I love the way life comes full circle! When I was young, if you weren't sane, they said you were nuts. Now they are saying you have to eat nuts to stay sane. Jokes aside, there is, apparently, something in these dietary marvels that help us remain cognitively sharper and mentally more healthy and that's nuts. . . .
While I predominantly treat my clients with hypnosis, I most often mention the benefits of our life's most necessary add ons, air, water and food. The topic of this research is mostly on the last of this necessary trio. Although, a nut without water, is not my idea of nutrition! So, take heed of this sage advice and get your daily dose of nuts.
While hypnotherapy can help you create and live a great life, it cannot provide your brain with the building blocks of excellence. That has to come from the indispensable supply of nine amino acids that your brain cannot synthesise and the only place you can get them, is from your food. Nuts are merely one of the things that can help you build a better brain and any better self, has to come from a better brain! In order for hypnotherapy to do its part; you first have to do yours!
Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to promote clear thinking and good states of mental wellness. The behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of too much stress, too little sleep and too little by way of clarity! So, to get or take back control of your mind and your life, it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating negative, vague and ambiguous states of mind. Hypnosis helps us to create calm relaxing states of mind that make life work better! If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better, then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life!
The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?
In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory.
Lead researcher, UniSA's Dr Ming Li, says the study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important insights into increasing mental health issues (including dementia) faced by an ageing population.
"Population ageing is one of the most substantial challenges of the twenty-first century. Not only are people living longer, but as they age, they require additional health support which is placing unprecedented pressure on aged-care and health services," Dr Li says.
"In China, this is a massive issue, as the population is ageing far more rapidly than almost any other country in the world.
"Improved and preventative health care -- including dietary modifications -- can help address the challenges that an ageing population presents.
"By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts -- effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline."
China has one of the fastest growing ageing populations. In 2029, China's population is projected to peak at 1.44 billion, with the ratio of young to old dramatically imbalanced by the rising ranks of the elderly. By 2050, 330 million Chinese will be over age 65, and 90.4 million will be over age 80, representing the world's largest population of this most elderly age group.
More broadly, the World Health Organization says that by 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than five years old.
The UniSA study analysed nine waves of China Health Nutrition Survey data collected over 22 years, finding that 17 per cent of participants were regular consumers of nuts (mostly peanuts). Dr Li says peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which can alleviate and reduce cognitive decline.
"Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health," Dr Li says.
"While there is no cure for age-related cognitive decline and neurogenerative disease, variations in what people eat are delivering improvements for older people."
The World Health Organization estimates that globally, the number of people living with dementia is at 47 million.
By 2030, this is projected to rise to 75 million and by 2050, global dementia cases are estimated to almost triple. China has the largest population of people with dementia.
"As people age, they naturally experience changes to conceptual reasoning, memory, and processing speed. This is all part of the normal ageing process," Dr Li says
"But age is also the strongest known risk factor for cognitive diseases. If we can find ways to help older people retain their cognitive health and independence for longer -- even by modifying their diet -- then this absolutely worth the effort."
- Ming Li, Z. Shi. A Prospective Association of Nut Consumption with Cognitive Function in Chinese Adults Aged 55 _ China Health and Nutrition Survey. The journal of nutrition, health & aging, 2018; 23 (2): 211 DOI: 10.1007/s12603-018-1122-5
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