Dr. Daniel Amen, Holistic Eating, and the Brain

Dr. Daniel Amen, author, physician, and psychiatrist, is one of the leading experts on the link between good nutrition and maximum brain function and overall health. In his clinical practice, Dr. Daniel Amen blends his medical practice with his view on nutrition and holistic eating. He recently partnered with Dr. Mark Hyman and Pastor Rick Warren to write the book, “The Daniel Plan”.

According to Dr. Amen there are super brain foods that should be eaten to help the brain work at its peak. Super brain foods on his list include the following: almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, cashews, cinnamon, coconut oil, coffee, dark chocolate, eggs, green tea, kale, olive oil, oregano, salmon, Shirataki noodles, sweet potato, turkey, and walnuts.

Each of these brain foods improves or maintains cognitive abilities.  Some, like cashews and cinnamon, help with memory. Others, like Shiraka noodles, and apples contain fiber that give a sense of fullness. Coconut oil and green tea help with metabolism and weight. Avocados and salmon contain omega-3-tatty acids which help maintain cognitive function.

Foods on this list include grains like pearled barley and the old-fashioned oatmeal, frozen vegetables, fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges, cottage cheese, eggs, beans, canned tuna, skim milk, and water.

While the cost of eating healthy may appear more expensive at first,it isn’t. Dr. Daniel Amen stresses in the long run, eating healthy is much cheaper because of what is saved in terms of physical, mental, and emotional health.

The Daniel Plan Diet has helped thousands of individuals lose weight, and transform, not only the way they look, but the way they feel and think. The benefits of this diet, however, are far greater than just weight loss. Dr. Daniel Amen has shown lack of proper nutrition may cause or contribute to common psychiatric conditions like ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety.

In clinical practice, Dr. Daniel Amen uses a holistic approach, looking at all parts of the individual, including physical, mental, psychological, social, and spiritual. Amen Clinics are located in California, Washington, Washington D.C., New York, and Georgia.

SPECT imaging is done to show the physiology of the brain.Detoxification, lifestyle changes, medication, nutritional changes and supplements-all are part of the treatment program. For those who can’t go to a clinic, seriously read the book, “The Daniel Plan”.

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