It’s easy to forget about the health of your brain.
- You can’t see it – like your skin.
- You can’t feel it – like joint pain.
- You can’t touch it – like a bruise.
The changes that take place in your brain happen slowly and – often – without your awareness. When brain pathology (disease) becomes outwardly noticeable, it is often too late.
The damage has already been done and – generally – can’t be reversed.
That is why PREVENTIVE BRAIN HEALTH is so crucial. But, it is a relatively new area of research that has only been explored for the last 10-15 years (approx). And preventive health isn’t sexy or exciting.
Taking care of your brain is a slow process, and the benefits of your efforts often take place without any bells or whistles. But, the changes ARE taking place – if you’re willing to notice them.
An essential cornerstone of preventive brain health is: NUTRITION
What you eat (and don’t eat) plays a crucial role in the health of your brain. A large (and growing) body of research has linked specific dietary patterns – found in the Mediterranean and MIND diets – to protecting the health of your brain and preserving your mental functions as you age.
The MIND diet focuses on the intake of mostly plant-based foods and recommends consumption of (for example):
- Green leafy vegetables
- Nuts & berries
- Olive oil
To learn more about the vital nutrients that will help keep your brain healthy as you age, listen to this week’s episode of the BrainShape Podcast.
The BrainShape Podcast is available on all podcast platforms (e.g., Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, iHeartRadio, etc.). Alternatively, you can listen directly through my website: