How You Can Keep Your Mind Healthy

Keeping a healthy mind is crucial if you want to live a long and healthy life. Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other degenerative diseases are becoming more common. It is believed that lifestyle if a big reason for this. The typical American diet is far from healthy. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, Alzheimer’s is number six,  diabetes is number seven! Diet and exercise are things that impact all of these.

Your brain is what controls your body. Think of your body like a machine. Your brain is the wiring. It is what makes the machine do what its supposed to. Diseases like Alzheimer’s occur because of a cognitive decline. Four of the best things you can do to decrease your risk is diet, exercise, cognition exercises, and being socially interactive.

Through research I have found that a Mediterranean diet is one of the best diets out there for overall health. The main thing about this diet is to cut out refined carbs and sugars. Now, don’t think of this like other diets you may have participated in. This isn’t really a diet, but a LIFESTYLE.

 

Now, I personally don’t follow this to the T. Instead I use it more for guidelines. Meaning, I cut out cheese wherever I can. I pick poultry over red meats if acceptable. I try to have vegetables in every meal, and use olive oil in place of butter. When picking grains, I always go whole wheat.

When choosing a whole wheat, or any whole grain, it is important to make sure it actually is whole wheat. Looking for the whole grain stamp is the easiest way to ensure you are buying the real stuff. You will want to search for the 100% whole grain stamp.

Three Whole Grain Stamps January 2017

The 100% stamp means that all the grain is whole grain. the 50%+ means that at least 50% is whole grain. The basic stamp means that there is whole grain, but it is less than 50%.

Keeping a healthy mind is vital to having a long and healthy life. We need to make sure we are taking care of our bodies, which includes our mind. A machine with messed up wires won’t work properly, the same goes for our mind. A diet simply won’t cut it, we need to change our lifestyle to ensure the mind stays healthy. Baby steps is all it takes. Start today by cutting out refined grains, and look for the 100% whole grain stamp. Then move to cutting out refined sugars. Add more vegetables. Cook with poultry rather than red meat. Throw out butter, and buy some olive oil. Making little changes will change your life drastically.

For more information on foods to eat, and foods to avoid follow the links to my other articles.

References:

Kohls, K. (2015). Benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Retrieved from https://www.unitypoint.org/madison/article.aspx?id=d3b84dd5-01e2-4a92-9508-bdeba38e5277

Legg, T. J. (2017). The top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php

Madison. (2018). What foods should I avoid and why? Retrieved from http://makeminehealthy.com/what-foods-should-i-avoid-and-why/

Madison. (2018). What foods should I be eating? Retrieved from http://makeminehealthy.com/what-foods-should-i-be-eating-and-why/

Oldways Whole Grains Council. (n.d.). Whole grain stamp. Retrieved from https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp

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