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Maintain Brain 'GPS' With Healthy Diet

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Often cited as the worst blunder in the history of college football, Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels picked up a fumble in the 1929 Rose Bowl and ran toward his opponent's goal line, resulting in a safety.

His team, University of California Golden Bears, lost to Georgia Tech 8-7. How could this happen to the All-American team captain? The explanation didn't come until the 21st century.

In 2014, professor John O'Keefe discovered the brain's "inner GPS" (and won a Nobel Prize), which is supposed to keep you oriented to your surroundings. This directional guidance system is located in the entorhinal/subicular region at the base of your brain in the hippocampus.

Chances are, when Roy banged heads to get the fumble, it confused his inner GPS and turned him around on the gridiron.

We want to point you in the right direction, to overall brain health and to protect your inner GPS.

There's a direct correlation between obesity and shrinking of the hippocampus, so do these things to stay on track:

• Avoid Brain-Inflamers. Saturated and trans fats, added sugars and syrups, and any grain that isn't 100 percent whole cause brain inflammation. Give your brain the fuel it needs to think clearly.

• Enjoy berry goodness. Elderberries, blueberries, and strawberries are packed with the powerful flavonoid quercetin, which reduces inflammation that's associated with dementia.

• Go nuts. Walnuts are rich in omega-3s, but all nuts seem to protect the brain's vascular system.

• Feel the beet. Their natural nitrates increase blood flow to the brain.

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There's a direct correlation between obesity and shrinking of the hippocampus, so do these things to stay on track.
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