When it comes to brain health, prevention is everything. While you can take necessary steps to help heal your brain (remember that we’re not stuck with the brain we have—everyone has the power to take control of their brain health), it’s always important to begin as early as you can. As with most areas of disease, preventing the illness before symptoms even arise is the way to go (yes, even in your 20s!).
Nutritional psychiatrist Georgia Ede, M.D., especially feels this way when it comes to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“You don’t want to wait until you get Alzheimer’s. You want to start now,” she shares on the mindbodygreen podcast.
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? It’s actually an eating plan you may be familiar with as it continues to take the nutrition industry by storm: keto.
“I actually work with patients who have early Alzheimer’s [and]who are on a ketogenic diet. And we actually see improvements in their mental clarity when they eat a ketogenic diet,” Ede notes.
She tells mbg that a ketogenic diet can stabilize insulin and blood glucose levels. Insulin resistance, she states, actually paves the way for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzhiemer’s, and it’s one of the highest risk factors.