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Mediterranean Diet – The evidence is in

August 5, 2017


This from

Mylea Charvat, Ph.D.
CEO & Founder at Savonix

A growing body of scientific evidence supports the relationship between diet and long-term cognitive health. This third article in a four part series on take aways that you can benefit from today, out of the annual AAIC meeting will highlight the findings on diet and cognition. The prior two posts explored the relationship between sleep and cognition and exercise and your brain health and next week we will explore how socialization (the face to face kind not the Facebook kind) is fundamental to long term cognitive health.

You are what you eat

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 last week in London, results from four large population-based studies suggested a link between healthy eating practices and better cognition when you’re older. I listened as my fellow neuroscientists and behavioral psychologists discussed how certain lifestyle and dietary choices could have a significant impact on long-term health. It seems like common sense, but most people choose to delay healthy eating until it’s too late.

It’s hard to make changes when you’re young, vibrant and healthy. We don’t want to think about how our actions and dietary choices today will impact our health 30 years down the road. And many people think that if they stay slim while eating a poor diet they will not face the health consequences of those poor nutrition choices, but they are wrong and in medicine we have a term for such people, TOFI.

In recent years, the link between diet and cognition has grown and attracted significant attention from more than clinical psychologists and neuroscientists. Different diets made their way into the media and Hollywood spotlight- Paleo, Atkins, the South Beach diet, and the recent Whole 30 diet craze– all of which offer shiny promises to improve your mind and body.

But do they really?

While these Hollywood diets go in and out of fashion, the Mediterranean Diet — comprised of eating mostly plants (vegetables, fruit, beans) – has maintained its golden reputation, backed by decades of scientific research. Studies have again and again shown that this diet protects against obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Now evidence also suggests that this diet could lessen the risk for cognitive decline and lifetime risk of dementia.

The Journal of Neurology recently published a study that confirmed the easy-to-follow Mediterranean diet can have lasting benefits for brain health. Another study of over 6000 older adults showed a 30-35% lower risk of memory impairment when sticking to a Mediterranean-based diet. CNN recently reported that people who closely adhered to a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet saw a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

What exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is mostly plant-based, with an emphasis on limiting saturated fat. This diet suggests a high intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil and avocado. It also encourages a moderate intake of dairy, wine, and poultry. Finally, it recommends a low intake of red meats and sweets.

Usually the term ‘diet’ conjures up images of bland, boring, unsatisfying food. Part of the Mediterranean Diet’s success is that it’s focused on hearty, tasty food, so it can easily become a lifestyle change rather than a chore.

Unlike many fad diets, the Mediterranean diet does not advocate for a large restriction of carbohydrates. The guidelines instead suggest that healthy carbohydrates be consumed—those found in vegetables and whole grains. This gives another benefit to the Mediterranean diet: it’s high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that combat the oxidative processes that occur within the aging brain. Oxidative damage is a common attribute in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The main components of the Mediterranean diet (e.g. fruits, vegetables, wine, olive oil) provide high levels of antioxidants that slow and/or prevent this damage.

The evidence speaks for itself

As someone clinically trained in healthcare, I believe in hard evidence and facts. It’s hard to ignore the growing body of literature that the modern western diet may account for the rise we see in many disease conditions from Alzheimer’s to Diabetes to even (the latest studies suggest) Depression and Anxiety. I began eating a Mediterranean Diet in my late 20s and my physician tells me that at 46 I have the “numbers of a 30 year old” at my annual physical.

I know this choice may not be for everyone, but I strongly encourage each of you to consider your daily food choices and know that your actions today could affect your brain health down the road.

MAGNESIUM – It combats Depression !

July 30, 2017

We are finding out more and more as more and more is being REVEALED, that is turning the thoughts and beliefs on HOW we have lived life and WHAT is best for us in order to THRIVE !

I had to go through so much pain in my 20’s and 30’s from my monthly menses on 1st day. I only found out about MAGNESIUM towards the end of that time and how it was lacking, and in such small amounts, that takes away the pain. Hmmm. We are a delicate balance, aren’t we ?  If we can keep the chemical cocktail that was us upon birth, we can keep aches and pains at bay. We don’t really focus on that, especially as we age.

The average human body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, one of the six essential minerals that must be supplied in the diet.

I also started taking it daily to keep my bowels moving well. Imagine that. It works so well. At least 50% of our western world has impacted bowels of some kind. No meds needed. Just one capsule per day of 250- 500mg Magnesium. If eating Thanksgiving meal, take two with meal. That simple.

Recently I went to buy some more and compared the product called CALM to a Sundown Naturals Mag 500mg. caps. Calm was twice the price and didn’t supply as much as the caps. I now saved money, take an easy 1 cap / day and feel better.

I am part of the brilliant Food Revolution Network since its inception with the ‘Robbins Clan’ from Baskin-Robbins fame. How lucky John Robbins went this way with our health and relationship with FOOD. That stuff we put in our bodies more often than anything else in life. Our fuel.

What kind of fuel are you putting into your engine today? You put Premium grade into your car and get regular oil changes and preventive maintenance there, so why not with the most important ‘vehicle’, your body? Especially our kids bodies. Go to this LINK for getting the max nutrition fast and easy, into your kids bodies:

I know it seems hard and what to choose, well, that’s what I look for and write about. Enjoy this and sign up with the ‘Robbins’, Food Revolution Network, for the best info out there !!

Coconut Oil – the cure of the century !

February 28, 2012

I consider this element of Mother Earth the closest thing to God.  tee hee.

Really.  You probably already know all this but now CNN is finally on board.

Just be AWARE of the BRAND of Coconut Oil.  Make sure of the contents; make sure it’s PURE, only Coconut OIL, NOTHING ELSE.


abraham-hicks on NATURAL FOOD

December 17, 2011


PLEASE ENJOY Esther Hicks’ take on FOOD.


MSG – Health Risk is hidden in your foods

November 25, 2011

Please read the LABELS of your food.

MSG is found in more of what we eat than is readily known.

This from my local farmers market newsletter on Maui, that gives us great info and ideas each week:

Upcountry Farmers Market <>

“I learned that I have been eating MSG in many foods called by names that I thought I could trust…ie;Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein,glutamic acid, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, TVP textured vegetable protein, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, corn oil, …all of the above always have MSG in them and when the label says it has malt extract, malt flavoring, bouillon, broth stock, natural flavors, natural beef or chicken flavoring, seasoning or spices it may have MSG these frequently contain MSG and the last category may contain MSG …carrageenan, enzymes, soy protein concentrate,soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate… I for one will not do well physically if I eat any MSG and for those out there that have a similar problem with it keep your eyes on the labels. ”

What’s really cool is that a group of kids, calling themselves the Mind Reapers Troupe of the Carden Academy of Maui, performed a mini-theatre production about this topic, naming all the products and ingredients that we should look out for.  What a FUN way to Learn !! and to teach our parents what we need to look out for today, which is different than when they grew up !  The rules have changed, so let’s share the NEW INFO, in a fun and easy manner which helps new information get absorbed.

How are you implementing new important knowledge in your family or school?  Mimicry is a great form of flattery – if you want to create a skit at your kids school about this or other related topics, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel.

Teaching our kids to fish is a better option that just giving them fish, wouldn’t you say?  Making for more self-responsible citizens 🙂

new ebook – The Body Garden…learn the new rules of Health

June 25, 2011

From the SOILS of our GUTS to the SOILS of our Gardens
Book 1.  A mini-handbook in a Series of 3 ebooks, starting with the SOILS of our GUTS.  * Daily Detox Lifestyle Tips from SuperFoods to SuperFarming

Your own Health Coach/Ranger in your back pocket has summarized her 5 years of Hawaiian Detox Retreats for Optimum Health, for you in an ebook.

The rules have changed.  Arm yourself with the latest Health tips and recipes that saves money and time; from sprouting to home-made probiotics to home garden essentials.

‘Live’ Links take you to the Source of the information on the ‘net’, for further research,  needed today to combat the high toxicity levels in our air (aluminum, radiation), water (chlorine and more) and food, (pesticides, fertilizers).

Safeguard your children and engage them with home recipes for great food that is alive to recipes for growing a garden that will save you petrol/carbon/dollars.

Small easy steps, food recipes, home gardens, alternative medicine .  Each subscriber will be able to share their story and findings through the ebook Blog/forum.

Book 2.  The SOILS of our Gardens.  Learn here why cleansing and fasting brought me back to the garden.  COMING SOON . . . stay tuned here or on website:

OBESITY – and how it holds more toxins in tissues

March 18, 2011

“Obesity is a disease because it is dangerous to one’s health. When a person becomes excessively overweight, the whole body is burdened. For every inch you gain in girth, the body grows approximately four miles of blood vessels to nourish the extra tissues. Blood which would normally be sent to the head and brain remains in the abdominal cavity, aiding the digestive organs with their increased work load. To pump the blood through this increased fatty tissue, the heart must work harder. Because of this undue strain, the heart gradually becomes critically weakened and more likely to collapse. The excessive fats and lipids (which, along with carbohydrates and proteins, constitute the principal structural material of living cells) in the blood stream obstructs the circulation in the arteries and veins. This obstruction in the circulatory system contributes directly to high blood pressure. Excessive weight to the lower front of the body puts stress on the spine and often causes lower back pain.”  (forget where i copied this from 🙂

Well, that’s all i’ve got to say for today – – be well, insure & protect YOU, by doing just one thing TODAY – that is good for YOU !

Maybe take in more SEAWEED, to combat any ‘fallout’ from Japan.   And eat SUPERFOODS.  They are called that for a reason and they’re more important today than ever.  WHY?  Because we have not eaten properly for decades.  Our bodies suffer and then we don’t make good decisions.  Super Food is needed to combat all the bad eating decisions and habits, so they act as a fortifier and/or a mini-cleanse each time we eat them.  Just google the name and they’ll all be there.

To Cleanse or not to Cleanse – is not the question anymore.  It’s HOW and how much DAILY !  It’s not looking like it’s getting any better for us re: environment, in the near future – – so why not take care?  We treat our cars and pets better than our own selves, wouldn’t you say?

Sending Light and Love, out to the Universe !!

look what this 75 year old is doing for herSELF:


Gyan’s Healthy Hints for Improving Your Relationship with Food

October 25, 2010

Everyday you must make decisions about how to feed and water yourself.

what i picked out of the garden today

Here is our list of DO’s and DON’T’s:

  • Chew your food very well.  Remember, one third of your digestion begins in the mouth.  There are no teeth in the stomach.
  • No fluids with meals.  Drink water or other fluids 30  minutes before eating and wait at least 2 hours before drinking after meals.
  • Pay attention to proper food combining.  Goods that fight produce gas and bloating.
  • Don’t eat late at night, overeat or eat when you don’t have an appetite.  These eating habits will weaken your digestion.
  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and if possible, squeeze some fresh lime or lemon juice into it.
  • Take a daily pro-biotic (friendly bacteria) to imp;rove digestion and to restore the balance in the lining of your gut wall.
  • Include healthy Omega 3 & 6 fats and oils in your diet; and don’t get it from FISH OILS – we’ve been taught bad info,  read more here: Fish oils have been proven to LEAD to diabetes !
  • Take digestive enzymes with cooked foods.
  • 80% alkaline forming foods….20% acid forming foods.  more here:
  • Strive to make your diet 50% raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of fresh purified water. Use a Britta filter if a better filter is not in your budget.
  • Practice Gratitude (amazing results in one’s life)
  • Smile