One of the most important things we can do to prevent brain problems such as memory loss, cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer’s is to try to never get diabetes or “metabolic syndrome”. All these disorders are on a continuum and are possibly preventable with a healthy lifestyle and excellent nutrition practices. We use to think it was all about our genetic inclinations, but now we know something more. Anyone living in this culture could unknowingly go down this path! The food industries have done a very good job of making food “hyper-palatable” – which means that they have specifically designed food in a perfect ratio of fat – sugar – salt, to make us crave it and want more and more of it, even though we know it’s not “good” for us!
Eating high glycemic carbs on a daily basis is not natural to our bodies. We were not designed for these types of foods. In our younger years, these foods cause over-production of insulin, which damages cell membranes causing inflammation, anywhere in the body. As we age, the pancreas may then fatigue of over production of insulin and then under-produces it. There are damaging effects of un-used glucose which is toxic and can also increase inflammation in the body andbrain. In the early stages of this imbalance, it is reversible through whole foods, exercise and healthy lifestyle. If it goes on for years, it is harder, but not impossible. It should always be a consideration for everyone! Eating in a way that maintains healthy blood sugar stability can add years to our life, but more importantly, life to our years!
Suffice to say, the lifestyle that would incline us to our best bet for aging well and preventing these common health problems would be joyfully focusing on whole foods: fruits/veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats with balanced amounts of omega 3-6-9, and carbs that are not high glycemic like squashes, yams, quinoa, beans, red potatoes, and steel cut oats. We must take the focus away from processed and sugary foods, things that come in a box or a bag – you now what I mean here! (And yes, this is my way of supporting you in healthy holiday eating!) During these holidays, lets keep the focus on foods that are rich in brain supporting antioxidants such as: blueberries, pomegranate, bright green foods like broccoli, spinach and kale, bright orange/red foods like squashes, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, papaya, and peppers!
Here are a few more tips to support brain health and possibly prevent cognitive decline of all sorts: These supplements are being studied now and hold promise in helping us to create the best years of our lives!
*Fish oils – phospholipids and omega 3 fats (DHA and EPA)
*Curcumin – 800-1000 mg daily – supports blood sugar, reduces inflammation, may break up beta amaloids
*Vitamin D – know your levels (50-70 ideal)
*CoQ10 – 100-300 mg daily – potent antioxidant
* Green tea – may combat beta amaloids
*Lipoic acid – the universal antioxidant – 600 – 1200 mg daily
*Phosphatidylserine – 100 mg daily, reduces cortisol (a brain ager)
Wishing you and your family a beautiful a wonderful, peaceful and happy year! For more personalized support, call or email for an appointment! 520.743.2336 or [email protected]