Giving your brain a leg up as you age

 

Eating the "back to basics" foods is great for brain health.

Eating the “back to basics” foods is great for brain health.

 

Foods to eat on a regular basis:

  • Back to basics foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts- especially walnuts
  • Omega-3 rich foods (see list below)
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates or pomegranate juice – only 1/4 -1/2 cup a day
  • Tea
  • Avocados

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 Omega-3 foods that are available at your local grocery store:

Canadian omega-3 food sources

Some Canadian omega-3 food sources

  • Salmon – canned or fresh
  • Anchovies – canned or fresh
  • Mackerel – canned or fresh
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseed – ground
  • Canola oil
  • Omega-3 eggs

For more information on Omega-3 fatty acids.

Watch Dina and I on BT Toronto FYI: Dina was right I was wrong – it was Michelangelo! I am putting my brain cramp down to my lack of sleep – see below. 

 

Activities that help:

·         Stay active – exercise may be one of the best ways to reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s

·       A good night’s sleep – you need between 7-8 hours a night to let your brain reboot.

·       Relaxation – meditation, deep breathing, and yoga

·     Try new experiences – doing the same old same old doesn’t challenge your brain, this one of the main reasons I did the Edge Walk on the CN Tower – terrifying, but so mind expanding!

·         Learning a new language or a musical instrument has been shown over and over again to help with brain plasticity.

·         Sites like Brain IQ  or Luminosity can give your brain a workout.

·         Stay socially active and keep wide circles of friendships 

·         Maintain a healthy weight

·         Control blood pressure

·         Reduce or eliminate simple sugar consumption – cakes, cookies, pastries, doughnuts, candy, pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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