We spend a lot of time considering our food options to promote our overall health, but what can often be overlooked is the attention we pay to the health our mind. We are getting to the age where taking some easy steps to improve our brain function just might go a long way to help us enjoy our “Golden Years” down the road. Below are 11 ideas that hopefully help you do the same.
4 Foods To Add To Your Diet:
Coconut Oil: is one of the most effective foods for avoiding Alzheimer’s. It has the unique ability to both repair and rejuvenate your brain.
Turmeric: is also a must for maintaining brain health. In India, where turmeric is widely consumed as part of curry dishes, Alzheimer’s and dementia rates are among the lowest in the world.
Walnuts: are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that has been shown to improve cognitive function.
Pastured Eggs (true free range chickens that eat feed from their natural habitat): are high in vitamin B12 content, playing a role in Alzheimer’s prevention.
External Factors To Consider:
Unfortunately, exposure to heavy metals is rampant in today’s society. Heavy metal exposure has been linked to neurological damage, among other things. It is important to steer clear of them as much as possible. Limit your exposure to cookware, deodorants, antacids, and food additives that contain aluminum. Avoid Mercury as well, which can be found in thermometers, thermostats, fish and particularly – dental work. Cilantro and parsley are two great herbs for detoxing from aluminum and mercury. We throw a handful into our smoothies.
Being physically active benefits the body and the brain. Your activity level doesn’t have to be strenuous. Walking, dancing, and even yoga all help the fight against age-related cognitive decline.
Keeping the mind active mentally with demanding activities can help fight off dementia. The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study of 469 people ages 75 and older. Participants who read, played games of strategy or played musical instruments at least twice a week were significantly less likely to develop dementia. Those who did crossword puzzles four times a week were also found to have a significantly lowered risk.
A British Medical Journal study found that individuals who are obese in their early forties are 74% more likely to develop dementia than those who aren’t.
Acupuncture: A number of studies have addressed the use of acupuncture for treating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as depression and insomnia.
Aromatherapy: There is some evidence that aromatherapy may be effective in helping people with dementia to relax, and that certain essential oils may have the potential to improve cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease – in particular, the oils of lemon balm and lavender.
How easy is that?! Making a habit out of the above just might go a long way to help us all with our brain function as we age. We believe we have a lot to look forward to in the future and having the brain function to enjoy it is something we’re willing to work on now – while we have the chance.
Honest Food, True Health…powered by Mother Nature,
Casey and Lynn