When you hear the word ‘diet,’ you think weight loss, right?
Cutting carbs, avoiding sugar, switching soda for green tea… and counting calories.
There are endless diets for taking care of your butt and thighs.
But what about your brain?
No matter how old you are, or how healthy you are (or THINK you are) your diet is one of the biggest factors in your cognitive function.
You are what you eat – in body AND mind.
And what you eat can cause your brain to age faster and lead you into dementia.
OR, it can protect your precious brain cells, support new cells and dramatically cut your risk of memory loss, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease.
It’s called the Mind Diet, and it’s going to keep your brain young.
Let’s check it out!
The MIND Diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.
It stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
What that means is it’s designed to prevent loss of brain function and forgetfulness as you age.
It also may help prevent dementia.
The MIND diet is based on scientific evidence regarding foods in the Mediterranean diet and DASH diets that lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and several other diseases.
The MIND diet was developed by nutritional epidemiologists at Rush University, Chicago, who wanted to create a healthy way of eating that targeted dementia prevention.
The great thing about the MIND Diet is that it’s taken the best foods from each diet to maximize your brain function.
For example, both the Mediterranean and DASH diets recommend large amounts of fruit.
While fruit, in general, hasn’t been linked to improved brain function, certain berries have – especially blueberries and strawberries.
Guess what the MIND diet encourages you to eat?
If you’ve ever been on a diet before, you’ll know that most of them are about rules.
Don’t eat this, don’t eat that. Eat only this.
One of the other great things about the MIND diet is that there are no set guidelines.
It’s more like a set of recommendations.
All you have to do is focus on eating more of 10 ‘superfoods.’
These include the likes of green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine.
Then there are the “bad” foods – the ones that increase inflammation and reduce your body’s healing abilities.
These include foods high in saturated fat, such as red meat and butter.
The foods to avoid are those containing trans fats or high levels of saturated fats.
These have been shown to cause irreversible damage to cognitive function and increase the risk of dementia.
Although only launched in 2017, the MIND diet is already proving successful!
In a study involving 5907 healthy adults with a mean age of 68, researchers used food frequency questionnaires to see what happened when people followed the MIND diet closely.
They found those with a moderate or high adherence to the diet were significantly less likely to have poor cognitive performance and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
What’s REALLY impressive is that those who adhered the highest showed a 48 percent reduction in risk of going from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s.
In fact, studies have already shown that the MIND diet has been associated with slower cognitive decline.
Adhering to the diet – even moderately – has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The foods in the MIND diet are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and flavonoids.
You don’t have to be a nutritionist to understand that these are incredibly good for your brain.
In fact, they’ve been shown to protect the brain by reducing inflammation and preventing neurotoxic death.
The really great thing is that this diet contains delicious, healthy foods that you’ll actually WANT to eat.
It could be the best diet ever!