25 Jan The Key to Preventing Cognitive Decline Is in Your Kitchen
Aging is something that we should all be lucky to experience. However, cognitive decline can often feel like a symptom of getting older. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect your brain against aging.
There are many diets that claim to prevent cognitive decline, but repeated studies have shown that eating a Mediterranean diet reduces Alzheimer’s risks by 53%.
Eating a Mediterranean diet is much simpler than people might think. The diet is plant-based, but includes meat in moderation. Red meat should be limited as much as possible over other meats such as chicken or pork.
Here are five simple changes you can make today to start the Mediterranean diet and protect your brain for the long run:
Eat vegetables at least twice per day. One green and one other vegetable is suggested. Make it easy by tossing a few carrot sticks or broccoli crowns in your lunch bag for snack.
Eat three servings of whole grains daily, including whole wheat breads, quinoa, oats, and brown rice. Make it easy by cooking a batch of quinoa or brown rice ahead of time.
Try to eat fish that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids at least once per week or more. Avoid the type that may be high in mercury or PCBs.
Cook using olive oil over other fats, such as butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil. Another great substitution is Ghee.
Try to eat at least four or more servings of beans each week. Make it easy by preparing a few servings ahead of time!
You don’t necessarily need to follow the Mediterranean diet to a T, but adopting its core principles can help you keep your brain healthy into your older years.
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