Foods To Sharpen Your Memory, Improve Your Mood + Be Mentally Sharp Past 100

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.

Learn how food is the basis of health or disease, depending on the choices we make each day.

Terry Wahls, M.D.

Professor Of Medicine & Best-Selling Author
Dr. Terry Wahls is a professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical research on the use of diet and lifestyle to treat brain-related problems. She has also worked at the VA for many years in the traumatic brain injury clinic and was the director of the therapeutic lifestyle clinic. In both clinics, she focused on using diet and lifestyle to treat traumatic brain injury and neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Time and time again she saw people experience marked reduction in pain, improved mood, and better thinking. She also saw that in her own life. She has progressive MS and for seven years, she declined steadily, and though she took the newest drugs, including very potent biologic drugs, she ended up in a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. When she started studying the latest brain science and designed a diet and lifestyle program specifically to support my brain cells, her decline slowed, then stopped, then she recovered. She now bike five miles to work. She uses these principles to help others with a wide variety of brain-related symptoms end their decline and suffering and restore their lives. If you want to learn more about the protocols she used in her recovery, clinics, and research, visit her site. Pick up her book, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the companion cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life. If you want to dive even more deeply into what she does to help people reverse their decline and get their lives back, come to the Wahls Protocol® Seminar that I conduct each August.
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Terry Wahls, M.D.

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