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     A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time.      People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us ener      A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time.      People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact, if you look at the way that most of us live, it’s almost as though we had chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry.      Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired.      The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life.      “If I’ve learned one thing from the thousands of people I’ve treated, it’s that you have to take the whole person into account if you want to think and feel better.” —Dr. Mike Dow


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     A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time.      People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us ener      A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time.      People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact, if you look at the way that most of us live, it’s almost as though we had chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry.      Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired.      The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life.      “If I’ve learned one thing from the thousands of people I’ve treated, it’s that you have to take the whole person into account if you want to think and feel better.” —Dr. Mike Dow

30 review for The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lani

    Summary: Eat unprocessed foods. Eat Fish and tumeric because they are miracles! Avoid Carbs and sugar, they are the devil. Exercise. Buy this author's other books if you want actual recipes to his food suggestions. Meditate or pray. Don't use electronic devices before you go to sleep. Avoid Social media because it is also evil. Follow this list daily and you will have a better brain. You're welcome! Summary: Eat unprocessed foods. Eat Fish and tumeric because they are miracles! Avoid Carbs and sugar, they are the devil. Exercise. Buy this author's other books if you want actual recipes to his food suggestions. Meditate or pray. Don't use electronic devices before you go to sleep. Avoid Social media because it is also evil. Follow this list daily and you will have a better brain. You're welcome!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amora

    A mouthful of dietary advice is offered in this book (yes, pun intended). Dr. Dow’s plan for staying healthy involves eating lots of omega-3s and staying away from sugar and too many medications. While this plan may sound like a no-brainer to many, Dr. Dow puts into perspective the massive benefits of using his plan using academic papers that are explained in layman’s terms. Since reading this book I have moved towards eating more fish and staying away from sugar. The puzzles at the end are also A mouthful of dietary advice is offered in this book (yes, pun intended). Dr. Dow’s plan for staying healthy involves eating lots of omega-3s and staying away from sugar and too many medications. While this plan may sound like a no-brainer to many, Dr. Dow puts into perspective the massive benefits of using his plan using academic papers that are explained in layman’s terms. Since reading this book I have moved towards eating more fish and staying away from sugar. The puzzles at the end are also quite interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    I was attracted to this book purely based on its title. Once I spotted the words “The Brain Fog Fix”, I was on a mission to read this book, and kept my fingers crossed that I would be approved on NetGalley. As I have ME/CFS I have had constant brain fog for many years. I go through a daily struggle of trying to get my brain to function enough to do basic daily tasks as well as run my online business. I’ve been going through a rough patch for most of this year, so this book has come at the right t I was attracted to this book purely based on its title. Once I spotted the words “The Brain Fog Fix”, I was on a mission to read this book, and kept my fingers crossed that I would be approved on NetGalley. As I have ME/CFS I have had constant brain fog for many years. I go through a daily struggle of trying to get my brain to function enough to do basic daily tasks as well as run my online business. I’ve been going through a rough patch for most of this year, so this book has come at the right time, as I need a reminder of the things I should be doing. I was already familiar with a lot of the tips and advice given in this book, and can confirm that some of it does work if you stick to it. The problem is that when your energy reaches such low levels, it is hard just to get through the day, let alone make the effort to change your routine. That’s where this book comes in. It is easy to understand and gives great advice on diet and nutrition, exercise, improving sleep, spiritual wellbeing, and making a few general lifestyle changes. Later on in the book is a 3 week program where you are encouraged to make different changes each week. I’m already a healthy eater, as I know how much worse I feel when I don’t eat healthy, but I have started eating a lot more fish than I normally do. The only fruit I normally eat is bananas, but I have introduced berries into my diet this week, and also trying my best to eat more vegetables. Not quite managing to eat enough every single day, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually. I have had insomnia for many years, and I’m already fully aware of how sensitive I am to blue light from electrical devices. I even have to have the Wi-Fi switched off in my house in order to sleep. I have always tried to get off the main work computer as early as possible, and have now set myself a 7pm curfew. I do have a habit of mooching on my mobile phone while watching TV in the evening, but since reading this book, I’ve set myself a 10pm time limit when all mobiles and tablets must be switched off. We’re working towards turning them off by 9pm, but doing this gradually so that we’re more likely to stick to it. In the New Year I plan to focus on gradually increasing my exercise levels, and then focus on the hardest part for me, which is the spiritual aspect. I have never been good at meditation, and despite knowing it is good for me, I can’t help but feel guilty about wasting time. I’m the kind of person who is always on the go, so I struggle to give myself time to just relax. I’m determined to try and tackle this issue in 2016, so hopefully the spiritual exercises and short meditations within this book will help me achieve this goal. I recommend this book to anyone who has depression, anxiety, ME/CFS, or just feeling generally stressed, run down and lacking in energy. This book does contain a lot of information, and you’ll never remember it all, so my advice is to do like I have done, get a notebook and write down all the parts that you feel could be most useful to you. I would like to thank the publisher, Hay House for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Stahl

    Alright, now listen here, sonny jim. I’ve pretty much finished this book because all that’s left is the “21 Day Program” and I see little point in keeping this on my “currently reading” shelf just because of that. My OCD is debilitating enough without that making me flip out every time I log onto Goodreads. I bought this book because my brain has been giving me trouble. It’s a wonder I was even mentally capable of walking into Dymocks without bumping into the wall. I often speak to the guy behin Alright, now listen here, sonny jim. I’ve pretty much finished this book because all that’s left is the “21 Day Program” and I see little point in keeping this on my “currently reading” shelf just because of that. My OCD is debilitating enough without that making me flip out every time I log onto Goodreads. I bought this book because my brain has been giving me trouble. It’s a wonder I was even mentally capable of walking into Dymocks without bumping into the wall. I often speak to the guy behind the register though he probably knows me as that weirdo who hovers around the classics section every day even though it rarely changes. I don’t talk to the girl that works there because girls scare me. One time she was there and I purchased 50 Shades Darker to impress her with my open-mindedness. She scanned it then told me I had no taste. Fucking next time I purchased The Count of Monte Cristo to make her take the insult back. She told me I must have no sex life if I had time to read something that long. Fucking the next time I bought Heart Of Darkness because it’s a classic and it’s short. I slammed it onto the counter in tears and asked her what she had to say this time. She called security and had me removed from the shop. Anyway, what do I think about this book? Well, it’s a self-help, so what an asshole I would be to criticize it. How can I criticize it? I don’t know. I suppose the title is a bit of a mouthful. I got annoyed with the amount of times the writer said “blah-blah-blah and then you’ll be feeling and thinking better”. Too bad he couldn’t write better. Stop using the same phrases. Geez. But yeah, if anyone visits this page and reads this review they will have stopped before this point and gone to the next review. Let’s take this seriously. The book has a lot of technical names for things I don’t care to remember. Suffice to say that if I took on all his diet recommendations, my family would kick me out of the house. My brother and his girlfriend made a wonderful fried chicken dish, Deep South style, the other night. What was I supposed to do? Push the plate away, shove the book in their face and say “No flour!! Get this out of my sight”. I ate it and it was delicious. So I decided long ago that I wouldn’t follow every single bit of advice given in this book. Not that it wouldn’t be a good idea. Like, I can and will incorporate more omega-3s into my diet. I’ve been munching constantly on walnuts and I just know that someday they’ll tell me they’re not good for your heart or some shit. I’ve been forcing myself to eat salmon even though it makes me feel sick. I’ve been putting turmeric and chia seeds into just about everything, to the point that my mum thinks I should see a psychiatrist. (I already see a psychiatrist, so jokes on her). I’ve been getting more sun. I’ve been distancing myself from the laptop screen. I’ve been trying and failing to go to bed earlier. I’ve been eating lots more fruit and vegetables and I’ve stopped blaming myself for the misery that is my life. That would be my ex-girlfriend's fault. I shall be visiting her soon. But damned if I’m gonna cut out coffee and alcohol. So overall this book has made a difference in enlightening me on some easy ways I can improve my brain health. It wasn’t much of a page-turner, but neither was the instruction manual for the chainsaw I plan on using on myself. I’m giving this book four stars because it was written in kindness and the intention of helping people. I’d be a real asshole to complain about that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    any book on healthy diet and lifestyle that contains a Margarita recipe is OK by me! "Put 1½ ounces of tequila, 6 ounces soda water, 6 fresh mint leaves, 4 organic strawberries (fresh or frozen), and 1 cup of ice in the blender, then blend and serve." any book on healthy diet and lifestyle that contains a Margarita recipe is OK by me! "Put 1½ ounces of tequila, 6 ounces soda water, 6 fresh mint leaves, 4 organic strawberries (fresh or frozen), and 1 cup of ice in the blender, then blend and serve."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim Razinha

    Don't waste your time on this. I thought there might be a possibility that there would be more, but no. That "...in Just 3 Weeks" should have triggered a host of warning bells. My mistake, and my gut was right. Nothing new, nothing earth-shattering, too obviously contrived scenarios...this is a tri-fold tract blown up to sell a book for a self celeb that I've never heard of on worn advice: eat right, sleep and exercise and your brain will be great. Flour and sugar are the devil. Throw in a mind-n Don't waste your time on this. I thought there might be a possibility that there would be more, but no. That "...in Just 3 Weeks" should have triggered a host of warning bells. My mistake, and my gut was right. Nothing new, nothing earth-shattering, too obviously contrived scenarios...this is a tri-fold tract blown up to sell a book for a self celeb that I've never heard of on worn advice: eat right, sleep and exercise and your brain will be great. Flour and sugar are the devil. Throw in a mind-numbing "spirituality" component that no intelligent and rational person buys, and ... move over Oz,you've got company. If this works for anybody, well...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Torretta

    Holy information overload! This is amazing just be prepared for lots of highlights or note taking. I pulled out a new notebook just to write down the most important stuff and wound up highlighting and sending texts to my hubby for stuff I did not want to forget! Although chock full of information, it is set up in a way that is completely readable. One task is taken on at a time. Mike Dow also explains everything with backup. He does not say anything without having his resources. There are so many Holy information overload! This is amazing just be prepared for lots of highlights or note taking. I pulled out a new notebook just to write down the most important stuff and wound up highlighting and sending texts to my hubby for stuff I did not want to forget! Although chock full of information, it is set up in a way that is completely readable. One task is taken on at a time. Mike Dow also explains everything with backup. He does not say anything without having his resources. There are so many studies that it is getting hard to know what is good for you and what is bad. He helps get through the quagmire one step at a time. The part on dieting is amazing and is probably my favorite. I have heard many of the same things that Mike Dow talks about but having scientific info to back it up helps me understand the why behind it. But, don't get me wrong, there is not a bunch of scientific jargon that is going to make your head spin either. The next few chapters move from diets to how we conduct our lives in this digital age. We all know that social media is actually doing the opposite of connecting us. Mike Dow explains exactly how this is happening and why this affects our lives in a negative way. The two chapters before he delves into the actually program, he also discusses the difficult changes in life; being a mom and senior moments. Those I just skimmed since my daughter is 23 and I'm hopefully a few years away from senioritis! THEN he delves into the real work. I'm currently in the middle of this but enjoying it so far. It is going to take work but I'm excited. The most interesting work portion is the spiritual week. I'm really looking forward to digging deep and starting meditations daily. 12 minutes a day is something everyone can do! In short: LOADS of information. Only a few things that I would disagree with (sleep patterns but I've found a good rhythm for my body). Really excited about the weekly plans. Received from publisher, via Netgalley, for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    《Maram》

    the book was like do this, do that but it never said how how do i start eating healthy? how do i start exercising? how do i start thinking positively? also for some reason i didn't like the tone of the author the book was like do this, do that but it never said how how do i start eating healthy? how do i start exercising? how do i start thinking positively? also for some reason i didn't like the tone of the author

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess Fay

    Had to give up on the chapter where he talks about how we don't need antidepressants, and everything can be fixed by eliminating "toxins." Pseudoscience. Had to give up on the chapter where he talks about how we don't need antidepressants, and everything can be fixed by eliminating "toxins." Pseudoscience.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This had some interesting ideas - some were things I’d heard before, some were new. The author looks at possible dietary, lifestyle and spiritual causes of “brain fog”. The spiritual aspect was interesting - as a Christian, some of the “spiritual” exercises sounded decidedly odd (and seemed kind of pointless to me), but maybe I should give them a go and reserve judgement until then. And some of the science that he is basing his various suggestions on is solid, while some seems a bit sketchy and This had some interesting ideas - some were things I’d heard before, some were new. The author looks at possible dietary, lifestyle and spiritual causes of “brain fog”. The spiritual aspect was interesting - as a Christian, some of the “spiritual” exercises sounded decidedly odd (and seemed kind of pointless to me), but maybe I should give them a go and reserve judgement until then. And some of the science that he is basing his various suggestions on is solid, while some seems a bit sketchy and could probably bear closer scrutiny to assess the study designs which he is using to base his ideas on. In general an interesting read - I think the things I need to take from it are cutting down on my use of technology (and yes, that includes Goodreads!) and being more mindful in my use of it (perhaps not having 10 different windows open at once isn’t so helpful!) and trying some of the meditations from a Christian point of view. 3.5★

  11. 5 out of 5

    GruelCarp

    There wasn't anything new in this book that I could take away. I was hoping it was more about psychological brain tricks. Not going to give up crucial medications that allow me the little bit of functioning that eating well throughout my youth couldn't give me in the first place. And everyone knows eating organically is better for you, but you know what? Not everybody can afford to do so, and it's barely if at all acknowledged. There wasn't anything new in this book that I could take away. I was hoping it was more about psychological brain tricks. Not going to give up crucial medications that allow me the little bit of functioning that eating well throughout my youth couldn't give me in the first place. And everyone knows eating organically is better for you, but you know what? Not everybody can afford to do so, and it's barely if at all acknowledged.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mattia

    I was glad this one a one-day read, because I had a lot of eye-rolls. The actual day by day guide was pretty good and I imagine could be a good place to start if you're not already incorporating many of these habits. But the previous 15 chapters could have been condensed quite a bit. There were some cool facts about the detriment of even minor sleep deprivation, some nutrition specifics I didn't know about, things about SSRIs I already knew but many people probably don't, and the effects of spir I was glad this one a one-day read, because I had a lot of eye-rolls. The actual day by day guide was pretty good and I imagine could be a good place to start if you're not already incorporating many of these habits. But the previous 15 chapters could have been condensed quite a bit. There were some cool facts about the detriment of even minor sleep deprivation, some nutrition specifics I didn't know about, things about SSRIs I already knew but many people probably don't, and the effects of spirituality on the brain. The things that annoyed me included a loooooot about how dumb medications are unless you really really need them (there's already enough stigma, thanks), being all down on GMOs and non-organic food without offering good data, and just generally relying on increasingly outdated studies (about, for example, serotonin and antioxidants). Overall I don't particularly recommend it, but I did get a few good tips.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells

    I purchased this but its not very helpful. What a disappointment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Feisty Harriet

    Eat less processed food and generally be healthier. Ok, I can but that. But the rest of this....it's VERY PROBLEMATIC for a Psych. D. to be so against Rx for psychiatric disorders. He speaks in wild extremes, it's a handful of Xanax every day vs no flour-no sugar-this 3-week plan, and those are the only two options for people. Moderation is the KEY for so much of our physical and mental health, and the author is irresponsible in claiming otherwise. Do not recommend. Eat less processed food and generally be healthier. Ok, I can but that. But the rest of this....it's VERY PROBLEMATIC for a Psych. D. to be so against Rx for psychiatric disorders. He speaks in wild extremes, it's a handful of Xanax every day vs no flour-no sugar-this 3-week plan, and those are the only two options for people. Moderation is the KEY for so much of our physical and mental health, and the author is irresponsible in claiming otherwise. Do not recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    3.5 I recieved this book free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In this book, the author looks at the body, mind and spirit to help people understand that effects that their lifestyle has on their brain. He Provides both scientific and anecdotal background, as well as practical ideas for implementing changes bit by bit in one's life. What I liked about it was that he did not say that there was only one way to live/eat/think and that you MUST follow it to the lett 3.5 I recieved this book free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In this book, the author looks at the body, mind and spirit to help people understand that effects that their lifestyle has on their brain. He Provides both scientific and anecdotal background, as well as practical ideas for implementing changes bit by bit in one's life. What I liked about it was that he did not say that there was only one way to live/eat/think and that you MUST follow it to the letter. Instead, he provides a 21-day programme that encourages the changes that the reader feels comfortable with. The first week, which involves eating no carbs for the week, was one that I did not follow -- I'll be honest! I love my carbs. That said, I do not doubt that it would be beneficial for me to lower my sugar intake. Maybe I will try it some day. Those who are familiar with CBT will find nothing new there in that regard. I do like that he emphasizes the spiritual side of life, which is often neglected. I don't know if this will help with "brain fog," but I can't see how eating well and exercising could have anything but a positive effect on one's life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    nikki

    I dnf'd this on page 19. This book and I are just not compatible. I picked this up at the library because of the "Brain Fog" part of the title, and I figured I'd find some tips and suggestions re: food, exercise, etc. to write down and keep in mind as I try to make slow adjustments to my lifestyle. And to just keep aware of my body and know what's going on, rather than just assuming the worst, as I usually do. But ughhh I should have paid attention to the full title. "Reclaim your focus, memory, I dnf'd this on page 19. This book and I are just not compatible. I picked this up at the library because of the "Brain Fog" part of the title, and I figured I'd find some tips and suggestions re: food, exercise, etc. to write down and keep in mind as I try to make slow adjustments to my lifestyle. And to just keep aware of my body and know what's going on, rather than just assuming the worst, as I usually do. But ughhh I should have paid attention to the full title. "Reclaim your focus, memory, and joy in just 3 weeks" would have told me this book wouldn't be for me. I could skim this for info, but I'd rather not read a book that makes me feel invalidated and tells me I shouldn't be taking the medication that has allowed me to have the executive function to, you know, function. I'm sure parts of this book actually would useful for many people - as long as you take the "in just 3 weeks!!" bullshit with a very large grain of salt.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I listened to this on audio book, and was a FABULOUS read! It goes through all the elements of our lives that we can improve upon, to help us feel less "foggy". It talks about the proper foods we should be eating for brain health, what exercise does for our brain, and gives you different ways to think about things in your life to be more positive! I loved it! I listened to this on audio book, and was a FABULOUS read! It goes through all the elements of our lives that we can improve upon, to help us feel less "foggy". It talks about the proper foods we should be eating for brain health, what exercise does for our brain, and gives you different ways to think about things in your life to be more positive! I loved it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Good information. The information will help me make some changes in my life to help become more focus. I don't think I will follow the 3 week fix but I do have the information now to change some things in my life. Good information. The information will help me make some changes in my life to help become more focus. I don't think I will follow the 3 week fix but I do have the information now to change some things in my life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karalee Coleman

    All these self-help books seem to be based on a formula as rigid as that of the pulp press romances. Chapters start with a client’s tale of woe, which is ameliorated by the wise advice of the author. Then follows a lot of really dull scientific research, much of which contradicts prior scientific research, and much of which we can be sure will be contradicted by subsequent scientific research. Then we’re told, “Do this and your life will be wonderful.” This book can be summarized thus: “Eat more All these self-help books seem to be based on a formula as rigid as that of the pulp press romances. Chapters start with a client’s tale of woe, which is ameliorated by the wise advice of the author. Then follows a lot of really dull scientific research, much of which contradicts prior scientific research, and much of which we can be sure will be contradicted by subsequent scientific research. Then we’re told, “Do this and your life will be wonderful.” This book can be summarized thus: “Eat more Omega 3’s. Don’t eat sugar.” Incidentally, the author repeatedly says “Don’t eat flour.” He never says what kind of flour. There are many – anything that’s ground fine is flour, from ground bones (“I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!”) to glacial rock flour, which would be bad for your teeth as well as your brain. I assume he means wheat flour, but he never says. Perhaps he thinks it goes without saying. It doesn’t. We have been deluged with so much conflicting dietary advice in the last fifty years, starting with Adele Davis’ Diet for a Small Planet and continuing on through “Don’t eat butter, eat margarine … no, don’t eat margarine … no, on second thought eat butter … but don’t eat eggs … no, eat one egg a week … no, three is okay ... no, eat all the eggs you want” and running through “avoid all fats … eat olive oil … go non-GMO ... don’t eat gluten ... eat kale,” and on to today’s latest, “eat turmeric”. We no longer trust any nutritional advice, assuming it’s only possible for those with no budgetary constraints (“eat grass-fed beef” - yeah, right!) or that it’s all based on unrealistically extreme research done by PhD candidates just so they can get their degrees. This book has a few nice lifestyle tips, such as short meditation and long exercise. However, in my opinion Timothy Miller’s book How to Want What You Have does the job better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Short: To be healthier, think clearer, eat a well balanced, well rounded, whole food diet. Lots of veggies, some protein, fat, and carbs. Cut the processed shit and excess of any food = thinking better. The rest of the book: I WORSHIP THE ORGANIC, NON-GMO GOD! BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP HER WITH ME OR DIE! The science on this is spurious. It's quite clear he's not up on modern agricultural practices, and he constantly cites studies for Alzheimer's and diabetes to make his case for clearer thinking. Short: To be healthier, think clearer, eat a well balanced, well rounded, whole food diet. Lots of veggies, some protein, fat, and carbs. Cut the processed shit and excess of any food = thinking better. The rest of the book: I WORSHIP THE ORGANIC, NON-GMO GOD! BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP HER WITH ME OR DIE! The science on this is spurious. It's quite clear he's not up on modern agricultural practices, and he constantly cites studies for Alzheimer's and diabetes to make his case for clearer thinking.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This book is packed with healthy habits and ways to improve your mind. Dr. Dow brings his years of research into this book into a quick read. Most of his claims were well founded and backed by studies. This book spans from diet, exercise, sleep, memory training and daily routines to improve one's health. The sleep habits were my favorite. He also has a few paragraphs for pregnant mothers and seniors. I recommend others to skim this book especially as a reference material. This book is packed with healthy habits and ways to improve your mind. Dr. Dow brings his years of research into this book into a quick read. Most of his claims were well founded and backed by studies. This book spans from diet, exercise, sleep, memory training and daily routines to improve one's health. The sleep habits were my favorite. He also has a few paragraphs for pregnant mothers and seniors. I recommend others to skim this book especially as a reference material.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Reading it again for a second time! Talks about brain healthy foods, explains why they increase levels of serotonin and dopamine and tells you where to find them and clever recipes for shakes. Take away - try to add turmeric and black pepper to something you eat (or drink!) every day to stave off dementia and Alzheimer. Well researched and backed up with studies so simple lifestyle changes to improve mood, memory and fitness in ageing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The well-researched first section of the book made me forget this is a self-help book, though he most certainly gets there in the end. There are some interesting insights here, but I find his prescription, frankly, too self-helpy. More coaching than mindful. With real self improvement gems like his suggestion to use olive oil and vinegar on my salad instead of processed dressing. I would say that the first half of the book provides some interesting solutions to my middle aged mental slowdown. Bu The well-researched first section of the book made me forget this is a self-help book, though he most certainly gets there in the end. There are some interesting insights here, but I find his prescription, frankly, too self-helpy. More coaching than mindful. With real self improvement gems like his suggestion to use olive oil and vinegar on my salad instead of processed dressing. I would say that the first half of the book provides some interesting solutions to my middle aged mental slowdown. But I can’t help but feel that he’s missing some significant pieces of the puzzle—namely, the link between good digestion and health, the benefit of simple living on all aspects of life (except Western notions of success, perhaps), and the central role mindfulness plays in good health (for him, it seems more of a footnote, a nod to the masses of research that has been done on the benefits of meditation). But anyway, no doubt this is a perspective to consider and a good starting point for many folks.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I don't read self-help books. However, I have a 92 year old mom with memory problems and it's no fun. So I thought it might be a good idea to start looking into this because I really don't want to go down that road myself. I downloaded the audio book from our library which is read by the author. He gets a bit deep into the weeds re brain and food chemistry stuff but I definitely picked up some good nuggets of info that I plan to implement in both my own life and my mother's. I might even pick up I don't read self-help books. However, I have a 92 year old mom with memory problems and it's no fun. So I thought it might be a good idea to start looking into this because I really don't want to go down that road myself. I downloaded the audio book from our library which is read by the author. He gets a bit deep into the weeds re brain and food chemistry stuff but I definitely picked up some good nuggets of info that I plan to implement in both my own life and my mother's. I might even pick up a used copy of the print version so that I can get the lists of foods that he recommends. For example, he's very specific about the types of fish that you should eat.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ulvis Katiss

    I’m not a particular fan of “self-help” books, but this was recommended by my brother after an intense conversation we had about meaning and purpose. The title intrigued me, so I gave it a shot. Already in the introduction I felt that I could greatly relate with the subject. I was confronted with my own foggy brain. So, the rest of the book was an eye opener of how great of an issue it is. The book is informative and challenging. But honestly, when Dr. Mike Dow presented his 21-day challenge, I c I’m not a particular fan of “self-help” books, but this was recommended by my brother after an intense conversation we had about meaning and purpose. The title intrigued me, so I gave it a shot. Already in the introduction I felt that I could greatly relate with the subject. I was confronted with my own foggy brain. So, the rest of the book was an eye opener of how great of an issue it is. The book is informative and challenging. But honestly, when Dr. Mike Dow presented his 21-day challenge, I chickened out. I realize my own limitations and fears, but I’ll take the advice from Dow and try to use it with small steps in my life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Powder River Rose

    I truly enjoyed reading this and am incorporating many of the author's recommendations into my lifestyle. Dr. Dow narrated and actually was very good. A few of the recommendations in the food area may seem a bit on the extreme side (for me) but the majority are easily manageable by anyone. Using the written format along with the audiobook allows one to follow the daily guides easily. If you worry about that brain fog this may be your next best read. I truly enjoyed reading this and am incorporating many of the author's recommendations into my lifestyle. Dr. Dow narrated and actually was very good. A few of the recommendations in the food area may seem a bit on the extreme side (for me) but the majority are easily manageable by anyone. Using the written format along with the audiobook allows one to follow the daily guides easily. If you worry about that brain fog this may be your next best read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Listened to this on audiobook while driving home from Washington. It's fantastic and I'm looking forward to following the 3 week regimen to get back into a mindful state of living and tweak my eating habits. I recommend it for anyone experiencing less-than-optimal mental health, but of course talk to your doctor first. Listened to this on audiobook while driving home from Washington. It's fantastic and I'm looking forward to following the 3 week regimen to get back into a mindful state of living and tweak my eating habits. I recommend it for anyone experiencing less-than-optimal mental health, but of course talk to your doctor first.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vaibhav Munjal

    There is a lot of important information in this book but it is highly scattered. I had been wanting to read a book that explained the relation between our foggy mood swings and the food we eat. And to an extent, I did learn a few new things, especially about our omega 3s and omega 6s intake. But it's nothing life changing. Some of the suggestions in the book are so specific that it's better if you do without them. Like the part, where Dr. Dow talked about the kind of coffee you can order in Stra There is a lot of important information in this book but it is highly scattered. I had been wanting to read a book that explained the relation between our foggy mood swings and the food we eat. And to an extent, I did learn a few new things, especially about our omega 3s and omega 6s intake. But it's nothing life changing. Some of the suggestions in the book are so specific that it's better if you do without them. Like the part, where Dr. Dow talked about the kind of coffee you can order in Strabucks to balance your caffeine intake. It's an okay read, overall. If you know better books about improving our eating habits, please recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kara of BookishBytes

    This author's tone felt too self-righteous at the beginning of the book. Perhaps if I had persevered, I could have gotten past that, but I had no interest in pushing through more of the "I know what's best for you" tone. This author's tone felt too self-righteous at the beginning of the book. Perhaps if I had persevered, I could have gotten past that, but I had no interest in pushing through more of the "I know what's best for you" tone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Great background information...but not sure how successful one would be implementing ALL the changes he recommends all at once in a 21 day period (just reading the plan overwhelmed me!). Definitely a book I will snag a used copy of for future reference.

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