Do you believe that we are all doomed to get dementia or Alzheimer’s as we age? The current numbers are frightening. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Facts and Figures Report, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease and 1 in 3 dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Dr. Neal Barnard‘s latest book – Power Foods for the Brain – looks at how changes to diet and lifestyle can improve brain health and prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Using information from the latest studies, Barnard lays out a three-step plan for brain health: healthy foods, mental and physical exercise, and sleep. Barnard advocates a whole food, plant-based diet and avoiding meat, dairy, eggs and added oils.
He also shares the latest research on foods that can protect your brain from toxic metals and vitamins that can assist in improving brain health.
In the book he talks about his North Dakota upbringing, eating a diet based on red meat, dairy and eggs – with few vegetables. As his parents got older, they began to get dementia. Based on his research, he got them to change their diet and it slowed and stopped the progress of their dementia. At one point, his parents moved into an assisted living facility and started eating the standard American diet again. The dementia started progressing again until Dr. Barnard was able to get them home again and change their diet back.
This book was very easy to read and Barnard lays out many great suggestions for making changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle to improve brain (and body) health.
I found an interesting website, called Silk, where you can share collections of anything – coffee places, vacation spots or nutrition books. I created one to highlight the books I have read – you can find it here. Currently, this book is the only one in the collection, but more will be there soon.
Dr. Barnard’s 3-step plan for brain health gives all of us the tools we need to slow the progress of these deadly diseases. Read this book and share it with your friends and loved ones who may be at risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s.