An Anti-Aging Diet with a Mental Boost

Written by Dr. Sima Aidun, N.M.D.

Dr. Sima Aidun is a nationally recognized expert in personalized genetic medicine and a pioneer of the field in Arizona. She obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree with High Academic Achievement from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2003 and was the recipient of the Daphne Blayden Award. She is certified in Advanced Protocols and New Findings in Nutrigenomic Analysis and Treatment; New Genetic Findings and Enhanced Nutrigenomic Protocols; Nutrigenomic Testing for Inflammation/Auto-Immune | Neurological/Mood Disorders | Methylation/Mitochondria | Women's Health; and Nutrigenomics for Diet and Wellness, Microsampling and Pharmacogenomics.

A good diet can take you far. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, improve your immune system, enhance your skin’s health or think a bit more clearly, changing your diet can be a big help in improving your health. Your anti-aging specialist can help you overcome the symptoms of menopause with anti-aging programs like hormone replacement and testosterone therapy. During anti-aging treatment, why not take the time to improve your cognitive health by making a few changes in your diet?

You might be surprised to learn all the ways that changing your diet can impact your health. Most people associate their diet with their physical health and weight, but your diet can just as easily impact your mental health and cognitive ability.

Eating a diet rich in certain nutrients can reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, improve your memory and quicken your problem-solving and processing skills.

Here are a few foods that can positively impact your brain during your anti-aging program:

  • Poultry: Whether you opt for turkey or chicken, adding a bit more of this lean protein to your diet can greatly enhance your cognitive health. That is because these items are rich in choline, a component that acts as a building block for neurotransmitters, the brain’s messengers. This leads to improved visual and verbal memory, as well as enhanced problem solving.
  • Eggs: Egg yolks are rich in vitamin D, which breaks down plaque in the brain associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. You can also get vitamin D by spending some time in the sun, though eating eggs might be a healthier way to get the nutrient when it comes to your skin health and anti-aging goals.
  • Walnuts: Break out the nutcracker and enjoy a few walnuts on your next salad, or as a snack on their own. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which improve cognitive function and allow for an overall more youthful mind.

These are just a few of the foods that can boost your mental health as you age. Before you incorporate any of these foods into your diet, be sure to talk with your anti-aging doctor. When combined with your testosterone therapy and other anti-aging treatments, following a healthy diet can reduce some of the symptoms of menopause and give your brain a big cognitive boost.

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