Feeling foggy brained lately? Did you forget where you put your keys — for the third time this week? Are you forgetting names more often? Then it’s time to get serious about brain health. Learn how my Green Drinks and Cleanses can help you stay focused. And even if you’re sharp as a tack, here’ s how you can stay that way well into your 90s and beyond….
I pray that you’ve never experienced seeing one of your family members suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. If you have, my heart goes out to you. It’s truly an awful disease.
Maybe you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40, or 50s. For now, you don’t have to worry about this disorder that attacks your identity, wipes out your memories, and completely changes who you are as a person.
Or do you?
Researchers now know that the sticky, toxic proteins and plaque that clogs the brain, leading to Alzheimer’s and dementia, starts forming way before symptoms manifest.
image above courtesy Cleveland Clinic
Mom Was Right (And So Am I): Eat Your Veggies!
For nearly 6 million Americans, it’s too late. Alzheimer’s dementia has already struck. And the toll the horrible disease takes is far more than emotional; there’s a steep financial cost as well. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the average cost of taking care of someone with the disease tops $340,000. This statistic is for the years that the person is diagnosed with the disease and living with it.
Do you have an extra $300-plus-grand laying around? I don’t know about you but I sure don’t. I know I’d do whatever it took to take care of a loved one God forbid they end up with dementia.
But there are simple ways you can boost brain health to radically decrease your chances of developing dementia.
First and foremost: exercise. Start a daily yoga practice. If you absolutely hate yoga or going to the gym, just walk in place for an hour at night while you’re watching TV. Just be active almost every single day for the rest of your life.
Just as important as exercising is diet. Now, I admit, when I came up with my Green Drink recipe several years ago, I didn’t realize it could play a big part in preventing dementia.
As it turns out, the seven certified-organic green-leafy veggies do just that. In fact, if you want to keep your brain younger than your chronological age, green leafy veggies are the best for doing that.
Don’t take my word for it. According to this CBS news article adults who consume a cup and a half a day of leafy greens have lower risk of developing memory deficits associated with dementia. This is based on a study of almost 1000 people over the course of five years. Those people who ate the most leafy greens were 11 years younger in brain age compared to those who ate the least.
Isn’t that an amazing finding?
There’s no easier–and smarter–way of getting your daily dose of green, leafy veggies than drinking at least 16 oz. of Green Drink every day.
Having Trouble Concentrating & Focusing At Work? Ditch the Sugar
Most juice cleanses are way too high in sugar. (Learn how Chef V compares to the competition.)
And it turns out that if you have high blood sugar levels, to the point that you develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, your brain health will suffer.
What’s the connection?
According to this article people with Type 2 diabetes have an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, older adults who have diabetes and high blood sugars perform worse on memory tests at the start of the study and show a greater decline in memory by the end of the study, in comparison to older adult without diabetes.
Can you see why it’s so important to not go overboard with your sugar intake? The good news is you don’t have to ditch dessert for the rest of your life. You just need to eat treats that are low in added sugars. Take my recipe for Raw Avocado Chocolate Mousse for example.
Avocado: It’s Brain Food!
Speaking of avocado, it’s one of the healthiest foods for brain health. Along with blueberries, wild salmon, nuts and seeds, beans and some other superfoods, avocado has long been praised for its positive effect on gray matter.
Here’s how avocado is good for your brain….
Even though it’s high in fat, the fat it does contain a lot of is the monounsaturated kind. The Mediterranean Diet, one of the healthiest ways of eating on the planet, is rich in monounsaturated fats. These fats contribute to healthy blood flow and lower blood pressure. Having high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cognitive decline.
So eat up to half an avocado a day to boost brain power!
Getting Enough Sleep Prevents Dementia
One of the toxic proteins that contributes to Alzheimer’s dementia is amyloid plaque. There’s more and more research showing that consistent good sleep can help prevent Alzheimer’s. What does this have to do with bad plaque in the brain? Good sleep is like a diligent janitor. Sleep sweeps away the plaque.
If you’re consistently staying up until midnight or later and not getting at least 7 hours, you’re putting yourself at risk for dementia.
Not getting enough sleep? Eating too much sugar?
Then it’s time to do a Chef V Cleanse.
My cleanse and detox programs will help reset your taste buds so that you won’t be tempted by sugary and junk foods. Your organs will also be working in better shape to help your body detoxify, and your blood sugar levels will go down. You’ll have more focus and better energy throughout the day; you won’t need that late afternoon sugary pick-me-up. As a result, you’ll sleep like a baby.
Look, I can’t guarantee that if you exercise, follow my healthy eating guidelines and get enough sleep you’ll be 100% guaranteed to prevent dementia.
But the odds will be much better in your favor….
To your health!