International Author, Speaker, Dietitian and Educator Ngaire Hobbins is an expert in nutrition and what to eat and do to boost brain health and reduce dementia risk. She translates the science of nutrition into practical eating and lifestyle tips that can make a difference to people’s lives.
Her latest book Brain Body Food: The Ultimate Guide to Thriving Into Later Age and Reducing Dementia Risk covers issues vital to everyone, such as what to eat to age well, how aging affect nutrition needs, how to reduce dementia risk and boost brain health, or how to support a healthy gut microbiome. She teaches that your brain is the most important and valuable organ in your body. Being brain healthy is relevant and necessary at any age. It’s never too early or late to start looking after your brain, particularly if you have a family history or genetic predisposition to dementia.
While we cannot change getting older, genetics or family history, scientific research suggests that changing certain health and lifestyle habits can make a big difference to reducing or delaying your risk of developing dementia. Many people are unaware of the connection between heart health and brain health. Cardiovascular conditions are linked to a higher risk of developing dementia later in life.
“Eating to support body and brain, engaging in life as much as possible, learning and staying active are the keys to living the best life possible as discussed in detail in my book. Everyone can age well, reduce dementia risk and thrive into later life just by understanding what to eat and how to live,” said Hobbins. “Your brain needs fuel, fluids, and nutrients to build and maintain cells and brain activity and reduce your dementia risk.”
Her suggestions to boost your brain health: 1. Minimise processed and packaged food. 2. Surround your protein choice at every meal with many different colours in vegetables. 3. Add oils containing omega-3 fatty acids to meals. 4. Increase physical activity with moderate intensity cardio and muscle strengthening exercises. 5. Establish a healthy sleeping pattern and practice meditation.
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