To mark the launch of his exciting book, Power up your Brain: The neuroscience of Enlightenment, Dr David Perlmutter went on ABC News recently to talk about ways we can all keep our brains healthy and stave off such debilitating diseases asDementia and Parkinsons’ Disease.
Along with removing gluten from your diet, if you have a sensitivity, which we touched on in a previous post, Dr Perlmutter highlights the following essential steps:
1. Twenty minutes of aerobic exercise 5 to 6 times a week can help stave off Alzheimers’ Disease. Our brains crave exercise EVEN MORE than our bodies. You should aim to get your heart rate up to 180 minus your age (eg if you are 42, get your heart rate up to 138 beats per minute).
2. Add Omega 3 to your diet – specifically DHA, from fish or algae sources. The DHA ‘talks to’ our genes in the same way as exercise, to harness better brain health. Aim for 1,000mg of DHA per day.
3. Combat long-term stress. Short term, a little bit of stress can help our brains function a bit better. However, long-term stress results in a constant build up of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body which targets the memory centre in the brain in a negative way that has been associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Ways to combat stress include: exercise, meditation and getting enough sleep (lack of sleep increases cortisol production).
4. Don’t let your Vitamin D levels drop – vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body which is critical for brain health. Individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and MS all have low levels of vitamin D. If the recent report about vitamin D supplements has scared you, get a blood test to see what your actual levels are before supplementing them.
To check out Dr Perlmutter’s interview in full, click here.
Don’t forget, as well as optimizing brain function, Omega fatty acids are also essential for maintaining supple, plump, flawless skin, which is why Sophyto has based its rich moisturizer – Omega Daily Moisturizer – around these very nutrients.