mild, hypertrophy or enlarged, prostate gland that had a lesser amount of zinc which is 486 micrograms. Then they tested people with chronic prostatitis, and that was at 470 micrograms. Now remember, this is all compared to a normal prostate gland which has 744 micrograms. And then he talks about prostate and the cancer related to zinc. Apparently, that level was actually on average 273 micrograms of zinc.
So we have this relationship between a zinc deficiency and inflammation in the prostate gland, enlargement of the prostate gland, and susceptibility to getting prostate cancer. Very, very interesting.
The other point I want to bring up about this is that you have a very powerful form of testosterone called DHT. So testosterone can convert to DHT with a certain enzyme: okay and that’s called 5-alpha reductase, and so there are certain medications that inhibit that enzyme to help reduce DHT for male pattern baldness, prostate hypertrophy, erectile dysfunction because too much of that hormone DHT can create bad effects. But what’s interesting about that is zinc is a natural inhibitor of that enzyme. Fascinating, and we also know that people with low testosterone are usually zinc deficient.
So zinc is the most important trace mineral to make sure your testosterone is high, make sure that the fertility of sperm is there, and to make sure that the size of the prostate is maintained. Now it’s going to get more interesting.
Why would someone be deficient in zinc? That’s the big question.
Okay, I’m going to go through the reasons. They don’t consume enough red meat. Now think about this. What is the big push now with especially men as they get over the age of 50? Don’t consume red meat. Red meat is bad. Well, they never differentiate the quality of red meat. Okay, they lump red meat into one group. They don’t differentiate between processed meats and grass-fed organic. They just lump it into one big concept and tell you to get off red meat, and they tell you to lower your cholesterol foods which happen to be the building block of testosterone. And then what do they tell you to eat? Eat plant-based, make sure you’re eating enough whole grains, which is loaded with phytic acid, probably the biggest thing that blocks your ability to absorb zinc.
In fact, two billion people on this planet are deficient in zinc. Probably because they’re consuming too much cereal and too many grains. Okay. Now the other interesting thing about aging is that when you age, you lose the concentration of stomach acids and we need stomach acid to be able to absorb this zinc.
If you have low stomach acids, you’re not going to absorb zinc. Not to mention if you’re taking an antacid you’re going to be deficient in zinc. If you’re taking a diuretic, that medication will deplete you of zinc. If you’re taking statins, you’ll have significant zinc deficiencies. Alcohol is another common thing that will cause a zinc deficiency. Consuming a lot of sugar will cause a zinc deficiency. Eating frequent meals like in snacking late at night, while you’re watching the TV, creates insulin resistance which can also deplete zinc.
And so I’m trying to prove a point here. If you’re not consuming enough zinc, that’s going to affect your libido, your testosterone, sperm count, the size of your prostate, and eventually your urine flow.
One of the best sources of zinc is shellfish, as in oysters, but the second best source is red meat. And to be totally transparent, I do have a zinc product. It’s my trace minerals product, but I’m going to tell you right now, taking zinc is not going to guarantee any type of cure for enlarged prostate, lower testosterone, reducing your risk of prostate cancer, or anything related to any medical condition, because there are a lot of other factors involved. Your diet, how much alcohol you drink, how much stress you go through, and a lot of other factors related to your medications, etc, etc.
All right so now that you know a little bit more about the relationship between zinc and your prostate. I wanted you to watch this next video on zinc, which is quite interesting check. It out.
Eggs are superfoods, but unfortunately, they also get a bad rep for triggering cholesterol, weight gain, or cardiovascular issues. So what is the truth? Should we eat them or not? Here’s an informative video from HealthNormal breaking it all down.
Did you know that an average backyard head can lay up to 250 eggs per year or that the word yolk derives from an old English word that actually means yellow?
So we have egg whites and egg yellow and they’re extremely nutritious, rich and unique antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals.
Eggs are super foods, but unfortunately they also get a bad rep for triggering cholesterol, weigh, gain, or cardiovascular issues. Eggs are not bad at all, and some of the things people say are just myths.
In this video we’re going to look at what happens to your body when you eat eggs. Before we proceed, please note that everything mentioned in this video is unbiased, fact-checked, and reviewed by qualified health professionals.
What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Eggs?
1- You’ll get all the nutrients your body needs.
Eggs are packed with life-giving nutrients. Just imagine how an egg can turn into a healthy baby chicken, so eggs are rich in vitamins, first-rate, protein minerals, good fats and many other nutrients.
To understand how mighty just one egg is know that one large egg contains 15% of the vitamin B2 RDA, 6% of the vitamin A RDA, 9% of the phosphorus RDA, and 22% of the selenium RDA. What is more, eggs contain almost every vitamin and mineral our body needs that includes folate, iron, potassium vitamin e, b6, k, d, manganese or calcium.
An egg also contains about 70 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of good fat. It’s good to know that most of the nutrients we’ve mentioned here are present in the yolk. The egg white mainly contains protein.
2- Your cholesterol will be fine.
Okay, we need to get this straight, because some people believe that eggs raised your cholesterol levels and they’re dangerous. Is that so? Well, eggs are indeed high in cholesterol. In fact, one large egg contains about 212 milligrams, which is a lot considering that the recommended daily intake is 300 milligrams. However, the cholesterol in eggs does not raise the blood cholesterol. It’s true that the body’s response varies between individuals. Studies have shown that in 70% of people, eggs don’t affect cholesterol levels. For those other 30% eggs can somehow raise the total and LDL cholesterol. These are the hyper responders. So, yes, eggs are high in cholesterol and that’s why they get a bad reputation. Nevertheless, eggs will not adversely affect your blood cholesterol unless you are a hyper responder
3- You’ll get essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Eggs contain dietary cholesterol and fatty acids. It’s for these that eggs get a bad reputation, but before ditching those eggs take the time to inform yourself. The fat that eggs contain is actually omega-3. You see, not all fats are created equal. Omega-3 are healthy fats that your body desperately needs.
They can lower heart rate, reduce the risk of blood clotting, decrease blood pressure levels, improve blood vessel health and prevent plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. So this type of fat is on your side. Moreover, studies have also suggested that eggs don’t increase the risk of heart disease. So why the unsavory reputation? Well, people are just scared of the words, cholesterol and fats, but we need cholesterol as much as we need fats.
Cholesterol can be found in every cell of our body. It plays a crucial role in our digestion and vitamin D production. Moreover, it supports testosterone, estrogen and cortisol production. You see they are good guys, just don’t call them for drinks too often.
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4- You’ll keep your brain healthy.
Egg yolks are rich in choline, which is an essential nutrient similar to B vitamins that has also been associated with a number of benefits for your brain health. Studies suggest that choline can reduce inflammation and support brain function; improving the communication between brain cells.
Research has also associated low choline intake with liver diseases, heart diseases and various neurological disorders. Choline is essential for pregnant women. Studies indicate that a low choline intake during pregnancy can lead to decreased cognitive function in the baby.
One large hard-boiled egg contains about 147 milligrams of choline, representing 20 percent of the DV. Egg yolks and beef liver are some of the best sources of choline you can find. So eat more eggs, folks. They’re good for you and your brain number.
5- You’ll make progress with weight loss.
If you incorporate eggs into a healthy diet, they can help you lose weight. Yes, eggs are low calorie foods rich in protein and a ton of other nutrients. You see, this right here is the secret. Eating eggs for breakfast will help you control your calorie intake, boost your metabolic activity and even make you feel full for longer. Besides, it’s so easy to prepare eggs, and there are so many ways to do it. You can boil them, bake them, make them into an omelet, scramble, or poach them. It’s your call.
For a healthy, fulfilling low-calorie breakfast, pair eggs with some vegetables or add one to two hard-boiled eggs to your salad. It will make you feel full for longer. This is backed by science. Studies have found that eating eggs for breakfast can help limit your calorie intake by more than 400 calories throughout the day. If you battle with calories, that’s huge, you can lose three pounds per month just by eating eggs for breakfast.
How is this possible? Eggs curb your appetite? Try it.
6- You’ll get high quality proteins.
What is high quality protein? Why can’t all proteins be the same? Let’s see, proteins are the main building blocks of our bodies. They are large, complex molecules that also play critical roles in many of our bodies processes. In a word, they help us function. So, let’s take the time to understand them better.
People talk a lot about proteins as opposed to fat. We know their proteins are the good guys, but, as we’ve seen earlier, fats are also good guys. So it’s not a matter of who’s better than who. It’s about who does what.
Proteins consist of amino acids bonded together like beads on a string. Our body uses the 21 amino acids to produce protein. Unfortunately, we cannot produce all the 21 amino acids, so we must get them from our food. So, the nine essential amino acids are what we need to get from external sources. High quality blue chip protein contains all these nine essential amino acids.
Eggs are among the best sources of protein on this planet. Actually, we evaluate the quality of protein sources by comparing them to eggs. Most studies give eggs a perfect score of 100. That right there is why you should never underestimate eggs.
7- You’ll reduce risk of heart disease.
Generally, increased risks of heart disease are linked to high LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is what we call bad cholesterol. Everybody is scared of LDL cholesterol, like it’s the big bad wolf, but let’s take a closer look. If we split LDL cholesterol into subtypes, we will find two types of particles, large LDL particles and small, more dense, LDL particles.
Scientists have been looking at these two subtypes for some time now. Studies suggest that people with small, dense, LDL cholesterol particles have a higher risk of developing heart disease than those with predominantly large LDL particles. So what does this have to do with eggs? We’ve seen earlier that eggs can slightly increase the LDL cholesterol levels of people who are hyper responders. However, scientists went that extra mile to study the LDL cholesterol in this category of people.
The results were very promising. Eggs consumption seemed to change the pattern of LDL particles from small and dense to large. Which, as we’ve seen, is associated with decreased risks of heart disease. There you go, another myth debunked.
8- Your eye health can improve.
Egg yolks are rich in vitamin a lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc. Lutein is a carotenoid and remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that lutein has several benefits for eye health, such as preventing age-related macular degeneration or cataracts. Vitamin A is also essential for the health of your cornea, while zinc contributes to the health of your retina. The zeaxanthin protects your eyes from the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays when exposed to direct sunlight.
Studies have associated high levels of zeaxanthin with better vision, especially in dim light. What is more, eggs will protect your eyes from retinal damage due to their high omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t get us wrong eating eggs won’t give you superman like laser eyes. However, it will help prevent severe eye health conditions.
9- Your bones will be strong and healthy.
Eggs are some of the few foods out there that contain vitamin D, which is essential for bone health. Moreover, eggs are rich in phosphorus and calcium, which help improve the density of the bones. Studies have also confirmed that egg yolks can prevent the risk of osteoporosis.
So next time someone tries to convince you that eggs are bad for your health show, them these science-backed facts. Eggs are true superfoods that can do you a lot of good if paired with a healthy and balanced diet and an active lifestyle.
Do you long for the days when you felt younger, more energetic, and had fewer wrinkles? If so, you’re not alone. Aging is a natural process that happens to all of us, but that doesn’t mean that we have to accept it gracefully. There are a number of ancient Tibetan rituals that can help rejuvenate your body and make you look and feel younger. In this article, we will discuss the Tibetan rites of rejuvenation and how they can help improve your health and vitality!
The Tibetan rites of rejuvenation are a series of exercises that were first developed by Tibetan monks. These exercises are designed to improve the flow of energy in the body and reduce the effects of aging. The Tibetan rites can be performed by people of all ages and physical abilities.
There are five main Tibetan rites:
– The first rite is known as “the breathing rite.” This exercise helps to improve lung capacity and circulation.
– The second rite is known as “the spinning rite.” This exercise helps to improve balance and coordination.
– The third rite is known as “the stretching rite.” This exercise helps to improve flexibility and joint health.
– The fourth rite is known as “the toning rite.” This exercise helps to improve muscle tone and strength.
– The fifth rite is known as “the meditation rite.” This exercise helps to improve mental clarity and focus.
The Tibetan rites of rejuvenation are a great way to combat the effects of aging. These exercises can help improve your overall health, vitality, and appearance. If you are looking for a way to feel younger and more energetic, the Tibetan rites of rejuvenation may be right for you!
In addition to the above rites, I found out about a set of exercises that I have been now doing since. I learned them from a book called “The Eye of Revelation – The Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation” by Peter Kelder. This is a very quick and easy read, and I highly recommend everyone adds it to their reading list and puts the new knowledge into action. The purpose of these simple exercises is to start our seven vortexes spinning at a normal rate of speed as when we were young again.
Here’s a video demonstrating these exercises:
And here’s another video which also gives us the names of each rite.
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It is estimated that as many as 70 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Sleep deprivation can have a myriad of health effects, long term and short term. Cindy explains what you can do during your day to try to get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
Hi, I’m Cindy Santa Anna integrative nutritionist for the Amen Clinics and your Wellness Wednesday host. Today’s topic is getting a better night’s sleep. It is estimated that as many as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation, this can have myriad health benefits, long-term and short-term deleterious health effects such as weight gain, anxiety, irritability and even memory problems. Us adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Teenagers about nine to ten and aging adults – 65, plus about 6 to 8 hours a night with, maybe even some naps. So how can we get a better night’s sleep?
Tip 1 – Get Exercise
The first tip is to make sure that you’re getting exercise throughout the day. This has so many benefits, even if it’s a 20-minute walk outside or some weights. This can help make you tired at night and sleep better.
Tip 2 – Limit Caffeine
The next is to limit your caffeine and remember that caffeine takes about 72 hours to completely detoxify from the body, so you want to make sure that you’re not having any stimulatory drinks after about 12 o’clock. This includes tea and even chocolate.
Tip 3 – Limit Blue Light Exposure
The next is blue light. Blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, which helps us feel sleepy, so watching TV, being on your phone, kindles, laptops, etc. late at night is really bad. So if you do watch TV you can put on your blue light blockers. I even have some for kids for my kids and then turn off all your electronics at least a good 30 to 45 minutes, if not an hour before bedtime, to allow your body to start producing that melatonin.
Tip 4 – Comfortable Sleeping Environment
The next step is to make sure that your sleeping environment is comfortable and cool. You don’t have bunchy pajamas, maybe sleeping on organic sheets or organic cotton. Turning down the temperature one degree at night to make it nice and cool helps your body know it’s time for sleep.
Tip 5 – Watch Your Diet
It’s also important to pay attention to your diet throughout the day and make sure that your dinner is at least three hours before your bedtime and contains a protein, fiber from vegetables, and a healthy fat; staying away from heavy carbohydrates like rice and pasta and breads. Watch the desserts and then seriously watch the alcohol; that can majorly interfere with your sleep and it’s not recommended for brain health.
Tip 6 – Supplements
You can also supplement. You can use some herbs like lemon balm and passion flower. I like magnesium glycinate at bedtime. L-Theanine is nice, as well as vitamin B6 rich foods and gaba rich foods. I love the holy basil and ashwagandha, which are adaptogenic herbs that help us respond to stress better. So those are some good options as well.
Okay, so try these tips and I hope, you’re sleeping better at night – take care.
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Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies. He’s also the co-author of Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life & Those You Love.
Aphasia is a mysterious condition that leaves people unable to speak. It can affect any part of the speech process, from understanding words to producing them. Aphasia can be caused by a stroke, a head injury, or a brain tumor. It can also develop as a result of a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. Although aphasia can be very disabling, many people with aphasia make some progress in their recovery with treatment.
Aphasia is a complex condition that can make it difficult for people to understand and use language. It can affect a person’s ability to speak, read, write, and communicate in any other way. Aphasia can be mild or severe. People with aphasia may have trouble finding the right words, understanding what others are saying, or using grammar correctly. They may also have trouble reading or writing.
People with aphasia often continue to understand nonverbal communication such as body language and facial expressions. They may also be able to sing or use gestures to communicate. Aphasia does not affect a person’s intelligence.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for aphasia, but a variety of therapies can be helpful. Speech-language therapists can help people with aphasia regain some ability to communicate. Occupational therapists can help them find other ways to do daily activities. Physical therapists can help them improve their movement and coordination.
If you or someone you know has aphasia, there are many resources available to help. The National Aphasia Association provides support and information for people with aphasia and their families. You can also find support groups in your community. With the right treatment and support, people with aphasia can live full lives.
Some of you might have seen it in the media that Hollywood actor, Bruce Willis, was recently diagnosed with aphasia. Below is a podcast episode from The Brain Docs that breaks this all down.
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