In our previous two Health Tips, we discussed the most common causes of brain fog. The first of these focused on stress. When there’s so much you’re anxious about, your logical thinking, mental clarity, and memory become overwhelmed to the extent that you’ve added yet another stressor. “Is this early dementia?” you may wonder. Well […]
Immediate answer: The newest research shows that your own impression of your memory–not anyone else’s, and not any particular test–could be the very first sign of mental decline as you age. Longer answer: We all have episodes of forgetfulness no matter how old we are. Ask any high school senior confronted with the SAT vocabulary […]
Q: Is there really such a thing as a brain-healthy diet?
A: Very definitely! And it’s really quite easy. First, let’s start with the chocolate. Have one piece of expensive dark chocolate every day. Of course, you must be reasonable about this. A small piece, not something the size of a Cinnabon.
Then (you knew this was coming) the inevitable five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Select those richest in antioxidants and carotenes: dark green leafy vegetables; bright carrots and squash; richly colored fruit like blueberries and apples. Eat a wide range of the foods called produce, and eat mostly those foods.
At the same time, reduce your saturated fat intake: use meat and poultry as a side dish or garnish. Your good animal protein source is fish, because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids that are especially required for brain health. If you can’t handle fish, take omega-3 supplements twice a day.
Enjoy black or green tea as a daily beverage (high in antioxidants). Prepare foods with extra virgin olive oil, ideally, or canola oil.
Reduce your intake of high-glycemic foods. These are the ones that convert quickly to sugar (glucose). Thus, you’ll phase out refined white-flour breads and processed foods wherever and whenever you can. Replace these with whole-grain foods as well as beans and other legumes.
Eliminate all sources of high fructose corn syrup (this requires label reading). Limit alcohol to one or two drinks a day.
Finally, tobacco smoke is a killer of brain cells. The more you smoke, the less you may realize that cigarettes are turning your brain to mush.
That’s a question I hear from patients several times a week. The inquirer, usually a woman in her late forties or early fifties, knows for certain something is wrong.
Q I saw an article in our local paper on citicoline, which they called a natural substance found in all living things. The article said taking citicholine as a supplement could boost the power of aging brains. Is this true? Also, what exactly is it?
Click here for the original post. Nobody likes to spend too much time thinking about what doctors call age-related decline in brain function. You can get really worried about the future of your brain until you meet someone like Chicago icon Studs Terkel. Studs is now 95, and although he readily acknowledges he’s as deaf […]