Terry Wahls, MD, is a functional medicine doctor, clinical professor, and a survivor of progressive multiple sclerosis who used her own protocol to heal. This week, we’re sharing her expertise in a series on adrenal fatigue and natural techniques to restore energy. To learn more, check out her new mindbodygreen class, How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue: The Food & Habits You Need For Optimal Health & Energy.
I want my mind to be clear so I can recognize my children, my grandchildren and hopefully my great grandchildren when I am in my 80s and beyond. Furthermore I plan on playing scrabble with my grandchildren when I am 100.
We all want our minds to stay clear as long as we're alive. Most people think that our genes determine whether we will get early dementia. But the reality is, our diet quality is a major factor.
In this short video I will talk about the simple diet and lifestyle choices that can dramatically reduce the risk of early dementia and markedly increase the probability that you will still be mentally clear in your 90s.
The top five things you can do to help your brain stay healthy and vibrant are the following:
1. Eat healthy fats.
Your brain needs fat to make myelin, which is the insulation on the wiring between brain cells. Eating more omega-3 fats will help support production of myelin.
2. Get sufficient minerals in your diet.
Minerals are cofactors for many vitamins in the brain. Using sea salt and adding seaweed to your diet is an excellent way to increase your mineral intake.
3. Eat high quality protein.
The neurotransmitters (molecules that your brain uses to communicate at the synapse, or junctions between brain cells) are made of amino acids. The building blocks of protein are amino acids. It is important to have sufficient protein so that your brain can make the necessary neurotransmitters.
4. Stop drinking soda and other sweetened drinks.
Higher intake of sugar is associated with more rapid loss of brain cells and earlier onset of cognitive decline or dementia.
5. Eat more vegetables.
Higher intake of vegetables and berries are strongly associated with having better cognition and less dementia. Shoot for 6 to 9 cups of vegetables every day.
This short video will give more information specific ways that you can feed your brain to have a healthier brain now and in the future.
In my therapeutic lifestyle clinics, we teach people how to use food to create more health and vitality in their lives. We often see people lose weight without being hungry, blood sugars normalize, blood pressures normalize and the need for medications steadily decline.
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