Preventing Alzheimer’s With The Ketogenic Diet: Amy Berger
We have a great, nutrition information-packed episode for you this week! Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote, Amy Berger, joined me to discuss the importance of lifestyle change for disease prevention, how the Ketogenic Diet can positively impact cognitive function, plus the many other benefits of the Ketogenic diet including combating Alzheimer’s disease at its roots.
As you listen to this episode, you will learn:
- Her book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, and mission to help people learn about the impact of the Ketogenic Diet on mental health and Alzheimer’s.
- The great importance of not only looking at your blood sugar levels but also testing your insulin.
- Why chronically high insulin can lead to a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s.
- Why the current pharmaceutical drugs on the market are useless as they only slow the decline of Alzheimer’s.
- The fact that heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease have so much more to do with other areas of our health than cholesterol.
- Why the metabolic effects of the Ketogenic Diet don’t just come from the high fats but more importantly the lack of carbs.
- Why it’s never too late to start focusing on your nutrition and trying the Ketogenic disease to combat disease or maintaining your good health.
The Alzheimer’s Antidote
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 is startlingly similar to a half-century ago. Despite decades of research and millions of dollars invested in uncovering the causes and developing treatments for this devastating illness, progress has been slow, with each new “blockbuster” drug proving to be as big a disappointment as the ones that went before it. Today, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a death sentence.
However, there may be ways to prevent, delay, and possibly even reverse the course of this crippling neurodegenerative disease. In The Alzheimer’s Antidote, Certified Nutrition Specialist Amy Berger presents a multi-pronged nutrition and lifestyle intervention to combat Alzheimer’s disease at its roots. Berger’s research shows that Alzheimer’s results from a fuel shortage in the brain: As neurons become unable to harness energy from glucose, they atrophy and die, leading to classic symptoms like memory loss and behavioral changes.
This is a revolutionary approach―one that has been discussed in the scientific literature for years but has only recently been given credence in clinical settings, thanks to extremely promising studies wherein Alzheimer’s patients have experienced complete reversals of the condition. Medical and scientific journals are full of research showing alternate ways to fuel the starving brain, but no one has been bringing this essential information to the people who need it most―until now.
In a culture obsessed with miracle medications, the pharmaceutical route for tackling Alzheimer’s has been a massive failure. Pills and potions don’t address underlying causes, and regarding Alzheimer’s, they typically fail to improve even the symptoms. As a metabolic problem, the only effective way to treat Alzheimer’s may be a multifaceted approach that fundamentally reprograms energy generation in the brain. The good news is, the secret is as simple as switching to a low-carb, high-fat diet.
The Alzheimer’s Antidote shows us that cognitive decline is not inevitable, but if it does occur, we don’t have to sit idly by and wait helplessly while it progresses and worsens. Amy Berger empowers loved ones and caregivers of Alzheimer’s sufferers, and offers hope and light against this otherwise unnavigable labyrinth of darkness.
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You cannot have a healthy brain or cognitive function without cholesterol. Period. Your brain is about 20% of all your body’s cholesterol. This cholesterol fear-mongering has got to go. – Amy Berger
About Amy Berger
Amy Berger, MS, CNS, is a U.S. Air Force veteran and Certified Nutrition Specialist who specializes in using low-carbohydrate and ketogenic nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious foods, and showing them that getting well doesn’t require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, “Real people need real food!”
She blogs at www.tuitnutrition.com, where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more. She is an international speaker on low-carb and ketogenic nutrition, has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, and serves on the review committee for the Certification Examination for Nutrition Specialists. She is the author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline.
Amy’s Educational Background
She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She has been eating a low-carb diet and maintaining a 35-pound weight loss for over 15 years and loves using both her writing and nutrition backgrounds to help other people learn about low-carb and keto.
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1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
2:00 Rob shares about his grandmother’s current condition with Alzheimer’s and interviewing her to document her memories.
8:00 How our nutrition choices aren’t only impacting our health but that of the planet as well.
9:30 The importance of supporting local farmers who grass-feed their animals and choose organic vegetables and fruits if you financially are able to.
20:00 Introduction to Amy Berger
21:30 How she became interested in learning about the Ketogenic diet for weight loss and then specifically how it can help Alzheimer’s.
21:55 Her own struggle to lose weight despite trying to live a healthy life until she discovered the Ketogenic diet.
23:00 How her love for nutrition prompted her to shift her career from the Air Force to become a holistic nutritionist.
25:40 Her book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, and mission to help people learn about the impact of the Ketogenic Diet on mental health and Alzheimer’s.
28:00 What happened in society to lead to a greater number of Alzheimer’s cases today including in younger people.
31:00 Why we might even see people as young as their 30s and 40s with Alzheimer’s because it takes root earlier on.
32:00 How to properly test for Type 2 Diabetes beyond just blood sugar by taking insulin into consideration as well.
32:30 Why chronically high insulin can lead to a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s.
34:20 Common signs that you have insulin resistance and should further investigate whether you have chronically high levels of insulin.
39:00 How the Ketogenic Diet’s impact on Alzheimer’s will differ depending on a person’s current stage.
40:30 Why the current pharmaceutical drugs on the market are useless as they only slow the decline of Alzheimer’s.
41:00 How the mindset that we have to avoid cholesterol has been ingrained in our minds and why we actually don’t have to be scared of it.
42:40 Why higher amounts of good cholesterol is actually necessary to live a long, healthy life.
43:00 The fact that heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease have so much more to do with other areas of our health than cholesterol.
43:40 Some of the best foods you can eat for their high levels of good cholesterol including eggs and fatty fish.
45:30 Why cholesterol doesn’t just come down to what we eat; our liver manufactures more of it on its own than we could ever eat because your body needs it.
46:00 Following a vegetarian or vegan diet won’t guarantee you’ll never have heart disease or a heart attack.
46:40 The negative impact of drugs like statins which actually lower the brain’s cognitive function.
49:00 Why the metabolic effects of the Ketogenic Diet don’t just come from the high fats but more importantly the lack of carbs.
53:00 The many other benefits of Keto than just losing weight and increasing cognitive function but also for normalizing weight and aiding emotional wellness.
56:00 What the main goal of intermittent fasting is and how to properly follow it.
59:45 How to go about an intermittent fasting plan that’s best for you and what to be aware of if you are taking medication.
1:02:40 Why it’s never too late to start focusing on your nutrition and trying the Ketogenic disease to combat disease or maintaining your good health.
1:05:00 How to uncover the best diet that works for you.
1:09:00 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
1:14:00 Rob and Devon’s Thanksgiving meal tips to stay on track with your nutrition.
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