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Alzheimer’s Prevention Food and Lifestyle

Alzheimer's Prevention Food & Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s Prevention Food & Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s Prevention Food and Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s prevention food and lifestyle is something we should all be vigilant about.  Education is key and knowledge is power so please share the information on this blog with your families and friends.

When I was asked to write a T.V. Treatment for a T.V. Production Company in London a few years ago I was thrilled and excited.

However, as yet, the T.V. series has not come to fruition because of course I am not an advocate of the meat and dairy industry.  The recent signing of Celebrity T.V. Chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly, 12, for her own TV cookery show speaks volumes about the depths this industry will go to.  Remember, the food industry has no vested interest in health, only profit.

One of the many aspects I included for the ‘Marlene T.V. Series’  was to visit the Blue Zones.   It is so fantastic to see The Blue Zones now creating national headlines and for good reason.  They play a pivotal role in helping people form lifelong habits that can cut their risk of Alzheimer’s disease in half.

Create your own Blue Zones

blue-zonesPeople in Blue Zones, geographical hot spots for healthful living are sharing their secrets for preserving cognitive function into old age. In addition to following a plant-based diet, Blue Zone residents exercise each day and have strong social connections.  You can create your own ‘Blue Zone’ by reaching for plant-based foods, exercising daily and spending some time on cognitive training.  My mum’s friend works on some of the biggest crossword puzzles I have ever seen, the best cognitive training ever.  Some ideal reading or even learning a new language is also excellent.  Anything that stimulates the old ‘grey cells’ and stretches the mind should be on the daily agenda.  Deep restorative sleep, at least 7 hours a night is also important. We underestimate or overlook our own great powers of recovery and self-healing.

Many years ago when I read Dan Buetnners book The Blue Zones, I added his book to our recommended reading list that Bill and I give to our students.  His newest addition has just been published, treat yourselves to a copy and learn lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest healthiest lives on the planet.

Load up with vegetables, grains, beans, fruits nuts and seeds.   New research published by Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., from Rush University Medical Centre, shows a plant-based diet reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 35% to 50%, depending on how diligently it’s followed.

Macrobiotics for all SeasonsThis new approach, formally called the MIND diet,  favours leafy greens, vegetables, berries, nuts, beans and whole grains as daily dietary staples, while minimizing or even better avoiding red meat, butter, margarine, cheese, sweets, pastries, and fried or fast food, which can more than double your risk of cognitive decline. To keep it simple, think in terms of the nutrition rainbow and aim to eat a variety of colours from plant-based sources each day.  This is easily done by simply making a vegetable soup or using many of the recipes here on my website or from my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’.

In a previous blog a few weeks ago I wrote about the cognitive benefits of using leafy greens. The Rush University Health and Aging Project shows study participants who consume at least 1 to 2 daily servings of leafy greens experience cognitive benefits of someone eleven years younger, compared to peers who hardly ate any greens. It’s no surprise since a wide variety of greens serve a healthful dose of brain-boosting nutrients, including vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta-carotene.

High cholesterol and type 2 diabetes increase your risk for Alzheimer’s by 50% to 75%, respectively. Take back control of your own health.  Join Bill and I on one of our many educational workshops where we will share a wealth of knowledge to put you back in the driving seat to regain your health.  Remind yourself again that the food and medical industry have no vested interest in health. We do! Prevention is Key to Health & Longevity.

In good health

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