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Brain Health - Everyone's Talking About It!

February 5, 2019

Imagine a world where there are no major diseases. Where everyone lives to be well into their 90's and 100's without heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer...  and even without Alzheimer’s.

 

•Is it possible? Sure.

•Is it the drug companies that are going to make it possible?  Absolutely not.

•Will it be hard work?  It will not even be hard.

 

But....you do have to do some of the work.  First off, understand that holistic health is going to be ally.  What is holistic health? Optimal health and wellness comes when all parts are connected; BODY, MIND, and SPIRIT. Holistic wellness, when practiced daily, can and will prevent disease and sustain an optimal level of general wellness.

 

Most of us will look in the mirror and see, and then consequently worry, about our skin, our fat, our undereye circles - things we can SEE.  Do you give a second thought to how your BRAIN might be doing?  Just because you can't see it, it doesn't mean it is not in grave danger.  

 

 Did you know that you can have Alzheimer's Disease decades before you show any symptoms?  Well, unfortunately it's true.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are currently 5.7 Million Americans are living with the disease, and by 2050, this number will nearly TRIPLE to 14 Million.  You can do something about it....but the time is NOW. As it turns out, lifestyle (not genetics) has a profound impact on your brain health.

 

Nutrition, exercise, sleep, social connections, managing your stress, and even challenging your brain daily are all critically important. However, none are more important than nutrition

 Fueling your brain goes beyond counting calories.

Ensuring that the foods you consume are high in antioxidants, rich in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates, and are powerfully anti-inflammatory can go a long way towards reducing risk of developing dementia.

 

Mediterranean diet has long been the golden standard of recommendation, and that still stands true.  A diet that's rich in plants, colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oily fish, and healthy fats is beneficial and proven for lowered risk of heart disease, depression, and dementia.  The Mediterranean diet is also associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

 

One of the best parts of the Mediterranean Diet is a superfood called RED WINE! 

 Red grapes are naturally rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that includes resveratrol, a natural plant compound that has antioxidant and inflammatory properties.

 

Red wine is also packed with polyphenols, which may stop brain-cell-destroying plaques from building up.

 

Research shows that it can prevent blood clots and inhibit the growth of cancer cells; and it may have a positive impact on longevity. Resveratrol has also been shown to have very powerful cancer-fighting properties and to inhibit lymph, liver, prostate, stomach and breast cancers.

 

Docs recommend one glass of wine per day for women, one to two glasses for men. Combine it with the Blue Zones philosophy of “wine at 5” for maximum benefits. 

 

We will dive into other superfoods and how to incorporate them into your diet in my next segment on brain foods.

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