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Benefits of the MIND Diet (Mediterranean diet)

Elder Adults dietary needs change over time.  As we get older our body requires more nutrients to maintain bone density, muscle mass, and energy levels. One of the best diets for older adults is the MIND diet (also known as the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet).
At Salus Home Care, we understand how important it is for seniors to stay healthy and independent throughout their older years.

So here is a brief guide to the MIND diet, what it entails, how to get started, and the benefits you can expect to experience when you follow it.

MIND Diet Overview

The MIND Diet borrows from both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH Diet. The DASH Diet offers ways to stop hypertension. At the same time, the Mediterranean diet helps reduce your risk of various diseases (including diabetes and high heart disease). Combining the two is a match made in heaven if you want to experience optimal physical and mental health throughout your mature years.

The MIND Diet cannot only help you avoid common diseases that tend to set in during your older years, but it can also improve your brain function. That sounds like a diet most mature adults could get behind with excitement!
Benefits of the MIND Diet
There are a variety of benefits the MIND Diet can offer you. Here are some of the most notable:
  • Improved brain health
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Healthy blood pressure and heart support
  • Reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved weight management results
  • Longer lifespan
  • Reduced rate of depression

While not everyone may experience all of the above benefits from following the MIND Diet, most are likely to experience better overall health when  improving their nutrient intake by following this way of eating.

Foods to Include in the MIND Diet:
People won’t feel limited in their food choices when they follow the MIND Diet because we can eat a wide variety of delicious, healthy foods. Some of the top foods to include in this particular diet include:
  • Leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, kale, collars, and iceberg lettuce)
  • Berries (such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • Colorful vegetables (such as tomatoes, green beans, and bell peppers)
  • Nuts (unsalted and dry-roasted or raw are best)
  • Whole grains (including whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa)
  • Olive oil (use it as a substitute for butter or other types of oils)
  • Beans and legumes (at least three servings each week will boost your brain health)
  • Fish (always grilled or baked and never fried)
  • Poultry (try to get at least two servings per week and  reduce red meats)
  • Wine (surprise! You can enjoy a single serving of wine per day on this diet)
The main foods to stay away from include sugary treats, pastries, red meat, cheese, and fried foods. It may be difficult to cut these out of a diet completely , but little by little most people start to lose their cravings for them, and their bodies start will feel much better without them.

 An adviser from Salus  Home Care can help seniors and their families find the best care options available for every situation and will work to make the transition to care an easier and more pleasant experience.  Contact us here (228) 207-2515
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