Food & Your Brain Health
How does what we eat and how much we eat influence our brain health? A growing number of experts say food plays a big role in it.
Seattle doctor Laurie Mischely says education about nutrition and how it affects our brains is the key to having better health as we age.
More than 220 people attended her Kadlec Neurological Resource Ctr - hosted talk today at the Kennewick Red Lion - all of them looking for answers.
Diseases like Parkinson's, Dementia, Alzheimers, Huntington's, MS and even simple things like headaches are known to have ties to the kinds of food we eat.
That's because research now shows a brain is continually growing and changing, and even repairing itself even as we get older. Something we didn't know just two decades ago.
Vitamins in foods is big part of the equation. That means eating leafy greens, legumes, fruits, proteins and grains. But how much we eat also contributes to brain health.
Dr. Mischely says processed, fried, fatty, and especialy bleached foods are the worst culprits. But tea - especially green tea - could help slow down brain deterioration by up to seven years.
"It's one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants. And if you can get rid of fried foods, empty carbohydrates, limit your dairy and artificial sweeteners - I think you've probably taken care of most of the big problems."
Kennewick resident Dan Trapp, who attended the seminar said, "We have a lot of genetically modified food now, a lot of fast food. We really need to be looking at the long term, and think about what we're putting into our bodies."
The experts say there is no trick to this. But you must think of the future each time you consume something, and consider what cost you are willing to pay.
The Kadlec Neurological Resource Center offers several free educational programs, as well as support groups for anyone interested in learning more about this.