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Genius Foods

Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life
Narrated by: Max Lugavere
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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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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the most insightful book I have listened to

this book was one of the most educational and insightful books on health that I have ever come across. I have started to implement a lot of the advice contained in this book

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Simple and logical.

Recommended this to anyone who has any question at all about diet. He will give reason and mention studies that back up any claim he makes. Very convincing and easy to understand

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Amazing

This book is a great read. I would highly recommend. Max has done a great job of teaching me a lot about food that I can use to complement my lifestyle.

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A wealth of info

Admittedly I had to replay several sections several times, and will replay the lot again soon, but very impressed with the informative explanations

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Excellent. Genuinely great and actionable book!

Really enjoyed the read, the structure, and very close to heart for me. Top Shelf.

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life changing

This book was just an overall life changer. being a healthy person already, this book opened up my eyes even more to different aspects of my life. Would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Don
  • 15-08-2018

Must read

Every parent needs to read and understand the effect of food in the body so they can guide their children to make smart life decisions. read this and it will change your life. thank you for your effort, love your work!!

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All the info you need

i found this to be all I will need to improve my chances of brain health.

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highly recommend

Great informantive book on nutrition and how it interacts with your body. With some humour thrown in.

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  • laurennicholerx
  • 18-04-2018

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
  • 07-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-2018

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
  • 24-03-2018

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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  • Mary Durand
  • 16-04-2018

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
  • 01-01-2019

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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  • Maria
  • 19-02-2019

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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  • BrianBrawdy
  • 25-03-2018

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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  • Mother of Chickens
  • 27-12-2018

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
  • 22-04-2018

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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  • adam smith
  • 26-04-2018

Greatly written, endless nutrition and health gems in this book

Hello I’m Adam 30 an engineering draughtsman, and a amateur Mma fighter! I have just finished the audible, and it has confirmed a lot of what I am doing is correct but also I gain a vast amount of knowledge regarding brain health which I have been adapting my diet towards ever since starting this book! I advise anyone that is interested in living a long and healthy life .....buy this book it is a must have the knowledge you gain is priceless if you apply it you will have improve your life no end. Thank you for reading this review and I hope it helps

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  • Nicola Belfrage
  • 20-07-2018

Inspirational

Excellent book. Compelling arguments presented clearly with scientific backup - not overwhelmingly however. It all makes sense. I am a 100% convert. The good thing is he is not prescriptive. Merely suggests food and l

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  • FrancescoFucci
  • 09-04-2018

Great

A complete overview on all the methods to stay better and prevent neuro degenerative illness. A lot of things we should know...

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  • Mr. BsB
  • 22-08-2019

Very good

Very good findings and informstion that can be implemented in your day to day activities.

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  • Danny Phillips
  • 25-07-2019

Genius 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Really enjoyed listening to this fantastic book. Max is super easy to listen to and explained the complicated stuff in an understandable way.
There was a lot more content than just a list of super foods and they went into detail about cutting edge research and studies.
Although this way of eating is certainly not main stream and could be quite a rude awakening if it’s your first book on the subject, if you dare to engage and try these principles you will undoubtedly feel better, have a sharper mind and know you are doing good for your body. Well, that is my experience so far!
Thanks guys for a great and detailed book. 👍🏼😊

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  • Mr G A Fereos
  • 10-06-2019

Cognitively nourishing

As the book developed I felt myself becoming more affiliated, more cognitively healthy, and ultimately more educating through Max’s superb articulated narrative.
I will admit I was pretty hooked on his every word.

I know this is not a healthy way to be, but his delivery gave me that reassurance which made me feel more comfortable in promoting my own confidence in nutrition

You can hear the years of relentless uncompromising passion he was willing to learn more which inevitably became to share more.
I for one as a listener am in total appreciation to Max for his irrational optimism to deliver an optimal piece of nutritional nourishment.

Thank you.

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  • Samuel de Bruyn
  • 30-05-2019

Well researched and mostly unbiased

Very intuitive, scientifically backed yet easy to understand principles. Explained with a good balance of detail and flow.

A must read for those interested in health and nutrition. Not just for healthy eating but an overall holistic outlook on life.

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  • Patricia Hanson
  • 28-04-2019

Insightful book

A very educational book which has provided me with a great deal of insight to health eating and the benefits.
I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • David Andrew
  • 22-03-2019

Health Awakening For All

Author is awesome and highly experienced at a young age. Admiration for Max Luvagere.

Excellent book to listen if you want to know everything about the food you should and shouldn’t eat.

I clipped out important passages to listen again.
Even though the diet is based on American food industry. Someone like me who is of an Asian origin can identify with the types of healthy foods, such as vegetables, pulses, free range meat, ghee and Ayurvedic diet which I tend to follow.

Meat products are excluded from an Indian Ayurveda diet.

All in moderation is the key. You need to determine yours.

Definitely cut out ALL processed food no matter how it’s labelled.

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  • Eleni
  • 03-03-2019

Interesting but difficult to follow

If I could read it I would probably feel differently towards it, but listening to alla the information was just chaotic for me... by the time I reached the next chapter I had forogotten how to relate things in the previous.