It’s evident that all foods are not created equally. And that’s especially true when you take into account the effect on your cognitive health.
As much as you might get “brain fog” from eating too many sugary sweets and heavily-processed foods, a specific diet can actually enhance your memory — even as you age.
We’ve all heard of foods that are good for the brain — the importance of getting lots of omega-3s to boost brainpower. Increasing alertness, concentration, and even stretching our abilities to memorize and to take more in, are all important, as is keeping the brain active on a daily basis — learning new things and making new memories. But what about when it comes to memory loss?
In the memory department, you’ll want to focus on blueberries, tomatoes, almonds, fish, and leafy greens like broccoli, kale, and spinach. Or, choose to take an overall approach to your diet that benefits your brain, body, and enjoyment by following the Mediterranean diet.
In addition to health benefits, the Mediterranean diet is simply delicious (at least in my opinion). As the case study below highlights, once you get into eating the Mediterranean way, you don’t even think of yourself as “dieting.”
The plan’s cornerstones are vegetables, fish, olive oil, beans, nuts, and whole grains. Items like processed foods, red meat, poultry, and dairy get slashed.
In addition to enhancing your memory, studies show that eating this way leads to a reduced risk of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Best of all, you don’t have to live on the Riviera to eat as if you do.
- I Tried a Science-Backed Eating Plan Tied to a Better Memory and Longer Life — and Never Felt Like I was ‘Dieting’
- Eating for Brainpower: How Eating Better Can Fight Memory Loss
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Nuts for Nutrition
That plus 7 other staples of a nutritious diet. Many of these foods are the same as those that are good for your brain — so you get a two-fer.
Expect More Life
Harvard researchers have issued the first comprehensive analysis of the impact that adopting low-risk lifestyle factors has on life expectancy in the U.S.
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The world’s most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If it works, he plans to try the same approach in people, and he might be one of the first volunteers.
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How to Score Big
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Taking breaks is a proven good thing for productivity (when approached correctly). If you aren’t taking regular breaks or don’t feel refreshed and focused after taking a break, you might be doing it wrong.
As I’ve shared many times over the years in Further, there are dozens of apps and online courses that claim their “brain training” can make you more mentally agile, but there’s usually little scientific evidence to back up those claims. Now, science shows that a particular type of brain training program does actually work when it comes to your processing power.
Qu’est-Ce Que C’est?
A new study on second language learning has resulted in media reports with the depressing message that it’s impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after around age ten. All of these reports dramatically misrepresented the findings from the study, and the message they sent is flat-out wrong.
If you have trouble with gratitude, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it.
Don’t Ask Me, I Don’t Know
Believing that you “must be right” — which means a lack of intellectual humility — can actually stymie discovery, learning, and progress. The key is recognizing the limits of your knowledge and valuing the insight of someone else.
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