Get Smart: Samantha Heller's Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health

Get Smart: Samantha Heller's Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health

Samantha Heller

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 0801893763

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A healthy body makes for a healthy brain, and this fun, creative guide is designed to help readers have both―they can be smarter, stronger, happier, and more energetic by changing a few dietary habits. Nutritionist and frequent morning talk show guest Samantha Heller has created a life raft in a sea of confusing and contradictory nutrition and diet information.

Heller's Nutrition Prescription plan considers each person’s habits, budget, and food preferences when making lifestyle recommendations. Raised on white rice and beans? Switch to brown rice instead. Can’t afford fresh Atlantic salmon? Canned salmon will do just as well. Fresh vegetables unavailable at the neighborhood bodega? Frozen are just as nutritious. Heller's unique, user-friendly approach is based on the most current scientific and medical research, while her food lists, meal plans, substitutions, and recipes are easy to follow.

Heller links the benefits of good nutrition to healthy brain functioning, explaining how readers can improve memory, focus, mood, mental clarity, heart health, psychological well-being, and energy levels―all through a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Get Smart will motivate and empower people of all ages to change their lives.

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cancer. Think of the Holocaust when you think of horrible. This is just a little inconvenient, and we will all have a wonderful time.” And we did. We tend to “awfulize” events in our lives and make them far more stressful than need be. While getting yelled at by your boss or being late for an important appointment can be upsetting, they do not have to send you into a major freak-out. The next time you are in a stressful situation, say, stuck in traffic, take a moment to look at the reality of

plaques in brain tissue and interfere with the brain’s ability to function. Scientists believe that oxidative stress contributes to the formation of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps keep a good supply of antioxidants available to neutralize free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, protect cells, and support a healthy brain and may offer protection against dementia. In the Nurses’ Health Study researchers discovered that women who ate the most

honey-dipped cereals (candy in boxes if you ask me) and buy some whole-grain healthier fare. Shredded wheat, oatmeal, Total, Kashi, and other whole-grain cereals are a good morning choice. Add some protein for the morning amino brain bath and you’ve got a recipe for genius. • Eating breakfast is associated with significant improvement in student academic performance and psychosocial functioning in children. • Eating oatmeal boosts kids’ cognitive skills better than refined, low-fiber breakfast

diabetes mellitus: The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer-Norfolk Prospective Study. Arch Intern Med 2008;168:1493–9. Hirani V, Zaninotto P, Primatesta P. Generalised and abdominal obesity and risk of diabetes, hypertension and hypertension-diabetes co-morbidity in England. Public Health Nutr 2008;11:521–7. Hu FB. Plant-based foods and prevention of cardiovascular disease: an overview. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:544S-51. Hu FB, Willett WC. Optimal diets for prevention of coronary heart

socializing: social interaction promotes general cognitive functioning. Pers Soc Psychol Bull 2008;34:248–59. Index “Ab flab,” 31, 97, 99, 135, 141–43 Acetylcholine, 52, 59–60, 61, 79, 99 Acetyl-l-carnitine, 123 Adenosine, 153 Aerobic exercise, 139, 140 Alcohol, 6, 107, 108, 114, 149, 151–53, 156 “All-natural” foods or supplements, 133 Almonds / almond butter, 55, 62, 69, 70, 71 Alpha-tocopherol, 15, 70, 106, 117–18 , 119–20, 134 ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), 52, 144

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