Healthy Inspiration- Nutrition as Prevention Week 11
Eat Healthy today and your future self will thank you!
Eating for health and eating for weight loss are very often not the same thing.
There are many companies promoting processed foods, shakes and powders for weight loss.
These products may get results but they are not as beneficial as eating whole, clean foods for health and wellness.
Why be healthy? What if you already look great or don’t care how you look? The foods that make up your diet can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function best today and help prevent disease, medical procedures and dementia in your future.
This morning on several news outlets and morning programs a new study was cited that found a positive correlation to following the Mediterranean Diet and decreased risk of dementia when you get older.
According to Linda Caroll from nbc.news.com
"An analysis of data from more than 60,000 seniors revealed that choosing to follow a Mediterranean diet reduces a person's likelihood of developing dementia by nearly one quarter, even among those with genes that put that at greater risk, according to the report published Monday in the medical journal BMC Medicine. A diet that is rich in seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil may lower the risk of dementia, a new study suggests.
The main take home message from this study is that, even for individuals with a higher genetic risk, consuming a more Mediterranean-like diet could reduce the likelihood of developing dementia,” said the study’s lead author, Oliver Shannon, a lecturer in human nutrition and aging at Newcastle University.
Among people whose food choices least resembled a Mediterranean diet, “around 17 in every 1,000 individuals developed dementia during the approximately nine year study follow-up period,” Shannon said in an email."
If you do have a medical crisis in the future, the better shape you are in beforehand can help with your recovery and prognosis after. Prevention does not come in a pill. Most pharmaceuticals treat symptoms without fixing the original underlying problem. Traditional doctors mostly treat symptoms. If you want to diagnose and possibly correct an underlying cause of a condition you may have you should seek out a doctor who practices Functional Medicine. Keep it simple! Add in healthy habits and foods! ( think vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats) Your future self will thank you! As always, Fill Up On Healthy and have less room for the other stuff but enjoy the other stuff too.
Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about the Mediterranean Diet. ( may need to cut and paste in your browser)
*DISCLAIMER: While Paula Gladstone is a certified Health Coach from Precision Nutrition, this website does not provide medical or nutritional advice. The blog and related articles have been developed for informational purposes only. The content on this website and blog does not substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, nutritionist, dietitian or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding certain dietary needs or restrictions before proceeding with a new diet or health care regimen.