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Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eating healthy for your brain

Is it true that Alzheimer’s and dementia could be linked to what we eat? If it is true then I am in serious trouble as I put a piece of pizza in my mouth. As I am approaching the age of being in my mid 50’s I am becoming more aware of what I eat and how much stress I am under. You see my father and uncle both had early onset Alzheimer’s when I was only 15 years old and they were in their mid-fifties when they were diagnosed. Back then there was not much known about the disease so we had nothing really to contribute to why my father and his brother came down with this terrible disease.

While doing some research on another article I came across several articles about this new fad diet called “The MIND diet”. Seeing these articles peaked my interest since I am constantly thinking about what are my chances of getting Alzheimer’s since it can be passed down through the jeans. Research has shown that dieting, exercise, keeping the mind active, getting plenty of rest, and stop smoking or using anything with nicotine in it will help significantly reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases.  As I was reading these articles I found that the one diet they all talked about was “The Mediterranean Diet” or a combination of this diet along with “The Dash Diet”. The combination diet called “The Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” diet or (MIND) diet relies on banning five unhealthy food groups; red meat, butter or margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and of course everyone’s favorite food which is fried and fast food.

This past week some new research was released during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which took place in London that older adults that followed a eating plan of plant based diet like the Mediterranean or MIND diet lowered the risk of dementia by a third.

What is the MIND or Mediterranean diet?

First off the Mediterranean diet is not a typical traditional form of Western eating. Say goodbye to red meat, pork, butter, refined sugar, flour and fats. The true diet is very simple, the majority of the meal is fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

People that follow the MIND do not reject everything that the people reject in the Mediterranean diet but they stay pretty close to Mediterranean diet but add in a few other key ingredients. The MIND diet consist of six servings a week of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards broccoli and other green vegetables that are packed with vitamins A and C. This along with other forms of vegetables made a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. The MIND diet also recommends at least five servings a week of whole grains and nuts is a must. Nuts contain healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants which help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Along with this they add in at least three servings of beans, two servings of berries, two servings of chicken or turkey and at least one serving of fish per week. Too top things off the MIND diet also includes one glass of wine per day. Wine is considered part of the top 10 brain healthy food groups that works in conjunction with the foods above to help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.

With the MIND diet you do not cut out all red meat but they limit the consumption to no more than four servings per week. Butter and stick margarine is limited to only a tablespoon per day and use extra virgin olive oil in place of butter. When it comes to cheese, if you want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s than only eat cheese once a week. Sweets and pastries not only are  bad for the waistline but they are terrible for the brain. The MIND diet says to limit your consumption to no more than five treats per week.

Conclusion

It has been noted and published that people that consistently eat by the MIND diet will be healthier and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you slip up on the diet once in a while researchers still say it can still be beneficial to you and will continue to reduce your risk of developing this terrible disease.

Three great articles about dieting and dementia:

The MIND diet

CNN – Mediterranean style diet to prevent dementia

Dementia News


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Olive Oil Is Not Just For Cooking Anymore

Olive Oil Is Not Just For Cooking Anymore

Here are 10 great home remedies that olive oil is good for.

When olive oil comes up in a conversation most people think of Italian cooking or salad dressing or something that has to do with recipes. Most of us do not know that olive oil can be used for other things around the home.

Fingernails

Soaking your hands in a mixture of olive oil and water is great for your fingernails. If you don’t have time to soak your nails then after a hot shower take a q-tip and rub some olive oil to your cuticle to keep your nails moisturized.

Removing makeup

Take a cotton ball or q-tip and dip it into olive oil and dab under your eyes, your face and forehead to remove makeup. Then wipe your face with a damp warm cloth.

Olive oil for shaving

A great natural shaving lubricant is olive oil. Olive oil will help the razor glide over your skin and if you’re like me where you get skin irritation shaving the olive oil will help in preventing this irritation from showing up.

Hair Treatment

I suffer with dry scalp most of the year, I found that olive oil is a great remedy for my dry flaky scalp. I warm a half cup or olive oil and apply the oil to my hair and comb in. This can be messy so be careful. I will let this set in on my scalp for about 45 – 60 minutes and then shampoo with a gentle shampoo.

Cat Hair Ball

A good remedy for helping your cat to deal with hair balls is to add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food. By doing this it will help your cat to have a shiny fur coat.

Help to remove paint

When I paint my home I usually get paint all over my hands, legs, arms and hair. I guess you could say I am a messy painter. When paint dries on your skin or finger nails it can be very difficult to remove. Apply olive oil onto your skin, nails or hair and let it soak in for a few minutes then rinse with soap and water.

Tickle in the throat

To stop a tickle that is making you cough take a sip of olive oil and it will sooth the throat and take away the tickle.

Earache

An old home remedy to an earache that my mother use to use is soak a cotton ball with warm olive oil and carefully dab the outside of my ear while laying my head on a pillow laying on the opposite ear.

Dry winter lips

Mix together a 1:1 ratio of beeswax and olive oil and apply to your dry chapped lips. Especially in the winter lips tend to dry out fast, this is one of the best remedies that I have found.

Leather conditioner

For leather shoes, baseball gloves and etc. rubbing olive oil on the leather is a great conditioner for helping preserve the leather.

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Posted by Tom in Urban Homesteader