According to current research, a smart brain diet is one that reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. This diet is designed to encourage good blood flow to the brain and is low in fat and cholesterol. Like the rest of your body, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients to function and perform properly, as well as to continue to function as we age. A smart brain diet is most effective when combined with continued physical and mental activity, and deep social interactions.
The brain is an extremely complex organ. It works non-stop and does an infinite amount of tasks. Even while we sleep your brain is working; we must feed it the right nutrients to help us concentrate, stay motivated, improve our memory and prevent mental deterioration.
Manage your body weight for good overall brain and body health
A long-term study of adults found that those who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia in later life. Those who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure had six times the risk of dementia. Adopt an overall food lifestyle, rather than a short-term diet and eat in moderation. A larger lunch is better than a big dinner.
Things to remember for keeping a healthy weight:
- Eating a heavy meal before going to bed can disrupt your sleep, but a lighter meal will help you get more rest at night.
- Eat in moderation
- Adopt a long term healthy eating lifestyle
Reduce Your Intake of Foods High in Fat and Cholesterol
Studies have shown that high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, HDL (or “good”) cholesterol may help protect brain cells. Be sure to add protein to help you sustain a good energy level. Protein breaks down in the digestive system into amino acids and research has shown that some types of amino acids can improve alertness and mental agility.
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