As a culture, we are finally waking up. The recently released film “Fork over Knives” see movie trailer delivers a paramont statement of how we are eating ourselves into our own demise. Sometimes science has been confusing to the general public. The conflicting and changing information on nutrition has caused us to stray from what is truly the best in food choices and this is not entirely our fault. Rather this is now a wake up for learning to reclaim one’s health with nutrition.
A big concern for today and the next generation is increasing chronic disease. People who think about aging and health decline often joke about senility or dementia, but the ravaging effects in the loss of brain function is nothing to laugh at.
At the heart of dementia prevention is nutrition, which lies at our feet in our gardens containing trees and vegetables. DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid is one of the bigger helpers for all functioning brain cells. Although DHA’s highest concentration is in fish, nuts and seeds also contain DHA and other important Omega 3’s. I support the idea of eating wild fish twice a week (never farmed fish) along with nuts and seeds. Remember those silly chia plant shaped animals that were popular a few decades ago? The chia seed is quite high in Omega 3’s and can be incorporated into the diet easily. Flax seed is abundant and inexpensive and also high in omega 3 fatty acids.
What do Omega 3 fatty acids do for the body? This important nutrient helps to put out the fire of inflammation. Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia disorders have a link to inflammation in the brain. Going back to eating a 100% whole foods diet for reducing inflammation is the wise choice. Include more nuts and seeds every day. Buy chia seeds, add water and watch it become soft and gel like. They can then be included in any food like a smoothie drink, morning cereal or added to soups and stews. Nuts like almonds, cashews, sunflower and sesame seeds make wonderful nut “butters” and can be eaten like peanut butter.
Dr Jeanne can assist in customizing a nutritional program for you.
Resource: Elson Haas MD, Staying Healthy with Nutrition, 2006