As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
- Animal products
Foods like seafood, meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs contain a nutritional “super nutrient” which plays a key role in brain cell metabolism. This nutrient is vitamin B-12 which is an instrumental vitamin in the production of red blood cells, neurological functioning, neurotransmitter secretion and cellular energy production. It’s important to understand that as you age, your ability to absorb B-12 from food diminishes. This situation can be amplified if you have any concurrent gastrointestinal disease or if you are a vegan. Vitamin B-12 is very important for normal nerve cell functioning with permanent damage being caused as the result of chronic deficiency. Eating foods high in vitamin B-12 on a regular basis will prevent this deficiency from developing. The same types of animal products also contain a high amount of L-Carnitine, which is very important nutrient which the brain uses constantly. L-Carnitine is necessary to transport fat and glucose molecules into the brain cells so that they can be burned as a fuel source. Brain cells require a large and continual supply of oxygen and energy so an adequate supply of L-Carnitine needs to be on hand.
Certain types of fish and plants contain a type of essential fat called the omega-3 family. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardine, anchovy, tuna and herring contain this type of super-unsaturated fatty acids which decrease inflammation, excessive blood clotting and tightness of the arteries within the neck and brain which can lead to impaired brain function, strokes and cognitive impairment. The omega-3 fats are also found in flax seed oils; however they have to be converted within the body before they can be effectively utilized. I recommend eating at least 2-3 servings of oily fish per week to fulfill your requirements for the omega-3 fats your brain.
Berries contain chemicals called anthocyanins which are pigments contained within the pulp and skins. These chemicals are also found in other types of berries and fruit such as wine. These chemicals affect brain function by decreasing inflammation within the arteries of the brain and neck. Increased levels of inflammation can cause changes in blood flow to certain areas of the brain resulting in a decrease in oxygen delivery. I recommend eating 1-2 servings of berries per day as part of your dietary practice. Blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cranberries and bilberries are excellent choices.
- Brightly Coloured Vegetables
Green, yellow and red vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants like vitamin-C and beta-carotene which can decrease free-radical generation in brain cells where free radical generation rates are very high. I recommend eating at least 2-3 servings of coloured vegetables, citrus or sweet potato per day in order to provide your brain with an adequate supply of free-radical savaging nutrients.
- Green Tea
Green tea contains alcohol-based chemicals called polyphenols which protect out brain cells in two principle ways. Firstly, the intake of green tea polyphenols decreases inflammation within the arteries in your brain thus improving the blood flow and brain cell oxygen supply. Secondly, the chemicals in green tea are potent free radical scavengers and can remove and neutralize the continual production of free radicals within your brain cells. I recommend drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day and I think your brain will thank you!