You know that old saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, there’s a reason it’s been around for so long. Things based in truth tend to have staying power.
What you eat really does have a direct and lasting impact on all of your pieces and parts, including your heart, brain, joints, muscles, bones, immune system, and more.
With so much at stake, you’d think it would be complicated to figure out WHAT to eat. But it turns out it couldn’t be simpler.
Because there’s one lifestyle that delivers big in just about every single way that matters… especially for seniors. And that includes one thing that’s critical for healthy aging but that most folks never even link to diet.
This approach to eating can literally help block frailty, a leading cause of injury, disability, and even death in seniors.
Fight FRAILTY at the dinner table
You’ve heard me sing the praises of the Mediterranean lifestyle plenty over the years. For good reason, too… it works.
This diet is PROVEN to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, help you lose weight and keep it off, and even protect your bones.
Now, a new study shows it can do something else that many folks might find even MORE important. It can raise a roadblock against frailty.
That’s when your muscles turn to mush, your energy fades, and you move with all the speed of a tortoise at nap time.
Up to 59 percent of older Americans experience some degree of frailty. But the study of more than 600 seniors on the verge of developing the condition finds switching to the Mediterranean diet can stop this process cold.
Over time, this diet increases and enhances the healthy bacteria in your gut. And not just one or two strains. It helps with ALL of them.
It essentially remodels your entire gut microbiome – the ecosystem of bacteria and other microorganisms that live deep inside your body – to bring them all back into balance.
You might not link those little germs to your health, strength, and energy. But they play a critical role on all counts. Which means they are essential to fighting frailty.
The right mix… the kind seen in this study… can help stop inflammation, enhance the immune system, and ensure you stay strong and energetic.
Making the switch to Mediterranean
There is one downside to this frailty fighting plan. It’s not like taking a pill and feeling better in a day or two. It takes time.
You’re essentially erasing decades of damage from your gut, then replacing it with a much better and far healthier ecosystem of bacteria.
The new study finds that it takes a minimum of six months to make a difference. And full results take about a year to kick in.
But that’s not as tough to pull off as it sounds. The basics are pretty simple. Cut back on processed red meats, eat more fish and poultry, quit ultra-processed foods, and load up on as much fruit and veggies as you can.
Replace vegetable oils with olive oil, and don’t forget to enjoy a little wine and even some dark chocolate. It’s not only allowed on the Mediterranean diet. It’s encouraged.