Tips for a Healthy Aging Brain: Part Two

Houle & Eckstrom Dr Eckstrom's Tips, healthy aging

We have talked about the fist of the six critical strategies to shield the aging brain from injurious effects: Exercise for thirty to sixty minutes daily.

Now, let’s look at Number Two:

Follow a Mediterranean Diet.

Research is showing that persons who stick to a Mediterranean diet have markedly reduced heart problems, incidence of dementia, and many other medical tribulations as they age.

Besides being good for you, it doesn’t feel like dieting because everything tastes good, and it makes you feel healthy!

Following the Mediterranean diet is easy to do, and I like to think of it as The Colorful, “Great Eight” Diet:

  1. Your intake should mostly consist of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to get five different colors of fruits and vegetables every day.
  2. Consume, in smaller quantities, “high-sugar” fruits and vegetables: corn, pineapple, grapes, and potatoes.
  3. Eat lots of whole grains and legumes – beans, whole-grain bread, lentils. Go search out the amazing variety of delicious examples in the Bob’s Red Mill section in the health food department of your grocery store!
  4. Make sure the oils you use are the healthy ones: olive and canola oil. And also eat the healthy fats: almonds, walnuts, and avocados.
  5. Your daily protein, other than beans, should be derived mostly from fish and chicken breast.
  6. Try not to eat red meat more than two times a month.
  7. Limit butter, ice cream, cheese, and sweets.
  8. And here’s your treat! Followers of the Mediterranean Diet get to feast on one to two ounces of dark chocolate daily. It’s good for you!

Lastly, I don’t count it in the Great Eight, because it is something everyone should follow, regardless:
Do Not Smoke!

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