Food and Cognitive Decline

Most underlying dementia risks are rooted in uncontrolled and chronic inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can occur due to poor diet, lack of sleep, uncontrolled blood sugar, and unmanaged stress. 

Modifying our food choices is one of the best ways to minimize systemic inflammation, thus minimizing risks for cognitive decline. The food we put in our body can either add fuel to the fire of aging, or to help us to heal!

Research shows that diets full of nutrient dense foods, like the Mediterranean diet, helps lower the inflammation in our body. This style of diet prioritizes fatty fish, healthy fats, fiber, whole grains, and lots of fruits and vegetables. 

Key nutrients that support healthy cognition include Omega 3 fatty-acids, iron, zinc, selenium, B complex (not just Vitamin b12!), vitamin D, and choline.

How can you maximize these nutrients in your diet? Include the following in your meals:

  • walnuts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lentils and beans
  • blueberries
  • avocados
  • wild salmon
  • quinoa
  • olives
  • fruits
  • colorful vegetables

These choices will allow you to focus on prioritizing lean protein, fiber, healthy fats, and phytonutrients that protect your brain from cognitive decline. As an added bonus, all of these foods come with a powerhouse of other benefits that support a healthy weight, happy joints, heart health, and digestive function.

Here’s to a happy and healthy brain and body!
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