We all know that a consistently healthy diet is good for us in many ways. Many of us didn't know, however, that a healthy diet can help keep our brains healthy, too.
The authors of a recently published study examined patterns of eating, rather than specific foods or nutrients, among over 2,000 people over the age of 65 years for an average of about 4 years. During this time participants were assessed every 1.5 years with a standardized neurologic examination. By study's end a total of 253 people had developed Alzheimer's disease.
What the researchers found when they examined the dietary patterns of the study participants is very interesting - people who regularly ate cold water fish, nuts, tomatoes, poultry, leafy green and cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, etc) vegetables and fruit had a much lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease than did those whose diet consisted mainly of high fat dairy and meat.
If you combine a healthy diet with regular exercise, healthy stress management techniques, and adequate sleep the odds are very good that you will be healthy in your later years. Remember - genetics plays a role, but it's believed that 70% of our future health is determined by diet and lifestyle.
So take control of your future as best you can. Eat healthily, splurge on occasion to feed your soul (!), but mainly eat well. And be well.
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