Aging & the Brain Factor
As we age, the brain gathers rust like an old truck left in the rain. Free radicals induce damage to cells, DNA, and proteins in a process called oxidative stress. How do we keep the old truck running smoothly?
Eat more vegetables, about 1 to 2 pounds (5 to 10 cups) per day. Minimize refined carbohydrates. Avoid sugar and processed foods. Aim for a plate that is 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent protein. Omit refined carbohydrates. Eat limited real carbohydrates: starchy vegetables like squash and root vegetables, nuts, seeds, and tubers. Be sure to include prebiotics like asparagus, garlic, onion, jicama, green bananas, seaweed, and flax seeds.
In addition to an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of antioxidant Vitamin A, C & E, keep exercising regularly because it activates neurogenesis. Keep your blood sugar stable, and get restorative sleep, all of which can help to keep your brain ticking over nicely and reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. ・・・
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