They used to think dementia was like the weather. It’s not very predictable. And there’s not a whole heck of a lot you can do about it even when it is.
Well, all I can say is weather forecasting is a whole lot more reliable than it used to be. And brain forecasting? It turns out we know a lot more about THAT, too.
When it comes to dementia we know MORE about…
- who’s going to get it
- why it strikes some people and not others
And we know A LOT MORE about how to slow it… stop it… and most importantly of all, how to prevent it, even in folks facing some of the highest risks.
Now, new research builds on that forecast. A new study reveals a simple action you can take right now that can chase away the “brain fog” and help prevent the dark storms of dementia from brewing.
It starts not in your brain… but on your dinner plate.
The dastardly duo that could do your brain in
If you’ve seen as many old crime thrillers as I have, you know how the bad guys make bombs.
They have two liquids that are harmless alone. But when triggered by a remote device, the liquids mix and… well… KABOOM! Better hope Bruce Willis shows up in time.
Turns out, your meals are a lot like those bomb ingredients. Something not too dangerous on its own… say, a nice juicy cut of natural beef… can be absolutely DEADLY when mixed with certain other foods.
Take that same natural beef and process it, then combine it with starches, and it might not explode like a movie bomb. But your health risks can blow up, as the new study shows so clearly.
It finds that exact combination – a processed cut of meat mixed with a starch – can increase your risk of dementia, especially if they’re among your regular dining options.
FOOD COMBOS could cut your dementia risk
The new study revealed that processed combinations – especially meats and starches – are the “hub” of the diet in folks who tend to develop the disease.
In other words, a burger and fries, or a fast-food pizza with processed-meat toppings could be the dementia “bomb” that does your brain in. And of course, desserts are on the list too. (Sorry!)
But the new study isn’t ALL bad news.
People who like meat can still eat it because the researchers uncovered ANOTHER food “hub.” This one was found more often in people much less likely to get the disease.
Instead of “meat and potatoes” or a “burger and fries,” they often mix their meats with non-starchy veggies. They also tend to eat red meat a little less and other options such as seafood a little more.
Those are dementia-dodging changes we can ALL make with little effort, to defuse the risk to our brains and help ensure healthy aging.
And you won’t have to depend on Bruce Willis showing up just in time to save you, either.