Every minute in the U.S., someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. The good news is that when we eat well, this benefits our brain as we age. This is yet another reason to make it a priority to nourish our bodies with nutrients from whole foods, and reduce the processed ones. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and certain spices can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Dementia. All of these foods and spices are excellent for brain health:
- Cinnamon and turmeric (pictured)
- Green squash and tomatoes (also pictured)
- Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
- Kale and broccoli
- Quinoa and gluten free oats (Ezekiel bread is a great source of healthy whole grains as well)
If you’re not a fan of any of these foods, there’s still hope. Slowly introducing them into some of your recipes is a great way to start eating healthier. You will get used to the taste over time. Don’t hold back – get creative! Kale can be combined with lemon, apples and cucumbers to make a delicious and refreshing juice. Cinnamon pairs well with whole grain cereals and oatmeal. Tomatoes turn into a fantastic side dish when sliced and drizzled with olive oil, sea salt, oregano and goat cheese (skip the cheese if you’re vegan). Berries can be enjoyed year-round; frozen ones are priced reasonably and are perfect for smoothies. Yellow or green squash can be grilled, added to stir fries, soups or tomato sauces. Quinoa is probably the most versatile of them all; there are entire cookbooks dedicated to this grain. Sunflower seeds can be added to salads to get a nice protein boost.
It’s never too late to make small changes every day to improve your health. It all starts with one change and those little changes add up over time. 🙂