What’s good for the heart is good for the brain

I picked out some gems from a Terry Gross interview with British neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli first set out to study Alzheimer’s because of his grandfather died of the disease. It’s worth a listen.

What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. When we exercise, the brain releases a protein called Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF. BDNF acts as a fertilizer for the mind and can aid the growth of new neurons and new synapses. Next time you work out you are doing some gardening on your brain.

A Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s. So eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Cook with olive oil and cut back on the red meat.

The spice turmeric has been seen to be a super good for brain health. Get going with the turmeric lattes and learn to cook with the spice. It pops up in a lot of Indian food staples. Another natural reason to eat more Indian food.

Friday Smoothie Mornings

Thanks to @SocratixSW1 for morning smoothie recipe.

1 banana;

1 date – add to taste

Handful of baby spinach,

Handful of mixed nuts,

Tablespoon of almond butter,

Handful of blueberries (frozen or fresh),

100ml Kefir,

Coconut water and almond milk until up to max.

Additions:

Add pinch of spirulina if you feel like changing it up (turns it super green!)

Add half an avocado