To fight an aging brain, cool it!
In mid-September, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that firefighters continued to battle 89 large blazes across the Western states and Alaska; in Canada last August, British Columbia alone had more than 500 separate wildfires. You could say that both the U.S. and our northern neighbor were an in-FLAME-nation!
But you don't need timber and lightning to witness the ravages of inflammation firsthand. Your own brain is a potential target, according to researchers from Germany's University of Bonn. They've done a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, that pinpoints how poorly regulated inflammatory responses affect certain neurons and can lead to loss of brain cells -- especially as you get older.
Major triggers are inflammatory foods like added sugars and saturated fats, hormone-disrupting phthalates and BPA/BPS, and fiery habits like smoking, excess drinking and lack of sleep. If you have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer or chronic stress, your body's battling excess inflammation. So call out the fire brigade.
Quick Coolers: To put out your fires NOW try these three steps:
-- Take 900 milligrams daily of DHA omega-3 from algae.
-- Take a probiotic.
-- Floss your teeth daily.
Long-Term Fixes: To banish destructive inflammation adopt these habits:
-- Exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week (walking 10,000 steps or equivalent and strength building).
-- Sleep seven to eight hours nightly.
-- Eat inflammation-fighting foods, like salmon, olive oil, 100 percent whole grains and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and cauliflower).