Allie McDonald | Dec 2, 2016
I’m sure you've all thought about how the food you eat affects your body, but have you stopped to think about how the food you are eating is affecting your brain? Oftentimes as we age, our bodies begin to slow down both physically and mentally. Researchers continue to search for the link between food and brain health and disease prevention, specifically Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Researchers have come up with the MIND diet to help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease among other chronic conditions. MIND stands for Mediterranean – DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. This diet combines characteristics from the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet to optimize health. It highlights 10 foods to incorporate into the diet, and five foods to limit/avoid. Studies have shown that incorporating the MIND diet into everyday life significantly decreases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease for older adults. Here are the foods and nutrition tips this diet encourages aging adults to eat:
Here are five foods to avoid and limit in the diet:
While following the recommendations outlined in the MIND diet may help to decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, there are other non-diet related risk factors as well. Some of these other risk factors include smoking, physical activity/exercise, and genetic makeup. As we age, it is more important than ever to pay attention to the risk factors we do have control over such as physical activity and nutrition.
The recommendations outlined in the MIND diet above are not hard to follow and incorporate into our daily lives. No matter what stage we are in life, it is important to take care of our bodies and pay attention to the foods and nutrients we are eating and drinking.