During the holiday season, we are presented with a myriad of tempting foods, much of which is unhealthy and can deplete us of energy. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that good nutrition, along with ample sleep and good exercise, provide fuel that promotes your health, mood and mindful productivity at work. We have known for years that there is a direct link between diet and our physical health. Scientists, for example, have discovered that the Mediterranean diet reduces risks of cardiovascular disease. Research also shows that there is a direct relationship between our dietary patterns and mental health. The study’s authors state, “The results of this trial suggest that improving one’s diet according
The Mediterranean diet stands as a renowned model of healthy eating, citing numerous health benefits. An abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds characterizes the diet. It also includes moderate fish and poultry consumption and low to average intake of dairy products.
A central part of a Mediterranean diet is olive oil, the consumption of which has been recognized for its health benefits for many years. The golden oil contains antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, particularly heart-healthy oleic acid and polyphenols, associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases.
Its use in cooking, dressings, and even drizzled-over finished dishes helps explain the low rates of heart disease and extended lifespans observed in Mediterranean regions.
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While we certainly can’t control everything that happens to our physical and mental health, science is clear that there is a connection between what we eat and brain health. Certain foods are linked to supporting brain health while other foods are linked to increasing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This is especially timely to consider due to the fact that the number of people in the U.S. who are living with dementia is on the rise. (Part of this is because we’re living longer these days.) In the U.S., 22 percent of adults ages 85 to 89 have dementia and 33 percent of adults aged 90 or older have been diagnosed.
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- Eating more whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, and whole-fat dairy products may help lower your heart disease risk.
- Experts found that a healthy diet can be achieved in various ways, such as including moderate amounts of whole grains or unprocessed meats.
- Focusing on starting small when making diet changes can help you stick with new eating habits.
A new report finds that if you don’t eating enough of six key foods you may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. That’s according to a study led by McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences researchers at the Population Research Health Institute (PHRI).
The study was published July 6 in the European Heart Journal.
The researchers derived a diet score from the PHRI’s large-scale global Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study.