“If I knew I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself.” - Eubie Blake
We need to take better care of ourselves – and our brains – now, when we have the best chance of preventing or delaying brain aging. Once our brains have aged, the damage is much tougher to undo.
As with any part of our body we need to start by feeding the brain correctly. Try these simple dietary goals for slowing brain aging:
- Eat fish at least twice a week.
- Eat less meat and dairy fat.
- Eat a diet rich in colorful antioxidant vegetables and fruits.
- Eat primarily whole grains, and fiber rich foods like nuts, berries and beans.
If that sounds like the Mediterranean diet, you’re right. Studies show this diet benefits the brain. In fact, a recent study of 1,880 New Yorkers over 5.4 years found that the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 40 percent.
Our diet can affect the health of our brain, but so can many other factors including stress, mood, exercise, sleep, our attitude and engagement in life experiences, and mental agility training.
Start by feeding the brain. Next we’ll talk about what it takes to give your brain a good workout.