- A nutritional psychiatrist, brain expert at Harvard Medical School, and author of “This Is Your Brain on Food,” studied how our gut bacteria can trigger metabolic processes and brain inflammation that impact memory and cause depression.
- Existing studies point to the idea that we may be able to reduce the possibility of dementia by avoiding certain foods that weaken our memory and focus.
- Here are the foods to avoid or cut back on to fight inflammation and promote brain health, and sharp thinking.
- Added sugar: Consuming unhealthy processed foods, like baked goods and soda, floods the brain with too much glucose.
- Fried foods: A diet high in fried foods was linked to lower scores in learning and memory and can cause depression.
- High-glycemic-load carbohydrates: Sorry, pasta and bread lovers. Instead, reach for “Better-quality” carbohydrates such as whole grains and foods high in fiber.
- Alcohol: In a recent study, those who consumed more than 14 drinks per week had a higher risk of dementia compared to those who drank alcohol in moderation.
- Nitrates: Used as a preservative and to enhance color in deli slices and cured meats like bacon, salami, and sausage, nitrates may be connected with depression.
- Here's to living the best life we can.
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