When most people hear the word “diet” they probably tend to think “difficult” or “impossible”, but most of us probably don’t expect that a diet is going to be easy to follow! A diet is something we do because it’s good for us and we want to make some change in our health or our appearance, but not generally because it’s fun and easy. That is about to change, thanks to the new MIND diet (short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay).
This diet is reportedly tied for first place as the easiest diet to follow, according to US News & World Report. (US News & World Report, 2015). Like the name suggests, this is a diet that is also good for your brain, and is specifically designed to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In a study at the Rush University Medical Center, scientists found that “…the MIND diet lowered Alzheimer’s risk by about 35 percent for people who followed it moderately well and up to 53 percent for those who adhered to it rigorously.” (US News & World Report, 2015)
A diet that can improve your brain health, help prevent Alzheimer’s AND is the easiest diet to follow?
So what exactly is the MIND diet?
It is a combination of the popular Mediterranean diet (think primarily plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains), and the DASH diet (again, emphasis on fruits and vegetables, no dairy).
Specifically, according to a report in US News & World Report, “The emphasis is on eating from 10 brain-healthy food groups: green leafy vegetables in particular, all other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine.” With this diet you’ll need to “avoid foods from the five unhealthy groups: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheeses, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.”
So, even if “diet” didn’t make your list of 2016 resolutions, this is one that won’t be hard to follow and is well worth it for better brain health!
Whether or not you decide to try the MIND diet, you can try playing brain games just to challenge yourself by playing fun games! Have fun while you give your brain some exercise! And, Fit Brains has more games and more variety than any other brain training program. Give Fit Brains a try today!
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Source: “MIND Diet”. US News & World Report. 2015. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/mind-diet