Here are the general guidelines for foods to include or avoid in the MIND diet:
1. Exercise, move, get going...the more blood flow to our brains the better you will think and feel.
2. Purchase organics when you are able to, many studies are showing correlation with pesticide residues in human bodies being linked with neuro decline over the age span. DDT, glyphosphates, and many others are showing a linkage.
3. Maintain steady blood sugar. Eating with whole foods in mind at each meal with carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats combinations. Diabetics are at a three-fold risk of cognitive impairment later in life and Alzheimer's has been called "type 3 diabetes" by several functional medicine practioner's as it seems failing neurons no longer respond appropriately to glucose, the brains main source of fuel.
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