September is Healthy Aging Month – a great time for people of all ages to re-evaluate how they are taking care of their bodies and minds. As we age, it’s natural to become more concerned about our health. The good news is there are several steps we can all take to maintain better health, such as properly nourishing our bodies, exercising, staying socially active and trying new things.
So what are some easy ways to stay vibrant? Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition has a few tips to help us:
1) Take 800 – 1,000mg of DHA every day. According to recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington, omega-3 fatty acids may increase lifespan. The study found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3s lived an average of 2.2 years longer than other study participants.
2) Get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, uninterrupted, at least 6 times a week. Research now shows exercise could increase levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which translates to increased growth of new cells in the brain’s memory center, helping to support memory function.
3) Find out if you are gluten sensitive. As many as 30 percent of Americans may be gluten sensitive. A study recently showed being sensitive and consuming gluten represents a potential risk for dementia.
What are you doing this month to support healthy aging?