UPDATE at end of review.
I intended to write my review after 3 weeks of following the Brain Fog Fix plan, but as I read the book, I quickly realized that I already do everything in this book. I made these changes a few years ago, and they worked incredibly well for me. I'll explain that at the end of my review. I chose this book because my elderly mother saw it discussed on a daytime talk show, and she asked me to buy it and help her follow the plan. Mom has dementia and doesn't realize that she doesn't have the type of brain fog described in this book. The book does discuss dementia, and overcoming brain fog can be helpful in pushing back the onset of dementia for some people. However, my mother is not the target audience for this book. Of course, she doesn't realize that.
I had this book in my cart for two weeks, as I was on the fence about it. I was not familiar with Dr Dow because I don't watch daytime TV or reality programming, which he is apparently known for. I wasn't sure if the book would be a wise investment. I accepted the book through Vine, and I'm glad I did. Overall, I believe this book can help many people, and I am living proof that the methods described can make a real difference in ridding brain fog and becoming more productive.
This book was written for those of us who have ever fallen into the trap of eating processed foods while ignoring nutrient rich vegetables, and have forgone activity for lives of convenience, or lack of time or energy. The choices we make have a strong bearing on how our brains function, and brain fog is an all too common side effect of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. These choices can also predetermine our future brain health, which is probably something most of us don't think about. We have more power and control than we realize.
What's in the 3 week plan? The first week involves dietary changes. Take out everything that may cause brain fog, and replace it with foods that improve it. It's stringent, but also very flexible. Anyone can do it. You'll also work on improving your mood. You can loosen up a little on the diet the second week, but you will increase activity, improve sleeping habits, and learn new things to stimulate your brain. The third week is called a spirit revolution. There are many options, including religion, meditation, a connection with nature, or even political awareness.
None of the advice in this book is ground-breaking, and it can all be found elsewhere from very reputable medical websites. However, it is very helpful to have it consolidated in one place, especially to someone who hasn't taken the time to search through multiple resources. This book is also written in a manner that is very easy to follow and understand. The book includes many case studies that help explain how this information can help those that put it to use. I know that this works, and that brain fog can be cleared up if we are willing to make changes to our diet and lifestyle.
Brain fog caused me to float through my days in a near stupor, never really getting anything accomplished. I'd forget why I went into the next room. I had trouble concentrating. If you are considering this book, you already know how badly brain fog can affect your life. A few years ago, I started choosing food based on nutrients, not cravings. I chose the most colorful, nutrient dense vegetables and fruits available. I chose lean proteins, and high fiber foods. I cut way back on grains, and I gave up all added sugar as well as artificial ingredients. I cooked from scratch, giving up processed foods. I began exercising, working up to an hour a day on the treadmill. I discovered meditation, although it was difficult to master at first. Once I did, it made me feel incredibly relaxed. I became more social. I studied a second language. The result of these changes was a brain that was on fire! My energy levels went through the roof, and I even felt more confident.
By the way, I am in my 50s. I'm a grandmother, I work full time, and now I even help take care of my elderly mother. I'm a very busy person, but I found the time to plan and make these changes. It DOES take time and effort to improve our lives, but it doesn't have to be difficult. The quick results provide all the incentive you need to keep going. The Brain Fog Fix offers real advice for real people. It's do-able.
Mom isn't going to get better, but we are going to walk her through the steps in this book. Maybe it will help slow down the progression of her dementia, maybe it won't. But it will give her hope, and that can greatly improve each day, one day at a time.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with brain fog, or who has a loved one that needs help.
UPDATE: Dr Dow recommends a daily dose of turmeric and black pepper, which is good. However, he recommends 1/2 tsp turmeric with 1/2 tsp black pepper in an ounce of cold water. Cayenne and ginger are optional. Don't do it! Yes to the turmeric, NO to 1/2 tsp black pepper! Just a PINCH of black pepper is enough to make. Black pepper not only makes turmeric curcumin more bioavailable, it also can impact any prescription or OTC medications you may take. Please research your medications first to make sure you are safe. You can consume turmeric at the same time as a meal with a little bit of fat, as fat also increases the bioavailability of curcumin.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (15 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483021602
- ISBN-13: 978-1483021607
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