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Foods that Can Improve Your Quality of Life

Summary: A diet rich in certain foods can dramatically improve thought, memory and mood.
Air Date: 12/4/14
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Guest Bio: Jon Lieff, MD
Jon Lieff HeadshotDr. Jon Lieff has spent more than three decades exploring the mind and how it functions in both humans and nature. From the fascinating behaviors of animals and microbes, to the human brain and its ability to bounce back from injury, Dr. Lieff uses his expertise to help others better understand the world around them, and how it works on the most intricate levels.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lieff is a practicing neuropsychiatrist specializing in the interface of psychiatry, neurology and medicine. In 2001, Dr. Lieff founded Searching for the Mind, an organization that reviews scientific developments in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution and biophysics. He writes about these topics on his blog, www.jonlieffmd.com, where he analyzes new scientific findings that point to evidence of the mind and its presence in nature, as well as new discoveries in the human brain and how it functions.
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Foods that Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Being part of a society that's never able to slow down -- one that has processed and unhealthy foods on every corner -- it may seem that everyone's brains are inflamed, stressed-out and polluted.

This unhealthy brain environment can make it hard to think clearly and remember relatively simple things, like where you last placed your keys. If something isn't done to reverse the current conditions of the functioning of the society we live in, the poor cognition and memory problems that result will increasingly give way to dementia and other devastating disorders.

So, what's the first thing that needs to be done?

Eating the right foods is a great place to start. It can be hard to find realistic time in your day to fully plan meals for seven days a week. It can also be a challenge to find foods that offer exceptional nutrition at a reasonable price.

You may be well aware of the effects sugar has on your health, but what about other foods that you should stay away from?

Unfortunately, there is no short answer to this question. Have you ever tried reading a food label and found yourself scratching your head while pulling up a Google search on your phone to figure out what the heck an ingredient is? There are many unnecessary (and unidentifiable) added ingredients that serve no healthy purpose.

What are some foods that you should be incorporating in your diet?

Foods that are rich magnesium, lysine, and B vitamins are a great way to increase energy levels, fight off infection and improve memory function, mood and your overall health.

What are some other foods that can help improve your overall quality of life?

Dr. Jon Leff joins Dr. Mike to discuss how wholesome, healthy foods can help improve your memory, mood and overall health.

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