You know a healthy diet can help protect your heart, but did you know that choosing the right foods may help to reduce your risk of dementia as well? The same system of blood vessels that helps circulate blood to your heart also supplies your brain. When they become clogged or unhealthy, or your blood pressure rises too high, it’s just as damaging to your mind as it is to your heart.
So, what foods can you add to your diet to help your brain health? Teresa Fung, adjunct professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says her top picks are elements of the Mediterranean and DASH diets (see “Studying the connection between diet and brain health”). Elements of both of these diets are shown by research to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It’s thought that these dietary patterns help the brain by keeping blood flowing efficiently and reducing damaging inflammation.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”- Proverbs 16:3
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 – Luke 12:24
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