Keep Mentally Sharp with a Healthy Diet
As we get older, issues such as wrinkles, grey hair, or diseases of old age are frequently discussed in the news media or to help sell anti-aging products that are said to treat these issues. However, another problem frequently discussed in regards to the aging process is the health or decline of the brain. Diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s are a real fear for many, and the information on how to avoid or prevent such diseases of the mind from forming for many years was based on a person’s genes or suceptibility to disease. New information casts a new light on the causes and prevention of diseases of the brain as we age, and much of it is based on…you guessed it…what we eat.
Recent studies on diseases such as Alzheimer’s show a link between the decline of the brain and the types of food a person has eaten throughout their lives. People who frequently eat fatty or sugary foods see spikes in insulin continuously over time, which causes problems for many areas in the body, including the pancreas and the brain, plus is a major factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. People who are struggling to manage diabetes may end up dealing with vision problems, circulation issues, failing kidneys, obesity, and other health issues as part of this disease. But the link between the food we eat and the effect it has on our brains is just beginning to be understood, and could be the key to battling the decline of our mental facilities as we age.
Taking the right steps to control our intake of sugar and excess fat can nopt only make us feel better and look healthier, it could help us keep our brains in tune long into our golden years. The advice for living a healthy life by eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise is not only great for our bodies, but could help us keep our memories, coordination, skills, speech and problem solving ability in tip top shape as we age. Avoiding saturated fats, trans fats and sugary snacks, sodas and desserts might reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Eating good-for-you foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and omega-3’s may help the brain better manage insulin, which can lessen the negative impact that is caused by insulin resistance. Another way to prep your brain for a lifetime of learning and growing is to exercise regularly. Those workouts that are keeping your body toned and strong can also help with insulin resistance and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In fact, exercise has been shown to reduce Alzheimer’s risk by 40 percent!
If you’ve ever watched a friend or loved one struggle with the decline of their mental facilities, then you may have wondered how to prevent this sad and scary scenario from happening to you. It turns out, the good advice you may already be following can not only help you keep your body in peak physical codition, but it can also help your mind stay as sharp as the proverbial tack, whether you are learning a new language at 60 or learning to dance the tango at 80!