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Genius Foods

Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life
Written by: Max Lugavere, Paul Grewal
Narrated by: Max Lugavere
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, change the way you think about how your brain ages, and achieve optimal brain performance with this powerful new guide from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere. 

After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about the workings of the human brain and his mother's condition. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country's very best neurology departments. 

Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain health, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a healthy, balanced mood. He presents ground-breaking science and distills the latest research, including: 

  • How food is like software for our endlessly capable minds; 
  • How select nutrients can actually boost working memory and processing speed; 
  • How slowing down the cognitive aging process is just as much about the foods you omit from your diet as the superfoods that you consume; 
  • And how easy it is to modulate the quality of your thoughts and mood by food. 

In the vein of groundbreaking best sellers such as David Perlmutter's Grain Brain, Tim Ferriss' Four Hour Body, and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Diet, Genius Foods presents a comprehensive, practical roadmap to optimizing the brain's health and performance today - and decades into the future.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, this supplemental material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Max Lugavere (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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I learned a lot <br />

Easy to listen to, I took my time and listened while riding my bike, driving, walking, doing housework, a very intelligent book. it's also inspiring. I found myself sharing the information with friends on a daily basis, they enjoyed it as well.

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  • ms
  • 2018-09-19

Loved it.. and still loving..

This book changed the way i look at food now.. i already listening to this book twice and even bought a kindle version just to take some important notes.. just in case if i miss any key details.. already recommended to many of my friends.. and will keep doing.. #Audible1

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informative and entertaining...easy to adopt plan

i really enjoyed this one...lots of easy to understand info and habits & tips to follow

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must read

takes everything I've learned and applied to myself over the years and sums it up perfectly

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Consolidates leading science and inspires

Listens easily and consolidates leading nutrition science. I like that Max welcomes us to verify his findings (in which I've kept a note book of research that I've looked up). Good stuff!

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For everyone!

An excellent book! Obviously not everyone will agree with everything but the majority of the content in this book is essential for living a better life. Best wishes to all in your journey.

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Fantastic outline!

Great way to learn simple ways to change your diet, along with allows you to gain knowledge of a sometimes mea dry subject!

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Informative and easy to listen to

I found there was a lot of information and it was well presented and researched. I just wish in the end Max said if any of this helped his mothers condition to improve or slow down.

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Definitely Genius

It is genius in its simplicity. A few and difficult changes but once you realize the impact some frequently eaten foods have then the change becomes easier. Great concepts and truly enjoyed it.

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A must read/listen!

What an incredible book to read/listen to, and definitely a life changer. I’m sad that I finished it and wish there was more! Will have to listen through a second time.

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  • laurennicholerx
  • 2018-04-18

Fantastic Listen and Learn!

1. Max has an awesome voice and sense of humor, making this likely the most enjoyable and funny nutrition book in the history of the universe.
2. Science. All the science. Max used his journalistic integrity and genuine heart to find the truth in our understanding of food as genetic information, rather than touting fad diets.
3. Definitely need to buy the physical book! While it is a great listen, I found myself wishing I could highlight and flag pages in what will soon be a favorite reference text in my medical library.

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  • Nick B
  • 2018-04-07

A Great Guide to Overall Health and We’ll Being

Great insights on how certain foods and lifestyle choices that can positively affect your life. While some of these things were already known before listening, I really learned a lot about things to look out for. I’ve made several life style changes based on this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book and have recommended it to countless family members and friends.

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  • 2018-03-28

Good book.

It is produced very well, easy to listen too and Lots and Lots of "food for thought". I crack myself up... seriously good stuff.

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  • Kate
  • 2018-03-24

Life changing!

My mother has Alzheimers and my father has Parkinsons. After extensive research, this book provides the most hope I have found for helping them both... and also trying to safeguard my brain & health as much as possible. This should be required reading for all - doctors included! Incredible material.

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  • Maria
  • 2019-02-19

One of my all-time FAVE health books!!

The timing could not have been more perfect for this book. I started the keto diet in January, and while the ketogenic way of eating offers real weight loss results, I just didn't feel so great on it. I was tired and lethargic, and caught a horrible cold/virus that lasted nearly three weeks, and had a tough time accepting that a daily diet of cheese and meat and fats (even the healthy ones) was right for me. I love salads and veggies, but the keto "police" limits them to very small portions. I just didn't feel that I was giving my immune system and microbiome all the proper nutrition they required. Yet I totally understood and agreed with the science behind keeping insulin low and training your brain and body to use ketones for energy instead of glucose. I struggled with a way to connect keto with "clean" eating. While managing my weight as a middle-age woman is certainly important, it's more important to me to feel my best, look my best, and to avoid becoming a victim of disease. Having lost my mother to aggressive cancer over a decade ago, I didn't want to fall into the same trap. Vitality, vigor, and robust health were my main goals, and I set out to find the answer.

Lo and behold, seemingly out of nowhere, the answers definitely came in the form of this book. I absolutely loved it!!! First of all, it was amazing to me that the author read his own work exceptionally well. Typically, most authors (especially health and wellness ones) are terrible narrators, and it almost always diminishes the value of the content. But in this case. Mr. Lugavere was a fantastic narrator. I loved his sad, personal story about his mother and his quest to seek out answers, and he reads with an engaging tone and cadence that truly makes this book a pleasure to listen to. (He even cracks some funny jokes that had me laughing!) Also, I was pleased to discover how well it was written! Like he literally wrote it with me in mind. Enough science to intrigue me and provide a solid background to his findings, but not so science-y that it was way over my head. This book gave me the permission to still incorporate keto and intermittent fasting in my daily eating plan, while making it clear that I don't need to (nor should I want to!) give up my blueberries or leafy greens or cruciferous veggies -- even if it means going over my low carb allotment. In fact, I learned that going very low cab for extended time periods may not be the healthiest option for me. This book focuses on health and wellness and optimal mental well-being, which is exactly what I had been looking for. I'll probably end up listening to it more than once, because I don't want to miss even one suggestion. It all makes sense, and I know it will affect me in many positive ways. I look forward to more from this author. (I'd love to see a whole series on this topic, like Genius Exercise and Fitness, Genius Biohacks, and maybe even a deeper dive into Genius Superfoods, for those of us who really want to take things to the next level.) Five stars across the board!

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  • Mary Durand
  • 2018-04-16

Great information

Every chapter is full of good medical information (in words a non-medical person can understand) on health and how the food we eat affects our body and brain. This book will make it easy to change the sugar and carb cravings because I now understand how my body and brain will be helped or HURT by them. The author's voice is very pleasant and I'll listen to this book often.

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  • Marguerite
  • 2019-01-01

I have learned nothing

A simple Google search would have gave me this information in a damn chart. It wasn't presented in a fun or interesting way. I am so bored. Let me sum it up for you. Eat Extra virgin olive oil, Blueberries and Dark Chocolate. Avoid processed food.

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  • Mother of Chickens
  • 2018-12-27

Fantastic synthesis of modern nutrition/wellness!

This book earns top billing among the best books available now on the science of nutrition and wellness. I love the way the authors communicate — translating complex concepts into understandable common sense. It is the first book that I recommend to introduce concepts that are key to understanding the need to reject our ‘standard American diet and lifestyle’ and replace it with a more traditional/ancestral/primal/paleo approach to our nutrition / lifestyle. It is so wonderful to benefit from the growing community of doctors, researchers, and academics who are paving us a path out of our societal epidemic of chronic immune conditions — to a path of optimal human health! Read it for yourself as well as to help those around you who are suffering.

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  • Justin Rezvani
  • 2018-04-22

Book of the year so far!

Such a great read. Max and Paul really put together a comprehensive guide on how we should be eating to live the longest possible.

Thank you guys!

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  • BrianBrawdy
  • 2018-03-25

A book you have to get your head around!

It is beyond amazing the intricate detail that went into the formation of a human”body” and this read certainly helps to reveal the reality of that detail and how to optimize our health.
A truly GREAT read!

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  • D33 sas di Anacleto Balasso
  • 2018-11-18

suggested book

piacevole e interessante negli approfondimenti e ricerche sull argomento può essere utile per programmare abitudini salutari