How many times have you heard the phrase “Food Is Medicine”?
Eating the right foods contributes to a healthy brain.
People say that it’s expensive to eat healthy.
It will be more expensive to pay medical bills down the road if you choose not to eat healthy.
Take your pick!
Dr Amen mentioned this in his book “Use Your Brain To Change Your Age“.
Basically, food is medicine or it is poison.
It’s crucial to pay attention to what goes into your body!
Watch this informative video on controlling your cravings.
Dr. Amen encourages removing sugar from your diet, limiting processed foods, and eating an abundance of fruit and vegetables.
To avoid pesticides, it’s best to eat organically especially if you are eating produce from the dirty dozen list below.
There’s more about this in the book.
- Spinach, Kale and Collard Greens
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Sugar increases inflammation in your body, increases erratic brain cell firing, and sends your blood sugar levels on a roller-coaster ride?
There is a helpful chart in his book listing the amount of fiber needed per day and the foods you need to eat to get the required amount.
The book has a chart on ten brain healthy spices to help keep you young, as well as a list of healthy snacks that will keep you going in between meals and keep your energy level up.
Dr. Amen encourages an anti-inflammatory diet.
One of the blood tests Dr. Amen mentions is the C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation in your body.
Other lab tests are recommended as well, and it’s important for all of us to know our numbers.
What About Exercise?
In addition to eating nutritious foods, it’s important to exercise!
A quote by Edward Stanley rings true, “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
“Physical inactivity is the fourth most common preventable cause of death, behind smoking, hypertension, and obesity. Exercising thirty minutes a day, five times a week, can make you look many years younger than your biological age” as the book “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” mentions.
In many cases, exercise can help depression better than popping pills.
Coordination exercises like dancing or ping-pong can contribute to better decision making. Exercise is one of the best and proven preventions for dementia, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s.
“Your brain is the most energy hungry and expensive real estate in your body” according to Dr. Amen.
Did you know that as your weight goes up, the size of your brain goes down? Yep, it’s true!
He also recommends getting enough sleep.
If you want to know more secrets for creating a healthy brain, I encourage you to read “Use Your Brain To Change Your Age“.
If you follow the principles in this book, and stick to them, your life may change (for the good) forever! Take care of your brain and body, you only get one of each!
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