Let’s be honest. Aging sure isn’t for sissies.
Your hair goes gray or it might fall out. Your arms start to sag while your belly bulge keeps creeping over your belt buckle. And you’ll pick up more than a few wrinkles along the way. (Can we just agree to call them laugh lines?)
But one of the places where aging matters the MOST you can’t even see it happening. And that’s deep inside your brain.
You may not be able to see those brain changes on the outside. But it sure is scary when you start to spot the brain drain warning signs. You know, things like those so-called “senior moments” that can leave you drawing a blank when looking for a name or missing an important appointment.
New research reveals a way to stop that slide and maybe even help turn it all around.
It’s true. You really CAN help reverse the toll aging takes inside your brain. And when you do, you give yourself a better shot at fighting back against cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
And as complicated and devastating as memory loss is, this method for battling it couldn’t be any easier. Because like so much else, when it comes to good health, fighting off brain drain starts with what you put on your plate.
Try THIS to “Alzheimer’s proof” your brain
You know me by now. I’m not one of those diet nuts pushing some crazy, restrictive, and impossible-to-follow lifestyle. I’m a realist.
A diet ONLY works if you can follow it. That’s why some plans might look great on paper but flunk the real-world test. Because when it comes to actually incorporating them into your lifestyle over the long haul, they just aren’t sustainable.
That’s what I love about the Mediterranean diet. It’s NOT strict.
In fact, the diet allows for so many foods you already adore that it doesn’t feel restrictive at all. And that makes the Mediterranean diet super easy to follow as an actual, long-term lifestyle you not only can live with but actually ENJOY.
We already know Mediterranean-style eating is great for the waistline. And it’s proven to cut the risk of heart attack, stroke, and more. It can reportedly even help reignite a lagging love life. (Click here for all the sizzling details.)
Now, the new study adds yet another highlight to the diet’s resume. Experts say the Mediterranean diet may enhance your brain health, too.
Make it Mediterranean for a “younger” brain
Researchers assigned more than 500 seniors a score based on how closely they followed the diet. It wasn’t long before they spotted some obvious patterns.
The ones with the highest Mediterranean diet scores had…
- LOWER levels of amyloid and tau, aka the “plaques and tangles” in the brain that are closely linked to cognitive decline and dementia.
- MORE brain “volume,” meaning less of the “brain shrink” that happens over the years, which is also linked to cognitive struggles.
- BETTER scores on memory tests, showing these “inside the brain” changes indeed lead to real-world improvements you can feel and notice.
In other words, it’s as if the folks who followed the Mediterranean lifestyle the closest had younger brains than their peers.
In fact, the effect of the diet added up to what was essentially ONE LESS YEAR of aging for every point on the Mediterranean diet score. And the best news of all is that it’s pretty easy to boost your own score to claim some of those age-reversing benefits for yourself.
- Ditch anything refined or processed.
- Eat more fatty fish and some poultry as your main proteins.
- Fill up on all the fresh produce you care to eat.
You don’t have to quit red meat or anything dramatic like that. But limit yourself to a reasonable amount. And stick to the healthier, preferably organic, cuts when you do eat beef.
That way, you’ll get the best of all worlds. You’ll be on a delicious diet that’s easy to follow. Plus, it has real-world health benefits that stretch from your belly all the way up to your brain.