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Eating Habits That Can Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Eating Habits That Can Help Prevent Alzheimer's
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By    |   Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:12 AM

Hippocrates coined the phrase “let food be thy medicine” and it’s still relevant today as experts believe that one of the key elements to preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is switching to a grain- and gluten-free diet.

Dr. David Perlmutter, a noted neurologist from Naples, Florida, and author of "Grain Brain," believes that this way of eating is the key to maintaining brain health.

“Although many people may see the value in the grain- and gluten-free diet, getting them to take the final step, to actually make a nutritional change in their life, can often prove difficult,” he writes on his website, The Empowering Neurologist.

“That’s understandable, because the first few days and weeks of making any lifestyle change are challenging. Eating to prevent brain disease and Alzheimer’s is my goal for all of us.”

Here are his tips:

  1. Set aside cooking time. What ruins many grain-and gluten-free diets is the on-the-go moment where we grab a bowl of cereal, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of something healthier like a hard-boiled egg, vegetables, and hummus. Set aside a few hours over the weekend to cook all of your meals and snacks for the week. For example, grill seven chicken breasts, hard-boil a dozen eggs, prepare your veggies so that they can be steamed in minutes.
  2. If it can go bad, it’s good for you. If it stays good, it’s bad for you. “This is one of my favorite sayings for the foods we eat,” says Perlmutter. There is something wrong with food that doesn’t expire, so when you are at the supermarket, remember this adage when you stock your fridge and pantry.
  3. The Anti-Alzheimer’s Trio. Perlmutter talks about three foods that help preserve your memory and should be a part of your diet. He touts grass-fed beef, avocados, and coconut oil. “This group of high-fat, brain-smart foods are a staple of the Grain Brain diet, and should work their way into your weekly meal plan as well,” he says.
  4. It’s all about a cup of coffee. “I’m a big fan of coffee, and super thankful that it’s not only savory, but brain healthy as well,” says Perlmutter. “Not only does coffee activate our neural pathways, helping to fight off oxidative stress and protect against neurogenerative disease, recent studies have found that high levels of coffee consumption can be associated with a 65 percent reduction in risk for dementia.”
  5. Include DHA in your diet. This is a critical fatty acid for brain health and can be found in fatty fish. But for maximum benefits, Perlmutter recommends taking a daily dosage of 1000 mg. of DHA as a supplement, preferably derived from algae.

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Hippocrates coined the phrase "let food be thy medicine" and it's still relevant today as experts believe that one of the key elements to preventing Alzheimer's disease and dementia is switching to a grain- and gluten-free diet.Dr. David Perlmutter, a noted neurologist from...
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