Grains on the Brain? Think Again!


Mental illness is a pervasive issue in the United States. An estimated 18.2 percent of the population suffers from ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or other mental illness annually, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Chemical imbalances, major life event, workplace or even diet can contribute changes in a person's mental state. And according to David Perlmutter, MD, what you eat could affect your mind more than you think.
Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, explores how grains and carbs could be destroying brain cells in his book "Grain Brain."

Whether they're healthy or unhealthy, whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and mental illnesses, he says. In "Grain Brain," Perlmutter explains how the human brain actually thrives on fat and cholesterol, spurring brain cell growth. With changes in dietary choices and lifestyle habits, a person can remedy our most feared maladies without drugs, he says.

Have you found some foods affect your mental health more than others? If your answer is "I don't know," then read "Grain Brain" and think again.