In this article you will discover how the (true) Mediterranean diet be able to preserve the brain despite advancing age.
In addition, the studies suggest how it could be better than statins for the protection of heart and arteries.
Finally, I'll explain better why so far they have made you believe that the Mediterranean diet was done in a certain way, while it is not.
Understand which is true Mediterranean diet can help you get the maximum health benefits out of it. In other words, the Mediterranean diet works, if you know how it really is made ...
- 1 MEDITERRANEAN DIET: HOW IT CAN SAVE YOU THE CERVEL1
- 1.1 MEDITERRANEAN DIET IN PLACE OF STATINES (AGAINST CHOLESTEROL)
- 1.2 SUPPLY VS. MAGIC PILLET
- 1.3 A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE PROTECTION OFFERED BY THE STATINES AND THE MEDITERRANEA2 DIET
- 1.4 THE FALSE MEDITERRANEAN DIET: SPAGHETTI & C.
- 1.5 THE TRUE MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS POOR, NATURAL AND WHOLE
- 1.6 SEVEN COUNTRIES STUDY: WHAT HAVE THEY NOT SEEN?
- 1.7 THAT'S WHY THE "SUPERIOR" MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS THAT GREEK
- 1.8 RELIGIOUS ABSTENSION FROM FOOD (ESPECIALLY) ANIMALS
- 1.9 AN AUTHENTIC MEDITERRANEAN DIET INCLUDES FASTING PERIODICS
- 1.10 CORRELATION BETWEEN MEDITERRANEAN DIET, DIET RESTRICTION AND LONGEVITY
- 1.11 CONCLUSIONS
MEDITERRANEAN DIET: HOW IT CAN SAVE YOUR BRAIN1
Everyone's brain tends to shrink with age. Neurons are lost and the total volume of the raw material is reduced over time.
But this doesn't happen to everyone with the same tragic rhythm! you can slow down the process if you follow these instructions.
Three variables under our control can slow down the senile involution of the brain. Scientifically proven. Here are what they are:
#1) Yoga (which includes meditation)
You can learn more in the article "Hatha yoga: it is also good to get a more powerful brain (and to use it better)"
Yoga also includes amoderate physical activity. Muscle movement is also absolutely associated with good brain health.
Think about how positively the mood is affected by a simple walk or even better by a jog or a ride. Well, even in hatha yoga there is an important component of physical movement, in addition to this discipline there is also the meditative aspect.
#2) Training the brain
Continue reading for life or immerse yourself in other cognitive tasks (sudoku, mental calculations, etc.) forces neurons to remain viable.
The human body is an extraordinary machine that remains functional with use and loses its biological functions when they are neglected.
The body is the only "car" that breaks when left parked in the garage. You have to use it to keep it functional!
#3) The Mediterranean diet (vera)
One study in particular focused on determining the reduction of brain mass in old age over three years1.
In just three years of Mediterranean nutrition, the brains of the test participants became preserved double compared to people who have not followed the diet.
When you manage to put these four fundamental factors together (movement, meditation, cognitive training and nutrition) you can definitely expect a enhanced effect.
MEDITERRANEAN DIET IN PLACE OF STATINES (AGAINST CHOLESTEROL)
Le statins they are drugs that reduce cholesterol levels. Like all drugs, in addition to the action on the symptom, they also have a dark side to keep in mind.
The problem 1 of statins is probably related to them liver toxicity. If you think that often these drugs have to be taken for life (pharmaceutical companies I imagine they are happy) you can imagine how much you weigh the toxic effect on the liver induced daily for years and years.
Headache, nausea, muscle aches and muscle weakness are some of the other possible side effects associated with the use of statins.
When the majority of hypercholesterolemia cases could be resolved by acting on nutrition, why use statins?
The economy of the disease relies on the human tendency toinertia.
SUPPLY VS. MAGIC PILLET
So everyone tries to give us the easiest "remedy" consisting of magic pill. In this way there will be no need to change anything in our exquisitely industrialized supply.
But for our greater good we should inform ourselves and move our buttocks to restore our health to the maximum. To achieve this we will have to work a little on our diet.
Remember, that the foods you introduce are specific signals that every day, several times a day, induce a specific response in the body. Foods are also gods molecular messengers which, as drugs would do, activate even profound biochemical effects.
La nutrigenomics, which studies the way in which foods and supplements modulate the genetic response, knows this concept in detail.
If you introduce the right message foods induce health, if you introduce the wrong message foods induce the disease.
A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE PROTECTION OFFERED BY THE STATINES AND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET2
In a study on statins it was shown that these reduce the risk of death of 18% in patients with cardiovascular risk.
A similar study was also done on the Mediterranean diet, which has proved capable of reduce the risk of death of 37% compared to the category constituted by patients with cardiovascular risk.
So the Mediterranean diet in this comparison is more than double effective compared to statins in preserving the lives of those suffering from this kind of problems.
Already because the feeding acts upstream, unlike the downstream drug, on manifestation (the symptom) ...
Furthermore a healthy diet also acts at various levels helping to restore the GENERAL HEALTH, not only that of the cardio circulatory system.
THE FALSE MEDITERRANEAN DIET: SPAGHETTI & C.
The false Mediterranean diet consists of its modern version made by one overabundance of refined pasta (go for spaghetti in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening!), bread (obviously refined too), pizza (with 00 flour), cheese, meat and fish.
No. This model is one deviation from the original model and belongs to an unhealthy industrial evolution.
Yet how many nutritionists and doctors are I still promoting this model diverted to television?
You can see them every day, they are many.
Perhaps they show these nutritionists more frequently on television because they are aligned with the industrial status quo. They confirm what we would like to believe more ...
And that is that bread and pasta are important, that milk provides calcium for bones, that any olive oil is excellent only because it is "olive", and that animal products are all indistinctly good.
But is not so.
Dear friend, if you want to know what the is true Mediterranean diet here are some traces (follow it) ...
THE TRUE MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS POOR, NATURAL AND WHOLE
The Mediterranean diet of Calabrian or Greek centenarians consists of:
- Many vegetables (always in season)
- Whole seasonal fruit (not juices and not tropical fruit)
- Nuts and other oil seeds (rich in beneficial fatty acids)
- Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, etc.)
- Cereals in their most integral form
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Few dairy products
- A few eggs
- Little fish
Here is a very beautiful pictorial representation of the concept ...
Naturally each of these foods also came from a cultivation or breeding unpolluted, unsophisticated, not biologically modified.
Today these characteristics we can partly find in the food coming from cultivation biological or biodynamic, or through solidarity buying groups called GAS.
Added to this list of most frequent consumer foods mentioned above is the fact that meat was a luxury that no one could afford.
So the meat is virtually absent in the original Mediterranean diet.
SEVEN COUNTRIES STUDY: WHAT HAVE THEY NOT SEEN?
But to these "rules" that I have described is added an element that has gone quietly in the most famous studies (Seven Countries Study3) carried out on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
And the fact that went unnoticed until today is that the traditional Greek diet was enriched by one very peculiar feature, in addition to the specific foods themselves.
Let's see what this special element is ...
THAT'S WHY THE "SUPERIOR" MEDITERRANEAN DIET IS THAT GREEK
The real true Mediterranean diet expressed at its highest health levels would be the Greek one.
How does it differ from the Italian Mediterranean diet?
Several scholars think (rightly) that the maximum health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are due even more to the type of food used, to the inclusion of different periods of dietary restriction.
The reasons for these repeated restrictions are due to the precepts of the Orthodox religion, which he prescribes in total well 180 days a year of dietary restriction.
It is half of the year (6 months) past - it's really the case to say religiously, without touching any of the foods in the list you see below.
RELIGIOUS ABSTENSION FROM FOOD (ESPECIALLY) ANIMALS
La dietary restriction practiced in Orthodox worship consists in abstention from the following foods:
- No meat
- No fish
- No milk
- No eggs
- No cheese
- No olive oil
None of these foods enter the diet of the orthodox fervent for a total of 180 days a year, consisting of:
- Wednesday and Friday (of each week)
- The period preceding the Assumption
- During Lent
- at Christmas
Half a year (every year) this period is repeated dietary restriction. Certainly this is very significant for the effects that a reduction of calories from animal sources has on health.
AN AUTHENTIC MEDITERRANEAN DIET INCLUDES FASTING PERIODICS
So, as you can see, it's not just about eating well, but also about refrain from eating ?
Imagine the effect that these prolonged periods of metabolic relief have on the body. They certainly have an effect on longevity (as also noted by the studies of Prof. Valter Longo on the populations of centenarians) and on health.
The effect on longevity has a positive effect on itself health. Here it is not a question of staying alive thanks to some drug "tampona-symptom" (while it lasts ...) or because attached to a tube.
CORRELATION BETWEEN MEDITERRANEAN DIET, DIET RESTRICTION AND LONGEVITY
The natural longevity achieved through a control of nutrition and lifestyle reduces the risk of any disease. As Valter Longo says "...aging is the first risk factor for health".
So when you act on factors that naturally lengthen your life, you also act implicitly on the factors that keep you healthy.
To learn more about the relationship between nutrition and longevity, see also the article "The longevity diet of prof. Valter Longo: Is it really (as they say) the most solid and safest approach to living healthy up to 110 years?".
To learn more about the approach to dietary restriction of Prof. Longo called the Mima Diet Fasting see the related article “Diet Mima Fasting by Dr. Valter Longo and L Nutra products".
Here because the real Mediterranean diet in its most powerful health form is the Greek one which includes long periods of dietary restriction.
You can schedule an improvement in your diet (if you need it) in two separate steps.
- Switching to the true Mediterranean diet
- Transition to the true Greek Mediterranean diet which includes repeated periods of dietary restriction
That is, first make a transition to the true Mediterranean diet as indicated above and with time steady these healthy habits.
Subsequently, when you feel you have consolidated the first point, make one gradual transition to the 2 point beginning to introduce sustainable and repeated fasting periods.
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There is also an easy way to follow to implement this rhythm of healthy eating and short fasting. It's called intermittent diet or intermittent fasting. I'll talk to you soon!
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1. 'Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohort”By Luciano M. and coll.
2. telegraph.co.uk: "Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests"
3. Seven Countries Study (http://www.sevencountriesstudy.com/about-the-study/countries/)
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