THE PEGAN ROAD
TO BRAIN HEALTH
Dr. Lisa Broyles
with Jane Rogers
Keeping your brain healthy means feeding it the right food.
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What you'll learn in this podcast....
Dr. Lisa Broyles, MD discusses Dr. Mark Hyman’s latest book, The Pegan Diet. Rather than a specific catalog of foods to eat, Dr. Hyman presents a guidebook for adopting the diet that works best for you as an individual.
Dr. Broyles explains how choosing foods rich in color is better for you. Red foods, for example, are anti-inflammatory and help your immune system. Foods that are blue can improve memory and help with depression and anxiety, things like plums, eggplant and blueberries. Green foods help with circulation. Yellow with your gut. Orange with hormone regulation.
Avoid eating anything made from flour because that can drive insulin resistance. Meat can be nutritious, says Dr. Hyman, if it is sourced right, as from free range animals that have not been raised in feedlots. But, he adds, meat should be more of a side dish on your plate rather than the main attraction.
You are not only what you eat, but what your food ate, says Dr. Broyles. If a chicken has been “vegetarian fed,” that probably means that it was primarily fed junk like corn.
As for vegetables, 75% of them should be non-starchy. Choosing the right kinds of fats are important. The brain is primarily made of fat. Our cell linings are made from fat. So, whatever fats you’re consuming are lining the neurons of your brain and forming the basis of your hormones.
For people with the APOE4 gene, saturated fats not only increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimers but also raises inflammation. Following Dr. Hyman, Dr. Broyles suggests choosing a diet that is tailored to your unique genetic makeup. She recommends a saliva test from Nutrition Genome for her patients that can identify foods that work best for that particular genetic presentation.
Dr. Broyles offers pointers from her own experience as a small homesteader, gardener, mother, cook and functional medicine doctor that all of us can use in building our own healthy diets.
About Dr. Lisa Broyles, MD
Dr. Lisa Broyles, MD, is trained in the Bredesen Protocol, a personalized program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. It is estimated that nearly 50 million currently living Americans will die of Alzheimer’s disease if effective prevention and reversal are not implemented–almost 100 times more than have died of COVID-19. Mainstream medicine would have you believe that it can’t be prevented, is untreatable, and progressive, with most patients not surviving beyond three to eleven years post-diagnosis.
But we are learning that the disease is a pathology of multiple causes that is preventable and even reversible in the early stages through the kind of holistic and individualized approach prescribed by the Bredesen Protocol.
A certified functional medicine doctor with an interest in holistic/integrative medicine, Dr. Broyles is transforming medical care in rural North Carolina. Addressing the underlying causes of disease rather than simply treating symptoms, Dr. Broyles uses a systems-oriented, holistic approach that engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. The result has been a palpable rise in health IQ and wellness in the community she serves.
“People are hungry for this kind of patient/physician collaborative care. They want to take charge of their well-being. They want to feel empowered. Too often, though, the insurance system in America limits choices for physicians and patients alike. Functional medicine represents a fundamental paradigm shift from symptom suppression to an integrative body/mind approach to optimal health,” said Dr. Broyles.
Hoping to help more people than her limited practice can accommodate, Dr. Broyles is reaching out to her community through the Cutting-Edge Health podcast and other platforms. At the end of each podcast, Dr. Broyles will answer your questions.
Having graduated from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her three-year residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Dr. Broyles is currently a family practitioner in Saluda, North Carolina.
For the past several years, she served patients at urgent care and occupational medicine centers in South Carolina and Tennessee. Prior to this, she was medical director for the East Tennessee Spine and Nerve Center in Chattanooga and the Johnson City Tennessee Downtown Clinic. Dr. Broyles graduated from Brody school of medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville North Carolina and obtained her functional medicine certification from Functional Medicine university in Greer South Carolina.