Forgetting things… having trouble concentrating…
These are the frustrating effects of cognitive decline. Your brain doesn’t move as quickly as it used to. And it can lead to scary conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Some elements of cognitive decline are the result of genetics. Others can stem from an injury.
And, troublingly, sometimes cognitive decline isn’t recognized or addressed until it’s already impacting your daily life.
But what if you could detect the signs of cognitive decline early? And what if you knew exactly how to fix it?
Prevent… AND Reverse
Researchers out of Stony Brook University recently made an exciting discovery.
By using neuroimaging technology, they found that age-related changes in the brain leading to cognitive decline can be detected much earlier in life than expected. They were able to detect biomarkers in those as young as their late 40s.
While it’s concerning that neurological damage can occur so early, the researchers also found that these changes not only can be prevented… but can actually be reversed.
And in this case, it’s not genetics or injuries you need to worry about…
Put Down the Bread
The team of researchers found that communication between different areas of the brain declines naturally as we age.
More specifically, it usually starts around age 47.
Nothing new there…
But they were stunned to discover a major factor in this decline (or lack thereof) was something specific in people’s diets.
The researchers found a vast difference in brain function between those who reduced their intake of simple carbohydrates and those whose diets relied heavily on carbs.
By simply avoiding carbohydrates, people were able to significantly stave off the symptoms of an aging brain.
Our bodies convert carbohydrates into glucose during the digesting process. And the team of researchers found that glucose decreases the strength of our brain’s networks.
On the other hand, when the body doesn’t have enough glucose to turn into energy due to a lack of carbs, the liver steps in and starts burning fat.
This process results in the creation of ketones, which are sent into the bloodstream.
And ketones are the key here…
These were found to promote stronger and healthier networks between areas in the brain… especially in older adults.
The researchers concluded that as we get older, the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose becomes less efficient.
This results in the slow starvation of neurons (brain cells that transmit nerve impulses), which disrupts and weakens our cognitive networks.
Because of this, it’s important to feed the brain more efficiently by way of ketones.
The most straightforward way to increase ketones is, again, by cutting way back on carbohydrates.
But that means no more starchy vegetables… Bananas and raisins are out… And you’ll need to cut way back on breads and grains. You also have to say goodbye to pasta, legumes and fruit juices.
In other words, it’s a giant pain in the butt and can really hinder an otherwise balanced diet.
But there’s an easier way to boost ketone levels.
When the body naturally produces ketones, these are known as “endogenous” ketones. But you can also pick up “exogenous” ketone supplements at most vitamin shops and health food stores.
These are known as ketone salts, which are bound to either calcium, magnesium or sodium. And they’re typically found in powder form that can be mixed with a liquid or thrown into a smoothie.
Researchers found these exogenous ketone supplements to be just as effective at helping the brain as endogenous ketones. They provide the brain with the valuable energy it needs to maintain and stabilize our brain’s networks and boost cognitive function.
It’s an easy way to make sure your brain is getting the boost it needs. So if you’re worried about losing some of your charming wit and sharp mind… it’s not too late to make this simple change to your diet.