Life is more fun when we’re healthy, and staying healthy often is in our hands. Researchers believe many of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease is related to lifestyle. Helping to keep the body healthy helps to keep the mind healthy as well.
Smoking, obesity, limited physical activity, a fatty, sugary diet, and drug and alcohol abuse deprive the body of nutrients and oxygen, and therefore, deprive and harm the brain. These factors also can lead to cancer, cardiac disease, and diabetes, all of which also is harmful to brain health.
If you want to live well, care for your body. Exercise, stop smoking, limit alcoholic beverages, add those vegetables to your diet, and eliminate fried and sugary foods. Following is the MIND Diet designed for brain health.
- 6 or more servings per week of green leafy vegetables
- At least one serving of other vegetables each day
- 5 servings of nuts per week
- 2 or more servings of berries each week
- 1 or more servings of beans each week
- 3 or more servings a day of whole grains
- 1 or more servings of fish each week
- 2 servings of poultry each week
- Olive oil to be used as your main cooking oil
- 1 glass (5 ounces) of wine each day
- No more than 4 servings of red meat each week
- 1 tablespoon or less of butter or margarine per day
- 1 serving or less of cheese each week
- 5 servings or less of sweets per week
- No more than 1 serving of fried or fast food per week